Sumptuously furnished in contemporary style to create a sophisticated yet relaxing feel, this ground floor apartment has floor to ceiling sea views from the spacious living accommodation and both bedrooms. Enjoy the patio and watch the sun set over St Ives, if you are looking for quality accommodation to enjoy the delights of West Cornwall, you will not be disappointed with Mermaid’s Secret. Style, sophistication balanced with comfort and relaxed atmosphere and Sky package - the perfect combination.
Mermaid's Secret was formerly known as Captiva*
Mermaid’s Secret is located in The Sands apartments in Carbis Bay and is on the ground floor.
Arrival 3pm, departure 10am.
Regret no pets. No smoking.
Sea views from the living area comprising lounge and dining areas, kitchen and both bedrooms.
Access to the apartment from the car park entrance to The Sands with lift or stair access.
Detailed access statement available on request.
One allocated parking space is provided within the gated car park.
Complimentary Wireless Internet.
Playstation III with Blu-Ray DVD functionality and selection of games and DVDs.
DVD player with selection of DVDs.
LCD television with Sky Sports & Movies package to the living area and LCD televisions with Freeview to both bedrooms.
Selection of board games, library of books, O.S. Maps and information on the local area.
Complimentary travel cot and booster seat available for use.
Please bring you own cot bedding.
Your stay also includes...
Complimentary refreshments on arrival.
A personal welcome to your holiday home from your housekeeper.
Complimentary Wifi in property.
Local information to make the most of your holiday.
A bespoke jute beach bag in our latest design.
Complimentary bed linen and towels for use during your stay.
24 / 7 emergency contact with team.
Local team based in our offices on St Ives Rd in Carbis Bay.
Complimentary White Company Toiletries in bathrooms.
Accommodation for Mermaid’s Secret
Remote control lighting system to living area.
Playstation III with Blu-Ray DVD functionality and selection of games and dvds..
Terrace and communal garden.
LCD television with Sky Sports package.
The large open plan living area has lovely views across the bay towards St Ives, guests will be impressed with the care and attention to detail in the contemporary design. There is 32″ LCD Toshiba TV with Sky Sports & Movies package, Playstation III with selection of games, DVD player, complimentary wireless broadband and remote control mood lighting. There are designer settees for four guests and matching footstool. Guests will always be tempted to just relax and take in the views from the patio adjoining the lounge area.
The dining area of Mermaid’s Secret is part of the open plan living accommodation and is adjacent to the kitchen. A large dining table and four chairs are provided for guests. Budding chefs will enjoy the fact they can not only share the view but also converse with fellow guests seated on stools at the breakfast bar. Mermaid’s Secret is fitted with mood lighting to provide a relaxing ambience for dining.
Carbis Bay and in particular St Ives are widely renowned for their choice of fine dining and family restaurants, you will be tempted to try many of these but perhaps the dining room of Mermaid’s Secret will offer an alternative. The Welcome Guide contains a number of recommendations for dining out or takeaway meals.
The kitchen of Mermaid’s Secret has contemporary high quality German kitchen units with soft close drawers and doors. Appliances are by NEFF and include multi purpose main oven, grill, combined microwave and top oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, gas hob with wok ring, extractor hood, grey stone floor, concealed up-lighting and other wall lighting. The layout of the open plan living area makes it easy for chef to chat to guests whilst cooking and there are two bar stools provided for those who like to advise aspiring chefs! As you would expect in an apartment of this quality, alternative place settings are provided for indoor and outdoor use, and of course champagne flutes for that special occasion.
Bedroom One En-Suite
The master bedroom has lovely views of the bay through the door which also provides access to the lawned garden and the decked patio of Mermaid’s Secret. Wake up, draw the curtains and perhaps have an early morning cup of tea and take in the view. The master bedroom has a 22″ LCD Freeview TV with integrated DVD player, double bed and has plenty of storage space with a fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables and overhead reading lights. A hairdryer is provided and the beds are freshly made for your arrival. The en-suite to the master bedroom is beautifully tiled in sandstone and has a WC, handbasin and shower.
The second bedroom of Mermaid’s Secret has two single beds, chest of drawers, wardrobe and a bedside table with reading lights. This bedroom is also on the seaward side of the apartment with sea views. A 22″ LCD Freeview TV with integrated DVD player is provided for guests together with a hair dryer.
Mermaid’s Secret has a very spacious family bathroom with wash basin, WC, bath with hand shower and a large mirrored bathroom cabinet with shaving point. The tiling is sandstone, the sanitaryware is white Italian style and the fittings are sleek chrome.
The en-suite to the master bedroom has an Italian style wash basin, WC, shower enclosure with power shower and heated towel rail. The room is tiled with sandstone ceramics and there is a superb feature wall.
A selection of luxury towels are provided for each guest, along with complimentary White Company toiletries in each bathroom.
Mermaid’s Secret enjoys lovely sea views across St. Ives Bay. Adjoining the lawned and landscaped garden, the patio has a table and chairs for four people. A great place for al-fresco dining whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner, in the evening you can enhance the ambiance with soft blue lighting.
Floorplans for Mermaid’s Secret
The Sands Apartments are a prestigious development of contemporary apartments of various designs, ideally positioned to maximise the views across St. Ives Bay and convenient for the Blue Flag accredited Carbis Bay beach.
The delightful single line rail connection is perhaps the most scenic rail journey in the UK, linking St. Ives to Penzance. Nearby is the the South West Coastal Path which extends around Cornwall, locally you can enjoy the stunning coastal scenery along the pathways to St Ives or to Lelant and Hayle.
The apartments at The Sands have been thoughtfully designed and incorporate numerous luxurious features such as open plan living areas with mood lighting, fully fitted designer kitchens and sumptuous tiled bathrooms. Each has been tastefully furnished to a very high standard, offering contemporary holiday accommodation for the discerning visitor to Cornwall.
Lift access to some apartments as detailed in property overview.
Landscaped sub-tropical gardens.
An allocated parking space is provided with additional public parking nearby.
4 minute walk to Carbis Bay beach.
2 minute walk to the scenic rail line for access to St. Ives and surrounding area.
The Sands apartments accommodate 32 guests in 8 properties.
"Just returned from a fabulous holiday at Carbis Bay. The open plan apartment is extremely clean, spacious, comfortable and light with lounge and bedrooms benefiting from open views to sea and St Ives in the distance. A very well-equipped kitchen made food preparation so easy. There are many beautiful beaches to choose from nearby and with the single-track railway or coastal path into St Ives just down the hill a car is not essential. St Michaels Mount, The Minack Theatre, Mousehole, Lands’ End are just a few interesting places to visit during a stay. We found our stay at Mermaid's Secret so relaxing and hope to return again soon." S Brierley
Fabulous apartment and great views
"The apartment was lovely- had everything we needed and very well equipped.
Was nice to be met by Steve and shown around when we arrived.
Cream tea and goodies were a nice touch." Joanna Thomas
“The apartment was excellent with everything exactly as described in the accommodation details. The views were excellent and it was nice being able to have an early morning coffee outside on the patio enjoying the surroundings and the fabulous weather we had whilst there.”
"We had a lovely holiday at Mermaid’s Secret, Carbis Bay. The accommodation was fantastic, lovely and clean and very comfortable and the views across to St Ives were just gorgeous, especially in the evening when the lights came on. We had some great days out, would particularly recommend St Michaels Mount and Cape Cornwall, where our two boys loved scrambling around on the rocks (as did mum and dad, truth be told!). Enjoyed a fabulous meal at the Badger Inn in Lelant."
"The standard of accommodation at Mermaid’s Secret was outstanding, from the warm welcome to the cleanliness of the apartment. From making the initial booking right through to receiving the confirmation email the administration was exceptional. We particularly enjoyed the costal path to St Ives with the comforting knowledge if the weather changed you could always catch the train home. The costal path to Porth Kidney Sands was also worth the effort as the views across the Atlantic were amazing. The costal road from St Ives to St Just was also quite an adventure with lots of opportunities to stop and take in the breath taking views, not forgetting the cream teas along the way. We definitely hope to return to this area in the future as we still have so much more to explore."
"This was our third holiday with Carbis Bay,and the standard has been suberb. Always, well equipped and spotlessly clean. We were met by Kerry who showed us in and explained the keys,etc. We loved the cream tea,and the chocolate.A lovely touch and very welcoming. We will definitely be booking for next Easter."
"Another fantastic holiday in Cornwall. Highlights for us included, a nice warm flat on arrival, decorated christmas tree, Christmas lights at Angarrack and Mousehole. Surely unsurpassed by village displays anywhere else in the UK? Carol singing in St Ives streets on Christmas Eve (10pm to midnight) also the general 'buzz' in St Ives - almost as busy as the summer months for the whole of our stay! The convenience and cost effectiveness of the local train (massively cheaper than St Ives car parking fees)."
"The apartment seemed very spacious and was spotlessly clean, very well equipped and smelt very fresh when we first arrived. We had lunch twice at the Blue Snappa in Penzance, the food was really fresh and tasted good. We twice ate in cafe by the Tate on Porthmeor Beach, the views great from this venue. Love the outside cubicle seating areas with decking cushions and thoughtful throws for when it gets chilly. Carbis bay beach so clean and user friendly. The walk up and down from apartments very good exercise. The walk to St Ives from apartment pleasant and do able for all abilities. Love the ride on the train when we couldnt be bothered to walk back and cheaper than catching any of the short hop local buses.
We are Barbara Hepworth fans so loved the museum and garden. The weather was glorious for nearly the whole week. Loved the exhibition at the Tate and enjoyed our cream tea at Penlee House. We would certainly recommend Mermaid’s Secret at the Sands apartment."
"Mermaid’s Secret was spotlessly clean, very well equipped and smelt very fresh when we first arrived. The walk up and down to the beach from apartments was very good exercise. The walk to St Ives from apartment pleasant and do-able for all abilities. Love the ride on the train when we couldnt be bothered to walk back and cheaper than catching any of the short hop local buses."
T. Lynch & T. Considine
"As you know we have been staying with Carbis Bay Holidays for a number of years so to say that Mermaid’s Secret exceeded our expectations is high praise indeed! In terms of attractions we didn’t do as much as previous years as we have visited a number of the sights before and therefore we spent most of our time on the beaches of Carbis Bay and St. Ives enjoying the glorious weather. We did visit the Tate Gallery and Minack Theatre which I would recommend. We always book the Minack Theatre at the same time as we book our accommodation as this can get booked up in the high season. With regards to restaurants we ate at the Alba (good food and great view over the harbour) and Sea Food Cafe both in St. Ives which are both very good."
"Just in reply to your email, we had a lovely time at the apartment. Everything was pristine. Thank you again for a lovely stay and hope to rebook with yourselves in June!"
Availability for Mermaid’s Secret
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For late notice breaks i.e. arrivals within 7 days, breaks can overlap a changeover day only if the overlap occurs within the next 7 days.
Short stays of 3 nights minimum are available in most properties between October and March, excluding bank holidays and school holidays. If booked in advance, the short break cannot overlap a changeover day.
You can find further details on how to book on our ‘How to Book‘ page.
Discover the magic of a Cornish Christmas by the sea.
Christmas in Cornwall is a wonderful time from twinkling festive harbour lights to Santa arriving by lifeboat in St Ives, it’s a holiday filled with a stocking full of memories that will last a lifetime. If you prefer a pre-Christmas break December is full of festive fun too with Christmas markets to explore and fun activities like ice skating, meeting Santa and of course Christmas shopping.
Book early and our magical elves will deliver festive treats for stays which include Christmas Day. This has been known to include scrumptious mince pies and Cornish Mulled Cider. Yeh!
The world-famous Mousehole Harbour lights are just a short drive from your luxury holiday home in St Ives.
Let the excitement begin!
Festive treats subject to availability and booking early.