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“A Memorable Week” 4 of 5 stars
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Arugam Bay Beach Cabanas
World Vision Road, Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka   |  
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Petaluma, California
1 review
“A Memorable Week”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

After staying one night on the main strip of Arugam Bay where techno music bumped late into the night, I was so fortunate to stumble upon Arugam Bay Beach Cabanas! Your stay here gives you a way more authentic Sri Lankan experience, but you are still within walking distance of all of the typical tourist options.

Although the rooms are basic (fan, unattached bathroom), it is an incredibly peaceful place where I spent hours relaxing on the front porch interspersed with walks to "town," to the beach, playing games with the kids next door, and eating the amazing meals prepared (and delivered!) by the woman next door. The food was fantastic and her kids are really cute!

Lal and Leela (the owners) are amazing people and employ locals to do the cooking, cleaning, and odd jobs. I was so grateful to get to stay here for a week and would gladly go back again!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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  • Portuguese first
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English first
Corvallis, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We were lucky enough to be one of the first to stay at the beach cabanas. If you are looking for a place that is just a ten minute walk from the main stretch of hotels and resorts, but feels a world away, this is the place! It is located around the corner from the main point, where the good surf is, so I walked right over the dune to the power of the Indian ocean and then around the horn to the break to surf every morning. There are no restaurants or shops or bars out here, so if you need that, stay in "town," but I prefer to sleep at night and surf early, so it worked for us. We were in touch with the owners, Lal and Leela, a very nice couple who have moved back to Sri Lanka from England. Lal was good about checking in to see how the place was as we were some of the first ones there. We also stayed with them at their home above Kandy amongst a tea estate, called Woohouse Eaves Homestay.

We were lucky enough to eat a delicious Sri Lankan breakfast, included in the room cost, which was prepared by the neighbor who is the caretaker. We liked the food so much and didn't want to eat in town, so we arranged all our dinners through her too for a very reasonable price.

The acommodation is pretty basic, just two minimalistic beds, some hooks, a nice new fan (huge plus), and a bathroom on the back of each building and a separate shower room, which is nice. The whole neighborhood sits on the sand dunes, so vegetation is sparse, but that is the way it is naturally. The young fisherman who lives across the street and speaks pretty good english is a very friendly surfer who showed me some good waves and would be a great guide to hire for the day or an instructor for beginners. Very positive, energetic, and a good guy. His name is Sadis.

Bottom line, if you are looking to get away from the banana pancakes and meet real people and explore this fascinating part of the country, stay here.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: World Vision Road, Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Eastern Province > Arugam Bay
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Ranked #9 of 13 Specialty lodging in Arugam Bay
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