Me and my friend booked 3 nights at Hideaway. The rooms were immaculately clean and the outside veranda was lovely to sit out on. It is apparent that lots of thought has gone into designing the hotel - beautiful furnishings and great attention to detail. We were told that we were getting a non-ac room, which was fine but the room turned out to be more like glamping. If you don't stay in a bungalow, be prepared for a beautifully decorated room but with open walls (wooden trellis covered with cloth) i.e. very little sound protection. My friend and I both slept with ear plugs which are provided at reception. We didn't find it particularly difficult to get to sleep but you must be aware that you can hear everything (wildlife, the restuarant directly below, the bar and the nearby mosque).
The hotel bar has a great happy hour (2 for 1 for 550lkr) run by the super friendly staff. It's nice that Sharon talks to all the guests and is a good manageress. We needed help organising the overnight coach back to Colombo and the staff were extremely obliging in aiding us. The hotel also arranged for a tuk tuk to take us to Whiskey Point, which we would highly recommend for a day away from Arugam Bay.
The food at the hotel is incredible and it is obvious that lots of thought goes into choosing the daily menu. It is more expensive that a lot of the places we ate at in Sri Lanka but the food quality is above and beyond, so worth it.
All in all, Hideaway was a really nice place to stay if. However, if you can afford it (£100 a night) splash out on a bungalow!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Hideaway, we are small enough to get to know you personally and big enough to give you room to breathe. We've opened the doors of this magical place we've lovingly called home for 30 years and we invite you to join us here and discover its very special charm. Hideaway is primarily a family owned and run entity and has its own distinct personality and style of service and is not for everyone. The relaxed and homely atmosphere has a certain panache and all our guests receive sensitive and personalised attention. Hideaway comprises 14 rooms in total: four double rooms and one triple room within the main villa, three family bungalows, four double bungalows and two air-conditioned double rooms - all discretely situated within the resort's gardens, furnished with a rustic charm that will nourish your mind and soul. We are now delighted to provide our guests with facilities for wellness and healing. We have added a pool, yoga pavilion and treatment center - the latter two operate daily during the season. Let us feed your body too! The quality of our cuisine is renowned for miles around and we are proud to share it with our guests and visitors. Our inviting restaurant, open for a relaxed breakfast, lunch and dinner, delivers the finest gastronomic encounters, courtesy of Sharon and her skilled team and carefully selected ingredients. Whatever your reason for visiting Arugam Bay, we have the knowledge and a whole host of local contacts to ensure you make the most of your stay. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hideaway Resort Sri Lanka/Arugam Bay