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Happy Panda Homestay
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

I spent many months in Arugam bay and my best memories by far are sitting comfortably on cushions on the terrace, eating certainly the best food in the whole of the bay, having great conversations with good people, listening to excellent music, and best of all being taken care of by Natalia, who is simply the best guest house owner I've met in my 41 years of traveling. Can't recommend Happy Panda highly enough. You can find me on FaceBook, my email's there if you want to ask any questions. For reasons of my work, I couldn't sleep there, but if Natalia ever sets up a space I can work in - and the rooms are already excellent - then that's where I'll stay. If you're in Arugam Bay, don't miss the Panda. :-)

Room Tip: Stay at Happy Panda and you'll have a good room.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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1  Thank Nick G
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

We spent 5 nights with my 8 y.o. son with the hospitable Panda)) and could have stay longer. Much longer! But our itinerary did not let us....
I didn't expect much from AB since I am NOT a surfer but our stay there exceeded all expectations not in the least due to the place we had wisely chosen to stay. Happy Panda turned out to be worth every rupee we paid - the location is very convenient, the place is quiet and extreemely comfy, the bathrooms are big (for the small place like HP), the staff VERY welcoming and helpful, the chillout cafe is great, the garden is pleasant to look at... Lovely,lovely, lovely.
If I to visit Sri Lanka again I'd definitely stay ay HP again.

Room Tip: Proabably not the best place for those who is looking for a crowd to share fun with. Great for a quiet family/couple.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank svargamarga
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Reviewed November 20, 2012 via mobile

Let's list up Pro's and Con's:

Pro's:
-super clean (after 5 months in Sri Lanka you learn to appreciate good smelling rooms, towels and mosquito nets)
-great (!!) dinner cooked by Natalia (the owner) and her husband
-the outside "living room area" is the cutest thing ever. The hammocks and the garden are beyond pretty.
-location! Its just 50 m from the beach.
- CHEAP!

Con's:
-the breakfast (which was included for us) was rather small
-one night we couldnt join dinner because of food allergies. Its off season now, so no other restaurants were open. We went to bed hungry because the owner lacked a sense of caring and didnt offer us anything else or helped us finding some place else.

Overall we had a great time at Happy Panda. It's probably one of the best places to stay in Arugam Bay.
The owner Natalia and her husband are very, very nice people. We had a great talk with them the last night about everything you can imagine. We planned on staying 2 nights at the most and stayed way longer. :)

  • Stayed: November 2012
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2  Thank NiinaJuliia
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 5 nights. The room was really good value and there was a great chillout area/cafe. The perfect place to chill between surfs. The ladies organised us tuk-tuks to different surf spots for a good price and the drivers waited for us while we were in the water. I seriously recommend their massive fruit salad - amazing! Also good coffee, wifi and a FREE laundry service...ahh it was biss.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 22, 2016
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  • Stayed: August 2016, traveled with friends
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