Our family spent 4 nights at Stardust Beach Hotel in October 2013 as part of a round trip in southern Sri Lanka. It was by far the best place we stayed. We could easily have stayed longer had we had time for it. We liked being able to live right on the beach in basic cabanas with private bathrooms next to the sleeping rooms. Bathrooms had open ceilings providing star-view after dark. You really understand the name of the hotel, when you are there. We were not the most organised, so we were a bit late booking at a busy time for the hotel, and yet the staff did everything they could to help us get a great stay and helped us find good trips in the area.
The food was amazing and a visit to the kitchen ensured us that everything was prepared from scratch in a clean environment and under the supervision of a very skilled chef. There were lots of good places to hang out and relax in sun or shade after playing in the great waves just a few meters from the rooms, or finishing the morning yoga session or massage. Falling a sleep at night listing to the waves and other tropical sounds is part of staying at Stardust as is being woken up by morning prayers in town. The little town Pottuvil closeby is worth a visit by tuk-tuk, and so is the national park to the south. Finally, I really think it is great that the management tries to help locals by providing them with reasonably well paid jobs and training at the hotel, and that they worry about sustainability, which is why air-con is not an option. It was not needed when we were there anyway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stardust Beach Hotel is a calm and relaxing hotel right out to the beach. It's the perfect get away from the busy everyday life. All rooms & cabanas have mini bar, fans, mosquito nets & repellants, attached bathrooms, private terraces or balconies. Sea view from all rooms & cabanas. All ground floor rooms & cabanas have direct access to a big private beach garden. No AC in any rooms for environmental reasons. The rooms are well ventilated with fresh sea breeze & fans.Among other things, the hotel also offers laundry service, free parking and free WiFi. If you really wish to enjoy your holiday, you can start the day with a yoga session at the hotels yoga facilities, then have a delicious breakfast at our beach-view a la carte restaurant and later go for a swim in the perfectly temperate water or take a tuc-tuc to go explore the area around Arugam Bay and end the day with a massage. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stardust Beach Hotel Sri Lanka/Arugam Bay