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Galaxy Lounge Hotel
Ranked #4 of 29 Pottuvil B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 1, 2011

A cosy family run set of wooden cabanas. Amazingly friendly and helpful staff which made the holiday for us. Food was out of this world. Great place to chill and forget about the city hustle and bustle. Fantastic value for money too. We had friends staying for a few nights and they were vey accommodating despite not pre-booking. Very flexible and relaxed. Beach has a very strong rip however but GREAT for surfing!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Vip T
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Galaxy Lounge is where I think about when I want to relax - I could pass months there on the hammocks listening to the waves and watching the day go by.

The staff are the friendliest guys I have ever met, especially Riaz and Hassan!
Great food, great service all day, great positioning (in Arugam) and brilliant people.
Well worth the drive,
I hope it never changes

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank JT3355
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

A world away from any hustle and bustle it was easy to let the worries melt and just slide into the laid back environment. Galaxy is situated right on a beautiful beach in a remote village surrounded by lovely unspoilt nature. There are good waves and the owner Wayne can teach you how to surf! There's also a national park nearby and one of the most memorable moments we had was camping overnight in a cave above a panoramic view of the ocean and land. I was more than satisfied with the delicious and wide variety of foods that they served. It was great to wind down at the end of the day with a few drinks and good conversation with the owners Sri and Wayne, who go out of their way to make you feel welcome and create a home away from home atmosphere. The bungalows are simple and rustic which gives them a more authentic and eco-friendly feel. The beds are very comfortable, I had great sleeps and loved the freshness of the outdoor shower and bathroom. And the staff were warm, friendly and helpful. Therefore, I highly recommended this place.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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Thank Mike G
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

My husband and I were looking for a relaxed non-commercial beach holiday and came across the Galaxy Lounge by chance – what an amazing piece of luck and what lovely people!
We honestly cannot fault the exceptional, friendly service and fantastic freshly-prepared food. The cabanas were clean and comfortable with high ceilings and nice big beds.
The whole experience far exceeded our expectations and we are already planning our return trip.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jude H
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Stayed for five nights in early October and had an amazing time!! Some of the best food to be had in Sri Lanka. The staff are all friendly and helpful and the rooms very comfortable. I agree with another reviewer, the outdoor showers (private) attached to the cabana's are great!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Shaun D
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

If you're looking for a great quiet place to stay on the beach with affordable cabina's, Galaxy Lounge is the place. Galaxy's friendly staff and family owners will make you feel comfortable while traveling through one of the most beautiful untouched places on the planet. Pottuvil is definitely off the the beaten path, so if you're looking for a five star resort, this is not the place for you. There is no air conditioning or fancy waiter's attending to you hand and foot. If you are looking for surf, friendly people, great atmosphere and a little adventure, then Pottuvil and the Galaxy Lounge is the place for you. Oh and the food is great too!!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank johnochoa
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

We stayed in a wooden cabana for 4 nights, and overall had a great experience. The cabanas are basic (no hot water... or even any water on several occasions, toilet didn't flush, rooms could be cleaner etc) but we expected that, and for the price and experience, it didn't affect our stay. It was wonderful to be right on the beach - the staff were incredibly friendly and the food was lovely (great selection of Sri Lankan and Western).

What we found let it down was the service overall. We were expecting a laid back attitude due to the location and style of property, but even so, it got quite frustrating waiting over an hour and a half for every meal (even a basket of toast at breakfast). The owners also have 2 kids and we found them on 2 occasions, sitting on the roof our our cabana, watching us through the slatted roof without us realising. That made us feel quite uncomfortable. There were also about 5 resident dogs that lived on site and spent every night barking and howling - to the point where it was common to only get a couple of hours sleep each night. We expected the owners/staff to step in at one occasion when a dog was barking and howling relentlessly outside our door from 2am until 4am, but nothing was done. The same thing happened when we were on safari, and within 10 minutes, the property owner was outside, moving the dog away and apologising for the disturbance.

In general, we found it to be a lovely place and had a great time, but more attention needs to be paid to the service that their guests receive. Everywhere else we stayed in Sri Lanka offered a much higher service level, better control of staff (i.e chasing up orders if they could see people waiting over an hour for a bottle of water) and attention to detail in general (cleanliness of rooms, making sure we enjoyed our stay). Probably wouldn't go back, but enjoyed our stay anyway.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Victoria B
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Address: Pottuvil, Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Eastern Province > Arugam Bay > Pottuvil
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Restaurant
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Ranked #4 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Pottuvil
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A great place to stay. The staff give you anything you might need and they are friendly. The guy that runs the place has a great sense of humour and their is an older lady who does a great job of your laundry. The huts a rustic yet comfortable. They are not dirty - but they could be a bit cleaner. However, this place is miles cleaner than many other places in Arugam Bay. There were no rats and the plumbing was good - which is more than can be said for other places. I will stay there again when I return to Arugam bay. ... more   less 
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