It is all about the atmosphere at Samantha’s. The staff is very nice and especially Samantha go a long way to help you out. The guest chats around the one large table in an enjoyable way. The food is average compared to other places we ate in Sri Lanka, and expect the usual long waiting time. You should be prepared for a rather basic accommodation, most with shared bathroom – some with privat bath/toilet. We stayed in the ”Arabian luxury tent” and in a ”cabana”. The tap in the cabana did not work, the (more important) shower did though. Do not expect daily cleaning. However what can you expect for this kind of money? All in all good value for money.
A few notes on Arugam Bay: For eating better than the average go to Hidaway (mains around 1500 LKR). Female travellers in bikinis (especially with out male company) shall expect a lot of attention with out any discretion from the local men/boys next to the main surf point. In the other end of the beach, like in front of Samantha’s, this is not an issue. We had a beginner surf lesson from Amigo surf school (next to Samatha’s) – they did a good job.
General info for Sri Lanka: we had 2 good drivers. Airport, central and south - Viraj +94 779154713. If you want to go to Arugam Bay (east coast) - +94 777212630 for Sanju. If you want to go by train try http://www.blueline.lk/, where you can book from home or just go 3rd class. We did and it was fun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a friendly beach resort in the middle of the bay with 4 luxury cabanas, 6 funky follies and two beautiful luxury Arabian tents. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Folly Sri Lanka/Pottuvil