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Star Dust Beach Hotel

      
      
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Arugambay, Sri Lanka

Star Dust Beach Hotel

Overview
Set amidst coconut palms and a riot of colourful bougainvilleas, Stardust Beach Hotel spreads over two acres of sandy beachfront property which consists of a main hotel area with dining and living facilites and a separate `Rainbow Village’ with three cabanas that provide more privacy if booked in its entirety for a larger group of friends or family. What Stardust lacks in five-star facilities, it makes up in comfort, cleanliness, excellent food and a genial atmosphere. Rise early and take in the magnificent sunrise and chirping parrots on the tree tops. Go surfing or explore ancient ruins and the natural wilderness that surrounds Arugam Bay. By dusk, relax with a Ayurveda massage or Yoga at Stardust’s wellness centre by the beach. Stardust Beach Hotel was started over two decades ago by a Danish couple – Per and Merete who put Arugam Bay on the tourism map. The hotel was badly affected by the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 which tragically took away the life of Per. After much hardship, Stardust has now been refurbished and continues to be run by Merete who ensures that guests are well taken care of.

Location
Stadust Beach Hotel with its comfortable rooms and laid back ambience, has been THE place to stay in Arugam Bay ever since it started over 20 years ago. Situated by the estuary where the Pottuvil lagoon meets the shimmering waters of the Indian Ocean, Stardust is ideally poised to experience the thrilling waves which is at its best for surfing from July to August, as well as the magnificent nature and wildlife that inhabits the lagoon. Arugam Bay is famously known as one of 10 best surf spots in the world and dedicated surfers return each year to experience the thrilling waves and the relatively secluded beaches. Keen surfers usually make the eight hour long journey on the A4 route directly from Colombo to Arugam Bay, which is tiring but well worth the trip. Since Arugam Bay is easily assessable from other parts of the country including the southern highlands (Badulla, Ella, Haputale), central hills (Kandy), Buttala foothills (Uda Walawe, Yala, Tissa) and the South Coast, it can be easily included into a tour of Sri Lanka.

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Listed as one of ten top surf spots in the world, Arugam Bay also known as AbaY, is a popular haunt for surfers especially during the peak season between July and August. There are several popular point breaks including Ullah Point, Pottuvil Point, Surf Point, Peanut Farm Point, and Crocodile Rock. `Surf Point’ that breaks at the headland in front of Arugam Bay is suitable for body surfing and beginners; Pottuvil Point situated on a deserted beach north of Arugam Bay is more suitable for experienced surfers; and Crocodile Rock, another challenging surf point, is located south of Arugam Bay. Waves of up to 5–6ft offer up to a 400 metre `ride’ and the relatively isolated beaches are a major attraction to surfers. Explore the nearby Pottuvil lagoon, home to monitor lizards, monkeys, and numerous species of birds. Trek through wilderness to the ruins of the Kudumbigala jungle monastery which dates back to the 2nd century BC with rock caves, inscriptions, and ruins of stone buildings. The spectacular views from the rock extend as far as Kataragama.

Facilities
The open-sided restaurant and lounge area is an ideal meeting place where notes are exchanged on best wave `swells’ and best surf spots for the day. Stardust is famous for sumptuous Sri Lankan and international cuisine which includes home made ice crèmes and cakes. Meals are prepared using fresh vegetables from the local market and seafood brought right to the doorstep by local fisherman. A range of wines are also on offer. Dinner orders are taken ahead of time around 6.00pm each day and served fresh at any time according to your preference. There is a small outdoor pizzeria and café where BBQs and special menus are served on certain days of the week. An outdoor meeting area serves as a venue for conducting workshops, discussions, or a private function. During the season, Stardust offers Yoga, Tai-chi, and relaxing massages. The two-acre beach garden is ideal for kids to play around in. Internet access is available at the front office.

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