The legendary Stardust Beach Hotel, run by Danish couple Per and Merete for more than 20 years, adds the final touches of perfection to your visit to paradise. It lies on Arugam Bay on the South East coast of Sri Lanka, idyllically situated by the water. Apart from a beautiful ambience and cleanliness, many small details add to the comfort of each room. Surf Arugam Bay’s Main Point that is firing between June and September or find an uncrowded wave on a deserted beach.
Sri Lanka’s jewel, a long right sandbottom point that provides barrels and big turn sections. It is at its best at 3-4ft, but can be surfed up to 6-8ft if conditions are right, but beyond 4-6ft it tends to section. It can get quite crowded, and only occasionally serves up a hollow section here and there – mostly on the semi wedgy take off peak. The best thing about A-Bay is its consistency. It is renowned for having some sort of rideable wave on most days in the season.
Hollow, though it is fickle. It is more sheltered, so only breaks when A-Bay is almost maxing out. The sucky take off section is barely a few metres in front of a series of dangerous phallic shaped boulders, followed by one or more distinct bowl sections before the main Spectators rock. Beyond “Spectators” it reels down the point for another 50 to 100 metres of playful manoeuvring into the beach. Then you can jog back around the Point and do it all again.
A little over an hour south of A-Bay by road is another fun, walled up performance wave with quite a hollow little inside section. There is also a brief opportunity to get covered on the take off- if you can be bothered paddling over onto the trailing edge of the whale- shaped rock shelf. Okanda picks up just as much swell as A-Bay even though it is more sheltered from the predominant south/southeast trade winds that tend to kick in like clockwork around mid morning every day.
Pricing & Packages
7 nights from USD $280
They have six nice budget rooms in a nice quiet secluded area. All of them with bathroom and two of them with air condition (a/c).
7 nights from USD $280
If you prefer to stay in a nice cozy bungalow with fans, attached bathrooms, and a separate common kitchen, that is also an option. They also have two spacious and well serving houses/cottages for 3 people. Each with fans, two bedrooms, kitchen & attached bathroom.
7 nights from USD $350
All cabanas have private terrace, fans and attached open- air bathroom. Double cabanas have 1 double bed. They can accommodate 2 persons. Family cabanas have 2 double beds. They can accommodate 4 persons.
7 nights from USD $490
The main building has 4 double rooms on the first floor and 4 double rooms on the garden floor. If you wish to come with a small family, ask for interconnected rooms as the middle rooms on each floor have an interconnecting door. A mini bar can be found in every room. All rooms have solar powered hot water. Garden floor rooms have fans & A/C.
7 nights from USD $595
With only 2 double rooms and a common kitchen/living room on each level, ideally one floor can be booked completely, as an apartment. The bathrooms have solar powered hot water and hair dryers; the kitchens are fully equipped and can be used as common/living rooms.
Apart from a beautiful ambiance and cleanliness, many small details add to the comfort of each room: Quality mattresses, a mosquito net or repellent (you choose), and of course soap, tissues, a supply of ice cold (or hot) drinking water, and a cup of tea or coffee when you wake up in the morning. There are 3 different kinds of accommodation: Main Building Rooms, Villa Rooms & Cabanas. The rooms are built of traditional bricks, mortar & tiles. There is no airconditioning in any rooms because Stardust is situated right on the beach front and also for environmental reasons.
Right in front of the hotel, they also have some average beach break waves. They hardly ever get perfect but they are fun for bodysurfing. Also right in front of the Stardust, about 150 meters out in the bay, there is a rock in the water which produces the only left-hander in the area (Madam`s Slap). If the swell is big enough, it hits the rock and a pretty gnarly left hand slap jumps up. They had some pros there last year and they pulled into some stand up barrels.