Gecko Restaurant & Rooms, Arugum Bay

We run a small hotel which is situated approximately half way along Arugam Bay, 10 mins walk to the main surf point. The front building is situated on the main street, whilst the rooms and restaurant are beach side.

We have a small shop situated in the front building selling surf shorts, T shirts, Sri Lankan handicrafts, toiletries, postcards, jewelry, & book exchange. We are currently compiling a range of Gecko/Arugam Bay T Shirts and other branded items so you may take home a small piece of this special place, to keep the memories alive!

Our rooms although simple are clean and comfortable. Our popular restaurant offers superb views of the beach and surf point, so you can kick off your shoes and lounge on outsized cushions with a cool drink in our spacious chill out areas.

The lush tropical garden creates a special atmosphere, combine this with great food, laid back music and smiling helpful staff; what’s not to enjoy?


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Latitude: 6.840737 Longitude: 81.832739 Elevation: 16 ft
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Inn Style

The restaurant is facing the beach and is built using local natural materials i.e wood with a cadjan thatched roof. We have a large deck seating area with a well stocked bar area together with loads of day beds to relax on when it all gets too much. Also there are plenty of sunbeds for our customers to use, we can serve super cool drinks and snacks to. 

Breakfast Style Served

Breakfast Not Included

Seasons Open

All year

Eco-Friendly Notes

We believe in real food that tastes like it should. Most dishes/drinks are prepared and cooked to order (therefore please be patient, especially during busy periods).  We use fresh ingredients, with no artificial nasties, margarine or MSG.  We use non processed foods ie wholemeal flour (for the brown bread) & raw cane sugar, fresh fruit & veggies (organic where possible and we grow what we can), real butter and fresh milk. 

In order to support ‘local’ businesses and limit our carbon footprint, we buy Sri Lankan products when available.  

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

For the last 2 years we have been running our wood fired bread/pizza oven.  During the high we serve pizzas with various toppings most evenings together with other lush home-bakes for daily specials.

Accessibility Notes

We are situated approximately half way along Arugam Bay, 10 mins walk to the main surf point. Our main building is on the main street and we have some off street parking.

Pet Friendly Notes

We have a varying selection of dogs (all local beach mutts), hence not many cats. We usually end up with a few puppies most years. Unless you are particulary nervous around animals our dogs are allowed to roam free.

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