Stardust Beach Hotel, Arugam Bay

An exclusive and peaceful oasis in the lovely Arugam Bay, Stardust Beach Hotel welcomes you with a warm, charming ambiance and the feeling of being home.
Located directly on the sandy shore of the Indian Ocean you feel the mild sea breeze and hear the calming rhythm of the waves - in every room.
Leaning back in the cozy restaurant or the deckchairs of our private garden, only a few steps from the beach, we serve you refreshing drinks and a highly acclaimed menu of all homemade food - with local dishes and international cuisine - using only the best products.

Strolling through the shadows of coconut palm trees, exotic flowers and the sound of birds in our garden you will meet miles of clean beaches with nothing but local fishermen bringing today's catch of fish and seafood to your table.
A short drive from the hotel and you are in the middle of unspoiled, stunning nature with wild elephants and crocodiles, historical sites and many more adventures.

For you, wishing to escape the noisy and bustling world, Stardust Beach Hotel offers you tranquility and care - for your body and soul.

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Latitude: 6.850387 Longitude: 81.831591 Elevation: 10 ft
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Lodging Style and Amenities

Furnished with a mixture of exotic local and nordic simplicity all rooms give you a warm, homely and comfortable sanctuary during your stay with us.

We offer you 3 different kinds of accommodation - all have sea view and private terraces/balconies:

* Double-bed rooms in the old colonial style main building
* Double-bed rooms or full apartments in the private villa
* Double-bed rooms or four person family-rooms in cabanas

All rooms have private mini bar with cold drinks, free supply of drinking water - and as you wake up, every morning we serve you a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee with a smile.
The fresh and invigorating sea breeze in combination with efficient fans make your nights calm and pleasant - with no need for noisy air condition. Though, rooms with A/C are available for a small fee.

The cabanas are built of coconut thatch (Cajan) & timber in the old Sri Lankan country style. 

We offer you free and high-speed WiFi internet and a free, well assorted library.

Drivers & guides can be accommodated at the Stardust Beach Hotel for a small fee.

Breakfast Style Served

Breakfast Not Included

Seasons Open

Open all year - with a comfortable tropical climate during all seasons

Additional Services and Amentities Available

Professional yoga classes in the hotels private yoga pavilion open towards the beach - and a variety of wellness- as well as therapeutic massages are available.

Arugam Bay is world famous for some of the best points for surfing - for beginners as well as professionals - and we are happy to help you arrange lessons or surf boards for rent. A canoe can be rented for exploring the nearby lagoon where wild elephants, crocodiles and all sorts of birds make up a breathtaking scenery.

The hotel also help you with local drivers and guides for a wide range of excursions and adventures - among others:

  • Safari trips to East Yala National Park - Kumana 
  • Trips to Lahugala National Park
  • Visits to ancient temples and other historical sites
  • Lagoon trips
  • Surf lessons or -transport


Rate Range

Rooms & Cabanas US$ 33 - US$ 100. Extra bed US$ 13. Drivers food & acc. US$ 14

Driving Directions

The beautiful and fastest way takes you from Colombo to:
Avissawella, Ratnapura, Pelmadulla, Udawalawe Junction, Udawalawe Dam, Thanamavila, Wellawaya, Butalla, Moneragala, Siyambalanduwa, Pottuvil - and then Arugam Bay.

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The even more scenic route you are crossing the mountains, just being aware that parts of the road are in a less good condition and hence a bit more demanding, from Colombo to:
Avissawella, Ratnapura, Pelmadulla - then going to Balangoda and Belihul Oya - continuing over Beragala, Wellawaya, Butalla, Moneragala, Siyambalanduwa, Pottuvil - and then Arugam Bay.

NB: Arriving from Moneragala into Pottuvil you meet a roundabout (after the police station); here you turn right, and southwards through Pottuvil town to Arugam Bay. Just after the bridge over the Lagoon, take the first lane (Star Dust Hotel Road) on your left - and the friendly staff of Stardust Beach Hotel welcome you at the end of the road on the right, just before the beach.

Eco-Friendly Notes

Fresh air: Being one of the few hotels in Arugam Bay located directly on the beach we have the privilege to offer our guests a very Eco-friendly hotel built to make the best of the refreshing and healthy sea breeze - hence no need for artificial air condition.
Fresh water: We supply our guests with fresh, clean, ice cold water in thermos - hence no need for expensive bottled water.
Fresh food: All food is homemade, using high quality local products, healthy cooking oil and every day we bake our own bread.

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

We offer you a hotel with a feeling of home and an all local staff, who create an atmosphere of family.
Several of our key staff members have been part of Stardust Beach Hotel's family for more than 20 years. From the beginning our mission - besides running a high standard resort - has been to offer education and employment for people in an area with a 70 % unemployment rate. Also to introduce building standards with respect for the environment. 

Stardust Beach Hotel was built in 1984 by the Danish couple Merete Scheller & Per Goodman - who ran the hotel together. In the wake of the tsunami in 2004 the entrepreneurial and beloved Mr. Per Goodman perished. After recovering and rebuilding, Merete Scheller continues welcoming the many guests, faithful regulars and new.


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