Bay Vista Hotel – Arugam Bay

General Overview

Bay Vista Hotel opened in 2014 and is one of the larger hotels in Arugam Bay, where accommodation is usually small guesthouses and private homes. Bay Vista is good value for money and is conveniently located to enjoy Arugam Bay’s surfing beaches, cultural heritage and wildlife and nature spots. The hotel has a laid-back atmosphere, comfortable a/c rooms and offers traditional Sri Lankan and western cuisine. Arugam Bay is a coastal fishing village; the stretch of sand beyond the hotel beach garden becomes a hive of activity when the local fishermen bring the day’s catch ashore. The main surf point on the bay is just a short walk along the beach. Surfboards are available for hire nearby in town and surfing lessons are on offer during the season. Bay Vista welcomes families with children.


There are double and triple rooms which all open out to private balconies with sea or land views; the upper floor rooms have spectacular sea views. Interiors are equipped with twin or double beds, a/c, overhead fans, a mini-fridge and an ensuite bathroom with h/w shower.


Water sports   Beach access   Internet   Restaurant   Room service   Child friendly

The casual dining area opens out on to an enclosed beach garden furnished with sun lounges. Sri Lankan and western dishes, snacks, fresh juices, tea and coffee are served in the main dining area. Other facilities include complimentary Wi-Fi in the restaurant and reception, room service, an on-call doctor and a baby-sitting service for children under four years old.


Arugam Bay is well known for its point breaks, suitable for a range of abilities. Surf Point, which breaks at the headland in front of Arugam Bay, is suitable for body surfing and beginners; Whiskey Point and Pottuvil Point situated on a deserted beach north of Arugam Bay is more suitable for experienced surfers; Pottuvil Point and Peanut Farm, south of Arugam Bay, are suited for intermediate to advanced surfers. Arugam Bay is not all about the sun and surf: experience the ancient cultural heritage with a trek to the Kudimbigala Forest Hermitage which is spread over 4,700 hectares of wilderness. Trek uphill over huge rock boulders through thick forest cover and pass ancient meditation caves and temple ruins. Once you reach the peak, visit the small temple and take in the breathtaking views across the Eastern shore. Explore the jungles of Kumana Bird Sanctuary and the Lahugala National Park, home to large herds of elephants. Go on a boat ride along the Pottuvil Lagoon which is edged by mangroves that are inhabited by numerous species of birds.

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