Star Dust Hotel Arugam Bay

The Stardust lies on Arugam Bay on the South East coast of Sri Lanka, ideally situated by the water.A large lagoon is to one side, where wild elephants congregate for an evening ‘shower’. On the other, the gardens in front of the restaurant open directly on to the broad sweep of Arugam Bay and the Indian Ocean – many miles of pristine tropical beaches deserted but for the clusters of fishermen’s boats dotted here and there, and little thatched villages huddled just above the waterline, where small children jump up and down and scream with excitement at the sight of a visitor.

The Stardust was created by Merete Scheller and Per Goodman, who, assisted by friendly and competent local staff, have taken the best that this lush and stunningly beautiful tropical island has to offer, added the civilized comforts of Denmark – an excellent restaurant, fine wines, innovative and delightful accommodation – to create a holiday destination you would only expect to find in a dream. Today the Stardust is run by Merete Scheller.


Apart from a beautiful ambience and cleanliness many small details add to the comfort of each room: Quality mattresses, a mosquito net or repellant (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.

All rooms & cabanas have mini bar, fans, mosquito nets & repellants, attached bathrooms, private terraces or balconies. You can enjoy Sea view from all rooms & cabanas. All ground floor rooms & cabanas have direct access to a big private beach garden. No AC in any rooms for environmental reasons. The rooms are well ventilated with fresh sea breeze & fans.

Apart from running a hotel with a high standard of service for guests, their aims are: to create employment for people in the area, which has an unemployment rate of 70%, to train their employees in the hotel disciplines & teach them to collaborate with each other, to introduce high building standards with simple materials, to induce greater awareness of hygiene and preservation of the environment in respect of ecologically sound removal of refuse & sewage discharge.

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