There are now over 100 places to stay in Arugam Bay. Accommodation ranges from the simplest $10 rooms with a fan to $100 air-conditioned 4-star hotel rooms with a TV and minibar. Here are some points to consider when making your choice.
A reservation on Agoda or Booking.com (click to view all Arugam Bay properties in a new window) does not necessarily mean that there will be a room waiting for you. This is a common problem during high season (July to September). Sometimes business owners will give away your reserved room a day or two before you arrive if they can get a better price. They will then offer you a room of a lower specification or something in a neighbouring hotel. Reputation is everything here so be sure to read the reviews carefully.
The beach side is more expensive but there is a huge advantage to this beyond having a nice view. The temperature is cooler at the beach due to the sea breeze. Be warned that it is still very hot especially during April to August. Nearer the sea it is easier to sit outside and not be constantly attacked by flies and mosquitoes.
“The fact it is so sheltered meant no breeze which allowed these little midge type bugs to take total control of any outside area especially around morning and dusk. Even tropical strength insect repellent wouldn’t allow you to sit outside. This may have been just a seasonal thing.” – Tripadvisor Review
During the high season it is becoming more of a party town every year. This means incredibly loud techno music killing the chance of sleep until 6 or 7am. All is not lost, however, as the town is basically split in two. There is a noisier area to the south and a quieter area to the north. In the southern area you can expect parties for 3 or 4 nights a week. However, there is now a new venue called Ocean Sky. They are staging a weekly party at the far northern end of town near the Stardust Hotel.
There are serious issues with water and electricity on the East Coast as the supplies are being upgraded in an ongoing project. Cuts in the government water supply sometimes happen therefore, if your hotel or guesthouse does not have its own well and water tanks you will only have water for this time. Most places do have a water tank which they fill once a day. However during busy times, when this is empty, there will be no water in your accommodation.
Power cuts , although becoming less frequent every year, still happen often during the rainy season and during the busiest months of the year in high season. Check to see if your hotel has its own generator or you could be spending the evening hours in the dark.
The beach in Arugam Bay is stunning but some areas are notably better than others. The southern end in the corner of the bay is perfect for swimming. However, this is where the majority of fishing boats are stored so it is not the best place to lay out on the sand. The northern end of the beach is more open and quieter although you need to be a stronger swimmer to enjoy the sea in that area. Nonetheless, it is safe and there are no dangerous currents but more care is needed, especially at the shore where large waves can break unexpectedly.
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Thank you for all the useful information.
In your opinion which is the best area to avoid noise at night (but still close to the shore), any recommended homestay / hotel? Coming to Arugam Bay 16-19 july, main goal: surfing.
The further away from Main Point the quieter it becomes, although there are always random parties on the beach at different places these days. If you want absolute peace and quiet you probably need to stay south of Main Point where a few new places are setting up.
Hi Chris – great website. We have x2 kids under 5 and are looking at coming for 3 month from July this year to surf do yoga etc. How unique! haha. Really keen to hear about long-term rentals and the best way to find out about them? Thanks in advance
Hey Lief, I think Airbnb is going to be your best option if you want to book in advance. One of the most overlooked factors when renting a house in the local area is security. You will not be the only person with a key and owners have been known to rob their own places or get a friend to do it. I would probably book a hotel for a week and then try and arrange things after you arrive. If you tell a few people what you are looking for then it will not take long for the offers to start.
Thanks John – really useful to know especially around security. It’s hard to gauge what an average house rental price is off air bnb – would you have an idea what we could expect?
I haven’t looked at what is available for a while. What prices are you seeing? It will depend on where it is, the condition and the reputation of the host. I imagine that during high season the prices will be high especially if you want something to a reasonable standard.
Great Webpage, very helpful! We plan to visit Arugam Bay with two kids 12 and 14 in July. Can someone recommend a nice place to stay which is a little bit away from the party music? Thanks!
Try stay golden for the best part of the beach, hideaway if you are not too worried about being next to the sea. Also depends on your budget and your ac requirements… to be clear of the party music stay away from mambos and baby point area! We stayed in aloha but the rooms are not the best, they are ok though…