Monday, June 15, 2015

The lovely Guesthouse East Surf Cabanas in Arugam Bay

Raffaella, Giada and Sudu. Photo taken by Subha Wijesiriwardena

We met Raffaella and Sudu two years ago and decided to come back for a longer time. So we arrived with the night bus in the early morning at 3 pm and tip-toed through the beautiful garden. The smell of jasmine after eight hours in a hot and sweaty bus was so welcoming! As we opened the door to our room we hoped so much that everything was prepared for us. And yes! A beautiful big bed, with a spotless clean spacy moscito net and white bedlinen. The room is spacious, beautifully designed with an eye for details. After traveling in India this felt like a gift for me!

The two of them are great hosts! So helpful, they are trying to make everything possible. Like arranging surf lessons or a transfer back to Colombo. Raffaella also gives holistic massages to women. The atmosphere is familiar and they are attracting really nice guests. And Giada! The now ten month old baby with the most beautiful smile of the world! Some lovely cats and Mocca, the dog, also belong to the family. We had two kittens living on our veranda for some weeks, this was fun. Monkeys come visit sometimes, which is always a real adventure. 

The food is great, there is a great choice! Sri Lankan breakfast with potato curry, coconut sambol and bread. Or the classic bread with jam, eggs, and fruit. Or the fruit bowl with homemade musli. As Sudu is a fisherman and also a very good cook, there will be always the freshest fish for dinner. I love the jumbo prawns in coconut milk and of course the vegetarian curry, so delicious!

The drinking water is sourced from their own well and is naturally filtered. No need to buy the plastic bottles!

We often explored the surroundings with the bikes which are for the use of the guests. This is also great!

The hosts can organize BBQ nights in Panama and also night safaris with a jeep and a bonfire. Sudu is the best animal spotter, thanks of him, we saw elephants, wild boar, a wildcat and crocodiles!
We stayed here for two and a half months and are sad to leave tomorrow. I will miss the visits from Raffaella and Giada on our veranda and the talks with Sudu after dinner over a small glass of Arrak. But we definitely are coming back!