Bay Vista Hotel is a family-run beachside hotel in Arugam Bay which offers accommodation, restaurant, yoga studio, surf camp, and vegetarian cafe.
Milan Hennadige is a professional surfer and Bay Vista Hotel's official instructor. He started surfing at the age of 8 and never stopped since. He is one of the best free surfers in Sri Lanka and was lucky enough to be trained with ISA to get his Level 1 ISA certification for instructing and life saving. He is also one of the three instructors in Sri Lanka trained to do guiding for intermediate surfers. In 2010 he placed second at the ASP WQS competition held in Arugam bay and in 2017, he again placed second at the Covelong Open Surf Competition.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200
Monica grew up in London; she's lived and traveled all over the world and now resides in Sri Lanka. She has been practicing yoga for over two decades and is trained as a certified Vinyasa flow Yoga Alliance instructor. She completed her 200 YTT with Louisa Sear and Byron Bay Yoga Arts. Monica brings a passionate and energetic spirit to her classes where she explores diverse yoga, breath-work, and meditative practices. She has worked with surfers and yogis of all levels and tailors her techniques to suit the group or individual as necessary, leaving students focused and revitalized by the end.
a traveler United Kingdom
Lovely hotel and very good value for money. Not forgetting the tasty food and nice clean rooms. Management (Amanda and Lucky) and staff couldn't do enough to make our stay more comfortable. 5 minute walk along the beach is nice bathing area with life guards. You can walk half a mile in to the sea and the water is still only waist high. Highly recommended.
a traveler Australia
Hospitality at its best. From the waiters to the hotel manger go beyond their duty to cater and attend to the guests needs. Chef is one of the best. We find out that he used to work in top restaurants in Colombo and please try his chili crab. It is the best. We had a very friendly waiter/bell boy. He was very fast serving us and did not hesitate to fulfill our requests. Manager Lucky is another person that went beyond his duty to satisfy his customers. Hotel is clean and food was fresh and tasty. Only thing that travelers have to be aware is that you are travelling or staying at one of the most remote parts of Sri Lanka. If you want five star luxury Arugam Bay is not the place. You better stay in Colombo. This is a world famous surfing area. However, Sri Lankan government and its corrupt politicians has neglected and hasn’t done any developments for tourists. Beach is polluted and fishermen doesn’t have a proper harbor facilities. You can experience power failures and Wi-Fi is not the best. If you can handle these shortcomings and want to have a relax holiday with best surfing, swimming and visiting wildlife sanctuaries Arugam Bay is one of the best. Staff at Bay Vista will make sure that you have a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
Stayed with my family for 3 weeks. As we explored other nice places, I can surely say that this is the best hotel in Arugam Bay if taking in account all aspects and especially value for money. Excellent location and scenery, for surfers - 10 minutes walk to the main point, daily yoga classes on the roof top balcony. We got huge and nice comfortable room with an extra single bad, Wi-Fi connection in all places - rooms and public areas, good vibes, best food, great breakfast and buffet dinners and generous staff. Mr Ferrera the owner, and his family, were wonderful and very helpful! Definitely will come again.