The Stardust Beach Hotel

The Stardust lies on Arugam Bay on the South East coast of Sri Lanka, idyllically 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. Per Goodman deceased in the Tsunami at Stardust Beach Hotel. Merete Scheller survived the waves, rebuilt the ruins, and continued running the hotel.


Apart from running a hotel with a high standard of service for our guests our aims are: to create employment for people in the area, which has an unemployment rate of 70%, to train our 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.

We are now able to offer full employment for 24 persons. At the moment 12 families derive their main sustenance from the running of the hotel, and another 20 families benefit to a certain degree from the business. We are constantly training local people. Several of our former employees has since found employment abroad.

Email: • Phone: 0094 (0) 63 22 48 191 • Mobile: 0094 (0) 77 90 67 841 • STARDUST BEACH HOTEL, ARUGAM BAY, POTTUVIL, SRI LANKA