We love this small-but-perfectly formed hideaway a few miles north of surfing hotspot Arugam Bay.
A hotel can’t get much more boutique than the Kottukal Beach House – there are just two spacious rooms and two chalets at this hideaway in the village of Pottuvil. It’s just steps from the sand and the waves of the Pottuvil Point break, a favourite spot with surfers from around the world. While there are just a handful of accommodations, it’s not to say that the hotel lacks in space; it’s set within a two-acre coconut estate so there’s plenty of room to spread out and stretch your legs. Your time here has a soundtrack of wild waves and a backdrop of shade-giving palms, an unspoilt beach and incredible Indian Ocean sunrises.
The food at the beach house is one of the real highlights with fresh seafood and locally-sourced produce the order of the day. There are no set meal times so you can choose whether you have an early breakfast not long after sun up or a more lazy start to the day, an early dinner at sunset or a late-night bite. There’s a set menu at lunch and dinner, however, if you give them some notice, the hotel chefs can also rustle up a meal on request – that’s the beauty of having just a small amount of guests to look after. For a change of scene, have dinner on the sand, in the shadow of the palms in the hotel’s garden or even in the privacy of your room.
The airy Deluxe Rooms are set within the main house and have a balcony that overlooks the gardens and through the palm trees towards the Indian Ocean. You’ll have Wi-Fi in your room but there’s no television, not that we think you’ll miss it with a setting such as this. The two standalone Chalets are just a few steps away from the house and have doors that open out onto a terrace and the gardens beyond.
In the village of Pottuvil, a few miles from surfing hotspot Arugam Bay
Good to know
2 rooms and 2 chalets
• Enjoy dinner under stars and with your toes in the sand* • Join a cooking class with the hotel’s chefs* • Head down to Arugam Bay and watch the surfers catching some of the best breaks in the country*.
Dining room, signature dining
Breakfast in the dining room.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board • Breakfast and dinner in the dining room
Full Board • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room.
*Denotes local charge