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- Friendly, family run guesthouse
- Central location close to beach
- Tropical gardens, pool, restaurant, bar
- Excellent for surfing

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The Hideaway is a charming family run guesthouse situated in the renowned surfing destination of Arugam Bay on Sri Lanka’s south east coast. Stylishly rustic, this characterful boutique property offers 14 rooms and bungalows, a restaurant, coffee shop, bar, and a swimming pool, all nestled within three acres of mature tropical gardens just a stone’s throw from the beach. The Hideaway will appeal to travellers on a mid-range budget seeking a relaxed, friendly stay in peaceful surroundings, yet close to all the resort’s amenities.

The property’s communal areas include a lively alfresco restaurant serving international and Sri Lankan cuisine prepared using locally sourced, seasonal produce. Hideaway Blue is a popular cafe selling light meals and refreshments including excellent coffee. There is also a laid-back bar. The tranquil, mature gardens are filled with tropical trees and water features, with hammocks strung between the trees. There’s also a refreshing outdoor pool and an open air ‘shala’ where daily yoga classes and ayurvedic massages are available.

Accommodation comprises 14 rooms and bungalows. Five of the rooms, one triple and four doubles, are located on the upper floor of the main building, and there are several other thatched, cabana-style bungalows spaced out within the grounds. Airy and spacious, each unit is simply furnished and comprises double or twin beds with mosquito nets and a private ensuite bathroom, some with additional outdoor shower. All units have ceiling fans, and the bungalows come equipped with air conditioning. Rooms in the main building share a large and airy wrap-around veranda with comfy seating and views across the mature garden, whilst the bungalows each have their own private veranda with seating.

Children are warmly welcome at Hideaway, and the spacious garden and swimming pool, along with the guesthouse’s proximity to the beach, will appeal to guests of all ages. The property has a number of one-bedroom bungalows which are ideal for families or small groups. Each unit comfortably accommodates up to four guests with one king size bed plus twin or bunk beds, and houses a spacious ensuite bathroom. The bungalows are air conditioned and come with ceiling fans, mosquito nets, and private outdoor seating areas. Parents are reminded to supervise their children at all times, particularly given the beachside location.

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    Missingfiona g reviewing Complete Vietnam For Families on 15 April 2024

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    Drivers and transfers were all good - on time and very good service on each trip.

    Accommodation was lovely - Douar Samra was amazing (weather could have been better but lovely regardless). Riad in Marrakesh was also great!

    All in all a great trip and we loved the variety of the mountains, Marrakesh and the coast.

    Thanks you once again!

    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

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    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

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