Fly High and Party Hard at Arugambay Roccos


June 2017| 364 views

Arugambay Roccos

‘Eat, Surf, Dance and Repeat’ is the theme that echoes through Arugambay Roccos. This unique hotel with a stylish cube theme is the first of its kind in the surfing hotspot of Arugambay.

Arugambay Roccos promises great waves, breathtaking views of the vast ocean and delicious cuisine. This modern hotel by Ulla and Urani Resorts, a partnership between A M Naleem and BT Options, resonates with the very identity of Sri Lanka’s surfing capital – fun and relaxation in the sun. A M Naleem has been in the tourism industry in Arugambay for many years and is also the owner of Tsunami Hotel, which was started in the late 1990s. Arugambay Roccos was opened on May 18, 2017.

Echoing a leisurely vibe, the experience at Arugambay Roccos begins with a refreshing sip of kurumba. As you enter you stand transfixed by the endless hues of turquoise and gold as the pool and ocean seem one under the gleaming sun.

A design by SMI Engineering, inspired by cubic shapes, the 22 air-conditioned Cubes are fully furnished to ensure absolute privacy and comfort. Aligned in twos, all the Cubes overlook the Water Cube, garden and ocean. The Cubes on the ground level have a verandah while the upper floor rooms have a balcony; lounge in the cosy deck-chairs while basking in the fantastic views of the South-Eastern shoreline. The spacious interior of the rooms is a cooling white with sandy coloured furniture that are soothing to the eye. With an en-suite bathroom the Cubes provide the comfort for a leisurely stay.

Cooled by coconut and kohomba (neem) trees, the hotel beach stretch is the place to relish uninterrupted views of the deep teal ocean while relaxing under soothing turquoise sun-shades. With the Arugambay surfing point being a short walk away, guests can catch their breath here after riding the whopping waves off the cove. Or just enjoy a snooze on the beach chairs after a cooling soak in the Water Cube.

The Square, the hotel restaurant, serves scrumptious fusion cuisine inspired by local and international fare while ensuring diners enjoy the exotic flavours. Focused on providing tongue-tingling excitement and all-natural goodness, the menus have been specially curated by celebrity chef Koluu. The dining area is air-conditioned and open to the scenic beauty of the coast, the action in the kitchen and all the happenings along the streets of Arugambay; there’s never a dull moment. This is the place to be and to be seen.

Minister Sagala Ratnayaka with R Chandrasena (Puncha), former Chairman of the
Panama Pradeshiya Sabha, A M Naleem, Mathi and Glenda Parthipan and Thanuja Thilakarathna

As the sky changes its mood from warm blue to a jazzy pink, The Space, the open-air lounge, is the place to chill out. With the balmy breeze flowing through, the ambience here is romantic during the evening and dazzling under the starry night. Apart from serving a sensational range of beverages and food, The Space also has shisha to ease you along.

Capturing the thrill of the waves and the funky and easy vibe of the resort town, Arugambay Roccos treats you to an exciting holiday in the East Coast!

Sagala Ratnayaka, Minister of Law & Order and Southern Develop-ment and Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff; P Dayaratna, former Minister and other dignitaries were present at the opening of Arugambay Roccos. The guests from Colombo arrived to Arugambay on a chartered Air Force MI – 17 helicopter for the opening. Ven Jinarathana Thero and Ven Ratnasara Thero of the Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo bestowed blessings on the new hotel with the chanting of pirith. Minister Sagala Ratnayaka along with other invitees toured the hotel and interacted with the staff, all of whom are from the Eastern Province.

Paper Moon Kudils, which is the first hotel by Whisky Point Resorts, a partnership between P Partheepan and BT Options was also visited by Minister Sagala Ratnayaka where he interacted with the staff. Paper Moon Kudils, which was opened on May 24, 2015, is a barefoot luxury hotel located near the popular surfing spot Whisky Point. Ahamed Nazeer Zainulabdeen, Chief Minister of the Eastern Province was also present on this occasion.