Stardust Beach Hotel
The Stardust lies on Arugam
Bay on the
South East coast of Sri Lanka, idylically 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 civilised comforts of Denmark - an excellent
restaurant, fine wines, innovative and delightful accomodation -
to create a holiday destination you would only expect to find in
a dream. Today the Stardust is run by Merete Scheller.
||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 diciplines & 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 20 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.