The unspoiled nature, the wild animals, and the kind people. These were the features that once spellbound me and my husband, when we first visited Arugam Bay in January 1980.
Those days we arrived by pure accident in Pottuvil, Arugam Bay’s nearby little town. It was the end of the road, and acquaintances in Colombo told us not to go, as they considered it an uncivilized zone. Being adventurous we jumped on uncomfortable buses and drove on bumpy roads towards the unknown. We soon fell in love with Arugam Bay and its people. Over the next couple of years, we travelled from our home in Denmark and visited the area quite often.
One fine day we decided to create the Stardust Beach Hotel on a piece of bare land with one coconut tree. We made a good team. Me, being an architect by profession, and my husband Per Goodman, a restaurateur and hotelier. Assisted by friendly and competent local craftsmen and authorities with a positive attitude, we started building some small nice huts, an open restaurant and a kitchen, while living in a coconut shelter on the sand at the beach. We were enjoying ourselves immensely.