Kottukal Beach House by Jetwing 

Wake to the sound of the waves

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 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.

Why we love Kottukal Beach House by Jetwing

  • With just two bedrooms and two chalets set in a coastal coconut plantation, it has an appealingly laidback beach villa vibe 

  • Local seafood and produce have a starring role in the delicious food, which can be served when and where you choose

  • It’s close to two national parks known for their rich birdlife and healthy populations of elephants, leopards and sloth bears

  • The next bay along is a buzzing surfing hotspot, so you can catch a wave there and then return to the peace of Pottuvil

5 stars
Mar - Sep
Colombo 10½ hours
In the village of Pottuvil, a few miles from surfing hotspot Arugam Bay
Approx. 2 hours by road from Batticaloa airport which is reached by a 45-60 minute flight from Colombo airport
Boutique, Suitable for children



  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Diving & Watersports
  • Sustainability

The food 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 or a more lazy start to the day, an early dinner at sunset or a late-night bite.

Beachhouse Dining Room
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the bijou dining room. The cuisine on offer is created mainly with fresh and locally sourced produce and Sri Lankan flavours. There’s a set menu at lunch or dinner but the chefs can create bespoke dishes if they have a bit of notice.

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.

What's included

Breakfast in the dining room.

Upgrade options

Half Board • Breakfast and dinner in the dining room
Full Board • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room.

Kottukal Beach House by Jetwing has a tranquil setting. Yoga sessions are available on request at a charge.

Located in Pottuvil Point (fondly known locally as Jetwing Surf Point) and just a few minutes from Arugam Bay, this is Sri Lanka's most popular place for surfing. This area is internationally famous for its waves and you'll find plenty of surf shops along the beach where you can hire a board or book a lesson.

The majority of the ingredients used in the kitchen are sourced from growers and fishermen in the immediate area. Guests are encouraged to engage with the community through experiences such a village cooking lessons and fishing trips. Simply by being so small, the beach house has minimal impact on the area’s infrastructure. The stylish furniture, from a famous workshop in Bentota, offers an insight into contemporary Sri Lankan design.

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