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Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

I stayed few nights at the folly with friends. I really enjoyed it! So peaceful and chill place. The rooms are very clean and pretty cheap. The staff is friendly and helpful. Don't wait to go for high season I reckon to go in January February. It's not crowded at all. Have fun Jenny

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York, U.K but sometimes India and sometimes Austria and soon to be Germany!
Reviewed 14 December 2016

When my boyfriend was ill, they escorted us to the hospital, made sure we were comfortable, even bought us an extra fan. The guys at The Folly know what they're doing and do it incredibly well. Relaxed, entertaining, lovely atmosphere, great food. They didn't do anything wrong...how often can you say that? I would 100% recommend The Folly to anyone....

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Reviewed 15 November 2016

If you are looking for budget beachfront accommodation in Arugam Bay, you will not find a better option than Samantha's Folly. very social with a range of different accommodation styles all comfy and clean!! We loved the follys and the superb food the kitchen made for us! I would highly recommend

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Barcelona, Spain
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

I really like The Folly. Best staff ever! We had a great time in Arugam Bay. If I'm back in Sri Lanka, I'm sure I will go to these bungalows again. Very comfortable, good food, nice bbq, music... Irene (the queen)

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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Wonderful huts on the beach with friendly staff and a nice social set up. Decent outdoor showers, good central space with tasty food. Shout out to Muba. Sad that we only got to stay 3 days and will definitely return.

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Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Had a great stay at the folly. The place is beautiful and it's so amazing to be able to step out of your cabana and straight onto the beach. The staff are all so helpful and couldn't do enough for you. We stayed 5 nights, wish it could have been more! I'll miss the folly and remember it fondly

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Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

After a shorter visit in Arugam Bay I totally fell in love with "The Folly". I came back to stay there in a little cabana for 3 total weeks and it couldn't have been better - I felt like home in this place directly at the beach, where you can hear the waves during the night, where you step out...

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Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Staff are the best. Syed and Suraj were particularly helpful - great guys. Will definitely be back. Had a hut to walk straight onto the beach sand. Food was tasty, cheap and quick. They organise a group meal once a week which is good for meeting others. 2 min walk to town.

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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful setting, delicious food and lovely people. We stayed in one of the follys at the front, next to the beach - amazing being right on the beach. Muba was always there to help make our trip here extra special !! Definitely try the shakshuka-- yummy!!!!

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Reviewed 12 September 2016

We planned to stay in Arugam for 3 days....turned out to be 10 wonderful days at this beautiful place at the ocean. We stayed in one of the Cabanas right next to the beach which was amazing...the food at the Follys was also very good. It was a very familiar atmosphere and we enjoyed staying there a lot! Greetings to...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Parking
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We are a friendly beach resort in the middle of the bay with 4 luxury cabanas, 6 funky follies and two beautiful luxury Arabian tents. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Folly

Address: Main Road, Pottuvil, Arugam Bay 32500, Sri Lanka (Formerly Samantha's Folly)
Region: Sri Lanka > Eastern Province > Arugam Bay > Pottuvil
Price Range: $40 - $80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
The Folly Sri Lanka/Pottuvil
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“A/C Room (but bit expensive)”
 of 5 bubbles amandapD9813ZS, 30 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Take the cabanas if possible ;)”
 of 5 bubbles matteof406, 19 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Take a folly at the beach, you won't regret it”
 of 5 bubbles 541adrianet, 13 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Large choice of accommodation here”
 of 5 bubbles StephWill, 10 Feb 2016 | Read review
“I would advice you to sleep in the half open cabana close to the see, it´s a memorable experience!”
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 of 5 bubbles J8751IJianm, 6 Nov 2015 | Read review
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