UPALI BEACH SURF RESORT ARUGAM BAY

TRYING OUR BEST TO BE AN ECO-FRIENDLY RESORT


Environmental consciousness is quite a new concept in Sri Lanka and will require continuous and long time efforts to be turned into a reality. It's not just about this beach, Arugam Bay and our life time but about the whole planet and the future generations well being and survival.

At Upali Beach Surf Resort, even if we are not yet 100% eco, which demands time, commitment and money, we are trying to be as eco-friendly as possible and to reduce as much as we can our environmental footprint. We try to improve our environmental behavior every year, step by step and we are always keen on getting advices and suggestions.

All our cabanas have been built with the idea that they should merge with their environment and that's why they are made of wood topped by a coconut leaves roof. While some people were dreaming of building a huge concrete resort (and cash machine) facing Main Point, Asanka has always declined all offers as whatever high and heavy construction built here would have a very bad impact on the sand dune and Main Point surf break, not to mention the obvious impact on this preserved natural site's wild beauty.

We don't have any road access to Upali and therefore we do 95% of our supply deliveries using a buffalo car. Only when the loads are too heavy for the buffalos, we use the service of an independent tractor.

Upali Beach has only 1 phase electricity which means the power supply we have is limited.
We have made the choice to deal with it by not wasting any unnecessary W : All our bulbs are eco or led, we don't have or provide air conditioning or in-room led television. We ask our guests to refrain from leaving lights or fans running when they are not needed.


Since 2017 we have decided to get rid of plastic as much as possible. Not only every empty plastic bottle doesn't end up in a dust bin but there is no real governmental recycling so far in Arugam Bay (but the amazing job done by Wasteless ABay)



Therefore we are no longer selling plastic bottles of water and giving plastic straws.
Just by doing that we'll prevent 10 000 bottles which is more or less equal to half a ton (500kg) from coming to Main Point every year.  

Unfortunately the water we get from our wells is slightly salted and can't be purified to make it drinkable. Hence we are buying our drinking water from 20 liters reusable containers. 

We hope our guests will understand and support this decision by not bringing bottled water from outside. On our side, we have fairly* priced the water at :
- 100 lkr per liter for sleeping guests 
- 200 lkr per liter for the restaurant guests 
- 50 lkr by the glass (20cl). 
Each cabana will also get 1 complimentary 50cl bottle of water per guest and per day.



We kindly ask our guests and visitors to help us protect this fragile eco system so that it remains as much as it is now and why not, to improve and reinforce it further more for our grand children and their children to seize it.

* Even if we didn't have to support the cost of purchase and delivery, we strongly believe that water should not be given free of charge (but in emergency situations of course) as it doesn't help raising the awarenesses about how precious and limited this resource is.