"Paradise Manifest! :)" - Jennifer G. (UK)
The best place I have ever stayed by far The friendliest most helpful staff, clean rooms with a gorgeous sea breeze day and night so no mosquitos! Fresh yummy food, away from the busy beach but still close for access. For a super chilled, easy beach retreat this is the place to be. Also so lucky to have Asankas amazing surf school right here! I'm coming back soon!Thank you Upali Angels

  "Wow - the review to silence the critics" - Lonewandererkm
Upali beach is located on one of the more secluded, picturesque areas of Arugam Bay. The location itself makes the price tag worth it. Removed from the hustle and bustle of main roads and thoroughfares, it’s packed with awesome surfers and locals during the day, and it all yours at night/Evening.
The accomodation was basic and beautiful, just what I wanted in a spot like this, nestled between Mother Nature and the ocean. The staff were extremely helpful, extremely happy, and overall on the top of their game. Food at the restaurant was great, and I have loved every second of this place! Will definitely be returning many more times :)

  "Etwas Besonderes" - Sebastian M. (Germany)
Mitte März war ich mit meiner Freundin hier im Camp. Wir blieben vier Nächte. Die Dudes waren alle sehr sehr nett! Man fühlt sich sofort heimisch auch ohne Surfer zu sein. Das Camp ist einfach und ohne Schnickschnack, so wie wir es wollten. Das Camp ist ausschließlich über den Strand zu erreichen und Nachts braucht man eine Taschlampe. Es ist zwar abgeschieden und etwas einsam aber ganz ehrlich, darum geht es doch. Am morgen sind alle wieder da und alles beginnt von Neuem. Es war eine schöne Erfahrung, trotz gelegentlichem Stromausfall. Wir waren etwas traurig als wir weiterzogen.

  "Amazing staff, perfect setting" - Joe L. (UK)
We visited during low season and got caught in a monsoon but it didn't dampen the experience of our stay! All the staff at upali were amazing and helped make our stay what it was. They were always there to help and even dropped umbrellas to our room when the rain started. Looking forward to visiting again during high season to see what it really has to offer. Would still recommend a visit during low season as its a great place to relax and loads to do in the surrounding areas.

  "Super friendly for surfers et al! Felt like home" - Dave L.
If you're thinking about staying in Arugam bay you must check this place out! The common theme of Sri Lankan hospitality rings true with Upali. Staff here became friends after four days and we found it hard to leave. Simple but comfortable cabanas, lots of space to chill in or out of the sun, surf break a ten second walk and lots to see and do in the area. Alex and the staff were tirelessly supportive to our big group for the full trip, day and night and provided lots of advice about anything we needed. The website does not the place justice and cannot reflect the warmth of all the staff. Suitable for surfers and non surfers (like us!) but I would highly recommend a lesson with Uncle Vijay or Asanka if you want to get a grip quickly. Upali gets my vote!

  "Hands down the coolest and best location in Arugam Bay" - Raz (Israël)
Right in front of the main point in arugam bay, and secluded from the "hustle and bustle" of the town, this place was just perfect. It is not cheap, but worth it, if you want an authentic sri lanken experience. Super friendly and mellow staff. As a surfer it was great as it's a few steps from the main peak. (could see the waves from my bed). The vibe and settings is really relaxing and a fine mix of guests make this really fun.

  “Book ahead so you can stay here!” - Talia F. (Australia)
If you are lucky enough to find a spot available at Upali take it immediately! I can't say enough good things about the accommodation and staff. Due to my own poor planning and extending my stay by several days, I stayed in almost every one of the accommodation types. Every one I stayed in was super clean and comfy. My personal favourite was the Glam Cabanas. They are the perfect combo of being inside and outside. The beds are big and comfy and the bungalow secure, and you can roll up the canvas sides to see the water from your bed and let in the ocean breezes. The little patios out front are nice to hang on too. The location is ideal, literally right on Main Point[...] The staff was amazing. In fact every staff member is friendly and helpful. They can help you out with all the usual stuff like taxis and day trips, but what is really special is that they go over and above what would be expected. Surain arranged for one of his Auntie's to make me a a Saree when I couldn't find a tailor in town. When I injured myself on the reef Hari talked me into going to the hospital (thankfully since I needed stitches) and Surain accompanied me just incase there were any communication issues and waited while I was looked after. If you can't stay here its a great place to just hang out. There are hammocks and loungers to watch the surfing from. The food is generally locally sourced and homemade, such as the homemade mayonnaise, made to Alex's exacting French standards. If I go back Agrum Bay I will be booking far in advance to make sure I get a place at Upali!

  "The best!" - Marta C. (Italy)
We stayed here for five days, but we would stay there forever! The cabanas are on the beach and waking up like this is amazing! The bar was really good (pankakes juices and toast for breakfast, hamburgers, jummy chips and beer!). Sun bed with view on the main point to watch surfers all day long...moreover the staff is really friendly and helped us a lot! Thank you guys, those days were amazing! Hope to come back soon!

  "Live the dream!" - Shefali K. (India)
Upali Beach is the spot that makes you feel you are at the end of the world. Waking up at main point makes you feel you need to go nowhere. The food is great and the hospitality even better. But in case, you wanna explore, it's a short walk to the rest of Arugam Bay, its chilled out community and friends. A pas rate!

  "Like being home in Paradise" - Robert D. (France)
I spent 10 days at Upali Beach where I really enjoyed myself 24 hours a day : eating, surfing, chilling, eating again, surfing again, chilling, hanging with the people and so on and on. Hari, Anou and the rest of the team really made me feel home in Paradise. The cabana is quite monastic but beautiful and perfectly clean and everything you need is there. Such an incredible scenery at sunrise, peaceful sleep at night with the sound of the sea... It was too short and I will definitely come back one day.

  "Spettacolare" - Joy (Italy)
questa struttura offre dei bungalow meravigliosi con bagno all'aperto. l 5 capanni sono inserite in un contesto fantastico e appartato ma di fronte al migliore point per per surf. a pochi passi dalla spiaggia di arugam bay. la spiaggia davanti è bellissima, il personale è molto gentile e disponibile. il ristorante offre un piccolo assortimento di piatti ma la cucina è eccellente. data la posizione è il migliore per chi vuol fare surf. non è il più economico ma sicuramente il più bello!!!!!

All those reviews and many more can be found on TripAdvisor which has granted us the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Certificate of Excellence both for our Camp (Resort) and Cafe (Restaurant).