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Top 10 budget beach hotels and guesthouses in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has some of Asia’s loveliest, most surf-able beaches – and plenty of affordable places to stay. Here are 10 of the best hotels and guesthouses, starting at just £5 a night

This simple collection of rooms has been around for almost 25 years, and the atmosphere is pure surfer-casual – which is appropriate, given that Arugam Bay is Sri Lanka’s surf hotspot. Seven rustic treehouses on stilts have views and cool breezes, and there are six more rooms on the ground (some have shared bathrooms, ask before you book). The popular restaurant turns out set lunches of fresh Sri Lankan seafood and hosts barbecues on Friday nights – grab a seat at the long communal table and strike up a chat with some of the surfers who have been coming to stay with legendary owner Ranga for decades. A loosely fenced-in outdoor area has tables and hammocks interspersed with scrubby trees just a few metres from the sea – the perfect place to hang loose with a lassi.
• +94 773 179 594, Facebook page, double rooms from £10

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Top 10 restaurants and street food stalls in Peru

Chef Martin Morales – founder of London restaurants Ceviche and Andina – selects his favourite places to eat in Peru, taking in high-end dining, fusion influences and street food culture

Chef Javier Wong taught me the essence of ceviche. He started his restaurant in the garage of his house and it has expanded from there. He is the only chef in the kitchen and his restaurant has no menu. He only cooks using sole and he only offers these options: hot or cold, sweet or sour. It opens for lunch only and you should book in advance. You could as easily find yourself sitting next to a top Peruvian politician or the plasterer working at the building site next door.
• Calle Enrique Leon Garcia 114, +511 470 6217, facebook.com/ChezJavierWong. Average meal £30

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