Cape Weligama is Sri Lanka’s newest luxury resort, 30 minutes east of Galle on the southern coast. It is home to a gorgeous collection of 40 free-standing villas and suites.Infinite 270-degree panoramas of the Indian Ocean and rugged coastline are celebrated from every curvaceous corner of this meticulously landscaped 12-acre property, perched on a cliff top rising up to 36m above the sea. Innovative wining and dining venues hug the lofty cape and are complemented by a spectacular 60m crescent-shaped infinity pool seamlessly merging with the ocean. Wake to views of the sea, even from your bed, that take your breath away. Wander onto your private terrace where a freshly-pressed juice or pot of Single Origin Ceylon Tea awaits. Curl up with a novel, pen a postcard to the world you’ve left behind or recline atop cushioned loungers on your sun-dappled lawn. Pad barefoot along a winding pathway for a refreshing dip in your infinity pool. Order lunch. Dedicated butlers are at your beck and call. Whether you’d like to dine ‘at home’, book a dive trip or call out a spa therapist for a tea-infused massage, your butler will effortlessly make it happen.
Cape Weligama’s earthy-hued residences, nestled into the undulations of this dramatic headland, create the illusion of a traditional Sri Lankan village, yet beneath the terracotta-tiled rooftops lie stylish, contemporary interiors, generously sized between 130 and 300 m2. Stone encased Wattas (gardens) contain 2 or 3 freestanding villas and a 15m infinity pool. Walauwas (mansions) offer 4 generously sized suites. The breathtaking 2 storey 300 m2 Cape Weligama Residences boast a 15m pool on the upper floor with stunning ocean views. All come with private butler services, bespoke dining and spa facilities. Named after eminent Ceylon explorers and writers, they are the heart and soul of the resort.
Suites and villas feature dedicated spa facilities for pampering ‘at home’. The resort’s experienced spa therapists come to you to administer time-honoured rituals, restorative massages and invigorating scrubs infused with oil-based blends of Ceylon tea – renowned for its antioxidant, anti-ageing and calming properties – and home-grown Sri Lankan spices. Succumb to a blissful massage on your veranda with the sea softly in your ears, a fragrant bath ritual in your stone bathtub or an invigorating steam treatment in your shower room.
A breathtaking crescent-shaped infinity Moon Pool curving 60m around the cape’s summit drinks in every inch of the spectacular 270-degree coastal views. Pathways lead down to secluded cliff top lookouts for spying turtles in the crystal-clear shallows, for watching iconic stilt fishermen balancing on slender poles and whales breaching silently on the sea’s distant horizon. The generous Cove Pool is ideal for the youngest family members to let off steam. A fully equipped gym helps keep in shape after overindulging in the resort’s mouth-watering cuisine.
Mesmerising beaches, gentle surf and a vibrant underwater landscape sprinkled with the remnants of historic wrecks lend the southern coastline a magnetic charm. Swim and snorkel in the aquamarine sea below the resort year round, explore neighbouring coves by kayak or surf Weligama’s famed waves. The Dive Centre, staffed by European professionals, is the embarkation point for all land and water-based activities. Offering first-rate PADI dive courses and exciting dives, other activities include private cruises, big game fishing, seasonal whale and dolphin-watching trips and banana boating.
Exquisite, innovative cuisine makes Cape Weligama a gourmand’s paradise. Pick the day’s fresh catch from the display in the Pola (seafood market) and dine in the De Mauny dining pavilion with the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean before you. Eat with your hands, Sri Lanka style, at the alfresco Kumbuk, a showcase for the island’s deliciously unique cuisine, or opt for a table at Misaki, the authentic cliff edge Japanese teppanyaki restaurant. The elegant ocean-view Taylor living pavilion is the venue for a traditional Ceylon High Tea, signature pre-dinner canapés and aperitifs. A cellar of fine wines from across the world complements the day’s dishes.