What We Love
- Huge suites and villas start at 1,399 square feet
- Pick your own seafood at the oceanfront De Mauny Dining Pavilion
- The property is owned by the tea brand Dilmah; tea leaves are used in the in-room spa treatments
What To Know
- The resort is a 30-minute drive from Galle
- There are three restaurants on-site for seafood, Sri Lankan cuisine and Japanese teppanyaki
- In addition to the infinity pool, villas share access to smaller pools dotted around the resort
- Close to the fishing village of Weligama, home of the famous stilt fishermen
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On a stunning Indian Ocean headland near Galle, Cape Weligama is a luxe cliffside retreat with 39 private residences and villas. Designed by renowned Thai architect Lek Bunnag, the resort is an upscale evocation of a Sri Lankan village. Each of the spacious villas is topped by a terra-cotta roof and surrounded by a flower-filled garden — and attended to by a private butler. There are paths that cut through the grounds and lead down to a sandy cove, or you can soak up the Sri Lankan sunshine by the striking crescent-shape infinity pool. The suites and villas mix colonial style with contemporary amenities, and each unit is huge — the smallest Residences measure 1,399 square feet. They’re stocked with books about seafaring explorers like Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta, who sailed past this windswept promontory. The interiors feature nude-hued furnishings, timber headboards and rattan rugs, and all rooms come with a furnished veranda and bathrooms with steam showers and freestanding tubs big enough for an elephant. Tuck into freshly caught seafood at the De Mauny Dining Pavilion, which features an adjoining pola (market) where you can pick your own fish. Misaki is an intimate Japanese teppanyaki restaurant, and Kumbuk is an open-air dining room that serves Sri Lankan cuisine. Don’t miss the Hoppers — bowl-shaped paper-thin crepes made with coconut milk. The ocean-facing Moon Bar hosts occasional movie nights. For active types there’s a gym and a PADI-certified dive center. Or, to relax, book an in-room massage using products infused with aromatic local tea leaves from Dilmah, the Sri Lankan company that owns the resort.
In the Area
Organized excursions include wreck diving, whale watching and game fishing. There are also guided bike rides that explore Sri Lanka’s rice paddy–dappled interior, and Koggala Lake kayaking navigates past cinnamon gardens. Take a daytrip to Udawalawe National Park to spot elephants, wild buffalo, deer and leopards; the park is said to rival the savannah reserves of Africa. A little farther afield, Yala National Park is home to the world’s highest concentration of leopards. The 400-year-old Galle Fort, built by the Portuguese and then fortified by the Dutch, is a 30-minute drive away.
How to Get There
Cape Weligama is located on a cliff and all the villas are covered with nature. All villas are designed in a very unique way with all the modern amenities. The staff is very sweet and they will do whatever needed to make your trip memorable. They are the best in terms of hospitality in the whole world. Ocean Terrace restaurant inside the property serves the best food. You can sip the bespoke cocktails by looking at the sea at Cape Club Bar. Overall We had an absolutely amazing time and definitely visit again to this paradise very soon.
Cape Weligama is a beautiful property on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. We typically travel to Sri Lanka twice a year and enjoy experiencing unique luxury/ boutique properties around the country.
This property definitely sets itself apart from others we have visited in Sri Lanka. They have exceptional service, food and tastefully decorated rooms and villas with a lot of character. The villas at the property are very private and include a private swimming pool. It is a fantastic place for couples or even small groups.
There are not many properties I would revisit in Sri Lanka but Cape Weligama is an exception. I definitely look forward to our next visit.
So it has taken me months to write a review for this hotel. Why? It is simply the best hotel I have ever stayed in and I didn’t want others to know about it. However after chatting to some friends I have seen the error of my ways and decided to let the world know how good it is.
To arrive you go up a track and I must confess I was nervous, however from the moment the gates open the environment and welcome were wonderful. All of the staff are super helpful in an unobtrusive way. The setting is to die for. All the rooms are lovely and of a superb standard but I would recommend a suite with a pool.
I won’t say anymore you will have to find out for yourself
We visited the Cape Weligama as part of a 'family tour' of southern Sri Lanka. After hiking in the mountains, and dusty (but awesome) safari drives in Yala National Park it was great to just relax. As can be expected, everything was top notch: the property, the service, the food, the staff, etc. We had two (truly gigantic) Ocean Villas with a shared pool and the views and breezes were really amazing. We happened to be there for the World Cup and the bar was playing both live & replays of the games (yes!).
However, as we are an active family and never to let a day pass with too much relaxation we also went surfing each morning (we are total novices). The water activities center staff were really great, dispensing helpful advice, managing the board rentals and arranging tuk tuk transport to the surfing beach (this is a hilltop resort and the walkable beaches are not suitable for surfing).
We also enjoyed the tepanyaki restaurant one night and they were super-helpful in arranging nut-free options for one of my daughters. Food was really delicious.
We did have a minor issue with the power in our villa - the master circuit popped two nights in a row and left us in the dark for a bit. But maintenance came quickly to sort it out both times.Thus I cannot give a perfect '5'.
At checkout we were a bit shocked at the final bill for all our 'extras' (drinks, meals, activities, etc.). It is really easy to spend money here (as with other high-end resorts), but I guess we were a bit over zealous.
Overall this is a really nice resort and well worth a stay. But if you're on a budget, keep track of your daily spending.
Absolutely amazing 5 nights stay at Cape Weligama in an Ocean Villa for our honeymoon. Villa was huge and very beautifully decorated, food was amazing (and room service as good as the restaurant) and staff/management very helpful.
Food and drink prices were on a par with standard hotel prices in Australia so expensive for Sri Lanka but well priced when compared to other 5-star hotel offerings around the world.
We didn’t really need to leave the hotel for anything. There are some reef breaks surrounding the hotel if you’re a surfer but being July swell was huge and windy. Weligama bay/harbour is around a 20min walk away