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
I had occasion to stay at the Resort between 1st and 6th of February 2019. I occupied the Villa known as Ibn Battuta 1051.
The location of the resort is extraordinary. The rooms are well laid out. The amenities provided are excellent. The service staff are always smiling and willing. Our best experience in the resort was with the F&B department. There with Executive Chef Nissanka, Chefs Vinol and Dusan, Manager Dhammika Dissanayaka and PR official Ishaan, we were given an extraordinary welcome and an extraordinary feast of Sri Lankan food delights. I was able to ask for items out of the menu and when I gave advance notice, these food items were produced with high quality and presented with great skill. I make special mention of a waiter named Sanka. He was kind, courteous and timely in his efforts.
I highly recommend Cape Weligama Resort.
Stayed there during first week of September and had the most amazing time. The staff is really helpful and courteous. The food is to die for, Sri lankan cuisine became my favorite after eating lunch at their All day Dining restaurant.
The property is extremely beautiful and easily accessible, so many activities that you might not be able to explore the city.
The room: facilities and amenities are beyond excellence.
Lastly, the staff who makes sure that your stay is nothing less than exceptional and are always more than ready to delight their guests.
It was a spontaneous trip which was accomodated by Mr. Venura Ilesinghe and staff at the front office from the initial call till the end everything was taken care of with utmost precision and attention to detail which made the stay a memorable one considering the location and the atmosphere which made it heaven on earth..the freindliness of staff and the outgoing service is exceptional.. loved every second of it ..
Everything you would expect from a 5-star boutique hotel experience. Excellent food, attentive and polite staff, comfortable and spacious rooms, and a unique/memorable setting. The chef even came to our table morning and night to talk us through the dishes he had prepared for us and asked us what we thought.
I also must mention - the main pool overlooking the ocean is simply stunning. If you can catch a sunset there on a clear night you're in for a treat.
Great and calm place to relax and enjoy the amazing sunrises and sunsets! The service and food are also excellent. The only downside for us as a family was that the infinity pool is for adults only. Breakfast is super!