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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Stayed for 2 nights relaxation after traveling around Sri Lanka. The villa was large and had a shared pool with 2 other villas. All very nice. No view from the villa and little view from the pool was a little disappointing as it was sold as an ocean villa and the resort is on the top of the cliffs. I guess it’s just luck as many other villas and pools had good views.
The service was great and they treated us to a cake and wine for my girlfriends birthday as well as other gifts. It made her feel special.
Food was good but pricey. The breakfast was very good, mostly a la Carte but they bring around pasties etc to choose from. Dinner was lacking more local options and was expensive once you had ordered some wine as well.
The cliff top pool is great and we spent each sunset there swimming with a cold beer as the sun went down. Didn’t try the family pool or beach club but there seems plenty more to explore and do if time permits.
Overall, it’s a nice hotel, lovely grounds in a pretty location on the cliffs. Would recommend but look for a good deal.
This place is just amazing, from the moment you arrive you feel everything is easy and service is incredible. The rooms are huge, the pools are magnificent and the food is delicious, really high quality (including A LOT of options to eat at your own villa). Even breakfast is à la carte and with lots of yummy things to try. Access to the beaches is not that good, one is steep and the other leads to only a short beach. But you have the pools and Weligama beach is just a short tuktuk ride away. Thank you Ishan!
Stayed at this resort for five days and was not ready to leave at all. Everything on this property is stunning. From the pooled villas to the food , the service and everything else that makes a vacation fantastic. The staff were fantastic and it showed that they are well treated and loved their job as they felt the hotel was their own and it made the experience worth the trip. It’s safe. Friendly and gives you a great experience of what this beautiful country is all about
This is the most wonderful hotel, so beautiful, gorgeous location but the best thing about it is the staff. To a man, everyone was lovely, fun, chatty - just a joy to spend time with. The hotel was so good, we didn't venture out to Welligama and surrounds much. The Cape's location is perfect for watching local surfers from above on the cliffs and also ideally situated for evening drinks as the sun goes down on the cocktail terrace or the surf bar. Food was amazing, we were never bored with the menu and are already planning next year's visit. Superlative holiday.
my wife and I just spent the most relaxed 3 days at the Cape Weligama Relais & Chateaux. everything about this hidden gem was fantastic - from the well appointed (read 'Large'!) suites - with an Ily machine and Sonos music....to the (rarely) quiet Indian ocean view, the superbly located 'Crescent pool', the great touch by offering in room breakfast at no extra cost, and fantastically groomed staff (especially Ria @ the Spa - she has magic hands!)
A special shout out to Mr Venura from the front desk hospitality who gave so much personalised attention and made our stay very comfortable!
Thanks @WorldOfVacation for suggesting the (un-advertised) Cape Weligama to us!