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 at cape weligama last month. Was surprised how good the service was considering that it had opened only a few month ago. Barring the odd teething issues everything was super special. Our butler Susantha is truly outstanding and very professional. You don't see him all the time as you want your privacy.
We had an incredible time here on our honeymoon. We stayed 7 nights in one of the rooms with its own pool which was amazing but all of the villas share a pool with only one or two other rooms anyway. We were on half board (breakfast/dinner) which was more than enough food most days. The food was fantastic as well with the dinner menu changing daily.
I can highly recommend doing the mixology and cooking classes, yoga and eating at Tableau.
Aside from the great food and drinks, amazing room, gorgeous views etc etc, it was the staff that really made this resort one of the best (if not the best) place that we've stayed at. All of the staff from the management to the housekeeping, gardeners, bar staff, pool staff and restaurant staff were really lovely and friendly offering assistance at every turn and going above and beyond even when not asked - without being overbearing.
Unfortunately we did not take down everyone's names to thank them individually but special thanks must go to Venura, Suranga, Sanka, Nalin, Dimuthuj, Nilanga, Chef Perrera, Chef Vinnol, Senith and Umesha.
My partner and I went to Sri Lanka for our honeymoon and spent a week of it at Cape Weligama. We booked the Ocean Pool Villa, which (you could probably guess) includes you own infinity pool. I'm not one to go crazy over a pool, but this was stunning and a decent size too (~15m) not just a plunge Pool. The room was also tastefully appointed and had all the comforts you could need and more (e.g. steam room).
We were greeted on arrival by Venura, who was our point of contact during our whole stay. He showed us around the whole resort, ensured we were well-orientated and answered any questions we had.
We had booked our stay as the half board package and would highly recommend! The food is amazing!! The breakfast you can have as little or as much as you like. It is à la carte and is of an excellent quality -- we definitely ate way more than we ever would for breakfast every morning but it was all so good! For dinner, the menu is à la carte again with a starter course, a soup, main and then dessert course on offer. The menu changes slightly day to day, so plenty of variety is given but also means you have the chance to have a favourite again! As with breakfast, the food was just delicious and we'd end up wanting to try it all that we tended to have 3 courses every night, and it was totally worth it!!
Whilst we were there, we participated in the cooking class with Sous Chef Perera, the floating breakfast, cocktail mixology lesson, the degustation dinner with Chef Vinnol at Tableau, the high tea and surfing lessons. The rest of our week we spent lazing by our pool or at the main adult pool called the Moon Pool (which also has an amazing outlook), reading their daily news memo, going to the gym or down at the surf bar playing pool or table tennis. There was plenty to do if you wanted, but you could also put your feet up and enjoy doing not much at all.
One of the best thing about Cape Weligama I'd have to say is their staff! There was nothing they weren't happy to help with. In particular, Suranga, Sanka, Nalin and Nilanga were all very approachable and we thoroughly enjoyed our interaction with them everyday. Housekeeping and the pool staff as well, and I'm sure there were many others but sadly I can't recall all of their names always made it their mission to ensure you were comfortable and enjoying yourself. The staff are truly what made it an extra special experience.
Cape Weligama certainly did not disappoint and has been the highlight of our honeymoon!! We left Cape Weligama with a smile on our face all the way to our next destination.
We hope to make it back there someday.
If you're able to make it there, I'd definitely recommend it.