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 Waligama is the epitome of luxury and relaxation. We toured Sri Lanka for a little over two weeks and fell in love with the country. We traveled a lot, saw a lot and tried to embrace every local experience. Arriving at Waligama was the perfect opportunity to reflect on our memorable trip, rest, read, write post cards and “relax.”
Location and grounds: The grounds are expansive and breathtaking, located on a rugged cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean. The topography is rolling and the architecture thoughtfully compliments its surroundings. The individual villas are spacious, have character but are also modern, and private. The grounds and all facilities are maintained up to the highest of standards. We enjoyed the option of nice workout facilities and also spent time reading and luxuriating at the infinity pool. Your expectations should be aligned with exactly what is portrayed in the pictures on the website. Of note, while you may not want to leave this sanctuary, it is strategically located close to many local attractions, including a 30 minute drive to the famed city, Galle.
Cuisine: the food is innovative, fresh and you can choose from many options. They offer a healthy variety of cuisines from all around the world and put a creative spin on local Sri Lankan dishes. It was a nice personal touch that the staff including the chefs will check in to consult you on any questions and ensure everything is acceptable. We also treated ourselves to few experiences including a multi-course intimate dinner at Tableau with chef Vinhol, accommodating only a handful of seats. We also took a class with Vinhol after savoring many meals of his, as he is incredibly talented, creative, knowledgeable, and also a wonderful person. On our last evening, we sat outside on a private point of the property, overlooking the ocean and treated to another multi-course candlelit meal. We felt conflicted about eating “in” for nearly every course but it is worth it!
Beverages: before and perhaps after dinner, you must visit the Cape Club. The drinks here are exceptional and the setting has tons of character and charm. We had the good fortunate of meeting Lucky who added such fun and dimension to our stay. He is incredibly charismatic, has a huge heart and is just a radiant, truly special person. The creativity and life he breaths into his cocktails both by taste and presentation are so unique, artful and memorable. He is a great ambassador for Sri Lanka and Waligama.
Waligama staff: added so much warmth and comfort to our stay. They are EXCEPTIONAL. Each person went above and beyond to accommodate us, make sure we were happy, and guide us as needed. The customer service was truly above and beyond and made a very strong, positive impression. In addition to Lucky and Vinhol, Prashan, Darshana, Soddheartha, Amal, Serenge, Kodagoda, Maleesha, and Tharindu all added to our experience in countless ways. Jithmie was so kind and thoughtful as well. I believe it was one of the managers, Prashan, who is wonderful and also went out of his way to accommodate us and invited us to a tea ceremony, which was beyond the call of duty. Natasha is also a huge asset. We had our own individual guide throughout Sri Lanka but were paired with another agent for our last few days who was the antithesis of our first guide. Natasha made up the difference. She guided us on timing and activities and all of her recommendations were perfectly aligned with our objectives. She went so far as to interface with our incompetent guide, call ahead to make reservations as well as create and then print out an itinerary. She is professional, kind, thoughtful and incredibly competent and accommodating.
We loved Cape Waligama and would heartily recommend it to any and all.
I know that the owner, Malik Fernando, reads these reviews and I’d like to draw his attention to the fantastic experience and the service we had. As you can also see I very rarely give 5 star reviews as so few places merit the word ‘perfection’. But in particular, in terms of staff, we wanted to say the following:
Chaminda/Ishan: our concierges were incredibly attentive and professional and spoke perfect English. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they were always available to us. Chaminda during his days off before he handed us over to Ishan (the handover was seamless), and Ishan who already knew everything about us and was so helpful.
Dhammika: the restaurant manager is new, only having been there a week or so, but was brilliant, friendly and warm, and organised his staff very well. Dulaj and Alosh especially were friendly and polite waiters, who were also very professional
Natasha: the events expert, she was organised and friendly, very passionate about her job and the local area, and the brilliant thing was that she was as happy to help us even if the events were external to the resort. She was a real bright spark.
Chef Dasun: one of our highlights was having a cooking class with this chef, who makes excellent Sri Lankan food, the best we had during our whole stay. He was patient with our questions, chatty and very friendly.
Gajendra: the assistant manager of the resort was pleasant to talk to, knowledgeable and interesting and knew a lot about Sri Lanka and its history.
The bar staff: excellent all of them, the two guys at the surf bar and Lucky in the Polo Club especially, made great cocktails and were fantastic to chat to
This place gets it right in so many ways. They know exactly what people want without us even having to ask for it. Our room was spacious, comfy and hard to leave every day despite the sunshine. It’s also the little things that made a difference, free insect repellent, private steam rooms, the morning paper tailored to your country, and the resort itself which is beautifully laid out with many look out points over the ocean (especially in the main restaurant).
Food is good - breakfast was extensive and delicious but the main dinner menu could have more choice maybe, such as a purely Sri Lankan menu and then a non Sri Lankan one too as an idea. Or perhaps the surf club could stay open for dinner to have a more casual restaurant option.
While the staff are trained how to cater to guests’ needs what was telling was how they handled a somewhat unfortunate incident (this isn’t the appropriate forum to go into details) - it was a situation that could have ruined our honeymoon but the fact that the staff dealt with it so well, and professionally within a couple of hours, made all the difference and meant that it didn’t affect our trip in a way that it could have. Their response was great.
With the world being such a big place we don’t often find places we’d come back to again and again but this was certainly one of them.
Entering for a relaxing atmosphere who bears a truly hospitable smile helped us to vanish our all thoughts away for a moment.The rooms are designed in the theme of bungalows with names like Robert Knox and etc.Each and every bungalow has a private pool and its like a paradise. Amazing view from the bars and restaurants! Thank you for your hospitality with well trained staff.
Absolutely luxurious and relaxing stay. The delicious Arrack cocktails which were custom made for us by Chief Barman “Lucky” were incredible. The food was outstanding, and we got to meet Chef! Will be back!
We stayed at this beautiful resort for our honeymoon and it was exactly what we wanted. Luxurious, peaceful and lots to do on site. Our room was top notch, and the pools are really divine - especially the moon pool where we saw two glorious sunsets. Great food. We liked breakfast best, but the other restaurant and bars are good too. Very personal service. We felt the staff took time to get to know us and were very friendly. It’s not really a hotel for adventures and seeing the local sites, but more a destination if you want to unwind and relax after travelling in other busier cities.