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
Great hospitality and breathtaking view from the pools and beaches. And did I mention the morning pilates classes overlooking the rolling Indian Ocean? Breakfast could be in-room or at the Ocean Terrace where you can slowly enjoy the view with attentive staff serving delicious Sri Lankan breakfast.
One of the most beautiful hotels I have ever visited, the staff were very attentive and friendly, the food was top quality and of high service, cannot wait to share this wonderful experience with my friends back in UK, and will definitely be back.
The Srilankan hospitality at its best at a time when this beautiful place is at low occupancy .
Everyone is Positive, smiles and speak about the hotel with pride .
Amazing food and the home made sorbet and Ice creams are the best I have ever had .
A must visit luxury resort in Srilanka
This hotel was a fabulous end to our holiday in Sri Lanka. Our Ocean Pool Villa was amazing with a large infinity pool. The service was excellent but Santa stood out with his attention to detail and eagerness to help us in anyway. Chef Datsun gave us a great experience at the Chefs table and took us to the fish market to choose what we wanted for dinner.. Chef Vinnol gave us at fabulous cooking lesson at the Ceylon Tea Trails and for our final night at Cape Weligama a private dinner at the look out with views over the ocean. Our two weeks in Sri Lanka we felt perfectly safe and encourage you to come and see this beautiful country.
To begin, the staff truly made a difference here!
Venura, our primary concierge, was excellent! He was kind and sympathetic to any need...and was always looking out for us and helping us within the resort. He explained to us the options available for dinner and we did enjoy all of his suggestions.
Food was delicious - we had an amazing chefs experience and a private dinner at the Minke viewpoint. Service was fantastic and didn't leave us wanting/needing anything.
Housekeeping was good - a few times we had to ask for a refresh of the coffee to make in the room.
Accommodation was excellent - gorgeous villas and views. So many lovely animals around the property.
Drinks/cocktails were delicious. Lots to choose from and they were all exceptional. We received complimentary snacks at the bar when having pre-dinner cocktails. Lovely touch.
Massages were only average. We had a couples massage - and it was okay except my massage therapist seemed to be doing the same movement over and over again...not focusing on specific pressure points...not very comprehensive or focused. We both asked for a focus on specific areas (which was part of the intake form to fill out upon arrival) but our therapists didn't actually focus on those areas...it was very lacking. Additionally, we could hear children/people who must have been outside or right next door and that was distracting.
Nonetheless, I'd come back in a heartbeat!