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
Parking on site
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Romantic cliffside retreat near Galle with huge pitched-roof villas, private butlers and tea-infused spa treatments
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.
46/38 Nawam Mawatha Colombo 2
Weligama, Sri Lanka
How to Get There
Flights are available to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) (via connecting flights through Qatar) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from CMB, about 118 miles away, are approximately $282 per car (SUV), each way, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from CMB are approximately $210, each way. If you’re renting a car for the transfer, free self-parking is available. Alternatively, if you're arriving by seaplane at Koggala, approximately eight miles away, you can book a private transfer for $20 per car, each way, through the property.