Location: Perched on the very southern tip of Sri Lanka, the views here are nothing short of superb, stretching across the dramatic coastline and into the vast Indian Ocean.
History: Having recently opened in 2014, this much-talked-about resort overlooks the same waters that carried explorers such as Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta around the southern edge of the island.
Service: Sri Lankans are known for their warm hospitality and things are no different at this highly recommended hotel, with a helpful 24-hour reception desk to satisfy even the most challenging of requests.
Comprising a total of 40 spacious and elegantly designed apartments and suites, this gorgeous resort provides spectacular coastal views alongside a whole host of impressive facilities to keep guests happy. Designed by the critically-acclaimed Thai architect Lek Bunnag, Cape Weligama Resort is nestled into the rolling hills on the very southern tip of Sri Lanka, and the views from each room over the jagged cliffs across the vast Indian Ocean are simply breathtaking. The residences are tastefully designed with traditional patterns, artwork and the surrounding tropical gardens are in keeping with the home-grown feel to the resort. Entry level residences here particular generous in size, and total floor space is doubled across the lavish duplexes. Away from the rooms, the resort presents a fine array of wining and dining options, including the highly-recommended ‘De Mauny’ restaurant. Alongside an on-site spa for pampering next to the sea, the resort has a crescent-shaped infinity swimming pool with 270-degree views across the dramatic shoreline of this stunning region of Sri Lanka.
Entry level rooms here are enormous, and guest opting for the two-floor duplex options will get double the space. This resort has a particularly flexible and undeniably lavish range of rooms perfect for all kinds of guests. All come with their own private garden and swimming pool.
Perfect for families, Cape Weligama’s range of Junior Suites come with two queen beds, set across nearly 1,400 square feet of floor space. There’s also a delightful outside terrace surrounded by a lush tropical garden making the perfect chill-out spot.
Designed by the acclaimed architect Lek Bunnag, these entry-level residences are particularly spacious at 1,400 square feet, and come fully furnished along with their own private outside garden and luxurious swimming pool.
Similar to the standard ‘Ocean Residence’ options with their locally-sourced fabrics and traditional Sri Lankan artwork, these upgraded rooms offer a little more space at 1,900 square feet, as well as slightly larger outside verandahs.
Cape Weligama’s signature spa is the standout place here for ultimate pampering, although this five-star resort presents a range of other facilities to keep guests entertained when they’re not off exploring the superb surrounding countryside and coastal region.
Unlike most hotel spas where you to go to them, at Cape Weligama the service comes to you. Book ahead and you’ll soon have a knock at your own private residence, with trained therapists and masseuses bringing traditional Ceylonese treatments to the comfort of your own bed.
Although each residence here comes with its own private pool, the resort's main pool is just that little bit more spectacular, crescent in shape and offering 270-degree views across the Indian Ocean from the stunning infinity edge.
Located so close to the southern Sri Lankan coast, it’s no surprise that this resort takes full advantage of its close proximity to the water. At reception you can hire a range of water sport equipment such as goggles or snorkels, and there’s even an on-site Dive Center offering guests the chance to take a PADI course.
The seafood here is so fresh, they even have their own market where you can handpick your desired meal and have it cooked for you at their signature restaurant. There are a total of four drinking and dining options, many of which take advantage of the stunning ocean views and place a firm emphasis on traditional Sri Lankan flavors.
Head on over to Polar (the Sinhalese work for ‘market’) and pick out what takes your fancy from the day’s fresh catch. Next stop is the ocean-facing De Mauny restaurant, where the talented in-house chefs will cook your food to order.
Taylor Pavilion is a quaint waterfront spot to enjoy the resort’s extensive range of local and imported wines. For early risers, try one of the local teas here instead, or sip a cocktail in the evening as the red sun sinks below the ocean horizon.