Cape Weligama is an ultra luxurious holiday retreat with a magnificent clifftop setting above the pretty south-coast village of Weligama. It consists of a 37 villas and suites scattered across 12 acres of landscaped gardens. The resort is designed along the lines of a traditional southern village, with clusters of villas and residences and a central Main Square that houses the dining and living pavilions which look out upon the turquoise seas. Villas are designed with private verandas, hardwood floors and clay tiled roofs, and interiors are stylish and equipped with all modern conveniences. Relax by the poolside, go surfing, or indulge in a bespoke dining experience or a rejuvenating spa ritual. Cape Weligama is the sister property of the renowned Ceylon Tea Trails bungalows in the Hill Country and is owned by the Dilmah Group and is also listed as a Relais & Chateaux resort.
A collection of 39 Suites and Villas are scattered around the slopes of Cape Weligama’s breathtaking headland. Beneath traditional terracotta-tiled rooftops, stylish interiors offer generously-sized and contemporary living quarters, surrounded by tropical gardens. All rooms are named after a distinguished Sri Lanka explorer or writer.
The Villas are set within eight gardens in the upper part of our headland, comprising two or three Villas which share a large infinity swimming pool. The Pool Villa and Duplex Two Bedroom Cape Pool Villa enjoy private 15m pools. The Suites are at the lower level, around the Cove Pool and will particularly appeal to families or friends travelling together.
All accommodation has large terrace with dining and in-room spa facilities, large walk-in wardrobes, Sonos wireless audio, Ophir toiletries, a steam room & large bathrooms with twin vanities and a stone tub.
Junior Suite (130 sq. metres): The spacious Junior Suite offers a Super King bedded room, which can be converted to twin Queen beds, and large bathroom with stone bathtub and steam room. The outdoor verandah is ideal for relaxing and dining. The Junior Suite can interconnect with a Master Suite via the verandah. The Suites overlook the Cove pool and tropical gardens. Max people: 4
Master Suite (150 sq. metres): The Master Suite has a large bedroom and lavish bathroom with stone bathtub and steam room. Relax or dine on the verandah. The Master Suite can interconnect with a Junior Suite via the verandah. The Suites overlook the Cove pool and tropical gardens. Max people: 3
Luxury Villa (130 sq. metres): The verandah of the Luxury Villa is ideal for relaxation or dining and leads into a well-appointed bedroom, large walk-in wardrobe and bathroom with a separate area for a stone bathtub that opens out to the garden. The Villa is surrounded by lush tropical gardens with a 15m infinity swimming pool shared with either one or two other villas. Max people: 3
Premier Villa (180 sq metres): The spacious Premier Villa features a large, well-furnished verandah ideal for relaxation or dining, overlooking lush tropical gardens that feature a 15m infinity swimming pool shared with either one or two other villas. The lobby leads to the elegantly furnished king bedroom and large bathroom with steam room and stone bathtub. Max people: 3
Prestige Villa (180 sq metres): The Prestige Villa has a sizeable verandah for relaxing or dining, overlooking the Indian Ocean and tropical gardens. A spacious king bedroom is beautifully furnished and the adjacent living room has its own bar. A 15m infinity swimming pool is shared with either one or two other villas. Max people: 4
Grand Villa (200 sq metres): The Grand Villa offers 200 square metres of luxury, with the largest verandah which overlooks the Indian Ocean and tropical gardens. Inside, the spacious king bedroom is lavishly furnished and is adjacent to a separate living room with its own bar. A 15m infinity swimming pool is shared with either one or two other villas. Max people: 4
Pool Villa (130 sq metres): The upper floor Pool Villa features a well-appointed bedroom, a large bathroom with a stone tub and steam room and an outdoor deck. All topped by an elevated 15m infinity edge private pool with panoramic ocean views. Max people: 2
Duplex Pool Villa (310 sq metres): The pre-eminent accommodation offers a huge verandah for relaxing or dining, overlooking the ocean and tropical gardens. On the ground floor, the spacious king bedroom sits alongside a separate living room with its own bar. The staircase on the verandah leads to an upper floor, offering a second bedroom, ensuite bathroom, outdoor deck and a spectacular 15m infinity edge private pool with panoramic sea views. The Cape Pool Villa nestles in lush tropical gardens with a second 15m infinity swimming pool shared with either one or two other villas. Max people: 6
Indulge in Cape Weligama’s signature spa rituals in the comfort of your own villa or suite: rejuvenate with a massage, steam treatment, fragrant bath ritual, facial or body scrub infused with oil-blends of calming Ceylon herbs. Enjoy a bespoke dining experience on your veranda or dine at one of the three restaurants in the Main Square: Dining Pavilion, where you can pick your own fresh seafood or meats from the Pola (market); Kumbuk, which offers alfresco dining and traditional Sri Lankan dishes, and the authentic Japanese cliff-edge restaurant, Teppanyaki. There is also a well-stocked wine cellar, pool bar and a cliff bar that serves a range of alcoholic beverages. Traditional Ceylon High Tea, pre-dinner canapés and aperitifs are served at the elegant Living Pavilion. Other resort facilities include: crescent-shaped infinity pool (Moon Pool) which curves 60m around the cape’s summit; Fun Pool, ideal for children and located close to the Wallawwas; a gym, and Sports Centre which offers first-rate PADI dive courses, exciting dives and other activities. Pathways through the gardens lead down to the secluded beaches of Weligama Bay, perfect for swimming and snorkelling between December and April.
Why we like it
Expect to be pampered in every way, from the high quality of accommodation, range of facilities, high-class food and an exceptional attention to detail
The Resplendent Ceylon hotel group, which Cape Weligama is a part of, run a variety of projects through their MJF Foundation (named after the founder of Dilmah, Merrill J. Fernando). One of these is the Empower Culinary and Hospitality School which provides some of Sri Lanka’s most enthusiastic and conscientious students with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of cuisine in relation to hospitality. Other projects include supporting disabled children and their families through donations and protecting ageing workers from poverty through retraining and medical assistance.
Cape Weligama sits above Sri Lanka's pretty south-coast village of Weligama. The journey form Colombo’s international airport will take about three hours. If you are then heading from the coast into the hills, we offer competitive rates on a daily sea plane between Koggala and Hatton.
Location: Weligama, South Coast
Style: Luxury Hotel
No. of Rooms: 37
Key Features: Sensational views; water-sports; opulent rooms; large swimming pool