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Cape Weligama

Weligama, South Coast, Sri Lanka

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At a Glance

  • One of Sri Lanka's most exclusive beach resorts, located just 30 minutes from Galle and 3 hours from Colombo Airport

  • The Board Basis is B&B+, which includes lots of lovely extras like Afternoon Tea, Laundry and an 'Activity of the Day'

  • 40 villas and suites, with connecting options for families and more private villas and residences for couples and honeymooners

  • Two virtually private beaches along with a dive center

  • Jaw dropping views overlooking the Indian Ocean

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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.

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Insider's View

The layout of the Residences means Cape Weligama offers a more private experience than some of the other options in the area

Its position on the coast means there are wonderful views over the ocean throughout most of the resort

The twin Queen Beds in the Junior Suite can accommodate up to four children, making this an ideal option for larger families

Spend at least a couple of nights here to make the most of all of the watersports and boat trips on offer

Make sure you dedicate at least a few hours to relaxing at the main moon pool. It's got stunning views and is a very peaceful adult hangout

Make time to head out on the Cape Luxe Safari to spot some whales!

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your vacation to Cape Weligama or take a look at our itineraries to South Coast

Description

Cape Weligama is a luxury resort located on the south coast of Sri Lanka about 30 minutes from historic Galle. With jaw-dropping views over the Indian Ocean, Cape Weligama has quickly established itself as one of the most exclusive hotels in Sri Lanka.

Cape Weligama is the second property of the brand that brought us the impeccable Ceylon Tea Trails in Sri Lanka's tea country which has been a perennial favorite with Scott Dunn guests and our Sri Lanka consultants. The level of personal service and beautiful design you can expect from this new luxury resort on Sri Lanka's south coast is second to none. The opportunity to combine the two hotels is something that should be seriously considered. 

An extra benefit of Cape Weligama is what is included in the Bed & Breakfast room cost; breakfast, afternoon tea, laundry, one mini bar fill per stay, tea & coffee and WiFi. Half Board includes dinner at the main restaurant. There is also a new All Inclusive option with includes all of the Bed & Breakfast extras as well as lunch and dinner at main restaurant, drinks including house wine and spirits throughout the day, and refills of the soft drinks in your minibar.

Cape Weligama is set in 12 acres of meticulously landscaped grounds, and is positioned on a headland jutting out to sea, ensuring you look out at a breathtaking panoramic 270 degree view across the Indian Ocean. Add in a 60m crescent shaped infinity pool and you can imagine what a wonderful setting Cape Weligama provides.

The 40 free-standing villas and suites have been designed to give reflect a traditional Sri Lankan village whilst using stylish, contemporary interiors, cleverly balancing colonial influences with luxurious finishes. The accommodation at Weligama is split into Residences and Villas.

The Residences are set within eight Wattas (or 'gardens') and each Watta has two or three free standing Residences with a 15x4m pool shared between them. They are also close to the crescent-shaped Moon Pool which has beautiful views over the ocean.

The four villas contain four suites in each, two on each floor and they can be interconnected which is a great option for families. The Villas surround the Cove Pool. The villas and Residences come with its very own butler who is at your beck and call to provide drinks and snacks.

The food at Cape Weligama is an absolute highlight, using fresh produce and made to order dishes which also offer a great deal of variety. Whether it is a delicious fresh-fruit platters with custom-made juices for breakfast, to the local catch of the day in the evening - Cape Weligama's culinary offering will not disappoint. There are three different restaurants; the De Mauny Dining Pavilion overlooking the bay, Kumbuk an alfresco Sri Lankan village style restaurants and Misaki, a Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant. There is a tea pavilion and the Moon Bar which is great for a quick candle-lit drink or two before or after dinner, overlooking the Indian Ocean.

There is a fully equipped gym and two beaches (West and East) which can be accessed by staircase from the resort. Given the location of the resort, these beaches are virtually private. There is a beach side Dive Center offering PADI courses, private boat-trips, big-game fishing, whale and dolphin watching. Cape Weligama offers an in-room spa facility offering massages on your own veranda.

The joy of Cape Weligama's location is the possibility to explore Sri Lanka by day and retreat back to its welcoming arms by night. Galle is just 45-minutes away, and well worth a day exploring its historic fort. For the more active you can explore remote coves by kayak, or try your hand at surfing. Jump on a bicycle and explore the nearby villages and ancient temples or take a drive to see one of Sri Lanka's nature reserves in Yala or Uda Walawe.

Naturally, Cape Weligama provides a wonderful stand-alone beach vacation, but is also a great end to a tour of Sri Lanka and we can arrange an itinerary including Cape Weligama with a private car and driver/guide exploring this magical destination, completely customized to your interests.

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Accommodation

The villas and suites at Cape Weligama are set within eight Wattas each surrounded by a stone wall offering a great deal of privacy. Watta is the Sinhalese word for ‘garden’. The concept here is very much focussing on privacy, but with the services of a luxury hotel just outside your door.

Ocean Villa

Featuring a verandah leading into an exquisitely furnished bedroom, the Ocean Villa is a perfect hideaway. There is abundant space here with a large walk in wardrobe and bathroom with a separate area for the stone bathtub that opens out to the garden.

The Villa is surrounded by lush tropical gardens that feature a semi-private 15m infinity swimming pool shared with either one or two other villas.

Premier Ocean Villa

Surrounded by lush tropical gardens that feature a semi-private 15m infinity swimming pool shared with either one or two other villas, the Premier Ocean Villa features a large, well-furnished verandah. With a large bedroom and bathroom with steam room and stone bathtub, unwind after a day exploring.

Pool View Junior Suite

The Pool View Junior Suite is generously sized, offering a luxuriously furnished bedroom and spacious bathroom with stone bathtub and steam room. Relax on the outdoor verandah, stylishly furnished for lounging and dining. The Junior Suite can interconnect with the adjacent Master Suite. The Suites overlook the Cove pool and tropical gardens, with partial ocean views.

Grand Ocean Villa

With the largest verandah for relaxing or dining, the Grand Ocean Villa overlooks the Indian Ocean and tropical gardens. Inside find a spacious bedroom with separate living room with its own bar.

The Villa is surrounded by lush tropical gardens that feature a semi-private 15m infinity swimming pool shared with either one or two other villas.

Pool View Master Suite

The Master Suite is spacious and elegant, furnished with a large bedroom. The bathroom features a stone bathtub and steam room. Relax on the verandah which can be used for lounging and dining. The Master Suite can interconnect with the adjacent Junior Suite via a double door on the verandah. The Suites overlook the Cove pool and tropical gardens, with partial ocean views.

Duplex Two-Bedroom Cape Pool Villa

The Duplex Two-Bedroom Cape Pool Villa features two bedroom each with large ensuite bathrooms. There is a spacious terrace on the ground floor along with a living room with its own bar.

Above the rooms open out onto the upper deck and the stunning 15m infinity edge pool. There is also a second infinity pool in the garden shared with the second Villa which could be reserved for family or friends.

Prestige Ocean Villa

Featuring a spacious and stylish bedroom, the Prestige Ocean Villa has a separate living room with its own bar. The Villa is surrounded by lush tropical gardens that feature a 15m infinity semi-private swimming pool shared with either one or two other villas.

Ocean Pool Villa

The upper floor Ocean Pool Villa features a luxuriously furnished bedroom with striking ocean views, a large bathroom and an outdoor deck and 15m long infinity edge pool.

Childcare

Cape Weligama is a great option for families with the many interconnecting rooms on offer (combination of a Master Suite and a Family Junior Suite). The Cove Pool is designed for families with children under 12 and the Moon Pool is reserved for guests over 12.

Facilities

There are three different restaurants serving a variety of cuisine including Sri Lankan and Japanese dishes. The Moon Bar offers a range of light meals throughout the day and guests can enjoy Cream Tea, snacks and pre-dinner canapés and aperitifs at the Taylor Living Pavilion.

As well as the Residence's shared pools, there is the Moon Pool (only open for guests over age 13), and then the Cove Pool is shared by the Villas.

There is a fully equipped gym. The spa has four rooms but guests can also have treatments in their Residence.

The Dive Center is where all water and land-based activities are organized, such as kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, whale-watching and cycling trips.

Activities

Explore the sea surrounding the resort and the neighboring coves either by swimming, snorkeling or kayak. Water sports can be organized though the dive center close to the hotel. All trips further afield can be arranged by the resort guides who will accompany you and be on hand for any historical background.

Floorplans

Cape Weligama Residence - Cape Weligama

Cape Weligama Residence - Cape Weligama

Grand Ocean Residence - Cape Weligama

Grand Ocean Residence - Cape Weligama

Junior and Master Suites - Cape Weligama

Junior and Master Suites - Cape Weligama

Ocean Residence - Cape Weligama

Ocean Residence - Cape Weligama

Premier Ocean Residence - Cape Weligama

Premier Ocean Residence - Cape Weligama

Reviews

4

Jack Mace (Staff)

I had high expectations of Cape Weligama and it certainly didn't disappoint. The resort is located on the south coast overlooking the stunning coast line there. There's no beach on site (there's two within 5 to 10-minute walk) but with the pools on offer I did not find this a problem! There's a pool located down with the suites but my favorite was the moon pool at the top of the resort - could well be my most favorite pool ever! The rooms are huge, well equipped, nicely styled and benefit from a steam room. The food on offer was second to none, I'm a big fan of seafood and I feasted on jumbo tempura prawns followed by steamed lobster with chilli, garlic, ginger and soy - wow. The resort wouldn't be half the place it was without its amazing staff, they make your stay as relaxed and enjoyable as possible whilst always wearing a huge smile. A great place that I'd highly recommend to all.

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Lucy Black (Staff)

Cape Weligama is a wonderful addition to Sri Lanka's South Coast. The rooms are impeccably stylish and incredibly spacious, and because the clusters of Villas and Residences share pools rather than having one central pool, it feels very private.

Some of the views are absolutely spectacular. I would suggest taking a walk around the resort to try to find your favorite vista (I think mine is probably the view from the Moon Pool).

The one slight downside is that you cannot go straight from the resort onto the beach. It is around a 5-10 minute walk down some stairs, but they do have a Beach Club where there are facilities like loos and a bar. I think as long as you know to expect this, it is more of a quirk rather than a negative, and the views that come from the resort being up on the cliffs rather make up for this!

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Daniel Smith (Staff)

We have always absolutely adored Tea Trails, with their attention to detail, service and amazing cuisine. They have now dipped their toes into the Indian Ocean with the opening of Cape Weligama and this is the most exciting new hotel to open on the coast in years. Sri Lanka has always somewhat lacked many out and out top-end hotels on the coast, with the only real choices with Amanwella and the Fortress, along with some excellent boutique options. With Cape Weligama, you now have a hotel where these hotels will absolutely have to pull their socks up! Cape Weligama's location is ideal - 30-minutes down the coast from Galle on a part of the coast that doesn't have too many hotels and is less developed than those between Colombo and Galle. The views are amazing - given the hotel juts out on a rocky outcrop so the 270 degree views are spell-binding, especially as the sun sets, glass in hand. The villas are ideal for either families, couples or honeymooners. Naturally the food is second to none. What Cape Weligama offers is a great standalone beach resort, but also a great place to end a tour of Sri Lanka with the chance to see Galle too. The other bonus is that all drinks are included, as too breakfast and dinner (you are often out and about at lunch) - so essentially all inclusive. Overall, it is a stonkingly wonderful addition to the hotel offering on the south coast and with seaplanes linking Tea Trails and Cape Weligama - you just about have the ultimate twin-center luxury Sri Lanka vacation.

Offers

Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka - Complimentary Kumbuk breakfast and up to 15% off your stay

A must-try breakfast option to immerse guests into traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. The menu is designed for the traveler who is curious about authentic local fare and isn’t shy about being ravenous.
Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please speak to one of our specialists for more information.
Book from 19 June 2019 to 31 October 2019
Travel from 19 June 2019 to 31 October 2019
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Resplendent Cylon, Sri Lanka - Tea, Sea & Safari Discount

Receive up to 20% off when you book your Tea, Sea & Safari tour with Resplendent, Sri Lanka.
Please note that amount of discount depends on minimum nights, travel dates and properties stayed at. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please contact our specialists for more information.
Book from 08 October 2018 to 31 October 2019
Travel from 01 November 2018 to 31 October 2019
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Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka - Upg

Enjoy a complimentary upgrade from Junior Suites to the Master Suites and Ocean Villas to Premier Ocean Villas subject to availability.
Travel dates vary. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please speak to one of our specialists for more information.
Book from 02 October 2019 to 19 December 2019
Travel from 02 October 2019 to 19 December 2020
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Experiences

  • A Southern Blend - Visit a Tea Plantation

    It is not just Sri Lanka's Hill Country that is home to tea plantations; not far from Koggala Lake is the South Coast's very own tea plantation. See the ladies plucking tea leaves and visit the tea factory and learn about Sri Lanka's most famous export.

  • Explore Galle Fort

    While staying in the Galle Fort take the time to discover this fascinating colonial town, filled with history. Founded in 1588 by the Portuguese, the fort was subsequently occupied by the Dutch and the British, so there is plenty to explore.

  • Explore the Kapu Ela River by boat & Cycle through Rural Galle

    Enjoy a scenic and immersive tour through the beautiful countryside surrounding Galle. Your journey will take you down the Kapu Ela River by boat and then by bike across the paddies, ending with a traditional Sri Lankan meal and a lesson in hopper making.

  • Galle Cooking Experience - Food for the Soul

    During your time in Sri Lanka you are sure to dine on some soul-stirring dishes, including the traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry. Food lovers will love this cooking experience, from the vibrant market of Galle to cooking in a local village.

  • Galle Fort Tour with a Local Host

    Galle’s main attraction is the 17th century Dutch Fort. Much of the old Fort and the township still remain, within its well-preserved bastions including its public buildings, churches, the famous lighthouse and a maze of narrow cobbled streets.

  • Hopper Cooking Class at Why House

    The foodie in you will love this hands on cooking class at the beautiful Why House. A delectable Sri Lankan staple, hoppers are iconic in Sri Lanka and are delicious when served with a range of chutneys, sambols and curries.

  • Morning Safari - Yala National Park

    Head into Yala National Park in the early morning to marvel at the range of wildlife, particularly the leopards for which the park is renowned.

  • Sailing & Snorkelling Excursion

    Climb aboard a beautiful 48ft catamaran, and sail along the south coast of Sri Lanka stopping at private coves to stand-up paddle board, snorkel over colorful reefs, swim or soak up the sun while your crew take the helm.

  • Shared Afternoon Safari - Yala National Park

    Enjoy a evening safari in Yala National Park. Yala is a must for anyone wanting to spot the elusive leopard, and with over 250sqkm / 96sqm of land to explore, you will likely have some luck in spotting not only leopard, but sloth bear and elephants.

  • Visit a Cinnamon Plantation

    Today head to Villa Mayurana, close to Koggala on Sri Lanka's South Coast. Learn about the process of growing cinnamon and the history that goes with it. Still a major export, cinnamon has medicinal values as well as being used in everyday cooking.

  • Weligama - Deep Sea Fishing

    Enjoy some deep sea fishing in the waters of the southern town of Weligama. Perfect for beginners or those more experienced at fishing, let your skipper help you catch some big game fish from sharks and tuna to marlin and swordfish.

  • Whale and Dolphin Watching by Private Catamaran

    On this full day boat trip you will have the opportunity to spot vast amounts of marine life from blue whales, false ores, sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins.

  • Whale Watching by Private Speedboat

    Spend three relaxing hours on a private speedboat off the coast in search of the planets largest mammals.

  • Your free time at Cape Weligama – Scott Dunn suggests

    Enjoy a stay at Cape Weligama on Sri Lanka's beautiful southern coastline and choose from a number of activities to make the most of your vacation.

Location & directions

Weligama, South Coast, Sri Lanka

Cape Weligama is located on the south coast of Sri Lanka just along the coast from Galle.

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