Easily one of the country’s most celebrated resorts, Cape Weligama is set in twelve beautiful acres on a 40m-high promontory above the Indian Ocean. Designed by acclaimed architect Lek Bunnag, the 39 private and luxurious retreats all have views that are breathtaking, as do its restaurant and crescent-shaped infinity pool.
There are views and then there are views. Cape Weligama have both in abundance, so much so that it was impossible for us to take our eyes off the sea-scape panoramas during our stay, especially from the deck of – as well as in – the resort’s stunning sickle moon infinity pool.
Our standalone villa suite was decked in bespoke furnishings and was effortlessly private. Large windows and our favourite feature – a generous verandah – framed the (you guessed it) stunning view. An extra-large “ramen-bowl” bathtub meant we could have a soak and drink in the majestic sight, as well as some delicious room-service cocktails.
Speaking of delicious, do not – as tempting as it might be to lie in – skip breakfast. The hotel’s all-day dining eatery is right at the top of Cape Weligama and if you rise early enough, is a spellbinding spot to watch the sunrise as you tuck into some scrumptious food. Go for the Sri Lankan breakfast hoppers, we certainly did … daily and we’re not ashamed. The poached eggs looked good too, but we can get that back home!
The other restaurants were equally as fabulous. At one memorable lunch, we opted for the fresh catch of the day, cooked to order at Ocean Terrace (there’s a great location clue in the name), that came with more views to accompany our bursting bellies.
We promise you’ll never want to leave, but the surrounding area is ripe to explore; and Cape Weligama is also only 40 minutes from the fortified city and eclectic sights of Galle.
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|Watersports is a must-do here. From simply snorkeling in the aquamarine cape waters, to getting your PADI certification. The water can be a little tempestuous, and if it is, it’s the perfect excuse to don your wetsuit and take up surfing.|
Photography courtesy of Resplendent Ceylon