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Cape Weligama

Weligama, Sri Lanka

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PROPERTY FEATURES

The Premises 

Luxury resort Cape Weligama, on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, follows in sister hotel Ceylon Tea Trails’ footsteps as one of the island’s most wanted. Laid out village-style over an Indian Ocean headland, each butler-attended contemporary villa – designed by architect Lek Bunnag – sits within a flower-scented watta (garden), steps from a cooling pool. Bays and beaches are a short meander away, and the crescent-shaped, cliff-edge infinity pool has swoonsome panoramas.

Cape Weligama

Cape Weligama, Abhimanagama Road Weligama, Sri Lanka

SMITH EXTRA

Compliments of the House 

Dilmah Afternoon Cream Tea once during the stay; a collection of sweet and savoury treats handcrafted in the kitchen as the sun descends over the Indian Ocean.

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: 11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Rates include breakfast, room service, and all taxes and service charges.

FACILITIES

Gym, gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV and DVD player, minibar, coffee machine, kettle with a selection of teas, free bottled water, air-conditioning and natural bath products.

PACKING TIPS

Binoculars for an in-depth look at that view, a notebook for pressing some of the local flowers, and a Marco Polo-esque sense of adventure.

CHILDREN

Each extra child stays for US$95 a night on bed and breakfast. For half-board stays between 20 December 2022 and 10 January 2023, it's US$95 a night and for stays between 11 January 2023 and 5 April 2023, its US$50 a night bed and breakfast,

SPA

Smell as sweet as the garden surrounds, with locally inspired in-villa treatments made with home-grown spices. Therapists will soothe and relax you with scented steam showers, organic spice scrubs (clove, nutmeg, sweet orange and sandalwood), Ceylon tea and cinnamon-laced essential-oil massages, and green-tea facials. Hidden under the Moon Pool, there’s a fully equipped air-conditioned gym, and cliff-edge yoga and pilates platforms offer sights for the sore-thighed.

POOL

This resort promises the moon and delivers, with an unheated, adults-only, 60-metre, crescent-shaped pool, with an infinity edge that curves around the cape, where swimmers can enjoy 270-degree Indian Ocean views. The Cove Pool welcomes kids, and each watta (stone-wall-ringed garden) includes a shared pool for two to three villas.

ALSO

Cape Weligama is not wheelchair accessible, due to the contours of the garden and steps leading to common areas.
Architect Lek Bunnag designed the hotel’s villas, and he’s worked his mod-Asian magic at fellow Smith style dens the Oberoi and Maia Luxury Resort & Spa – so you could say we’re fans.

USEFUL INFORMATION

A non-refundable 50 per cent deposit is required for bookings for four rooms or more and full prepayment must be made 90 days before arrival.

Rooms 

The two-storey 307sq m two-bedroom Duplex Pool Villa will suit privacy-seekers with a blow-out budget. Upping the ante for honeymoon romance, they have sweeping Indian Ocean views from both bedrooms, and this is the only category with a private infinity pool on the roof terrace. However, Master Suites are more intimate and cost-effective, flaunting the same ochre and ultramarine-hued style as larger villas.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

Two. Start the day by choosing freshly caught fish from the nearby fish market and have it cooked to your taste at the ocean-facing Ocean Terrace restaurant. In the evening, opt for some upmarket chef wizardry at intimate 12-seater restaurant Tableau, where local produce, handpicked meats and fresh seafood are prepared in front of you by some of Ceylon’s top culinary talents. Sundowner cocktails, and high tea with a truly excellent Ceylon brew, are dished up at the Surf Bar.

Liquid Bliss 

Two. The Surf Bar has light bites and locally influenced cocktail concoctions, wines and beers There’s a small bar beside the Cove Pool, too.
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Experience the Extraordinary 

Before visiting Weligama town, you’ll be itching to shimmy down the cliff-clinging steps to the near-private West Beach below (the East Beach is a five-minute walk from the villas), to frolic in the cool turquoise waters of the bay. The trade winds make this optimum surfing territory (just be sure to avoid the main fishing areas in season), and Koggala Lake is ideal for kayaking or boating, a 15-minute drive from the hotel. On dry land, cycle through emerald green, tiered paddy fields, or take a day trip to Udawalawe or Yala National Parks to spot elephants bathing in reservoirs and sloth bears, boar and leopards stalking through dense greenery. Galle’s independent boutiques and Unesco-protected colonial fortifications are a 30-minute drive away, and to the east, Matara has atmospheric jungle-clad ruins, Buddhist temples and the sleek white Dondra Head Lighthouse. Fishing town Weligama, (‘sandy village’ in Sinhalese), has lively fish markets and petite craft boutiques alongside the odd mall. Zippy tuk-tuks and animated commerce keep it chaotic, but there are several serene spots where you can watch local fishermen perch on poles plunged into the coral reef. In season, turtles frolic in the shallows, and the hotel has whale and dolphin-watching tours, too.

Transportation 

Cape Weligama resort is in a quiet coastal town in Sri Lanka’s Southern Province. Beachy and laid-back, Weligama has a rugged cliff-sheltered coastline, speckled with coconut palms and trimmed with turquoise bays. The town of Galle is 30km away.

Planes 

From Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, catch a Cinnamon Air seaplane to Mawella Lagoon Airport (a 25-minute journey); from there the resort is a 45-minute drive along the A2 coastal route. Call our Smith24 Team on 03300 376 891 to arrange flights and transfers.

Trains 

Weligama train station is on the Southern Rail Line; the journey from Colombo Fort Rail Station takes roughly two-and-a-half hours.

Automobiles 

If you want to explore the surrounding area, a hire car will come in handy; the drive from Colombo Bandaranaike takes about three hours, and is best suited to those with nerves of steel; watch out for wayward tuk-tuks, and be sure to pack all documentation.

Location

Cape Weligama, Abhimanagama Road Weligama, Sri Lanka

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