Perched on a stunning oceanfront cliff just 30 minutes outside of Galle, this gorgeous, boutique-style retreat was one place we knew we could not leave out of our Sri Lanka itinerary — and we were not disappointed.
A vacation in Sri Lanka can be a journey of discovery, in which the beautiful nature, stunning landscapes and fabulous hotels complement the warmth and hospitality of its people. The country that only recently came out of years of suffering is blossoming into one of the hottest destinations for luxury travel. As evidenced in resorts such as Cape Weligama.
It is not hard to fall in love with this place. Cape Weligama has the kind of facilities and offers the level of service that makes it hard to leave.
The fabulous crescent-shaped swimming pool, positioned on top of the cliff and just above the gym and bar is the hotel’s most visible attraction, but there are also excellent restaurants, which maximise Weligama’s location, offering gorgeous view throughout the day and at sunsets. There are as many as five dining venues, not counting in-villa dining.
The service is seamless and the atmosphere created by the staff relaxed and unfussed, despite the resort’s positioning as a place of glamorous luxury. This put us in the holiday mood from the first moments.
That balance between unfussed and luxurious was also evident in our villa. Designed by the celebrated architect Lek Bunnag, the villas and suites are a perfect mix of the sophisticated chic and relaxed elegance, with only hints of colonial style, of the reserved Dutch kind.
Set in tones of mahogany with ocean-inspired splashes of colour, the wonderfully spacious rooms flow naturally to the private veranda. Only steps away from the private swimming pool, this was our favourite spot, ideal for curling up with a good book in the afternoon — and even better as a place to welcome the day, having just woken up to views of the turquoise sea.
Sri Lanka experience
The resort is well positioned to explore the area. The beautiful old Dutch fort in Galle is only a short drive away, and at least a day trip to the city is a must. And being halfway between Yala National Park and the capital it is a great stopover if your vacation in Sri Lanka is more than just one place.
That’s how we organised the trip. In our journey across the island, we visited two sister properties of Cape Weligama: the Ceylon Tea Trails located inland, deep in the highlands, and the Wild Coast Tented Lodge on the southern coast of the island.
Combining these three very different hotels makes for an experience that presents the island from three different perspectives. And a fourth perspective is coming too — as Resplendent Ceylon’s next opening is likely to be a resort near Sigiriya, in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. Next time?
Honeymoon, Luxury, Modern Design, Private Villa, Quiet, Relaxing, Resort, Romance, Spa, Tropical,
Number of rooms & suites: 39
Rate per night: From £244
*The rate is only approximate and is based on our own independent research, at the time of writing. We cannot guarantee the rate in any way.
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