Leading offer based on:
- 7 Nights
- 2 Adults
- Bed & Breakfast
- Ocean Villa
- Economy Class Flights Included
- Return transfers included
- Stay between 01 May - 15 Jul 2019
There can be few hotels in the Indian Ocean that can match the location of the exquisite Cape Weligama Resort, newly opened in 2014. Perfectly positioned for 270-degree panoramic ocean views, backed by a rocky palm-covered promontory and set within 12 acres of immaculate gardens, this cluster of stylish villas was inspired by Sri Lanka's long history as explorers' way-station, with a design incorporating elements from the island's pre-modernist history. The name comes from the nearby fishing village of Weligama, famous for its unique stilt fishermen.
The pièce de résistance of the resort is undoubtedly the vast infinity Moon Pool, which curves in a shimmering crescent around the summit of the promontory and appears to merge seamlessly with the ocean -- even more beautiful, if that were possible, when illuminated at night. True to its design in the style of a traditional Sri Lankan village, the resort features a central Main Square, housing the living and dining pavilions which all overlook the azure sea. Throughout the gardens, stone pathways lead to secluded cliff-top look-out spots, or down to hidden coves where turtles swim in the shallow waters. The Moon Pool is adults only, but there is another pool, the Cove Pool, for families.
Yet another highlight of the Cape Weligama is the exceptional wining and dining, with three restaurants all offering distinct experiences, but all making the most of fresh local produce, and all focusing on direct interaction with guests, rather than sticking to fixed menus. Right in front of the ocean-facing De Mauny Restaurant, which resembles a long narrow barn with 18-metre-high roof and indigo interior, is the little Pola, a seafood and vegetable market, where guests in discussion with the chef directly select their choice of food, to be cooked to their requirements. At the open-air Kumbuk Restaurant, you can enjoy sublime regional curry dishes eaten with the hands, Sri Lanka style, while Japanese-style teppanyaki dishes are served up in theatrical fashion at the cliff-edge Misaki Restaurant.
Some delightful activities are on offer here, one special highlight being the early morning whale-watching trips from a high-speed boat. The resort has a superb PADI dive centre, which offers fabulous wreck dives and sunset cruises, as well as diving tuition. The two beaches are virtually private, and are perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
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The 40 suites and residences have been designed to reflect a traditional Sri Lankan village, and are grouped in Wattas, meaning "gardens", or Walauwas, meaning "mansions". The Master Rooms/ Suites are grouped round the Cove Pool, while the Residences are in clusters of two or three, each with access to a private 15-metre x 4-metre pool. The buildings have terracotta-tiled roofs and spacious interiors flooded with light, and while the fine rattan panelling recalls the past, the coloured walls and soft printed furnishings ensure they are stunningly contemporary. Each is named after a seafarer or writer associated with old Ceylon, and filled with books, prints and maps relevant to that individual. All feature air-conditioning, ceiling fans, WiFi, satellite TV, safe, minibar, phone, coffee and tea making facilities, hairdryer, bathrobes and butler service.
Measuring 130 square metres, housed within the Walauwas, 2 queen-size beds, bathroom with oval bathtub, steam and rainfall showers and twin sinks, dressing room, large furnished terrace with dining table.
Measuring 150 square metres, housed within the Walauwas, king-size bed, bathroom with oval bathtub, steam and rainfall showers and twin sinks, dressing room, large furnished terrace with dining table.
Measuring 130 square metres, housed within the Wattas, king-size bed, bathroom with oval bathtub, steam and rainfall showers and twin sinks, dressing room, large furnished terrace with dining table.
Measuring 170 square metres, housed within the Wattas, bedroom with king-size bed and walk-in wardrobe, very spacious bathroom with freestanding oval bathtub, steam and rainfall shower and twin sinks, veranda with sofas, sun loungers, dining table and chairs.
Measuring 195 square metres, housed within the Wattas, walk-in dressing room, vast bathroom with huge oval bathtub, steam and rainfall shower and twin sinks, large living room, veranda with sofa, sun loungers, dining table and chairs.
Measuring 307 square metres on two floors, housed within the Wattas. On lower level, bedroom with king-size bed and walk-in wardrobe, large living room, bathroom with tub and separate shower, furnished terrace overlooking ocean. On upper level, second bedroom with king-size bed, second bathroom with tub and separate shower, terrace, 60-square-metre rooftop pool.