This was our second visit to Cape Weligama, a stunning cliff top resort and a true hidden gem. Up a winding road, off the beaten path until you can’t go any further are two large gates - once through these gates you are greeted with 12 acres of lush vegetation and ridiculous views of the coast and the town of Weligama.
This is a resort where you can literally switch off and enjoy total R&R. Its peaceful, offers tranquility and its private, you may not see another person staying at the resort during the entire day. There’s a dedicated kids pool if you want your children to play with other kids and for child free guests there is an amazing 60 meter infinity half moon adult pool, which is just simply WOW! We actually put the kids in the kids club for a couple of hours just so we could enjoy the beauty of this pool and its views and we were so lucky to spot a whale in the distance! Weligama is known for being the best spot for whale and dolphin watching, so make sure you book a trip to witness these beautiful creatures.
The kids club, referred to as the “Jungle Nook” is on the smaller size but it still provides enough activities to keep them busy including arts and crafts. We also gave the children a culinary experience by putting them in a cooking class. If they had been a little older they could have made a unique Sri Lankan dish to enjoy for lunch but instead chef showed them how to make iced tea and decorate cup cakes. For this they used “Tableau” the chef’s table dining experience, which is housed separately on the cape.
Each of the stunning villas are in clusters of 2 or 3 and come with a shared 15 meter swimming pool in the most immaculate lush gardens, most of them with sea views. Each cluster is named after a famous adventurer such as Samuel Baker, Ernst Haeckel, Marco Polo to name a few. This is a perfect resort for large families traveling together but need their own villas as you can all be next to each other yet still have your own space. Designed by renowned Thai architect Lek Bunnag, the resort is an upscale evocation of a Sri Lankan village. Each of the spacious villas is topped by terracotta roofs and surrounded by flower-filled gardens.
Our two bedroom villa was perfect for my family providing enough space, beautiful grounds for the kids to play and of course a swimming pool. I have a thing for bathrooms and this bathroom was so big with a shower/steam room, large bath, double sinks on either sides of the wall and a large walk in wardrobe. Also such a genius idea - they had a beautiful chest in the bathroom which hid a massage bed so as you could have the spa message service in the comfort of your own room.
The villa’s sound system is run on Sonos which we use at home so we already had the app on our phone so the volume quality was great and the Smart TV is loaded with a vast collection of movies and television shows.
There are a couple of options for dining starting with the main restaurant “Ocean Terrace” positioned at the top of the cape all open fronted and showcases the most wonderful panoramic views. With a vast menu including a large selection of gluten free and diary free options, this is a great spot for breakfast or dinner.
For breakfast one morning we were offered a floating breakfast which is part of the Cape Weligama experience and is at no extra cost. You order what you would like to eat the night before, set a time and in the morning your food is waiting to be served to you in the swimming pool. I loved this experience but my kids were so confused! I always tell them not to eat in the pool or even go in the pool straight after they have eaten, but this experience goes against everything I have told them – they could now eat their pancakes and coco pops in the pool!!! It was very amusing to watch the kids try and eat and also a perfect picture/Insta opportunity.
For lunch you can have a more relaxed vibe, either ordering to your villa as they will set up the dining area on your terrace or you can go to the surf bar, which has a pool table, and out door seating. The Surf Bar is also attached to a fully equipped gym, so while the husband burnt a few calories, I piled them on enjoying a couple of glasses of rose!
As Cape Weligama is owned by Resplendent Ceylon (Owners of Dilmah Tea) you have to experience their afternoon high tea, which is served in the elegant setting, of “Cape Club” - we also enjoyed sundowners and evening drinks in this bar/lounge that invokes a lot of Sri Lanka’s colonial history with pictures, paintings and old books.
The resort does provide buggies to get around the property but its much more fun to experience the grounds by walking. We were told that there were 4 “look out spots” on the cliff edge all named after whales, which had been spotted in the sea below. One of these divine hidden spots, called “lookout blue’ is also a beautiful location to enjoy a private al fresco dinner, the sound of the waves crashing below being your only soundtrack.
Cape Weligama is the perfect resort for romantics and families. Switch off and totally chill out in luxurious settings and breathtaking views – all of Sri Lanka at its true finest.
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