The South Coast
Perched on a rocky cliff high above the azure Indian Ocean, this luxurious Relais & Chateaux resort offers 39 elegant retreats surrounded by beautiful tranquil gardens.
With wrap-around panoramic views from the headland, a huge crescent moon shaped infinity pool that sparkles over the edge of the cliff top and a choice of exquisite restaurants serving up mouth-watering feasts everything about this Sri Lankan hideaway is utterly enchanting.
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Once you’ve got over the idyllic setting, high on top of soaring cliffs and nestled amongst fragrant, manicured gardens then there’s plenty to do here.
The huge infinity Moon pool (adult-only) hugs the cape and enjoys extraordinary views – the perfect position to watch the humpbacked whales in the distance. For families, the generously sized Cove Pool is the perfect setting, or relax in the sumptuous spa with treatments carefully made from organic home-grown spices.
Wander down the stone pathways that lead to the secluded coves below and enjoy fun on the water. The hotel can organise scuba diving trips, sunset cruises and the trade winds turn this part of the island into prime surfing paradise. Take one of the whale and dolphin watching tours or while away an afternoon exploring the stunning and secluded coves by kayak or stand up paddle board.
There are treats on land too with personalised tours to see the sights such as Mirissa’s colourful boat harbour, tea plantation tours or to rummage in the delightful boutiques of historic Galle.
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There’s the choice of 3 lovely restaurants and the coastal setting means the freshest of fish every day. The daily catch is cooked to order at the Ocean Terrace while you admire the ocean vista from the large balcony. For more casual dining, The Surf Bar with its chilled-out vibe is open for lunch and serves up favourites such as nachos, wraps, tacos and burritos with hand crafted cocktails. Tableau is the fine dining restaurant where guests enjoy a ‘chefs table’ style dining experience with dishes prepared in front of you.
The Cape Club lounge provides a relaxed yet refined venue for traditional Ceylon high tea, as well as to linger over sunset cocktails and after-dinner nightcaps under the stars.
All Villas & Suites also have dining tables on generous terraces where meals could be served in a private setting, overlooking tropical gardens.
Warm terracotta rooftops house sumptuous interiors. All rooms are spacious and contemporary, and found nestled into the gardens with a lovely traditional village feel. They also all offer a personal Butler service and spa treatments.
The Suites are located at the lower level around the family Cove Pool and are well-suited for families with interconnecting options.
The private Villas are set within 8 gardens in the upper part of the headland, comprising 2 or 3 Villas in each plus a large, shared infinity edge swimming pool.
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Children are welcomed with open arms and despite the luxuries here, the emphasis is firmly on a warm family feel, particularly around the Cove Pool which has been designed with families in mind with a shallow end for paddling and parasols for shade. The Jungle Nook is also on hand to offer child minding services for younger guests 2-8 years from 9am to 6pm.
Cape Weligama, and Resplendent Ceylon, the hotel group it is part of, are very serious about their responsibility to deliver sustainable tourism. Initiatives include a no plastic policy and measures to monitor and minimise energy wastage. Staff at the property also participate in volunteer ‘beach clean ups’ and community projects include the contribution of essential items to a cancer hospital in Weligama and the repainting of the local Railway Station.
The resort is set in 12 manicured acres atop a peninsula in the laid-back coastal town of Cape Weligama, approx. a 3-hour drive from the International Airport.