Cape Weligama

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Reviewed by Emma Boyle
High-end resort on a beach-fringed headland near Galle, with huge rooms, gourmet food, a dive centre and 270-degree ocean views
Exquisite interiors, impeccable service and delicious food are the trademarks of Cape Weligama, the glossy south-coast sibling of Ceylon Tea Trails. The resort covers 12 undulating acres of lofty, photo-worthy headland just outside the fishing village of Weligama, with stone paths leading down to the sandy coves below. The various rooms and residences are classically stylish and wow you with their spaciousness, elegant custom-made furnishings and slick mod cons. And whether you’re relaxing on your terrace, dining in one of the 3 restaurants or swimming in one of several pools, you can be sure of a stunning view.

The flagship cape-top Moon Pool hugs the headland and seamlessly merges with the Indian Ocean. The sea-facing wining and dining outlets include an open-air pavilion, a lounge-bar and a cliff-edge steak restaurant, yet meals ‘at home’ are very much encouraged too. A calm and exclusive ambiance pervades throughout, and relaxation comes easily thanks to dedicated butlers who ferry you around by golf buggy, book excursions and in-room spa treatments, and arrange PADI courses, whale-watching and other activities at the on-site dive centre.


  • High-spec rooms with freestanding tubs, steam showers, verandas and an exceptional amount of space
  • Panoramic ocean and sunset views
  • The crescent-shaped Moon Pool is beautiful by day and brilliantly luminescent at night
  • Supremely romantic but good for families, too (interconnecting rooms, a kid-friendly pool)
  • Fantastic water-based activities at the dive centre, plus guides for exploring the area


  • It’s expensive (and full pre-payment is required)
  • The cheaper accommodation sits within multi-rooms villas and is less private than other options
  • The views are better from some rooms than others
  • You’ll have to pay a supplement (and book ahead) to dine at the steak house
  • The Moon Pool is for adults only and the beaches aren't great for swimming

Best time to go

The best time to visit Weligama is between December and April, when it's mainly dry on the south and west coasts. The calm seas and good visibility also make this time of year ideal for snorkelling, diving and whale-watching. May and June are usually wet; July and August are pleasant but the Indian Ocean is rough. September and October can be sunny, but heavy rain, humidity and high seas are typical (especially during November).

Our top tips

Pack some binoculars for keeping a close eye on breaching blue whales out to sea. Even if you don’t get lucky whale-spotting from your sunbed, the chances of seeing one on the resort's boat trips are excellent.

The resort makes a blissful coastal retreat after a stay at sister property Ceylon Tea Trails, set in Sri Lanka's beautiful hill country. Air taxis operate between the two.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Luxury Resort
  • 39
  • Restaurants + bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Bicycles Available
  • Board games and books
  • 24-hour butler service
  • PADI dive centre


The impeccably presented rooms and residences are named after seafaring explorers, writers and navigators linked to Sri Lanka. With printed soft furnishings, coloured walls and bold timber bedheads, they are unmistakeably contemporary, yet their fine rattan panelling calls to mind the past, as do books, prints and maps representing their namesakes. All have furnished verandas, and bathrooms boast steam showers and freestanding tubs.

Four 2-storey villas encircle the kid-friendly Cove Pool and house Master Room 130s (the number refers to the square footage). These are the cosiest options, but they're still huge and can connect with the Master Room 150s; ideal for families of up to 6. The larger freestanding 'residences' are clustered around 8 stone-walled wattas (gardens) with 15m pools. Grand Residences have the best sea views, yet we loved our Premier Residence for its big bathroom and outside space. The duplex Cape Weligama Residences, each with 2 bedrooms and private pools, are the resort's flashiest digs.

See Rates for full details.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


The resort has 3 distinct restaurants. The stepped terrace of the indigo-hued De Mauny Dining Pavilion offers gorgeous views of Weligama’s curvaceous coastline and serves international fusion cuisine, including day-fresh fish and seafood which you select from the displays at the adjoining pola (market). Standing even closer to the cliff edge is scarlet-hued Rouge, an intimate steak house and grill, and down beside the Cove Pool is Kumbuk, an alfresco Sri Lankan eatery (open seasonally).

We lunched at De Mauny, starting with an artfully presented seafood terrine followed by marlin with puy lentil salad and then poached pears. For dinner, we tried Kumbuk’s rice and curry option - the creamy seer fish curry was delicious. In-room dining is encouraged, too, and private BBQs can be arranged. The veranda of our residence was amply equipped for meals, and it was here that we enjoyed an indulgent afternoon tea.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children meals
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cooking classes
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service


  • Immerse yourself in a novel beside one of the pools, or ask your butler to arrange an in-room massage using tea-based oils
  • Take advantage of the resort’s dive centre, which not only offers PADI diving action and courses (wreck dives are a must for those with advanced certification), but also sunset cruises, fishing, whale- and dolphin-watching (in season) and kayaking on nearby Koggala Lake
  • Weligama’s wide sandy bay is one of the south coast’s best places to surf
  • The resort is within striking distance of many southern Sri Lankan sights, including magical Galle Fort, Matara’s less well-known pair of Dutch forts, Dondra’s slim white lighthouse and Mirissa’s picture-postcard harbour. See our [tips:galle-south-coast:destination guide] for full details
  • Day trips to the leopard-filled national parks of Uda Walawe and Yala can also be arranged, and guides and private vehicles are on hand

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Historical sites
  • Kayaking
  • Private guided tours
  • Safaris
  • Scuba diving
  • Scuba diving courses
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Well being
  • Whalewatching
  • Wildlife


Children of all ages are welcome. There’s plenty of space for kids to let off steam, and the area around the Cove Pool is very family-orientated, and close to the beach. That said, the varied terrain and drops aren’t ideal for tots.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

All rooms and residences can accommodate baby cots and extra beds. Most suitable for families are the Master Room 130s, which have 2 queensize beds each; they're located near the Cove Pool and can interconnect with Master Room 150s to form large, private spaces for up to 6. Kids under 2 stay for free


Babysitters can be booked for a small fee

Children's meals:

Kumbuk and the De Mauny Dining Pavilion have kids’ menus, and the in-room dining option also suits families particularly well. The butlers can serve meals, snacks and drinks at any time of the day

Kids Activities on site:

  • 2 safe beaches
  • Family-friendly shallow pool with ice-cream trolley
  • Swimming teachers
  • Snorkelling
  • PADI-accredited dive outfit
  • Watersports including paddle-boarding, surfing and windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Board games

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Guided bike rides of the local area
  • Boat trips to see whales and dolphins
  • Galle is 25 minutes away

Families Should Know:

The resort’s landscaping is multi-levelled with steep drop-offs and unfenced terraces. In many places there is only foliage to mark the edge of the headland.


  • Airport: 2.5 hours (Colombo)
  • Hospital: 15 minutes
  • Shop: 15 minutes
Kid Friendly: Private Garden 2-3-bed Residence

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