“High-end resort on a beach-fringed headland near Galle, with huge rooms, gourmet food, a dive centre and 270-degree ocean views”
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.
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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.
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.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
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
Kumbuk and the De Mauny Dining Pavilion have kids’ menus, and the in-room dining option also suits families particularly well. Meals, snacks and drinks can be served at any time of the day
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.