“Small, sociable hotel with lovely rooms and a buzzy bar-restaurant, right on the beach of surfing mecca, Weligama”
The 10 rooms are spread across 2 floors of an H-shaped building. Each flaunts individual furnishings, colour schemes and local art alongside deep-pile rugs, button-back sofas and wood-panelled bathrooms. Wireless speakers, flat-screen TVs and individual WiFi routers complement the cosy yet contemporary design. Generally, the upper-floor rooms are lighter and a little more private (they also have balconies).
We enjoyed our stay in a Superior Double Room on the first floor, which had a cream colour palette and cool polished terrazzo floors. A little side balcony gave narrow glimpses of the sea - the same category rooms on the ground floor use this area as additional indoor living space, which you may prefer. The Ocean View Deluxe Rooms are a little more spacious, with direct sea views.
The piece de resistance is the decadent Executive Suite with its tall sea-facing four-poster bed; one for a special occasion.
Aura, the sand-floored restaurant, sits to one side of a rectangular lawn and spills tables and benches onto the beach in front. By late afternoon, sundowner deals and upbeat music entice a cheery crowd. The all-day menu has a range of international dishes (burgers, paninis, stone-baked pizzas) as well as various pastas and Sri Lankan rice and curry.
There were plenty of options for breakfast; we tried the spinach and ham omelette, which came with a basket of homemade bread. For lunch we tucked into steak sandwiches and for dinner we opted for the (breaded) fish and chips. Overall, we found the food to be good rather than outstanding. That said, although there are plenty of places to eat in Weligama, most are not up to par. W15’s food and imaginative drinks concoctions (they have some cracking cocktails and delicious mocktails) are definitely the best around.
Children of all ages are welcome, and many families come to enjoy the sand, surf and relaxed vibe.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots and highchairs
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids' menu in the restaurant
The garden (open to the beach) and the pool are both unfenced. Between the main building is a shallow pond that could be a hazard for small children.