New Resort Opens On Sri Lanka’s South Coast

Sri Lanka welcomed its newest and most glamorous beach resort this week with the opening of  Cape Weligama. Owned by the Fernando family of Dilmah Tea fame and designed by Thai architect Lek Bunnag (whose former projects include the Four Seasons Langkawi, Pangkor Laut Resort and Ritz Carlton Reserve Phulay Bay), the 40-key resort is perched on a spectacular cliff-top site on the country’s south coast overlooking the Bay of Weligama and panoramas of the Indian Ocean.


Generously-sized villas and suites offer some of the most spacious accommodations in the region and are set within 8 stone-ringed “wattas” (the sinhalese word for garden). Ranging from 130 to 300 square meters, each offers contemporary interiors, exquisite custom-made furnishings, ocean-facing bathrooms, lush gardens and private butler service.


With a location near the sea, fresh seafood is presented at the “Pola” (market) for guest selection at the De Mauny Dining Pavilion, while the flavours of the land can be sampled at Kumbuk, the al fresco Sri Lankan restaurant. Misaki is the resort’s intimate cliff-edge teppanyaki pavilion, capable of accommodating 12 guests for a private dining experience and the Taylor Living Pavilion, serving a Ceylon Afternoon Cream Tea in reverence to the country and owner’s tea-growing origins.


Other highlights include an iconic crescent-shaped cliff-top infinity pool, along with a Moon Bar serving snacks and drinks throughout the day, 2 private beaches, a Dive Centre offering PADI-certified dive courses and whale-watching, fully-equipped gymnasium and in-villa spa experiences with bespoke products made from local teas and spices.


Operated by Resplendent Ceylon, Cape Weligama joins sister resort Ceylon Tea Trails. A seaplane service connects both resorts in a scenic 20-minute journey across Sri Lanka’s stunning tea country.


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