Designed by notable architect Lek Bunnag, Cape Weligama is a destination coastal resort for travellers, with or without families, looking for casual luxe and space.
Its setting is fabulous on the tip of a raised promontory with a 270-degree vista of the Indian Ocean. Australia lies towards the left, the Horn of Africa towards the right, and as the ocean waves glide serenely inwards from Antarctica, you’ll have the notion of being at a past port of call for adventurous marine traders.
Elements of Sri Lankan architecture around the resort co-exist with contemporary colonial interiors.
The sizes of the Residences and Villas are very generous – the smallest Residence is 130sqm and the largest, the Cape Weligama Residence, is a 307sqm duplex. The Residences each have a private garden and furnished veranda, and are arranged in clusters of two or three sharing a 15m pool within Wattas (walled gardens).
There are water-related facilities and activities ranging from two pools (Moon Pool and Cove Pool), a dive centre offering PADI courses, big-game fishing, whale- and dolphin-watching. Those who prefer to stay on land can book day excursions to nearby harbour towns, temples and national parks.
Each of the five dining outlets is commendable: De Mauny Dining Pavilion faces the bay; Kumbuk offers Sri Lankan cuisine; the Taylor Pavilion provides a shady retreat from the afternoon sun; Misaki has its Teppanyaki grill; and, last but not least, the Moon Bar.
Guests will appreciate the ‘no bills to sign’ policy here. The tariff includes three daily à la carte meals (except at Misaki, the Japanese restaurant), all beverages throughout the day including quality wines and spirits, plus room service.
WHY I’D RETURN
The fabulous setting still lingers in my mind. The unique 270-degree vista enabled me to follow the arc of the sun from sunrise to sunset and then the moon in its place, which was soothing for my spirit and re-energising.
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Text and photos by Jenjira van der Linden
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