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Cape Weligama
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Weligama
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 February 2015

Fancy "6 star" joint half an hour south of Galle. Given the expense it wasn't really up to scratch, note that: the phones weren’t working when we checked in, the room AC hadn’t been turned on, the gym AC was also off when we were shown it, there was a child in the "child-free" moon-pool and you could fill the bath with only the hot tap and still jump straight in without it being too hot. The top rooms are advertised as 2 story 2 bedroom apartments, but there are really 2 separate villas with separate external entries (you cant go from the downstairs to the upstairs private pool unless you go outside and enter a separate stairwell). On the good side, you can jump into your private pool from the upstairs bedroom through the window in your bedroom! The shower is also a steam room and the pool has perfect temperature.

There is a great view of the cape and a lovely surf break that continues for what looks like about a km (probably from an outer reef which then tumbles slowly into the beach).

Room Tip: Closer to the water and not up near the reception area
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  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled with friends
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Malik F, Owner at Cape Weligama, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2015

My apologies for the phone and AC being off at check in..will have our checklists rechecked! The hot water temperature is controlled to be at a practical level and not scalding. I do hope you managed to experience the rest of the resort and partake of the meals, drinks and activities included in the rate.

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Reviewed 26 February 2015

My wife and I recently enjoyed a fantastic long weekend at Cape Weligama and wanted to share a few comments about our experience.

The setting, design, food, facilities and, most impressively, service all joined to create a beautiful hotel to which we hope to return. A few highlights: Rasika, the butler for our room, who took great care to make sure we were comfortable throughout our stay, and did so with skill and his friendly attitude; the food at the various hotel restaurants, with our favorite being the Sri Lankan breakfast that Rasika delivered to our room; the beach next door, which featured stunning coral reefs for snorkeling and large, consistent waves for body-boarding (or surfing for those who know how) with Gaurawa and Oska, from the hotel’s dive shop; an afternoon run through the surrounding towns and fields with David, also from the dive shop; the views down the rocky shoreline to the east and over the ocean to the south; and the whistling tune played by the red baker’s tuk-tuk that delivers bread to the area a few times daily. To wrap up our weekend trip, the hotel organized a tour of Galle on the drive back to the airport in Colombo.

Congratulations to Michele (the manager), Rasika and the rest of the staff on creating a fabulous destination.

  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2015

We really enjoyed our stay at cape weligama . The setting with ocean view is spectacular . Our room was spacious, modern and well appointed. The food was delicious particularly the Sri Lankan buffet. The only thing which I feel was not up to the very high food standard was the assortment of cakes for the afternoon tea. This can definitely be improved.
The staff was friendly and helpful.
Altogether we had an amazing time , we will definitely recommend this resort to our friends and family.

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2  Thank lynlyn66
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Reviewed 24 February 2015

We arrived dusty from our safari and found Cape Weligama to be a haven where we could be thoroughly spoilt with high tea on our verandah, pre dinner drinks, whatever we wished for really, all delivered by our wonderfully helpful butler, Rasiki. Nothing was too much trouble. Our Ocean View room was beautiful with a pool shared by just three villas. There is a stunning Moon Pool as well. Dinning outdoors with cliff top ocean views was delightful too. We enjoyed the Spa and the high level of service. We stayed three nights and it was hard to leave. We visited Galle and went whale watching.

  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Robyn H
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Reviewed 22 February 2015 via mobile

My wife and our two sons ages 10 & 12 just visited the Resort for a short 2 night stay over the CNY Holiday. We have visited other resorts in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and the Maldives and the experience here compares well with Five star resorts in Bali, Langkawi, the Maldives, Phuket and Koh Samui.

Our butler, Indika, was superb and went out of his way to make sure we were always taken care of. We thought the food was excellent and the local Sri Lankan cuisine in particular was delicious. The all inclusive nature of the resort also worked well. Given its ownership through the Dilmah Group the tea was great.

As other reviewers have noted the beach is down the hill and is a public one. There is no beverage service on the beach but the dive center has brand new gear. We snorkeled from shore and enjoyed it although the coral is still recovering from the Tsunami and there were not many fish. The surfing looked great although we don't surf ourselves.

We had some issues with the car pickup in Colombo and were refunded the charge in full without asking. The driver on the way back to the airport, Harish, who works for the resort was an excellent guide as well and spent an entire day with us at stops in Galle and in Colombo. The first driver was from an independent firm and was friendly and knowledgeable but had never been to the resort before and so we relied on Google Maps to eventually find our way.

We thought the semi-private pool was very nice. We used that pool and the two common pools and none were busy although the rooms were occupied to near capacity.

We were a bit surprised there was no shop as we would have probably bought some tea to take home and stocked up on sun lotion.

As the resort is new I expect the transportation issues will be sorted out soon. We are keen to come back for a longer stay and thought it was relaxing and quite impressive. If you are going to spend all day on the beach, this is not the best place, but if you are happy to be pampered at the pool and do the occasional beach activity, this is an excellent choice of resort. Weligama itself is a bustling a vibrant fishing community with where nature is not too far away - we spotted monkeys (gibbons?) and a few kingfishers and kites. Apparently seasonal blue whale watching is possible too.

The staff is very friendly and should be commended for making the experience enjoyable and relaxing.

The resort location is about 3hours drive away from Colombo airport when you use the newly constructed Southern Expressway. Driving back to Colombo from our too short a visit, we stopped at Galle for a walk around the fortress. Galle is less than 45mins away on the coastal road. Cape Weligama provides good access to historical/cultural sights, cinnamon plantations, local community and also water sports.

This was a great place to accelerate de-stressing within a 2-day period, however, a minimum 4-night stay would have been preferable if we had the time.

We were able to visit The Fortress for lunch on our last day, as well as pass by Aman Galle. The two were booked up and that is how we ended up at Cape Weligama. The three hotels offer completely different experiences and Cape Weligama will suit the luxury topical getaway traveller best. We hope to return with friends to this lovely cliff-top resort on a second trip to Sri Lanka in the near future.

Stayed: February 2015
2  Thank Joel K
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Address: Abimanagama Road, Weligama, Matara 81700, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Matara > Weligama
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Weligama
Price Range: RM1,850 - RM3,360 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Cape Weligama 5*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This gorgeous clifftop resort is part of Dilmah Tea’s Resplendent Ceylon luxury collection, which includes the iconic Ceylon Tea Trails and Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Yala. Cape Weligama inhabits twelve tropical acres above the Indian Ocean on Sri Lanka's southern coast, 30 minutes east of Galle. The collection of 39 Villas & Suites are the most sumptuous in Sri Lanka. The Suites are around the cove pool, in groups of four & can interconnect, ideally suiting families or friends. The Villas are in eight stone ringed gardens, each comprising 2-3 freestanding Villas & large swimming pool. At Ocean Terrace guests interact with chefs to select fresh seafood at the "Pola" (Market). The cliff edge Ocean Grill features meats & seafood cooked in front of you. The Cape Club provides a relaxed venue for traditional afternoon cream tea as well as sunset cocktails & after dinner nightcaps. The iconic 60m crescent shaped cliff-top infinity pool takes in sweeping 270-degree blue views. ... more   less 
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