November 2014 | by Clare Turner

Sri Lanka's newest luxury hotel, Cape Weligama

Thirty minutes east of the beautiful fort town of Galle, and two hours from Colombo on Sri Lanka’s new highway, the latest addition to Sri Lanka’s impressive collection of boutique retreats is Cape Weligama, a stunning clifftop resort on the south coast. Occupying twelve manicured acres atop a singular promontory that rises 36 meters above the Indian Ocean, stunning panoramas are everywhere.

A sister resort to Ceylon Tea Trails, a collection of four colonial-era tea planters’ bungalows dotted around the pretty Bogawantalawa Valley in Sri Lanka’s tea country, Cape Weligama is part of an ambitious plan by its owners Resplendent Ceylon, to create a trail of small luxury resorts around the island. Designed by one of Asia’s most celebrated architects, Lek Bunnag, the 40 villas and suites, arranged in clusters around pools, have been built on a peninsula, with sandy beaches on either side of the headland. At the cliff-edge is a striking, 60-metre crescent-shaped pool with a bar underneath it. An array of international dining venues captures Weligama’s iconic sunsets.

With most Seven Skies’ handcrafted itineraries incorporating a trekking experience through the tea fields in the lesser visited Bogawantalawa Valley, with stays at Ceylon Tea Trails, for those clients looking for some more time to relax we recommend including a stay at Cape Weligama. Include this either at the start of your Seven Skies’ experience, or after your trekking experience in the tea fields and before experiencing the fort town of Galle and our collection of incredible experiences here, from exploring the fort with a resident expert to cycling through paddy fields and coconut groves to exploring surrounding waterways by canoe. Contact us to find out more about our extraordinary Sri Lanka experience.

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