Where trade winds carried legendary explorers like Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta and Fa-Hsien past Sri Lanka's soaring southern cliffs on some of history's most celebrated nautical journeys, Cape Weligama,  in southern Sri Lanka, is the most celebrated resort yet along this fabled island's palm fringed shores. Inhabits 12 manicured acres atop a singular promontory rising 40 metres above the Indian Ocean, stunning panoramas await you, naturally complementing the 39 private retreats designed by one of Asia's most celebrated architects. 


Emerald hues of the coconut palm frond dappled headlands meet the sapphire waters of the Indian Ocean here along this isle’s curvaceous southern stretch. Just off the craggy coast, sarong clad fishermen perch acrobatically on their wooden stilts. Centuries old stone carved temples dot the lush undulating interior where elephants still inhabit the tropical jungle. A 30 minute coastal drive leads to the massive granite ramparts of the 400-year-old Dutch colonial Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and symbol of this region’s strategic importance to maritime history. Nearby, the slender white Dondra Lighthouse, built by the British in 1890, marks this island’s southernmost tip. Beyond, the vast cerulean sea churns unremittingly all the way to Antarctica.


39 free-standing suites and villas, infinite 270-degree panoramas of the Indian Ocean are celebrated from every curvaceous corner of this meticulously landscaped 12-acre luxury resort, perched on a 36m cliff top. Innovative wining and dining venues hug the lofty cape and are complemented by a spectacular crescent-shaped infinity pool seamlessly merging with the ocean.

Named after eminent Ceylon explorers and writers, they are the heart and soul of the resort. Wattas – clusters of two to three free standing garden-wrapped villas – also share a 15m Infinity pool; each villa is an idyllic sanctuary for a couple or if a whole Watta is reserved, a blissfully private environment for families and friends. The suites in the Walauwas directly access the expansive, meandering Fun Pool.


Postcard perfect beaches, gently breaking waves and a kaleidoscopic underwater landscape sprinkled with historic wrecks, Sri Lanka’s southern coastline does not lack for magnetic charms. Swim and snorkel in the aquamarine bay beneath Cape Weligama. Explore neighbouring coves by kayak or learn to surf on Weligama’s legendary curls. The Dive Centre, staffed by an experienced international team of professionals, offers a comprehensive range of PADI dive courses and other off shore activities including private sunset cruises, big game fishing, seasonal whale and dolphin-watching trips and kayaking out on nearby Koggala Lake, its tranquil lagoon edged by fragrant cinnamon gardens and tropical wildlife.

For adventures further afield, must see destinations include Mirissa’s vibrant boat harbour and the historic Galle Fort where cobbled streets encased in coral and granite walls reveal ochre washed colonnaded houses, colonial churches, and renowned jewellery boutiques. Elephants, sloth bears & crocodiles may be spotted on day trips to the Uda Walawe national park.

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