Cape Weligama: a luxury bohemian hideaway in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s Cape Weligama is a quietly luxurious kind of place, what with its 40 boutique villas, sprawling cliff-top location on a deserted rocky promontory and impressive crescent-shaped infinity-pool centerpiece. With breathtaking views of wild stretches of Indian Ocean and bohemian contemporary-colonial villas, the resort masters understated elegance that is both inviting and immediately comfortable. Cape Weligama is all about outside-in living: sliding louvered doors make the most of the views and sea breezes, large terraces allow lazy sun-drenched moments and private wattas (gardens) are the perfect place for daytime napping. Flanked by two largely deserted swimming beaches (Sri Lanka is renowned for its surf beaches), the resort is beautifully placed to indulge do-nothing holidays or provide the perfect base for more adventurous types, with whale watching, PADI-accredited diving, cinnamon-plantation tours and wildlife safaris close by. Eating at the resort is a pleasure, with three superb restaurants using freshly gathered produce from the resort’s garden daily to create three different cuisines – curries, teppanyaki and Asian-fusion – ensuring you never get food ennui. And be sure to try the cream tea – it’s delicious, but considering Cape Weligama is owned by tea giant Dilmah, you’d expect nothing less.