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Cape Weligama
Stunning…decadent…in a class of its own…the absolute benchmark for boutique hotels in sri lanka.
Resplendent Ceylon
  • Project launched in 2014
  • Designed to look and feel like a Sri Lankan village
  • Three different design themes
  • 40 luxury villas
  • 5 food and beverage outlets
  • Full interior design for the whole resort provided
Repositioning the resort experience

Cape Weligama has been carefully designed to look less like a resort, and to feel more like a Sri Lankan village. Villas are carefully sited in clusters of two or three, always in response to the site’s natural topography and its mature trees, and tropical gardens to offer privacy as well as panoramic views from the unique cliff top location.

Comprising forty villas, five food and beverage outlets and other supporting pavilions, a key aim was to offer guests a range of experiences, whether residential, dining, or recreational, well beyond what might be expected of a resort of this scale to provide an experience which reveals itself throughout an extended stay. The villas are situated in small groups within the landscape, and no two sets are alike, enhancing the village feel. The clusters are named after authors, historic and contemporary, with close links to Sri Lanka. 

Connecting with the landscape

Covered verandas at each villa allow guests to enjoy the sea breeze, whilst enjoying the spectacular views this cliff-top site provides. Interior finishes are in harmony with the overarching village theme; tiled floors are refined iand authentic, while timeless teak and rattan furniture hints at the historic colonial influences which are still a part of everyday life in Sri Lanka. The internal palette, patterns and textures are all carefully selected to create interiors which are wholly in harmony with their environment as well as their thematic inspirations.

Three distinct themes. Crafted to create a subtle sense of place

To avoid repetition of design elements and adopt a bespoke approach to each unique space, three distinct themes feature throughout the villas, relating to Sri Lanka, the site’s specific context and the property's . owners. Curated artworks, artefacts, lanterns and furnishings celebrate the island’s prominent maritime heritage, its diversity of fauna or the renowned Ceylon tea, and help differentiate each villa. As a result the interiors are timeless, neither anonymously contemporary nor overly historic, and all are infused with a subtle sense of place.

A pavilion for any occasion

The dominant scale of the Dining Pavilion is downplayed through the day as they eye is drawn through its generous rows of doors to the ocean beyond. The dining area has tables within arranged at three levels, ensuring every seat enjoys unbroken views. At night the scale is again disguised, and a surprising intimacy is achieved, by the focussed lighting of tabletops and by the rhythmic arrangement of candle-lit niches.

The Living Pavilion, despite its similarly grand scale, achieves the same intimacy, offering guests a combination of a comfortable lounge bar and an inviting library, where filament lamps mix with candle flames against a backdrop of warm wood screens and claret-red columns. 

In contrast to these spaces, outside of the halls, the canopy of a giant Kumbuk tree provides shade to a more rural dining experience, where reclaimed local hardwood has been employed to achieve an appropriately rustic appearance for the furniture.

Carefully conceived, bespoke interiors combine with striking architecture in this one-of-a-kind site to ensure guests are provided with unique experiences, and that Cape Weligama will be recognised as an icon of Sri Lankan hospitality.
Photo credits: Sebastian Posingis and Tom Parker

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