Need To Know
39, including eight Pool View Junior Suites, eight Pool View Master Suites, and three duplex two-bedroom Cape Pool Villas.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from £395.30 ($493), including tax at 30.29 per cent.
Rates include breakfast and afternoon tea, room service, a free laundry service laundry, and all taxes and service charges. Children Cots (free) and extra beds (up to US$95 half board, US$125 full board, a child, a night, depending on the season) for under-12s can be added to one-bedroom villas. Pool Master Suites and Pool Junior Suites connect to form two-bedroom Family Junior Suites, accommodating up to four kids.
Most public areas are pram and wheelchair accessible, except Ocean Grill restaurants and the Moon Bar. One Ocean Villa and one Premier Ocean Villa have been specially adapted, and there are electric buggies for disabled guests to use.
At the hotel
Two restaurants, two bars, two pools, dive centre, spa and gym, gardens, DVD library, and free WiFi throughout.
In your room
Personal butler, flatscreen TV and DVD player, minibar, coffee machine, kettle with a selection of teas, free bottled water, air-conditioning and natural bath products. Suites also have kitchenettes with fridges, microwaves and hobs.
Our favourite rooms
The four walauwas (mansions), where Pool Junior Suites and Pool Master Suites interconnect to form sprawling two-bedroom Family Suites, are clustered around the Cove family pool, near child-friendly Kumbuk restaurant, the PADI dive centre and the entrance to the east beach. Named after writers and explorers (Arthur C Clarke, Leonard Woolf, James Emerson and Pablo Neruda), families are given first pick of these stays.
The Cove Pool, for under-12s, is set to the east side of the resort. The 20-metre lap pool has a cache of with armbands and inflatables; laid out in an eye-catching zig-zag style, it’s flanked by dining tables and sunloungers for parents to plonk down on. A lifeguard keeps watch during opening hours (6am–8pm), and there’s a shallow areas for toddlers. The magical adults-only crescent-moon-shaped pool curves around the promontory edge, with 270º views of the Indian Ocean and jungle-fringed beaches.
Spa therapists are dispatched to your villa to administer clove, orange and sandalwood-scented scrubs, bespoke tea-infused massages, and herbal steams. Treatments are only available for over-12s.
Architect Lek Bunnag designed the hotel’s villas, and he’s worked his mod-Asian magic at fellow Smith style dens The Oberoi and Maia Luxury Resort & Spa – so you could say we’re fans. Cape Weligama’s sister hotel Ceylon Tea Trails – an elegant Edwardian stay in the hills – proves that good genes run in the family.
Babysitting must be booked more than 24 hours in advance.