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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Personal butlers

    Clifftop infinity pool

    Stirring setting

  • Kids will love


    Kids-only pool

    Bespoke meals

  • Don’t expect

    Off-site dining


    On-site crèche


Few child-friendly resorts are as dramatic as Sri Lanka's Cape Weligama. Atop a soaring south-coast headland sits a village-like cluster of huge family villas (arranged into mini neighbourhoods around shared pools). Palm-tree-scattered grounds and a lifeguard-attended main pool will satisfy kids’ Marco Polo-esque inquisitiveness; and whales and dolphins can be spied from two beaches. Personal butlers, bespoke meals and a cliff-edge infinity pool mean contented parents too.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Cape Weligama with us:

A 30-minute trial scuba dive or wave-boarding session for the whole family (for over-8s only, dependent on the weather)


Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Cape Weligama – has been selected and approved by parents.


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Need To Know


40, 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 £361.40 ($442), including tax at 27 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast and afternoon tea, room service, snacks, all drinks (including those in your minibar), laundry, and all taxes and service charges. Children Cots (free) and extra beds (US$75 half board, US$90 full board, a child, each night) for under-12s can be added to one-bedroom villas. Pool View Master Suites and Pool View Junior Suites interconnect to form two-bedroom Family Junior Suites, accommodating up to four kids.


Most public areas are pram and wheelchair accessible, except Kumbuk and Misaki restaurants, and the Moon Bar. One Ocean View Villa and one Premier Ocean View Villa have been specially adapted, and there are electric buggies for disabled guests to use.

At the hotel

Four 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 View Junior Suites and Pool View 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.

Book ahead

Babysitting must be booked more than 24 hours in advance.

Food and drink

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Eat fragrant Sri Lankan curries with your hands at casual Kumbuk. Ceylon high tea, snacks, wines and whiskies are served at Taylor Living Pavilion; and ocean-facing, lapis-lazuli-hued De Mauny dishes up fresh catches (chargrilled blue swimmer-crab in tamarind sauce, lobster bisque) from the on-site Pola fish market, cooked to guests’ tastes. Japanese-style meat and fish dishes are served in theatrical fashion at adults-only teppanyaki joint Misaki.

Family fare

Kumbuk is the best choice for laid-back lunches; kids will love the informal approach to cutlery and the choice of curries simmering away in terracotta pots; or try some of the less-challenging fish dishes at De Mauny. The only evening option for families is Taylor Living Pavilion, but the flexible room service is a better option for fussy eaters and more substantial fare. Chefs will happily tweak meals to kids’ tastes, and highchairs, children’s cutlery, booster seats, beakers and weaning spoons are all available to use.

Hotel Bar

The Cove Bar, alongside the kids-only pool, is a laid-back spot where parents can keep a watchful eye on mini swimmers and enjoy a cooling cocktail or fresh juice. Bartenders take requests for milkshakes, tropical fruit mocktails and smoothies, so kids are looked after too. The Luna Bar is more grown up, with an indoor area below the Moon Pool (where film screenings and theme nights are frequently held) and an open-air terrace for superlative sunset watching.

Last orders

De Mauny is open from 7am to 1pm, Kumbuk from 12 noon to 2.30pm, and Misaki from 7pm to 11pm. The Taylor Living Pavilion serves tea and drinks from 4pm to 11pm, and the Moon Bar’s final cocktail is shaken at 1am.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Each villa has a shaded veranda – most with spectacular ocean views – for meals en famille. The Moon Bar’s tables for two overlook the prettiest views, perfect for a stolen romantic eve.

  • Room service

    Your personal butler can deliver food to your door 24 hours a day. Dishes vary depending on which ingredients are available, but usually they’ll try to accommodate all requests.


    Dining options in the evening are limited to light meals at the Taylor Living Pavilion, or teppanyaki at grown-ups-only eatery Misaki – and there are few restaurants close by – so parents may have to make the most of room service.


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Parent approved

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Cape Weligama – has been selected and approved by parents.


Local babysitters are available for US$10 an hour; must be booked 24 hours in advance.


The hotel don’t offer baby-listening or baby monitors. Restaurants are out of monitor range, so book a babysitter for evenings à deux.

Other Services

Your butler will happily don his pointy party-planner hat, on request, to arrange themed birthday parties or family barbecues (some notice may be needed).

What's there already?

For babies

Highchairs • Weaning spoons • Beakers/sippy cups • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Changing mat • Crayons

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Booster seat • Cutlery • Beakers/sippy cups • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Bathroom step • Changing mat • Socket covers • Swimming aids • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• Car booster seats • Board games • Craft materials • Body boards


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Things to do

Cape Weligama’s sociable setup and leafy wattas (‘gardens’ in Sinhalese) make it safe for kids to explore; they can paddle and splash in the shared pool by your villa, or play with the inflatables in the kids-only Cove Pool. There’s jungly terrain aplenty for letting off steam, and two beautiful beaches set at the foot of the headland, which have been left a little wild. Older kids should pop in to the on-site PADI dive centre, and parents can seek out a therapist for in-villa Ceylonese spa treatments, hit the gym, or admire the view from the adults-only Moon Pool before an on-spec cocktail at the Moon Bar.

Hotel activities

Carefully orchestrated views; manicured greenery and plenty of sunloungers encourage low-impact adoration of Sri Lanka’s natural beauty in between pool jaunts. Climb down the cliff-clinging staircase to West Beach, for sunbathing, and swimming in reef-sheltered waters. Keep an eye out for fisherman balanced on stilts, and more exotic creatures: dolphins and whales breach here, and turtles frolic in coves accessed by stone paths. Adults and older, swim-confident kids can crank their holiday into next gear: the PADI dive centre offers aquatic adventures by the East Beach, such as banana-boating, snorkelling, and scuba-diving and surfing lessons. The resort also has a stash of board games and arts and crafts supplies for quiet play, and there’s a yoga platform overlooking the ocean for sun saluting.

And there's more…

Bike through emerald-green, stepped rice paddies or paddle a kayak across Lake Koggala.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

Head to Rocket Burger (+94 (0)77 854 5395) on Pedlar Street, to try Galle’s first – and self-proclaimed best – American burger.

Don't miss…

Stuffed warthogs, lizards and octopi in bold hues: we were utterly charmed by the soft toys at the Galle branch of Barefoot (+94 (0)11 258 9305,

Sri Lanka’s south coast is still undeveloped, so its beaches are dramatic, its areas of jungle dense and coastal towns dotted with colonial monuments and temples. Kids will love the resort’s Jumanji-esque surroundings and spotting local wildlife, especially zooming through paddy fields on bikes or paddling a kayak across Lake Koggala (the hotel can organise equipment hire). Ask your butler-cum-concierge to arrange open-top jeep or boat tours of Udawalawe National Park (+94 (0)47 347 5892), a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the resort, where elephants and leopards roam; or a trip to Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project (+94 (0)91 226 4567), just over an hour’s drive away, where kids can release hatchlings into the ocean if visiting from May to October. Galle Fort is a 40-minute drive away; spend a day exploring the remaining ramparts, then pick up souvenirs in the shops beyond the 17th-century gates. Shoba Display Gallery (+94 91 222 4351), created to offer employment opportunities to local women, sells sweet hangings embroidered with elephants, lacy hearts and colourful cloth ornaments. Then, stop for lunch at Crêpe-ology (+94 (0)91 223 4777) café – a five-minute walk from the lighthouse – which has a dedicated family dining room with comfy sofas and toys, and a fussy-eater friendly menu. The small yet engrossing Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Art Museum has a collection of colourful traditional puppets and masks. Alternative daytrips include Matara’s beaches and Bhuddist Temples (and a small snake farm on Horagoda Road), and laid-back coastal town Mirissa.

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Cape Weligama
Cape Weligama, Abhimanagama Road, Weligama, Sri Lanka, Weligama, 81700
Hotel setting

Trade-wind-caressed cliffs

Getting There

Cape Weligama resort is in a quiet coastal town in Sri Lanka’s Southern Province. Beachy and laid-back, Weligama has a rugged cliff-sheltered coastline, speckled with coconut palms and trimmed with turquoise bays. The town of Galle is 30km away.


From Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (, catch a Cinnamon Air seaplane to Mawella Lagoon Airport (a 25-minute journey); from there the resort is a 45-minute drive along the A2 coastal route.


Weligama train station is on the Southern Rail Line; the journey from Colombo Fort Rail Station takes roughly two-and-a-half hours.


If you want to explore the surrounding area, a hire car will come in handy. There’s an Avis booth at Colombo Bandaranaike, and the drive to the resort is about three hours. Watch out for wayward tuk-tuks, and be sure to pack all documentation.

Parent travel tip

Arrange a transfer with Cape Weligama; they’re one of the very few hotels in Sri Lanka that have child and booster car seats. Uneven pavements make it hard to wheel prams about, so bring a backpack carrier to tote your tot about, and ask to stop off at Cargills Food City ( or Keells Super ( shop – in Colombo or along the coastal route – to pick up disposable nappies; they stock the most reliable brands.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Cape Weligama – has been selected and approved by parents.

Staying at Cape Weligama is the closest thing to becoming Indiana Jones: jungle-fringed lodgings sit on an Indian Ocean-lapped promontory made for a lengthy aerial shot; and a supporting cast of majestic beasts (whales breaching by the resort’s beaches, leopards and elephants roaming the nearby national parks) add to its wonderful wildness. However, it’s hardly untamed; a personal butler streamlines adventures, meals are bespoke and its cache of baby kit bests most hotels in Sri Lanka. It’s also rather dreamy, and a cleverly conceived layout (a separate lifeguard-watched pool for kids, an adults-only eatery, private yet sociable ‘neighbourhoods’ of family villas) gives parents the freedom to laze in the cliff-edge infinity pool or clink cocktails over ‘wish you were here’ views.

Smith & Family

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Cape Weligama in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

Superb food; fantastic headland location, convenient villa pool, spectacular 'moon' pool, great massages in the spa, convenient and good quality 'all-in' package, attentive butler!

Don’t expect

Sunshine everyday - it can rain a lot depending on the season.

Rating: 10/10 stars