Now comes the time to stretch out and explore the tropical beaches, tranquil lagoons, fragrant teahouses, and historic sites of Sri Lanka’s southern tip, where your base will be another Robb Report Best of the Best resort. Opened in 2014, Cape Weligama affords sweeping views of the cerulean Indian Ocean from its cliff-top perch near the 16th-century walled city of Galle. The 12-acre property, which is owned by the Dilmah tea company, resembles a traditional Sri Lankan village, with frangipani-lined wattas (walled gardens) separating each of the 40 terra-cotta-roofed bungalows. Near the resort, enjoy optional shopping trips under the tutelage of a leading local gem expert, as well as reef and wreck diving, surfing, and big-game fishing, or perhaps a visit to the massive coral-and-granite ramparts of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle. Or you can just wander Cape Weligama’s palm-lined grounds, where a crescent-shaped pool overlooks the ocean and a spa specializes in tea-infused therapies.
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