The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
12th June 2024
The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
Nestled on the sun-kissed southern coast of Sri Lanka, Cape Weligama stands as the quintessential gateway to the island's enchanting southern riviera. Flanked by the vibrant locales of Ahangama, Midigama, Weligama, and Galle, this picturesque haven offers a blend of serene luxury and adventurous spirit.
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
31st January 2024
Discover Sri Lanka this Easter
Travel to Sri Lanka during Easter and experience the allure of Resplendent Ceylon with exclusive offers of up to 25% savings. Explore the special offers available during the easter period. While these savings add to the appeal, discover why choosing Sri Lanka for your vacation during this period is an exceptional decision.
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
16th February 2024
What to Expect on a Whale Watching Expedition
Set out on an extraordinary whale-watching expedition in Sri Lanka, where the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean set the stage for unforgettable encounters with marine giants in their natural habitat. To make the most of your journey, it's essential to be prepared for the unique aspects of this thrilling excursion.
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
29th February 2024
Discover Sri Lanka this Eid
Resplendent Ceylon has introduced a special saving up to 20% for anyone travelling during Eid. In addition to the above saving, there are further compelling reasons to consider travelling to Sri Lanka during this period.
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
20th March 2024
The best restaurants and bars in Galle
Today, Galle Fort is also perhaps Sri Lanka’s most exciting culinary destination with a host of fine dining venues, quaint cafes and lively taverns tucked away in its narrow cobblestone streets. The Fort’s gastronomic scene is as diverse as its cultural heritage—local produce and native spirits like arrack feature prominently at its newest hangouts while the Fort houses an increasingly evolving, refined international cuisine scene. Here’s our list of handpicked standouts for the best restaurants and bars in Galle.
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
26th March 2024
The 10 best travel experiences in and around Galle, Ahangama and Weligama.
While Southern Sri Lanka is known for its stunning coastline fringed with swaying coconut palms—along with adventure sports like surfing—there’s more to the South than its beaches. The region houses tea gardens (yes, you heard it right!), dense jungles with roaring cascades, paddy fields where peacocks roam, and slow-living villages with century-old cottage industries. Much of the island’s spices and herbs grow and flourish here, while generational artists work meticulously to keep their crafts alive. By the rugged shoreline, you’ll find fishermen on stilts, a decade-old practice, while the surrounding ocean is home to whales, dolphins and other marine life. So here are the 10 best travel experiences in and around Galle, Ahangama and Weligama beyond the South’s sunkissed shores.
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
8th April 2024
The best independent restaurants and bars in Weligama, Sri Lanka
Once a sleepy village, Weligama is now south Sri Lanka’s buzziest surf town. It’s vibrant, laidback, and magical, with the sunny southern coast’s palm-fringed shores and inland paddies. It draws in both thrill seekers and those who love something a bit more sedate—breezy sundowners by the ocean, after-dinner nightcaps under star-studded skies, and lazy, jazzy brunches with good coffee under the tropical sun. More recently, Weligama has also become one of Sri Lanka’s culinary-forward beach spots, with a new sleeve of cafes, pizzerias, al fresco dining venues and sushi bars championing native, locally grown produce and once overlooked spirits. There’s something for everyone here, from al fresco lunches in stunning settings to vegan-focused menus, and craft cocktails curated by homegrown mixologists. This is our edit of some of the best places to eat and drink in Weligama, within a short drive from the resort—in no particular order. 
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
9th April 2024
The 10 best restaurants, cafes and bars in Ahangama
It’s no secret that Ahangama houses some of the most Instagrammed dining spots in the island right now. Frequented by digital nomads and those with an eye for design, this once sleepy fishing village has cemented itself as Sri Lanka’s most vibrant surf town, with a continuously evolving food scene. Take a stroll along its tiny alleyways and you’ll quickly notice contemporary chic cafes, tropical design-led bistros, rooftop sunset bars and elegant dining venues tucked away in its green jungles. With new spots open every peak tourist season (it’s when the surf's up with bright blue skies), Ahangama’s culinary scene is only going to be more varied, and exciting—and you can go from sampling island-inspired small plates to trendy hangouts serving avo on toast within a couple of hours. This is our edit of Ahangama’s favourite cafes, bars and restaurants for anyone visiting the south coast’s lively beach town.
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
18th April 2024
Resplendent Awards 2023
Amidst an evening of elegance and celebration on the 12th of March, we gathered to honour the luminaries of our establishment, the ambassadors who epitomise the essence of hospitality at The Resplendent Awards. Congratulations resonated through the hall as we applauded the well-deserved winners of the Resplendent Awards, each category a testament to the dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment exhibited throughout the year.
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
27th May 2024
Your Resplendent Summer
Summer on our teardrop isle is magical. Picture misty mornings in the Central Highlands surrounded by the emerald green tea fields, golden sunsets and the allure of the Indian Ocean lapping at your feet in the South, and diverse habitats, ecology and scenery across many national parks and sanctuaries. Arrive and experience a resplendent summer.
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
10th February 2023
Five Things to Do on a Romantic Getaway | Cape Weligama
Your romantic getaway awaits. At Cape Weligama, couples are spoilt for choice. Here are five things you can do during your stay.
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
1st March 2023
Hit Disney+ Show Night Manager filmed at Cape Weligama
Resplendent Ceylon was proud to play location host to the ‘Night Manager’, a critically acclaimed TV drama where not only were scenes for the series were shot, but where renowned stars Aditya Roy Kapoor and Sobhita Dhulipala stayed during their time filming the hit show.
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
27th April 2023
The Classic Takeover | Sri Lanka Classics 2023
The open road beckoned and a rally of classic cars followed.
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
5th May 2023
Uniting Mind, Body and Spirit | Yoga at Cape Weligama
In the early hours of the morning, when the sun’s glow casts shadows across the ground and the salty breeze from the ocean invigorates the senses, come into a place of harmony. Join in for an hour of communal movement to connect with the mind, awaken the body and balance your inner spirit. 
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
22nd October 2018
Images from the Chef and the Winemaker Dinner series
Our Chef and the Winemaker Dinner series featured celebrated Michelin star Chef Bernd Bachofer and Kai Schubert of Schubert Wines, New Zealand, with guests indulging in beautifully crafted cuisine with perfectly paired wines. At Wild...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
13th September 2021
Journey Towards Zero Waste
Our ambition towards zero waste across our properties extends to our communities as well. We believe collaboration and partnerships are the way forward to achieving our goals. As such, Resplendent Ceylon’s Cape Weligama partnered...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
26th January 2023
Kumbuk Heritage Breakfast
It’s a bright and beautiful morning as I walk along the cobblestone pathways leading towards the east side of the resort and come across the Cove Pool, beside which Kumbuk lays. Designed to look and feel like a village, it is here guests experience the heritage breakfast. 
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
10th January 2018
Let’s go Scuba!
Some people, like myself, still think they’re pretty good at sports. So it came as a shock for me to finally realise that the brain might be sending the wrong signals to my body. The brain thinks the body is still 25 and the body knows...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
10th October 2019
Recalling Thomas Cook’s Role in Ceylon’s Fledgling Tourism Industry
With the demise of Thomas Cook, Dr R. P. Fernando reminisces on the distinct charm of Sri Lanka when it was a relatively undiscovered travel destination, and Thomas Cook’s role in launching and developing the Tourism industry here. As...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
20th July 2020
Reconnect at Resplendent Ceylon
Resplendent Ceylon invites you to reconnect, reunite and revel with your loved ones. With adherence to the current safety regulations in the country, we will provide you with a safe space for you and your guests. All three of our...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
13th March 2020
Resplendent Ceylon – COVID-19 Update
As COVID-19 continues to spread, we want to reassure you of the rigorous procedures we have in place to protect our guests and staff during this period. At Resplendent Ceylon, the safety of our guests is our top priority and all three...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
29th August 2019
Resplendent Ceylon is at the top of Harper’s BAZAAR’s list of 70+ things to do in Sri Lanka.
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
7th May 2020
Resplendent Ceylon launches SafeStay Initiative
RResplendent Ceylon has launched “SafeStay” a dedicated Health & Safety Guide for hotels, to monitor and manage stringent health and safety measures.Despite comprising low density resorts in isolated locations, Resplendent Ceylon...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
28th October 2020
Resplendent Ceylon resorts recognised in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with all three Resplendent Ceylon’s resorts remarkably among the top 10 hotels in the Asia Category. Ceylon Tea Trails was voted number 3, Wild Coast Tented...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
6th May 2020
Resplendent Roundtable with Oliver Tomalin
Resplendent Roundtable is a series of discussions with thought leaders in travel, sustainability, entrepreneurship and related areas. These are curated by our own editors and the purpose is to provide readers with additional information...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
20th February 2020
Resplendent Weddings
Create intimate, bespoke, and memorable destination weddings that are tailor-made to suit your taste and planned with intricate attention to detail. Each distinctive location, resort design and architecture, and ambience lends itself to...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
10th July 2023
Southern Soul | Ancient Earthenware
Sri Lanka’s pottery industry has survived for centuries; the first identified pot dating as far back to the year 900 BC and 1120 BC. Communities and villages of these times originated this craft by preparing earthenware which were then used for their day-to-day purposes including domestic utensils, religious activities and other household chores. 
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
2nd November 2022
Southern Soul – The Age-old Art of Weaving
Beeralu lace weaving, also known as bobbin lace, was first introduced to our islanders by the Portuguese during the 16th Century. Now a part of our own island culture and heritage, this cottage industry is practised predominantly on the southern coast; specifically in Galle and Matara. 
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
15th March 2023
5 Reasons to Travel to Sri Lanka this Easter
April is one of the warmer months of the year on our island, which means guests can enjoy warm and pleasant weather, making it the perfect time for outdoor activities. In addition, many local celebrations including the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Easter and Eid all take place during this month. Experience the cultural melting pot of Sri Lanka while you travel through our island during this time.
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
8th March 2023
5 Reasons to Travel to Resplendent Ceylon this Eid
Experience the unique culture and traditions of Sri Lanka: Eid al-Fitr is celebrated in Sri Lanka by the Muslim community, who makes up around 10% of the population. During your visit, you can immerse yourself in the country’s diversity including visiting the Galle Fort, and experience the cultural melting pot that Sri Lanka offers.
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
9th June 2020
Sri Lanka is Open
In late April, we at Resplendent Ceylon sent a message, a story of resilience, encapsulating the belief that we will rise again together. All three of our resorts opened on the 1st of June, 2020 and since then, we have been operating...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
26th January 2021
Sri Lanka is Open
Last year, we told a story of resilience together with IFilm Sri Lanka. We have remained hopeful – and the tomorrow we spoke of is finally here. After 10 months, Sri Lanka opens for foreign travellers with a renewed sense of hope and ...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
5th May 2020
Sri Lankans Rally around Message of Resilience
What started off as just a simple message created by Resplendent Ceylon, Sri Lanka’s leading collection of luxury resorts, has evolved into a national message with Sri Lankans from across the spectrum coming forward to share it. As a...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
18th November 2019
Surfing in Weligama: an Overview
Petter Tolleman, founder of Ceylon Sliders Surf School - Cape Weligama’s Surf Experiences partner, loves the bay of Weligama for its year-round surfing. He breaks down what the subtle changes in weather mean for a surf experience in...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
22nd August 2017
Team Cape – Sri Lanka’s Culinary Champions
To win a medal – any medal – at the World Athletics Championships that concluded in London this week takes years of training, intense concentration, skill and the utmost dedication. Don’t for a minute think that the practice of the...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
4th April 2019
Temples, trunks and tranquility – BENTLEY Magazine
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
7th September 2018
The Chef and The Winemaker by Resplendent Ceylon
Resplendent Ceylon is proud to welcome Michelin star chef BERND BACHOFER and distinguished New Zealand Winemaker KAI SCHUBERT to Sri Lanka for a culinary sensation. Celebrate the best of Resplendent Ceylon’s culinary talent and visiting...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
1st December 2022
The MJF Centre in Weligama
Our social impact is driven largely through the Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation and our employee-led Good Works committees. As with conservation activities, 15% of pre-tax profit is contributed to the initiatives of the MJF Charitable Foundation.
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
19th July 2020
The Sri Lankan Road Trip Experience
With most island destinations, you don’t have the opportunity to experience different climates, archaeological heritage sites, beautiful beaches and sprawling jungles all in one trip. But that’s what sets Sri Lanka apart, it’s one...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
3rd February 2021
The Story of Sound
Resplendent Ceylon presents The Stories of Resplendent, a sensory chronicle of who we are, what drives us and our sources of inspiration. At the beating heart of the series is the island of Sri Lanka; it’s history, culture, people and...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
5th January 2018
We were only there for one purpose. To see Whales.
I’m one of those people who, when I decide to do something, nothing will divert me from my goal. I had waited all my life for an opportunity to see these behemoths of the deep because they’re not something you can pop down to your local...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
4th August 2017
“The name’s Bond. James Bond…”
Action hero par excellence. Lover of distinction, stylish, the coolest person on earth and habitué of the best hotels in the world. I fully expected to see him at Cape Weligama. Truly. Consider Cape Weligama as the epitome of style and...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
2nd October 2019
Baby Dilmah’s Birthday!
Dilmah Wildlife Conservation has supported the Elephant Transit Home (ETH) in Udawalawe National Park since 2007 through many initiatives. Most recently, they sponsor ‘Baby Dilmah’, a calf found orphaned in Mattala by the Department of...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
17th October 2018
Cape Weligama & Wild Coast Tented Lodge in Conde Nast Traveler 2018 reader awards
The premier global luxury travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, has unveiled the winners of its Readers’ Choice Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. The 31st annual Awards...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
22nd October 2018
Cape Weligama celebrates 4th anniversary & voted amongst the Best Resorts in the World
Ranked No 28, by Conde Nast Traveler readers It is fitting that in the same week Cape Weligama celebrated it’s 4th anniversary, that it was voted amongst the Best Resorts in the World – as No 28, by Conde Nast Traveler readers, the...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
4th August 2022
Crafting Hands of the South
Deeply connected to Sri Lanka’s ancient history and folklore tales, the art of wooden mask making is a craft that has been passed down generation by generation. Masks are also a distinct element in traditional processions and festivals...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
1st December 2019
Dilmah Tea Founder Merrill J. Fernando has been capped as a Doctor of Science by Massey
In recognition of his strong leadership in ethical business within the food and beverage industry, our chairman and founder of globally renowned Dilmah Tea was capped as Doctor of Science by Massey University in New Zealand. “This...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
15th May 2020
Emirates pays warm tribute to Merrill J. Fernando on his 90th birthday
The shared passion that attracts like-minded organisations to each other was clearly articulated when Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, greeted Dilmah founder Merrill J. Fernando recently, on the occasion of the 90th...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
28th June 2017
Empower Culinary & Hospitality School’s inaugural graduates felicitated in international event
The Empower Culinary & Hospitality School, Sri Lanka’s premier culinary and hospitality facility with World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS) recognition, is an outcome of the philosophy of MJF Foundation Settlor Merrill...
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The Gateway to the Southern Riviera
7th May 2020
Five reasons why you should choose Sri Lanka for your honeymoon
With miles of powdery golden beaches, incredible wildlife and plenty of secluded guest houses and beautiful boutique hotels, a honeymoon in Sri Lanka is sure to be packed full of memories to last a lifetime. We might be just one tiny...
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