The Luxe List 2015

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A dining pavilion at Cape Weligama.

The Luxe List 2015: Cape Weligama, Weligama, Sri Lanka

Acclaimed Thai architect Lek Bunnag hasn’t missed a beat at this five-hectare property, set on a promontory east of Galle on Sri Lanka’s beautiful southern coast. Designed to evoke a traditional village, Cape Weligama’s cluster of walauwa (mansions) and watta (garden) compounds 39 butler-serviced villas and suites, all ringed by tropical gardens; the two-bedroom Residence also comes with a top-floor swimming pool overlooking an unbroken expanse of the Indian Ocean. Food is a focus here, and you can opt to eat fragrant curries with your hands, Sri Lankan–style, at Kumbuk restaurant, or dine in style at cliff-side Misaki, where upscale Japanese stars on the menu. Nodding to tradition is waterside Taylor Pavilion, where high tea is served by white-gloved waiters. Be sure to have a spa treatment—therapists can come to you, and they specialize in organic spice rubs made from cloves, nutmeg, and sandalwood. Afterward, slide into the resort’s crescent-shaped infinity pool or sign up for something a little more strenuous: activities here include diving, kayaking, surfing, and, from November through April, whale watching.

94-11/774-5730; Cape Weligama; doubles from US$710, all-inclusive

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