Need to know
Thirty-nine, including 16 suites and 20 standalone villas.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $365.34, excluding tax at 30.29 per cent.
Rates include breakfast, room service, and all taxes and service charges.
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.
At the hotel
Dive centre, gym, gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV and DVD player, minibar, coffee machine, kettle with a selection of teas, free bottled water, air-conditioning and natural bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The two-storey 307sq m two-bedroom Cape Pool Villa will suit privacy-seekers with a blow-out budget. Upping the ante for honeymoon romance, they have sweeping Indian Ocean views from both bedrooms, and this is the only category with a private infinity pool on the roof terrace. However, Master Suites are more intimate and cost-effective, flaunting the same ochre and ultramarine-hued style as larger villas.
This resort promises the moon and delivers, with an unheated, adults-only, 60-metre, crescent-shaped pool, with an infinity edge that curves around the cape, where swimmers can enjoy 270-degree Indian Ocean views. The Cove Pool welcomes kids, and each watta (stone-wall-ringed garden) includes a shared pool for two to three villas.
Smell as sweet as the garden surrounds, with locally inspired in-villa treatments made with home-grown spices. Therapists will soothe and relax you with scented steam showers, organic spice scrubs (clove, nutmeg, sweet orange and sandalwood), Ceylon tea and cinnamon-laced essential-oil massages, and green-tea facials. Hidden under the Moon Pool, there’s a fully equipped air-conditioned gym, and cliff-edge yoga and pilates platforms offer sights for the sore-thighed.
Binoculars for an in-depth look at that view, a notebook for pressing some of the local flowers, and a Marco Polo-esque sense of adventure.
Public areas and villas are wheelchair-accessible (except Tableau restaurant and the Surf Bar). One Ocean Villa and one Premier Ocean Villa have been specially adapted, and there are electric buggies for disabled guests to use.
Under-2s stay free, and 2–12 year olds stay for up to US$95 half-board and US$125 full-board, a night, for each child. A baby cot and one extra bed can be added to each room, and Master and Junior Suites interconnect. Babysitting is available on request.
2–12 year olds. Child supplement rates change seasonally' the highest half-board child supplement is US$95 and full-board is US$125.
Junior Suites connect with Master Suites to make a spacious two-bedroom residence. Large families can also opt for the Duplex Two Bedroom Cape Pool Villa.
There’s plenty for swim-confident kids to do: banana-boating, snorkelling, kayaking on Lake Koggala and scuba-diving classes and sessions at the on-site dive centre. There’s also turtle-spotting, whale- and dolphin-watching, boat trips, safaris in the nearby National Parks and day trips to Galle.
Tots from two to eight can swing by Jungle Nook daily from 7am to 10am. This pint-sized club has a play area with toys and offers storytelling and art sessions. Meals and snacks can be arranged with the main restaurant, and space is limited to eight kiddos at a time.
The Cove Pool is for under-12s only, with a shallow end, inflatables to play with and parasols to shade at its sides.
Children are welcome in Ocean Terrace and Cape Club (Ocean Grill is a little more grown-up), and chefs can adapt dishes on request. Highchairs, booster seats, beakers, weaning spoons and kids’ cutlery are available on request.
Babysitters are available for an hourly charge, if booked a day in advance.
No need to pack
The hotel has an impressive amount of kit; there’s no need to pack baby towels, arm bands, kids DVDs or socket covers.
Dining options in the evening are limited to light meals at the Cape Club, or Steakhouse & grill at more grown-up eatery Ocean Grill – and there are few restaurants close by – so parents may have to make the most of room service.