Sun, Sea, Spa: Cape Weligama launches new Wellness Programmes

Has London’s heat got you feeling lethargic? Is the pre-summer holiday workload causing you endless stress? Perhaps you’ve rather overdone the pimms and ice cream recently?

Never fear: Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka’s leading luxury coastal resort, has just launched its brand new spa, along with a programme of bespoke wellness and fitness packages to satisfy even the most devoted — or indeed, lapsed — fitness fanatics and wellness warriors.

The Spa Sanctuary’s four light-filled treatment rooms, alongside a fully equipped gym, form the central wellness hub of the resort. Signature treatments include a dreamy hot lava shell massage, quench hydration facials and locally-sourced bamboo body scrubs.

We all know there’s nothing like a cup of tea to banish the day’s stresses — but how about a tea-infused massage?

Opening in the 150th anniversary year of Ceylon tea — the spa will celebrate Cape Weligama’s location and unique Dilmah Tea heritage. Products and therapies by luxury spa brand Thémaé celebrate the art of tea, with Thémaé’s signature four-tea elixir of white, green, black and red tea used in the ultimate stress-busting treatments.

For something a little spicier, the spa’s homemade scrubs are created from organic and locally-sourced spices, filling the air with the delicious scent of cloves, nutmeg, sweet orange and sandalwood.

Looking for a full mind, body and soul overhaul? The hotel has launched an exciting partnership with Barberyn Ayurveda Resort, combining expert consultation and treatments from highly skilled Ayurvedic doctors and therapists, with the luxurious surroundings of Cape Weligama.

A short walk along the golden beach brings you to Barberyn for expert advice on diet, therapies, activities and exercise tailored to your dosha or Ayurvedic nature. Afterwards, return to Cape Weligama to indulge in delicious and health-giving Ayurvedic cuisine, specially tailored to your dosha.

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Need an adrenaline fix? Get your blood pumping with the new Cape Escape Fitness Camp, led by Cape Weligama’s resident personal trainer. A range of three, five and seven day programmes cater to every need, from the relaxed ‘De-Stress and Disconnect’ programme, combining dosha-balancing yoga, meditation, guided forest walks and cookery lesson, to the intense (and effective!) ‘Fitness Focus’ package, which blasts away body fat and supercharges fitness levels through intensive HIIT training, hikes, water aerobics and cycling.

Water babies can opt for the ‘Surf, Stand-up Paddle Boarding and Yoga’ package, which combines sunrise yoga, surfing Weligama’s famed breaks, tailored spa treatments and sea-facing meditation. For a true test of endurance — and abs of steel — join your have your trainer for a paddleboard yoga session. Trust us, it’s as hard as it sounds.

Food, fitness and fabulous spa treatments — what’s not to love?

Cape Weligama offers rates from $474 per night on a B&B basis, including: accommodation on a double – occupancy basis, daily breakfast, afternoon tea, all taxes and service charges plus one activity per day.  

Rates for the wellness programmes vary over the course of the year but start from US$445 for a 3-day fitness camp. Accommodation and meal plans are charged separately.

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