This month we’re excited about the launch of a luxury eco-resort, Cape Weligama, in Sri Lanka. Part of the Resplendent Ceylon group, a small family-run company set up by the owners of Dilmah tea, the resort is designed by renowned Thai architect Lech Bunnang, whose former triumphs include Maia Seychelles, Trident Delhi, Oberoi Mauritius and the Four Seasons in Langkawi.
Cape Weligama looks set to be just as beautiful, sitting in a 12-acre site just 36 metres above the gorgeous Weligama bay, south of Galle Fort. Visitors can expect large villas and suites with contemporary interiors, lovely custom made furnishings and ocean-facing bathrooms. There’s also a private garden and private butler service on offer. Communal areas include an infinity pool, fully-equipped gym and spa.
Not only is the Resplendent Ceylon group a global leader in tea but it’s also well respected for its philanthropic work, using a significant amount of its profits to fund humanitarian and environmental projects in Sri Lanka. The MJF Foundation was set up by Dilmah tea and has supported more than 200 scholarships for members of the tea-making families, helped with housing improvements for workers including providing additional water supply, implemented a health care infrastructure and created a breast cancer awareness programme.
The foundation has also launched the Small Entrepreneur Programme, which provides people with the necessary equipment to fund and launch a vocational-based business and improve existing businesses. Thus far, the scheme has helped 900 people and is internationally acclaimed as being one of the most effective self-help programmes. It almost makes us want to drink more tea…
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