Your home in the south
Ishq Talpe was conceived by renowned Australian architect Bruce Fell-Smith in the 1990s, before undergoing an extensive renovation and upgrade under the guidance of award-winning Sri Lankan architect Philip Weeraratne. Today, this private five-suite luxury villa in Galle that sleeps up to 14 guests, is a vision of contemporary design, tropical simplicity and oceanic hues. This grand, ocean-facing home marries the indulgencies of a boutique hotel within the exclusive setting of a private villa. The villa’s love affair with the Indian Ocean is obvious, as views of this prized coastal setting are framed from living and dining areas, suites, and garden terraces. The menus celebrate fresh seafood – readily available in this coastal area – and private chefs form part of a large discerning team of managers, butlers, and attendants poised to make you feel at home. No expense has been spared in providing an elevated level of luxury and personalised service. Spend your days surfing, discovering colonial architecture, and cycling through palm-fringed villages using luxurious Ishq Talpe – your ‘home from home’ beachfront villa in Sri Lanka. Cool off in the private swimming pool or your jacuzzi and sip sundowners on the terrace before sharing a sensational meal amongst family and friends on the ocean-facing lawn. When the moment comes, retire to your stylish suite for a restful and indulgent sleep.
Our luxury villa in Galle offers the best of both worlds – an inspiring oceanfront setting along with easy access to Galle’s activities and attractions. At the villa, we can arrange instructors for sunrise and sunset yoga sessions and personal fitness training, and therapists for spa treatments. Our chefs also share their recipes in gourmet culinary demonstrations. Beyond the villa, you can fill your days with the ocean – surfing, snorkelling, diving, whale watching and chartering yachts for exploring the southern coast. On land, we can introduce you to lowland tea plantations, cinnamon estates, national parks and ancient temples, and to Galle’s rural hinterland on a hosted journey by bike and boat. A visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle Fort cannot be missed – the atmospheric, centuries old streets are fun to navigate on foot, with historic buildings, boutiques, jewellery shops and cafés at every turn.