Partner content: Ishq Villa

Though a perennially under-the-radar destination, the village of Galle — located on Sri Lanka’s southern coast — is full of sprawling, elegant villas.Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Though a perennially under-the-radar destination, the village of Galle — located on Sri Lanka’s southern coast — is full of sprawling, elegant villas. The latest to join this luxe line-up is Ishq Villa, a four-bedroom property located directly by the Indian Ocean. Ishq takes its name from the Persian word for love and is less than two hours’ drive from Colombo International Airport.

The villa is part of a collection designed by architect Bruce Fell-Smith. The airy, pavilion-style space features high ceilings and whitewashed common areas designed to connect seamlessly the indoor and outdoor spaces. This aesthetic continues in each of the four spacious bedrooms, where the lush landscape is incorporated into the design with large windows and French doors leading to private garden patios equipped with Jacuzzis and luxe outdoor rainwater showers.

Ishq makes for a perfect wind-down coastal retreat with good food, wonderful company, reading, swimming, massage and wellness. There are high ceilings and airy spaces both in bedrooms and in common areas, distinctive traits of a Dutch past; large beds to sink into; low-slung chairs to laze in by the courtyard pool and a games and movie room to engage children. 

When not lounging on the private stretch of white-sand beach or by the pool, guests at Ishq can enjoy a whole host of on-property activities. Wellness fanatics can start the day with sunrise yoga, work out with the villa’s on-staff dedicated personal trainer, and unwind with a luxe al fresco massage. Lessons in traditional Sri Lankan cooking from the villa’s dedicated chef are available for foodies in the group, and golfers missing their usual tee times can practise their swings by hitting 100% biodegradable golf balls into the ocean from the front lawn.

If guests can bear to leave the sprawling villa, the centre of Galle is just a 20-minute drive away. Once there, guests can enjoy private walking tours of the 16th-century fort and surrounding markets, taste virgin white teas while visiting a lush tea plantation, and see the stunning gilt Rumassala temple. There are also plenty of boutique artisan shops and restaurants, snorkelling sites and spas.


Set across a turquoise Indian Ocean shore, palm fringed on both ends, the villa marries airy spaces with soft and chic interiors


• Fitness centre
• In-room iPads
• Pool
• Jacuzzi
• Personalised service on the beach
• Children’s Activity Program
• Complimentary unlimited local calls
• Private chef and personal butlers available

T: +94 774 305 573 

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