The Villa

ISHQ is informal, homely and bespoke. Family owned, the villa takes its name from the Persian word for love. Located along Galle’s ‘French Riviera’, ISHQ is a four-bedroomed luxury villa that first came to be in the 1990s, a part of the original fabric of the island’s first luxury villas designed by the renowned architect Bruce Fell-Smith. Today, the villa marries a love for clean design with oceanic hues and brings together all the comforts of a boutique hotel with the privacy and exclusivity of a private villa.


Generous spaces, both enclosed and open make a luxurious backdrop for good food, wonderful company, games, reading, swimming and wellness, and the experience of a hassle-free restful holiday. We have a dedicated team to meet all your needs; an in-house chef, personal butler and a personal fitness trainer all on location to deliver a friendly, informal but efficient service.


Our four ocean inspired suites are beautiful, spacious and made for families, friends and couples. All suites take from contemporary south Asian design and blend seamlessly into a coastal Sri Lankan setting; features include king sized bedding, plenty of storage space for adults and children, private garden patios, en-suite double indoor and outdoor rainwater showers framed against exotic and fragrant frangipani trees, right down to miniature sized bedding and furnishing for junior travellers and a private outdoors Jacuzzi lounge, with views across the garden and ocean beyond.


The combination of gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces along with professional staff well versed in the art of small and intimate events, presents endless possibilities for special celebrations. Celebrate a birthday or anniversary out at sea in a chartered luxurious speedboat or yacht with the island’s mysterious resident blue whales, or let the UNESCO World Heritage Galle Fort be your backdrop to a dreamy and unforgettable proposal! Perhaps the simplicity and exclusivity of an outdoors, garden-by- the-sea destination wedding party is what you’re after – we have that, and much more, covered. Write to us to find out more.

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Set on Galle's sultry southwest coastline, ISHQ Villa a superbly sited villa that offers the perfect respite for a large family of a group of friends.