Ishq Talpe, Talpe

Utterly luxurious and totally private, this five-bedroom villa on Galle’s spectacular Talpe beachfront is an exceptional holiday home in tropical Sri Lanka. The villa was originally built in the 1990s by renowned Australian architect Bruce Fell-Smith and was one of Galle’s first luxury beachfront villas. Its Indian Ocean views are unparallelled. Whether you’re relaxing poolside, cosying up on a window seat in your indulgent bedroom suite, dining al fresco or swinging on a hammock in the garden, the sights and sounds of the ocean are a constant backdrop to a stay in this beautiful home.

Taking its name from the Arabic word for love, Ishq Talpe is a passion project. The villa is family owned, and a lot of care and attention has gone into not only the quality of the villa and its amenities but also what it genuinely feels like to stay here. While the high-end facilities – private swimming pool, vast garden, dedicated staff team – are very much akin to a boutique hotel, the personalised care and attention to detail reflect what it is like to experience the owners’ own hospitality. Being well fed, cared for and comfortable are all benchmarks of a stay in this chic and exclusive coastal villa, which blends classical styling with contemporary interior design. 

The villa makes a superb holiday destination for groups of friends and families of up to 14 (plus 2 babies in cots). All rooms have king-sized beds, and they include a Family Suite (sleeps up to five), a Garden Suite (with an extra single bed), an Ocean Suite (with Jacuzzi and sea-facing veranda) and an indulgent top floor Master Suite. After long, restful sleeps, wake up to beautiful breakfasts prepared by the in-house chefs and spend your days enjoying the villa, its garden, its coastal setting and local destination. The famous port town of Galle and its 17th century heritage fort are only a 15-minute drive away. 


  • 5 a/c suites with ensuite bathrooms
  • Sleeps a maximum of 14 guests (including children) + 2 babies
  • One suite with private sea-facing veranda & jacuzzi
  • Private swimming pool with wraparound veranda
  • TV Room with PlayStation4 & Nintendo Switch
  • Fully staffed, including experienced in-house chefs
  • Can be booked for private functions
  • Located on Talpe Beach, 15-minutes from Galle


  • Start your morning or evening with a sunrise or sunset yoga session
  • Enjoy an indulgent spa treatment within your private villa
  • Swim in the ocean (nearby), wander the beach and look out for turtles
  • Visit a local, lowland tea estate or tour a cinnamon plantation
  • Learn to surf in Weligama or Kabalana, or visit other local breaks
  • Experience a Sri Lankan cookery demonstration with a villa chef
  • Explore Galle’s picturesque interior on a guided bicycle adventure
  • Visit Galle’s historic fort for heritage walks, shopping and dining


  • The hotel is located along Talpe Beach
  • The nearest train station is Talpe, 750-metres away (or, for major inter-city services, Galle is 9km distant)
  • The air taxi landing spot is 5.5km away in Koggala
  • Nearest city, Galle, is 9km away or a 15-minute drive
  • Distance to Colombo is 130km or 2.5-hours (via the Southern Expressway)
  • Distance to the Bandaranaike International Airport is 156km or 2.5-hours (via the Southern Expressway)