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Full of character, charm and wildlife. For those of  you who wish to do nothing , but enjoy everything.

A nineteenth century landmark preserved by locals for its revered surroundings.  Located just 10 minutes inland from Galle, Illuketia is a gardeners' paradise.

A tranquil and secluded haven of plant and birdlife ensures a truly relaxing holiday.  Set within 7 acres of landscaped gardens and surrounded by paddy fields, the main villa stands high on the hill looking down to the lily pond and the ‘Pond House’. 

Owned and most recently restored by Hans Hoefer, designer and founder of the ‘Insight Guides’, but run by British ‘Nicky Harrison’ who embellishes the design with her exquisite interior décor and  sensitive hospitality.

An organic vegetable and spice garden welcomes you at the gate and provides the excellent culinary delights.  Streams flow, garden galleries exhibit and lilies hug the sun in this serene setting.

The 2 colonial style villas are filled with relaxing sitting rooms, contemplation pools, pillared verandahs and enough books and magazines for a lifetime.

Explore the local villages and wildlife by bike and identify your sightings from the many bird books in the villa.  Music, books, board games and billiards will stimulate the mind as you lounge on the mezzanine balcony, reminiscent of a ‘seraglio’. ‘Illuketia’ is a sanctuary allowing you to forget the world you have left and allow the 5 discreet, efficient, staff to pamper you.

Highly recommended by Conde Naste Traveller and voted best plantation house by The Independant 2004



  • Breakfast tea as the sun glistens through the treetops.
  • Take a dip in the 75ft infinity pool or drift off to sleep in the pond boat to the sound of diving kingfishers, cooing jungle fowl and flutter of the Ceylon Flycatcher.
  • Delicious food inspired by a local chef and Nicky, created from produce grown on the estate.
  • Illuketia's charm is its rural setting away from the coast, but it's only 10-15 mins in tuk tuk to beach.
  • During occasional rainfall,  mosquitoes are plentiful and in the garden in the peak season but the rooms are well protected.



Overall Quality
Overall grade varies between 80% and 100%
Quality of Restaurant
Restaurant grade varies between 70% and 90%
Command of English
English grade varies between 80% and 100%
Quality of Service
Service grade varies between 80% and 100%
Quality of Bathroom
Bathroom grade varies between 80% and 90%
Child Friendly
Beach Access
Groups Welcomed
Maid Service
Cultural Sites
Landscaped Gardens
Private Cook
Dining Room
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Illuketia Villa, Galle - check availability and book online for Illuketia Villa in Galle, Sri Lanka - visit Boutique Sri Lanka now for more details. Illuketia Villa in Galle: A 16 acre secluded boutique resort, rich in plant and bird-life. Explore by bike or laze by the pools. Enjoy attention from your personal butler or wander into the kitchen for a lesson in Sri Lankan cuisine from the chef.