what’s new at Udekki?

Udekki may not be 5 star luxury – but it does have plenty of charm in its own special way! As guests have noted:

‘The accommodation is rustic and simple but with a lot of detail… the atmosphere and lovely food are the real luxury you get from staying at Udekki.’

‘Udekki is a wonderfully charming resort that oozes character and ambience…’

b5bd09a8187411e3ae9022000a1f9a21_7Many of the windows and doors have been reclaimed from junk yards and buildings that were being demolished, there are 600 year old mosque lamps, and old Indian doors that serve as tables.

So with all this antiquity and rustic charm around, as well as being by the sea, and getting pounded by the wind during the windy season, there is always plenty of maintenance work going on behind the scenes!

8a9effc616ba11e394c222000ab68506_7Recently Udekki has been a hive of activity! There’s the usual work as one season is finishing, and we are preparing for the next – repainting, fixing hinges and windows, rewiring, repairing pipes, reviving the garden. But there have also been some bigger projects – the staff bathrooms, the kitchen roof, etc.

If you’ve ever stayed at Udekki, you will know that Glen always has a little project on the go – or a not so little project! October last year, it was the beach hut; then the tennis court before Christmas; then replacing the roof and some renovations to Glen’s place upstairs in March and April this year.

06c2184211f011e3b68a22000a1f9af0_7So what’s Glen’s latest project? Well, here’s a photo to give you a bit of a clue!

Yes, two new ambalamas! And they’re already a big hit with guests! Providing shelter from the rain, wind and sun, they are great places for just chilling out or enjoying a meal with friends!

There’s some other work going on to… but you’ll have to wait until the next time you’re at Udekki to see what else has been happening!

 

 

Turkey Lurkey!

178cc4bcff4211e297b922000a1fa527_7Have you met the newest residents at Udekki? Along with the chickens, and the neighbour’s cat, and the dogs from the fishing village, there are 4 turkeys roaming the property and gobble, gobble, gobbling to the delight of young and old alike!

It all started last December when Glen decided Udekki needed a turkey or a goose for Christmas. So he sent Maxi, the manager, off to do some very special shopping!  Maxi came back late that night as Glen was finishing dinner with guests. From Maxi’s description it wasn’t clear whether he had bought a turkey or a goose so everyone went traipsing up to the chicken coop in the dark, to check!

But sure enough, it was a turkey, and Glen began making plans to fatten it up ready for Christmas dinner.  As usual, Glen was up early the next morning. The boys had opened the chicken coop, not thinking about the newest addition, and the turkey had made a dash for freedom! Glen found the turkey on top of the umbrella besides the pool!

It took the boys 30 minutes to recapture the turkey – and because of its foiled attempt, it won its reprieve – no longer was turkey on the menu for Christmas lunch.

Over the next 6 months, the turkey just had the chickens and roosters to hang out with. And it began to think it was a chicken!

60ec6898061711e3b6c722000a9d0edd_7So, recently 3 more turkeys were added to the Udekki menagerie – another female, and 2 males. Each morning they parade from the chicken coop and around the pool to inspect the guests, before they spend their day foraging around the property. In the evening the process is reversed as they make their way back to the coop. They seem fascinated by the water in the pool – at least one has fallen in to the amazement of guests!

And thanks to Phoebe, Matilda, Flynn and Zac the turkeys now have names – Nuts, Captain America, Nutella and Black Widow!

So let’s see what’s on the menu for Christmas dinner this year!?

the postcard – a lost art?

Udekki POST 2When was the last time you sent a postcard? If you’re like many of the guests that stay at Udekki, it’s been a long time!

Well, we’re trying to change that! When guests arrive at Udekki, they are given postcards with some of our favourite photos. They are then invited to write on them, and we will post them; or they can keep them to take home and share with family and friends.

Some of the responses from guests include:

* Wow! What a good idea!

* We can send one to Nana and Papa!

* I haven’t sent a postcard for years!

And so far we’ve had quite a few people take up our offer! Postcards have been sent to Holland, the UK, Germany, France, Denmark and beyond.

The photos show some of our current postcards, with favourite Udekki photos!Udekki POST 3

it’s a hopper morning!

7e617bf2017611e384c322000a1fbca9_7At least 3 or 4 times a week, guests at Udekki are treated to d0aeae66017611e3b85022000a1f9e75_7egg hoppers, along with all the other usual breakfast delights!  Hoppers, or aappa, are a Sri Lankan staple and can be served in a variety of ways – there are egg hoppers, plain hoppers, string hoppers… Egg hoppers are a favourite for breakfast!

f91b746a017611e3877022000a9f1278_7Cooked in a small bowl-like pan and made from rice flour, 1305a1de017711e39dd822000a1ddafb_7hoppers are just the perfect shape for an egg!  They are often served with curry, sambol and dhal, and traditionally eaten with fingers.

Recently, everyone was wondering why it was taking so long for the hoppers to come from the kitchen.  We had completely forgotten that one of the hopper pans had been given to a guest to take back to Europe and the staff were trying to juggle all the hopper requests with one pan! A great souvenir from Udekki!

If you’re staying at Udekki you are welcome to make your own breakfast hoppers – and the staff are on hand to help. This morning Phoebe (8) and Mathilda (10) had a great time making egg hoppers for their first breakfast in Sri Lanka!2fc6a214017711e3a27d22000a9f165c_7

 

food glorious food!

prawnsOne of the highlights of any visit to Udekki is the food! So much wonderful food!

All our seafood, fruit and vegetables are bought fresh daily from local suppliers. And the kitchen uses them to create an amazing array of fresh and tasty dishes, with a menu that changes daily. Anyone that has eaten at Udekki knows that there is no set dining room, no set meal times and no menu to choose from! You can dine by the pool, on your verandah, on the terrace, or if it’s not windy, by the sea! For each meal we bring you a variety of dishes. If you have a favourite, or if there’s something you can’t eat – let us know and we’ll cater for that too!sushimi

pancakes

 

Our breakfasts are huge… pancakes filled with caramelized coconut; egg hoppers with pol sambal and dhal; fresh fruit, curd and treacle; toast; Sri Lankan omelette; tea, coffee and fresh juices.

If you need something for lunch, there’s always Sri Lankan style rice and curry, with a range of side dishes.

As it gets close to sunset, whether you’re in the pool or by the sea, there will be battered prawns and pumpkin and aubergine – all with Glen’s mother’s devilled chutney! And probably a cocktail or a beer!battered prawns

And then dinner… Make sure you have plenty of room for all that will come to your table! Dishes vary according to season and availability – but your meal could include: fresh sashimi and wasabi; grilled prawns; honey and lemon chicken; grilled vegetables; a fresh green salad; a baked fish such as seer or grouper; delicious vegetable fried rice; clams in white wine sauce; crab in curry sauce; lobster with butter and garlic and pepper; devilled potatoes… And there’s always space for desert – icecream and fried banana; and chocolate cake are favourites!

egg hopperMany guests have taken the opportunity to spend some time in the kitchen with staff – making their own egg hoppers; helping with the pol sambal; or learning about all the ingredients that go into a vegetable curry!

And guests are always welcome to share one their own favourite recipe with the staff – so that can become a part of the Udekki menu as well!