meet Penelope!

Have you met Penelope the peahen yet?

penny-1Penelope, or Penny as she is affectionately known, has made Udekki her home! One more animal to add to the menagerie that you’ll meet when you stay at Udekki.

Penny is a very regal and calm creature who loves being up high so she can view all that is going on! You’ll find her on top of an umbrella, or in a tree, or even on a table. At night, she chooses to sleep in the rafters of the terrace area of Glen’s place, flying down to join him as he heads to the pool with his morning coffee.

Penny also just loves being around the guests. And quietly following them wherever they go. Jens and Malu walked all the way down Alankuda Beach, and Penny followed one or two paces behind them. When they stopped at Bar Reef for a cold drink, she sat on the grass and calmly waited. Whilst they had a swim, she flew into a nearby tree and watched over the pool. When they were ready to walk back to Udekki, she flew down and joined them.ImageProxy.mvc

She even joined the boys for a game of basketball the other day! Keeping guard behind the 3 of them as they jumped and threw goals.

65313c6c32fe11e38e1022000aa80588_8The other important job that keeps Penny busy, is supervising any building work that is going on Peering and inspecting and keeping the guys on task!

So next time you’re looking for a relaxing beachside holiday in Sri Lanka – come and visit us at Udekki – and you’ll never know what creatures may be around to greet you!

Welcome to my home!

udekki-37 Welcome to my home!

Those are the words you will hear from your host, Glen Terry, as you arrive at Udekki, a unique resort on a secluded section of the Kalpitiya Peninsula, on Sri Lanka’s west coast.

Soon to celebrate its 2nd birthday, Udekki is the creation and home of blues musician Glen Terry. Nestled amongst the trees on a quiet section of Alankuda Beach, the property is full of rustic charm and natural beauty.

With two private villas, two lofts, and a shared villa consisting of five suites, there is a range of accommodation options to suit individuals, couples, families and groups.udekki-110

The villas have been designed to fuse some of the unique style and influence of the Middle East and North Africa with the colour and vitality of tropical Sri Lanka. The beautiful antique features of the villas and suites highlight the rich heritage of the island.

The private villas, Villa 343 and Villa 346, incorporate air conditioned bedrooms, spacious living areas, central courtyards, and large open verandahs with views to the pool. All the suites in the shared villa are spacious and air conditioned with views through the gardens.

umbrellas-1Then there are the lofts. Loft D is situated above Villa 343, and Loft M is situated above Villa 346 – each with its own private terrace. They are spacious and airy, with stunning views of the pool and the ocean. Although there is no air conditioning, the many large antique windows open to the sea breeze for a good night’s sleep.

Dining at Udekki is always a treat! You certainly won’t go hungry! Glen sources all products seasonally from local growers and suppliers – the local seafood is always a popular choice! Room rates are based on bed and breakfast basis – main evening meals are available at $25 per person. Whilst there is no menu, a range of vegetarian, seafood, and meat dishes can be served for each meal – leave it up to your host to choose for you, or ask Glen if you have a special request! Some favourites are mussels in white wine and garlic, battered prawns with Glen’s mother’s deviled chutney, crab curry, and lobster (when in season).  There is no formal dining room and no set dining times – you can choose where and when you eat – by the pool, on the verandah, at the beach for a barbecue with other guests…sunset fun-5

Staff members, always with a smile on their faces, are ready to help you in any way! So don’t hesitate to ask.

Udekki sits just steps from the beach, and each evening provides an opportunity to soak up a wonderful sunset. Enjoy a cocktail as the sun sets over the ocean, reflecting its golden hues on the sand and the waves.

On clear nights, the stars seem never ending! The rooftop terraces are a perfect spot for a bit of star gazing – or if you fancy you can even sleep under the stars!

The stunning ‘H’ shape pool is a feature of the property, and is surrounded by a range of seating areas and hidden niches – one never feels crowded, and there is always a spot for relaxing and watching the world go by.  One section of the pool also includes a Jacuzzi – a perfect spot to relax with a loved one or friends at the end of the day.

dolphin-1Whilst many people come here to relax, there is certainly no shortage of options to keep busy! From November to April, a highlight of this area is the chance for an early morning boat trip to see playful dolphins and whales nearby! With an experienced crew guiding your trip, you will be amazed by the antics of the dolphins, sometimes in groups as large as one or two thousand! And if you are lucky you may see whales and sea turtles too. This amazing experience will be a highlight of your stay at Udekki. Diving, snorkelling, and fishing are other sea-based options.

From May to September this coast and the nearby lagoon are busy places for kite surfers from around the world, as they discover that Sri Lanka is one of the best places for their exhilarating sport!

Day trips can be arranged to places such as: Wilpattu National Park; Anuradhapura and the cultural triangle; Kandy and surrounds (including the Millennium Elephant Foundation).  All trips are escorted by a local driver in air conditioned and fully insured vans. Airport pick ups and drop offs can also be arranged.

So welcome to Udekki, where you will always feel at home.  After a stay, whether for one night or five, you will leave feeling refreshed with wonderful memories, and wanting to come back for more! _MG_5047

Udekki

Alankuda Beach, off Kalpitiya Road,

Etalle, 61343, Sri Lanka

www.udekki.com

udekki@gmail.com

call Glen: +94 777446135/ +94 774951646

* please note, this article first appeared in the Sri Lankan magazine ‘Futures’ and has been updated for this blog.

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!