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The Udekki dogs, part 2 – Girl

Girl….

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What is there to say? A slightly cantankerous beach dog with white socks, who constantly wags her tail, and is known for her bark! But look at those puppy dog eyes!

Girl was on the fringes of Udekki for a long time. Another one who discovered that life at Udekki was better than the fishing village. For the last 2 years I have been trying to get a proper collar on her – all we can manage is a ribbon. She was tied up for hours in the sun with no water hence her fear of having anything around her neck. And although she loves attention she will often cower as though she is expecting something bad.

As she was always on the fringes we had not been able to get her desexed. And then it was too late! She was obviously very pregnant! August 18 months ago she had 8 puppies, yes 8! And she’s not the biggest dog! She had them in the trees behind the beach between Udekki and the navy base. Fortunately we were able to find homes for 7 of her puppies, and of course we then got her vaccinated and desexed – and then that’s when she decided that life at Udekki was the better option! Strawberry was her one puppy that we didn’t initially find a home for, and he became one of the Udekki dogs. Yes, it is a ‘he’ despite the name.

Girl has become a little calmer and a little more used to life with people and with other dogs. But she is still the best guard dog at night! Despite this sometimes fierce front, she loves attention and will often run inside just to say hello and to enjoy a pat! Every morning she is upstairs ready for breakfast with the other dogs. She is the most delicate eater, and always waits for permission and a little attention before eating.

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We have no idea how old Girl is, but she is now well and truly one of the Udekk dogs. She eagerly awaits the traditional sunset beach walk – and will come and find you if you’re not there in time!

The Udekki dogs, part 1 – Tarzan

If you’ve stayed at Udekki over the last year or two, you will have met some or all of the Udekki dogs (the official and the unofficial ones!). They each have a story, and more than 1 person has suggested I write about them so here goes. It’s been a while since I’ve written, so this is the perfect subject. For someone who did not think they were a ‘pet’ person these guys have gotten to me!

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Have you met Tarzan? The wizened old male… A little standoffish and gnarly around the edges after too many fights with the other beach dogs. But really a big softy who has learnt how to love, and how to play again. He’s from the neighbouring fishing village and up until about 2 years ago was always on the fringes of Udekki. He is a squat dog with broad shoulders – hence the name Tarzan – but we didn’t see him around much.

May 2015 and there was a bit of a beach clean up, with dogs and cats that didn’
t have vaccination papers and/or collars taken away. Tarzan disappeared. A few days later as I got up at my usual 6 am and opened the door to feed Blackie and Treacle, there was Tarzan at the top of the stairs. Wagging his tail with a big grin on his face, and the rope that he had bitten through still around his neck. And from wherever he had ended up, he had made it back to Udekki! We thought that deserved some credit! And a little love and care from our end of things.

From that day on he began to make his presence more known at Udekki. If Blackie let him, he would sneak inside during the day, and find a spot to curl up and sleep. If it rains at night, he finds his way upstairs to sleep. Every morning at 6 he is there for his breakfast. And as Udekki has become more of his home, he comes with a story to tell each morning, and a vigorous wagging of his tail.

tarzan-2Tarzan has rediscovered his love of water, and his younger side! It is an dekki tradition that I meet with all the Udekki dogs for an evening walk on the beach. And it always makes me smile to see Tarzan frolicking along the sand! He then comes for a hug before he settles down to watch the sunset. He is the most water loving of the Udekki dogs, and will lie in the sand waiting for the tide to wash over him, sinking a little deeper as the water recedes.

Slice of Serendipity

We just wanted to share this lovely write up from Jo and Tony. It was lovely having you at Udekki again. All the best with the big move, and we hope to see you when you get back to Sri Lanka!

 

udekki-37It’s past nine o’clock in the morning, and we’re just waking up from the most deeply peaceful, relaxing sleep in a very long time. A soft sea breeze blows through the light, airy apartment – Loft M, our home-from-home here at Udekki. Because that’s part of the magic…you really do feel completely at ease and at home in this beautiful little oasis of calm tranquillity.

Our thoughts are focussed on a sound beneath our window: the bleating of two goat kids – Ella and Louie – who are briefly tethered under a shady bush nearby, reminding us it’s breakfast time! Having mentioned to Glen, our generous host, that we have a goat farm back in Wales and that since moving to Sri Lanka a couple of years ago we very much miss our caprine friends, I have a feeling this is no mere coincidence.

Staying at Udekki isn’t just supremely relaxing, it is to be made to feel genuinely welcome; indeed, as if you’re visiting very dear friends who know, anticipate and wish to fulfil your every comfort – with the added bonus of being in an absolutely stunning setting right on the gorgeous golden seclusion of Alankuda beach (with a superb pool in case the monsoon sea is a little too rough for swimming).

weekend at udekki-2Having spent many stressful years on tour “living out of a suitcase” himself, host Glen Terry (the internationally-acclaimed Blues musician) knows exactly what world-weary travellers want and need when it comes to the ultimate in relaxation and customer service. And at Udekki, he has hit the nail right on the head. From the moment you arrive (there’s no reception desk; just a jovial “welcome to my home!” from the man himself, as your bags are taken to your room where a refreshing beverage of choice will be served straight away) your every need is catered for, down to the last detail. If you choose to have your meals on your own private terrace, or whilst chilling out in one of the supremely comfortable palm-fringed ambalamas next to the pool, or nestled in one of Udekki’s many comfy “hidey-holes” (dressed as you please; there’s no formal dress code here; and as dining is essentially private you’ve no fear of offending other guests’ delicate sensibilites) that’s just fine; and whatever your tipple the glass will be discreetly refreshed from the lovely staff behind the “Magic Window”.

weekend at udekki-1The whole place is a lesson not only in the fine art of flawless customer service, but also in the mastery of subtle but impressive attention to detail. We spent ages exploring and continually came across secret little spots geared to tranquillity and comfort: tree houses, stilted beach huts with sun decks, hammocks, swing seats; even a boat in the branches of a tree in which to idle away the hours if you so choose. Glen’s artistry is apparent with fascinating sculptures, murals and traditional agricultural implements casually but cleverly dotted around to draw the eye; even the poolside/beachside shower is an extraordinary work of driftwood art. Along with Louie and Ella, a small group of farmyard fowl adds animation to the timeless rustic charm with flowers of every hue tumbling beautifully between the graceful palms.

lobster-1And the food…ohhhh, the food. If you like seafood you will be in piscine heaven here. Each and every dish, whether fish, meat, vegetables, rice or dessert is simply, exquisitely and elegantly prepared: it is, without doubt, the finest cuisine we have had in Sri Lanka, and we are discerning culinary gluttons. Whilst lazing by the beautiful pool one of our idle fascinations was to watch, as mealtimes approached, an array of colourful local characters staggering down the path with armfuls of sumptuous tropical fruits, vegetables or coconuts; a man in full fishing regalia strides past, rod over his shoulder and coolbox under his arm; fresh and tender cuts of meat and poultry arrive just as the irresistible scent of garlic, onion and ginger frying gently in coconut oil sets our tummies rumbling in an appetite of anticipation.

sunset and a half-2As dinner approaches Glen anxiously awaits a promised delivery of clams, fresh from the evening tide; we’re not disappointed. As the sun begins to set a vast platter of steaming shellfish appears in a gorgeous garlic and white wine sauce. And then there’s the beautiful buttered lobster, mouthwateringly tender and juicy; plump prawns in an impossibly light, crisp tempura batter; a vast fish steak cooked to perfection and dressed with simple fresh herbs then drizzled with a delicate jus; and a stunning swimmer crab curry, warm spices of pepper, cinnamon and clove making it the perfect summer supper dish. The food just kept coming; I think we counted fifteen dishes that evening including every greedy girl’s sweet heaven of baked bananas and warm, gooey chocolate pud.

weekend at udekki-4Not to mention the superb ambiance: relaxing unobtrusive background music of a variety of genres, candlelight and the dancing flames of oil kettles adding to an air of intimacy around the pool; the warm sea breeze and the clear sky awash with stars as you put your feet up on a mound of comfy cushions…an evening to treasure, especially as we got chatting to Glen and were treated to a superb “unplugged” session from the man himself!

After a supremely refreshing night’s sleep and in need of a lazy lie-in we just about made room for breakfast, which again was an absolute feast of fresh fruit, egg hoppers, a delicious dhal, sambals, kiri hodi, flatbreads and panipol pancakes (a sweet pancake cooked with fresh coconut and kitul treacle) among the traditional Sri Lankan breakfast dishes we were offered. I could go on, but I suggest you come and try it all for yourself if you haven’t upped and packed your bags already!

andrew and maran kitesurfing-5But Udekki isn’t just about relaxation, or the food, or the ambiance; if you so choose there’s plenty of other things to do. If water sports such as kite surfing, snorkelling, or kayaking and canoeing float your boat (‘scuse the pun), then Udekki’s the place to do it. And between October and March it’s one of the best locations on the island for dolphin and whale watching. Or fancy catching your own supper with a spot of responsible fishing, then barbequing it on the beach whilst enjoying the stunning sunset, sipping a cool G&T? No problem. A little light exercise, perhaps? If you don’t fancy a stroll through the cool shade of the forest that fringes the beach, you could take advantage of the yoga hall. If you thirst to travel further afield to enjoy more of this wonderful island Glen and Carolyn can arrange organised day trips to the diverse and amazing sights in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle; or to the Millennium Elephant Foundation, or to nearby Wilpattu, the island’s largest National Park (which boasts all the richness and diversity of Yala Game Reserve, but advantageously with far less tourist footfall).

udekki-35Udekki is charming, stylish rusticity at its’ finest. If you want five star grandeur and glamour with sleek, massive flat-screen HDTVs, flawless unimaginatively uniform décor and a private Jacuzzi that could accommodate a cricket team, then Udekki probably isn’t for you. But if you want seven-star, unbeatable service in simply but beautifully and vibrantly furnished surroundings then you will surely find it in this wonderful slice of Serendipity. Udekki is something of an enigma as none of the stock descriptions such as “resort” or “guest house” or “boutique hotel” really fit; it is something of everything and in that spirit of inclusivity you will find your heart beating peacefully to Udekki’s gentle but irresistible rhythm.

I should mention that being an airline pilot, my husband truly values “quality time” without any stress; indeed he is emphatic that nowhere else has ever made him more relaxed and as such he would especially recommend that holidaymakers travelling to or from Sri Lanka make Udekki top of their agenda for a few days, either before or especially after a long flight, in order to fully appreciate all that the island has to offer in a refreshed and rested state of mind. The fact that he arrived after piloting a particularly tiring flight himself and now invariably seeks out Udekki as destination of choice, speaks volumes!

ImageProxy-3.mvcIn Welsh, the word “hiraeth” encapsulates that aching longing, that yearning to return to a place you feel truly at home; for our part we cannot wait to return and are already eagerly planning our next visit which we intend to be one of many more in the years to come. We cannot recommend Udekki and the lovely team of people there, highly enough; and hope that you, too, will take the plunge and discover your dream Tropical Paradise on Udekki’s palm-fringed shores.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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