High Life

Surrounded by nature, with simple-but-stylish rooms and great food, the super laid back Udekki feels more like staying with friends than a hotel, says Ianthe Butt.

'Udekki's is not a hotel,' says owner Glen Terry, 'it's my home. I just let people stay in it.' Terry, a never-far-from-a-guitar blues musician, set up in Sri Lanka's Kalpitiya peninsula a few years ago and Udekki is one of a small clutch of properties at Alankuda Beach including Palagama Beach and Bar Reef Resort.

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The Cultured Traveller - Rest Your Head

A finger of land extending out into the Indian Ocean from halfway up Sri Lanka's west coast, the sandy haven of Kalpitiya is mostly home to fisherman, but its sparsely beautiful beaches are drawing a growing crowd in search of the world's best kite-surfing between May and September.

Thankfully ambitions to develop it as a mass tourist destination stalled, meaning just a handful of hotels make up the emerging beach scene.

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Financial Review - 50 Top Destinations

Kalpitiya, a spit of land two hours north of Colombo that boasts one of Sri Lanka’s least developed stretches of coastline, is flanked by the Indian Ocean on the west and the emerald green Puttalam Lagoon on the east.

Now, before large resort developments at the peninsula’s tip come to fruition, is the time to visit.

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The Guardian

For a splurge that won't put too big a dent in the budget, Udekki is a design-led resort in Kalpitiya, an up-and-coming destination for surfers and other water sports fans.

Owned by blues musician Glen Terry from Australia, Udekki has three villas that comprise a variety of suites and loft rooms that can be booked individually or together.

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Escape

Udekki is located in Kalpitiya on the West Coast of Sri Lanka and is completely different to most other guest houses across the island. Over the past 4 years Glen and Carolyn, the owners, have poured a lot of love into they affectionately refer to as their 'home,' which, it soon becomes apparent, it indeed is.

This is what sets Udekki apart, what makes it special. Yet one cannot simply refer to it as a "guesthouse" (like i have done above for comparison sake), home stay or hotel because it is all of them at once and more.

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Ten Easy Trips

Witness thousands of spinner dolphins gliding through the deep indigo waters off this coastal town from now till March next year. Majestic blue whales and sperm whales, along with charming turtles and flying fish, can also be observed frolicking in their natural habitat during the four-hour boat tour.

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Futures

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!

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Word of Mouth

A finger of land extending out into the Indian Ocean from halfway up Sri Lanka's West Coast, Kalpitiya is mostly home to fisherman, but its sparsely beautiful beaches are drawing a growing crowd in search of some of the world's best kite-surfing between May and September.

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