Summer Sands Ullal
I walked barefoot on the sea shore of Ullal. It had been quite late by the time I arrived in Ullal and the sun had already set leaving behind glimpses of its existence with the scarlet smeared sky. I found the coastline across Dakshin Kannada very clean and less crowded. Good for me I preferred staying in the company of nature avoiding the hustle and bustle of hawkers, vendors and tourists. Well I was in Summer Sands a forty year old beach resort that is situated on the shores of Ullal.
APPROACH & ACCOMMODATION
A picture perfect location it couldn’t be better than this. Summer Sands is close to Mangalore and is accessible by road, air and rail. Run by Mr. Aloysius Albuquerque Pai also called as Loy and his family, the resort is the best to stay in terms of ambience, food and amenities. Mr. Loy is always available for a little chat on the history of Ullal (Abbakkarani), places to visit and suggest the local dishes that are to be tried in the resort.
There are various options as regards stay in Summer Sands. In cottages you have classic double room, deluxe king and the deluxe suite. There are villas as well for large families or when travelling in groups. Each villa has its own garden and the entire property is surrounded in lush greenery, coconut trees, flowering plants , shrubs and lawns. A walk around the sprawling property early morning to the chirping of the birds, followed by a walk on the sea shore would sure rejuvenate your senses and uplift your mind. If you are in search of peace and looking forward to some calm and relaxed surroundings this is the place to be.
I lived in the classic cottage and was very comfortable with the room. Double bed with a study table, a dressing table and living area with sofa and television was the decor. The cottages, villas, bars, restaurants etc have been built in Mangalorean style high rise and roof made of Mangalorean tiles. Bathing robes to take a dip in the swimming pool or the sea were placed in the cupboard. Toiletries like handmade soaps, loofah, aromatherapy body wash and shampoo were placed in the bathroom to take care of my needs and pamper me.
Food in Summer Sands is a riot with options of Mangalorean, Goan, Portuguese, Bunt and Konkani cuisine. Breakfast is complimentary in the resort and you have various options like English, Continental, South Indian etc at the Courtyard Restaurant. For lunch and dinner do go for the local delicacies like the Kori Roti, Fish Murmuro. Kori Roti is basically crisp pancakes had with chicken stew and Murmuro is prepared by baking fish fillet smeared with masala in a plantain leaf. Various sea food and pork delicacies can be enjoyed alfresco style on the beach with a candle light. Do not miss on the vanilla ice cream with ginger essence which is another the signature dish of Summer Sands. On weekends there would be live music to give you company on the beach.
The Alexis Lounge Bar and the multicuisine restaurant The Memories of Joanna are indoor restaurants which can as well be tried when in Summer Sands.
There are numerous activities to keep you engaged when in Summer Sands. You have the swimming pool and the sea to cool yourself, billiards, pool and other indoor games to keep you busy. You can go boating followed by fishing in the backwaters and barbecue on the beach which could be arranged by the hotel staff. It is great places to stay in groups as well and is also available for day events and parties.
Summer Sands is a beautiful, well maintained resort and is a great place to recharge yourself. If you are in Dakshin Kannada do not forget to stay few days in this amazing place.
I was hosted by Summer Sands but views are my own.