Let me preface by saying, if you're looking to RELAX and do nothing but be at one with nature, TiKaye is for you! If you're looking to experience day trips and explore the island, TiKaye isn't really a good choice.
My husband and I visited St. Lucia for our honeymoon and divided our stay at Discovery at Marigot Bay and TiKaye. We loved both hotels, but felt TiKaye wasn't quite for us. We are a young, active couple that like to explore and TiKaye is more for people who need a break from life. Don't get me wrong, it is absolutely beautiful, but there is nothing to do for miles...Literally! it took us at least an hour drive to get to our day trips. It rained for a majority of our stay and there wasn't much to do in the hotel itself. No TVs in the rooms, no hotel socials and nothing to do for miles upon miles. TiKaye does have a spa, but simply that...just a spa that offers massages and a jacuzzi. They would absolutely benefit in having manicure and pedicure services at their spa for rainy days. We had a couples massage in their spa during our stay followed by 30 minutes in the jacuzzi, which was unbearable. My husband and I could not enjoy our allowed 30 minutes in the jacuzzi because it was WAY TOO HOT! We asked them to adjust the temperature and they said it was suppose to be that hot and did not adjust it even though we paid for this service we just sat in the room, not in the jacuzzi. I have sat in my fair share of jacuzzi's and have never felt my skin burn as it did in this one. The spa offers a beautiful view but was honestly nothing special and we have had better spa days elsewhere.
The one thing we absolutely did not like about Tikaye was their food options. Because it is so secluded, the only option you have is to eat on the resort. The breakfast is the same daily: juice, pastries, potatoes, bacon, plantains, cereal, and eggs...it never changed. Lunch portions were good and flavorful, but again...the menu never changed. Dinner was our least favorite meal out of the day because you had to make a reservation well in advance, which to us did not make sense and honestly inconvenienced us because we had to plan our entire day around dinner to make sure we made our reservations on time. The Dinner menu did change daily, however. They offer meal plans, which in our opinion was not worth it. The meal plans include appetizer, entree and dessert which is too much food per meal and there were restrictions, so read carefully. We opted out of this and decided to pay a la carte, which was still pricey all on it's own. TiKaye offers a lot of specialty cocktails, however not everyone knows how to make them. For example, I ordered a Mai Tai one afternoon and the first one was redish in color and tasted heavy on the Amareto, and the second Mai Tai I ordered was orange and tasted like orange juice with a spash of alcohol. Also, a fair warning: the dining area is outdoors and the birds are vicious! They will land on your table to try to eat your food so you must constantly shoe them away! Bug spray is a must when dining, the bugs are no joke at TiKaye! I was bit by something even though I applied bug spray and it swelled up to the size of a tennis ball!
The BEST thing about TiKaye for us was the complimentary kayak and the wine tasting with Cleus! These two things alone was the highlight of our stay at TiKaye!!! Cleus is great, so knowledgeable and is truly great company, we only wish we did this everyday!!
All in all, TiKaye is truly beautiful. The resort itself was clean, the plunge pool and sundeck in our cottage was a plus (definitely spend the extra money to stay in this type of cottage), the staff was friendly, the food was good...not great, but good. If my husband and I were not looking to explore the island and went to simply relax, we might have had a different review to write.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking Anse Cochon Bay Ti Kaye Resort & Spa is located on the serene West Coast and is simply known as Ti Kaye, (which means small house in the native creole patois language of Saint Lucia). With only 33 rooms, 2 bars & restaurants, the Kai Koko Spa and a 600+ bin 'Wine Kave' there is no better place for romantic relaxation - combined with some of the best snorkeling and diving to be found anywhere on Saint Lucia right off the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ti Kaye Village Hotel Castries
- Ti Kaye Village Castries
- Ti Kaye Village Resort St Lucia