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Ti Kaye Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Anse Cochon
Certificate of Excellence
Arlington, VA
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“Can't wait to go back”
Reviewed 1 October 2012

We spent 6 days/5 nights here for our honeymoon and we wish had booked a longer trip. The service we received from every individual employee- from the airport driver to the bartender to the spa workers- was outstanding. The resort is positively beautiful and we could have spent days just relaxing in the rocking chairs and hammock on our private deck looking out at the ocean. Our room felt so private, even though we were just a short walk to the main building and restaurant. I had a small concern before we went that we would get bored with only have 2 options for meals (the main restaurant and then the smaller lunch-only one down at the beach), but the menu was so interesting and changed daily that I didn't mind at all not going to more places. The food was really fantastic. Another highlight of the trip was the wine tasting with Cleus. If you have any interest in wine, this is a must! (We had it included as part of the Ti Kaye package, but it can also be done separately, not as part of a package.) The snorkeling was awesome, and I hear the same thing about the scuba diving, but we don't scuba. In fact, the beach where Ti Kaye is located is so great for scuba/snorkeling that the Sandals resorts boat their guests down to go there, too. The beach is just lovely with plenty of chairs and umbrellas set up (at least for the time of year that we visited). The front desk people will help set up any trips/excursions you want like it's a piece of cake. We honestly didn't want for anything while we were there and really cannot wait to go there again.

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Reviewed 30 September 2012

First there is not enough space to write a complete review of this place. If you want a vacation spot away from everything and the daily aggravation of life in general - then is the place for you. Not only are the cottages comfortable, the outdoor shower makes you feel real close to nature. The food is to die for and being from New Orleans we know food!! Make sure you try the Seafood Chowder! The staff treats you as if you're a guest in their personal homes and no matter your request - they try to meet your every need. Upon your arrival Tanika meets you with a huge smile and Micha handles your luggage. The dining staff Verna, Natalie, Nadine, Gus, Ansulma and Florina make sure your dining experience goes smoothly. Stein, Mangus and Simeon make sure you get to and from your excursions safely. Don't miss the Friday Night Fish Fry in Anse Le Raye. Trust me Stein will make sure you not harrassed and you eat from the right booths!! Last but not least Mary Magdalene made sure our cottage was in tip top shape everyday and always had a big smile to start our day. Even though this is a real remote location you'll enjoy your stay!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

My wife stayed in August 2012. We booked late, requested a kind bed but found 2 queens when we arrived. A small detail but my wife really wanted a king bed. No problem, the staff accommodated us the very next day. The property is beautiful, quiet, relaxing, no TV...perfect place to really unplug. EVERY room has a great view of the Caribbean Sea. The spa is wonderful. I highly recommend. The GMs, Chris and Sarah, are great! We will be going back.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 September 2012 via mobile

If you choose to stay here you won't be disappointed, the cottage accommodation offers great seclusion and stunning views.
Whilst some of the cottages would benefit from an update, the overall experience is great.
As the resort is on the side of a hill, be prepared for steep inclines and stairway to the beach where there is a great beach bar.
The bay is the best for snorkelling in St.Lucia and therefore is frequented by innumerate boats and lively visitors.

Overall highly recommended (plunge pools are with some cottages.. These are a great way to cool off!)

  • Stayed September 2012
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

Stayed here Late August. Much to my relief, despite the weather forecast having rain clouds over almost everyday, the rains were only brief rainshowers, and the occasional cloudiness were good relief during the walking excursions.

The second I landed on Ti Kaye, I gave a sigh of relief that my weeks of internet searching for a beautiful restful place (that is clean and has air conditioning!) was not in vain. The place is beautiful, calm, and has awesome snorkeling. During the week there,I saw 2 spotted morey, golden eel, flounders, scorpion fish, a turtle, 2 families of squid (one let out a puff of ink when he saw my husband!), and amazing corals.

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1) stop by the supermarket on the way to the resort, there is no rooms service if you get the late nite munchies... all the rooms have a refridgerator and hot water boiler.

2) just incase you're running out of room in your luggage, they have a little shop there that has some bare essentials- razors, insect repellant, sunscreen, caps, t shirts, flip flops

3) if you want to sit on the row of tables closest to the beach for dinner, you have let them know during the reservation.

4) tipping is already including in all charges, so no need to "think" when signing that bill... love it!

5) the St Lucians have a drink concoction that they call "the viagra." It's quite fun to try... though alcohol content was so high a wiff if it was enough for me!

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Reviewed 4 September 2012

Located in the middle of western coast of the island, couple of steep miles off the western highway. Simple wooden colonial style bungalows with outdoor showers - could do with a little bit more cleaning (dirty mosquito net, could do with more cleaning behind the beds. Restaurant service is excellent, however, food creativity could be reconsidered. Keep in mind a lot of food is imported to St Lucia. Resort operates a diving centre - excellent quality instructors, both local and foreigners. Located on one of the best beaches of the island (all beaches are public by law in St Lucia, so they get boats from Castries or other towns brining day tourists for a day...), provides both great snorkelling as well as privacy away from the daily visitors. Hotel staff is super friendly and hotel organises a number of packaged half day/day trips. But if you rented a car and have ideas on your own of what you would like to do, you will be asked to find your own way to arrange. Will make a disclaimer we did not investigate into the reasons why, so making an assumption can be hotel staff genuinely do not know about places guides like Lonely Planet are publishing or have not been to them as well as have not had guests previously enquiring about those. For example, for some standard forest trails published on the forest ministry's website we have been asked to contact the ministry directly, etc. If you are planning to chill by the beach with occasional organised trips - this is your perfect getaway.

Room Tip: stay away from bungalows on the road as can get noisy in the morning and during the day.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

My wife and I stayed at Ti Kaye in August 2012 for the first week of our honeymoon. Ti Kaye is set on a magnificent property overlooking the Caribbean and Anse Cochon, a beach. The resort slopes toward the ocean significantly. We stayed in Jou Jou (translating in Creole to ‘the other woman’) at the top of the resort, which means we had the longest walk of anyone to get down to the beach. It also means we had the most spectacular view looking out over other cottages and toward the ocean. Our room, like all rooms, had a lovely porch with a swing where we would set and enjoy the view. Our room shared a balcony and a wall with another room but there is a dividing balcony so you never see your neighbors. We heard them on the balcony on occasion, but it wasn't a big deal. Getting a room like Jou Jou that shares a balcony is a good way to save money. I also don’t regret not getting a room with a plunge pool because my sense is we wouldn’t have used it much given how much we enjoyed Ti Kaye’s pool and Anse Cochon beach. It took some getting used to having small lizards roaming around on our porch and in the outdoor shower. On a couple occasions the lizards got inside our room, but they are harmless. The mosquito net around the bed is sufficient for keeping the bed a sanctuary. Below are a few other noteworthy items and my thoughts:

Wine Cellar/Cleus: if you are a wine lover, you will really enjoy Ti Kaye’s wine cellar. The resort has done a beautiful job of setting it up. We chatted with a couple who had been to Ti Kaye 5+ years ago and said the resort didn’t have the cellar then. As beautiful as the cellar is, that is not what makes it special. What makes it special is the sommelier Cleus, who is spectacular. Cleus’ enthusiasm for wine is contagious and his energy is unsurpassed. In a completely non-pretentious way, Cleus shares his knowledge and makes excellent recommendations. The $55 per couple wine tasting is must do at Ti Kaye. In fact, we did it twice. The tasting is extensive and on both occasions took us almost three hours. Ti Kaye is lucky to have a sommelier as superb as Cleus.

Food: a complaint I have about Ti Kaye is the rigidity of the times it serves food. If you’re like my wife and me, you’re going to St. Lucia to get away from it all and not be on any particular schedule. But at Ti Kaye you can’t eat whatever you want whenever you want it. For example, at the resort breakfast, lunch, and dinner have established windows and if you want to eat between the windows you are not able to. There is a beachside café down by the beach (more on that in a minute) but on occasion my wife and I would be up at the resort and not want to trek down the 150+ steps (each way) to eat at the café. In addition, if perhaps one night you don’t want to have a fancy and expensive sit down dinner then you’re out of luck because the beachside café closes around 4 PM. You’re looking at no less than $60 for two people for dinner, not including wine and dessert. On a couple occasions we spent well over $100 if we ordered a bottle of wine and had a salad or dessert. This being said, I understand that it’s a small resort and it might be prohibitively expensive for the resort to offer various meals throughout the day/night, but it would a big improvement. The food itself at Ti Kaye’s restaurant was generally very good. As a vegetarian, I wasn’t overly impressed by the range of options or the creativity of the vegetarian meals. Somehow I thought on this incredibly lush, green island there would be myriad vegetarian dishes to choose from. There aren’t. I ate some variation of vegetarian pasta or risotto each night. All were good except for one of our last nights when I ordered pumpkin ravioli (pumpkin grows on the island) and it was smothered in marinara sauce. I don’t understand why you would go to the trouble of making pumpkin ravioli when it can’t be tasted through the very sweet marinara sauce. My wife—who is not a vegetarian—was much happier with the meals, and enjoyed many fish dishes. The beach café food is very good. We frequently ate the vegetarian burger and fries, naturally with a rum punch or Piton (St. Lucia’s lager beer). The service, however, is unbelievably slow. Many times I got up and filled our water glasses or hunted down a waitress for the check since the wait staff was MIA. It’s a laid back island—I get that, really—but it can still be frustrating.

Location: as I said above, the resort itself is stunning and every bit as beautiful as the pictures. However, if you’re hoping to use Ti Kaye as a jumping off point to see other parts of the island then this resort isn’t for you. Ti Kaye is as secluded as other reviews have said. The road leading to Ti Kaye is in terrible shape and the resort hasn't fixed it, presumably to persuade you not to leave. Frankly, the resort doesn’t go out of its way to help you leave the resort, thus you spend more money at Ti Kaye. In one week we left the resort only one time to go to the fish fry in Anse La Rey. On the ride to the fish fry we and other couples were remarking that we jumped at the chance to go to Anse La Rey because it was a nice way to get out of the resort. Ti Kaye offers coordinated tours through the resort but we did not take any because we stayed closer to Soufriere our second week, which made it easier to tour certain sites. If possible, I’d recommend having your driver from the airport stop at a grocery store to stock up on any essentials (e.g. water, snacks, sun tan lotion) prior to arriving at Ti Kaye.

Anse Cochon beach: we enjoyed the beach immensely. Like all beaches in St. Lucia, Anse Cochon is public, but is largely occupied by those staying at Ti Kaye. Throughout the day you’ll see many catamarans and water taxis pull up to bring people enjoy snorkeling and swimming. The snorkeling is very good and comparable in quality to Jalousie Beach or Anse Chastanet. There are several men who hang out at the beach selling shells, jewelry and say they can get you “anything you want.” They go by names like Sly, Lucky 7, Rainbow, and The Doctor (there were two who claimed this was there name). They’re fairly aggressive but harmless. It’s actually entertaining watching them race out to the boats as they pull up.

Island Divers: we used Island Divers for four dives and thought the staff was excellent. Robert is helpful and friendly. I got my diving certification with Lester and really appreciate his help. He was very patient and made the trips fun.

To conclude, we had a wonderful time at Ti Kaye and would highly recommend the resort, provided you're interested in seclusion and plan to spend a lot of time at the beach or pool.

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Property: Ti Kaye Resort & Spa
Address: P.O. Box GM 669, Anse Cochon, St. Lucia
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Region: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Anse la Raye Quarter > Anse Cochon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Anse Cochon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ti Kaye Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 33
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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