We spent the second week of our two week St. Lucia honeymoon at Ti Kaye from 11-18 November 2004. We loved it even though the weather was exceptionally rainy. We’d certainly consider staying there again if we return to St. Lucia. The value for money was good, the people were friendly and accommodating, the facilities were more than acceptable, and the food was good to great. More than half the people we met were honeymooners like ourselves. The age range was 20-somethings to vaguely-remember-being-20-somethings, like us.
Choose this resort if you want clean accommodations at a cozy and comfortable resort. Kick back on the beach. Get in a little snorkeling. Watch the party boats come and go, knowing those people wish they were you living on this beach. Take some island tours. Buy shells, necklaces, carvings, and the like from the guys on the beach. Dance at the beach bar when it’s raining and drink a cold Piton beer or two or three or more. Or better still, ask for a Green Tree Frog – super delicious frozen concoction. Warning: three of which will ruin your ability to shoot steady videos.
Don’t choose this resort if you want planned activities and want to be able to walk out of the resort to find other activities, shops, etc. Don’t choose this resort if you have trouble with stairs. It is fully 166 steep steps from beach to restaurant. If party boats (and I mean 47-foot catamarans with 50 people on board) tying up in front of you bother you, choose somewhere else. The beach is popular especially in the afternoon.
Accommodations are bright, airy, super clean, quiet, and breed relaxation. The outdoor shower is a kick – like showering in a rainforest.
Dinner at the restaurant was always good and was occasionally exceptional. They requested you make reservations, but getting a table never proved to be a big problem even without reservations. Wine list was good. Breakfast was buffet plus made to order eggs, omelet, or pancakes. It suited us well. A sandwich at the beach bar was good for lunch. Having a “made to order” minibar in the room was nice and a smart way to handle it. We ordered in the morning and had our beer, wine and snacks waiting for us in the afternoon.
Everyone on the staff was friendly – this included the housekeepers, bartenders, waiters and waitresses, front desk staff, and the gardener. It was easy to strike up conversations with other guests and we liked several of the other couples we met.
We went to the Anse La Ray seafood night. It was a blast and easily arranged from the hotel. We also liked the “land-sea” tour during which we visited the Botanic Gardens, the volcano field, and the New Jerusalem hot spring. Walking out through the rain forest from the hot spring using banana leaves for umbrellas was just great. The shopping in Castries is OK, but really tailored to the cruise ship crowd. We were lucky the day we went: no ships were in and everything was relaxed and easy.
Two gekos that fought it out for dominance of one corner of our room -- great entertainment and they ate mosquitoes.
Good snorkeling although the water was murky several days because of the heavy rain. I still saw a turtle, an eel, and several new (for me) types of fish.
Mosquitos were thick. Resort supplied repellant and air spray. Use it. Take some antihistamine crème along for those bites you do get. The birds were aggressive so you couldn’t leave your food (especially breakfast) unguarded. That could really bother some people, who might be worried about the hygiene problems. Personally, I worried more about whether to have another beer or head on down to the beach.
Having the party boats come in the afternoon was kind of a drag, but really the people from the boats were never a problem.
Sometimes the beach chairs weren’t available until, say, 9:30 or so in the morning. If you’re an early riser, throw your towel on the sand.
- 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