My new husband and I spent an amazing honeymoon week at Ti Kaye April 24 to May 2. The resort was spectacular, the food was to die for, and the island itself was more beautiful than any other Caribbean paradise we've visited so far.
We arrived and departed at Vigies Airport, which was an interesting experience if you're not used to an airport that is basically an open-air strip mall with plastic seats. To say the ride to the hotel was an adventure is an undertstatement...our van/taxi driver had moves that put the roller coasters at our nearby Busch Gardens to shame.
To be greeted by name upon arrival, however, set the scene for a truly wonderful resort stay. The staff was beyond words. I cannot say enough kind things about these truly beautiful people. By the time we'd departed on our 7th day, we had made some wonderful friends with them, and came home truly missing them. The service was impeccable -- and if it was slow at times, we always wrote it off as "island time" -- and everyone felt they were treated like royalty.
There had been a mixup in the booking process and we were stuck in an oceanview cabana without a plunge pool (we'd reserved ours with one), but Janine apologized and explained the problem immediately, then offered to refund the difference plus give us two free nights in a plunge pooled room once it was available on our fourth day. DH, who is in sales, could not stop raving about how wonderful it was to vacation someplace where they actually acted interested in our happiness and not just our wallets.
We had opted out of the all-inclusive honeymoon, especially since we're from Florida, the land of Disney dream vacations, and were truly prepared to spend a week doing nothing but swinging in the hammock on our front porch. We did the exact opposite -- and spent a week doing something different each day: volcano tours, shopping in Castries, Seafood Night in Anse la Reye, climbing down the steps to the beach below, hanging out around the plunge pool with one of the several amazing couples we met who were honeymooning as well...
The Land and Sea Tour (trip to the volcano, a Soufriere visit, a dip in the cold springs, and a glimpse of the Pitons) is a must, as is the sunset cruise (which we missed twice, but were told was phenomenal by other couples). The seafood festival on Friday night was an experience like no other, which means a lot coming from a resident of a beach city with access to regular seafood fests. To be welcomed into a fishing village straight out of a movie, served local seafood (Caribbean lobster, mmmm) and spiced rum, was a perfect near-ending of an already perfect trip.
Only thing bad about the place was, if we visit again, we'll skip Castries. It was a bit too pushy for me; another couple was actually led by a local into the city a bit only to be hassled for a charitable donation for his kids. But in the same respect, it's important to remember that this is exactly what they say it is: a developing country. There's very poor and there's very rich, not too much in between. But these people are so friendly, so good, yet so needy, that it's difficult not to be a little wary.
To answer another complaint I've seen on board: Ti Kaye's private beach is invaded (quite frankly) every day by at least two snorkeling boats from neighboring resorts. DH and I never found this to be too intrusive, however, since they rarely came onto the beach and really seemed to remain near their boats. The beach crew of locals is totally bearabe, too. We spent the first few days of hassle before we realized they really did back off after you said "no," and were actually really great conversationalists with colorful stories about the island. Definitely worth a few moments spent getting to know them. Ron and JT will be fondly remembered.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Ti Kaye, least of all the fact that it allowed my husband and I a week to enjoy our first days as a married couple. We spent seven days in paradise, met people who we expect will be lifelong friends, and made memories to last just as long.
- 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