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“Great hotel and dive operator. Shame about the restaurant.”

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Ti Kaye Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Anse Cochon
Certificate of Excellence
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“Great hotel and dive operator. Shame about the restaurant.”
Reviewed 4 August 2009

Without doubt this is a lovely resort and the cottages live up to expectations in most ways. We were made to feel very welcome on arrival and the 'survival bag' they gave us as LIAT had left a bag in Antigua was really great - they even had contact lens fluid.

Unfortunately the AC in our cottage broke so we were moved to another cottage, this was apparently an upgrade as it had a plunge pool although the view wasn't nearly as good, Also the room hadn't been fully checked before we moved in to it so we had to get room service to at least supply towels and some things were never replaced. Also garbage sacks were often slow in being collected (often left overnight) which gave what is otherwise a beautiful resort a rather tatty feel.

The spa is well worth a visit, especially with the free massage which was great - as were the cocktails! However we thought the main restaurant was overpriced for what it was and, whilst the chef may have lots of new ideas, the dishes were too heavy and overly ambitous. We've never had such solid and overpriced Pad Thai! That said local dishes were great and the beach bar and restaurant whilst simple were superb - as were the staff.

We were there to dive and Island Divers are a friendly and excellent operation - they ensured we always went somewhere different and it's going to be hard to beat seeing three sea horses on one metre of reef!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Apex, NC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2009

When my husband and I began our research for the perfect honeymoon spot we were drawn immediately to St. Lucia. We knew we wanted to go to the island but wasn’t sure where we wanted to go. We were getting ready to book at a Sandals resort and then changed our minds once I spoke to someone who had stayed at Ti Kaye. I am thrilled that we made the decision to go with Ti Kaye instead of Sandals.

My husband and I were looking for a place that was private enough to where him and I could enjoy our time together but, we also wanted a place where if we wanted to be social there would be something going on. Ti Kaye had both elements among many others.

In the morning’s we would have breakfast and then would go to the beach for a few hours. The morning sun was not intense and the beach was never crowded. We spent our time at the beach snorkeling in the crystal clear water, and kayaking on the calm seas. Ti Kaye is located at one of the best snorkel and dive areas on the island. In the afternoon’s a handful of boats from Cruise ships and other resorts would anchor up. I never felt overwhelmed by the boats. They would anchor on the far side of the beach and you were not bothered. Usually the boats were there for an hour or two during the hottest part of the day.

When we got hungry we would go to the beach bar and grill for some lunch. The first day we each got our own plates and realized it was too much food for me to finish. After that we would have a late lunch but split the meal. Our favorite item was the cheeseburger. It was delicious. Typically after lunch we would head back to our ocean-front room with a plunge pool and hang out in the shade. My husband’s favorite feature in the room was the iPod hookup. Every day he’d plug his iPod in and we would have our favorite music playing. We spent many afternoon’s watching the sunset and the boats come and go from our deck and pool.

After the sun would set my husband and I would get ready for dinner. At this time he would start to close up the room and I would pull the mosquito net down and the AC was turned on. During the day the doors and windows were open. We’d turn the AC on before we left for dinner so by the time we got back the room was nice and cool. Dinner was always a fun time. Sometimes we’d go down early for a drink or two and mingle with Cleus and other guests. One of the main complaints about Ti Kaye is the price of the food. The dinner entrees were a bit more expensive than what you typically would see but you are paying for a ton of food. The first night I was taken back but then realized I was on vacation. I’m allowed to splurge when it comes to food. My husband and I did realize that the entrees were over-seasoned and over-cooked. We thought that it was a resort thing, but once we went to the Fish Fry we realized that it’s most likely a culture thing. If the toppings for your food is too much you can ask for them to put it on the side like I did and everything was fine.

Every day Ti Kaye has some sort of excursion. My husband and I climbed one of the Piton Mountains. It was intense and we felt extremely unprepared for it. It may have been difficult but it was worth the climb. The view was incredible. Ti Kaye also offers a Sunset Cruise on Thursdays and Sundays. I would highly recommend this cruise. We had so much fun mingling with the other couples, drinking the Rum Punch, and seeing the sights of St. Lucia from the sea. One of our most favorite events is the Fish Fry with Stein in Anse La Ray! Stein was an incredible guide. He took the group to various vendors and told us who to eat from, who not to eat from, who to buy gifts from, etc. He even pulled together a few plates for some of the folks in the group. This was so much fun because it gave us a chance to see the town and to hang out with some of the other couples.

One thing that I haven’t seen anyone talk about is the Security at Ti Kaye. The group we were with for the Fish Fry got back to the resort around 11pm. There is a security guy at the front booth who let us in. He had 2 pit bulls tied up that were nearby. They also had a security guy at the top of the road – this one scared me because I didn’t see him standing in the shadows but, I felt extremely safe knowing that the resort had lots of security.

A few of the complaints that people have written about were the birds, the ride to Ti Kaye, the steps to and from the beach and the food.

You’re in the middle of the jungle. There are going to be birds flying around. Every now and then one would fly into our room and then fly out. We never felt bothered or grossed out by the fact that these birds were flying around. They do hang around at breakfast but they don’t bother you. If you get up to leave your table just cover your plate with a napkin and they’ll move on.

The ride to Ti Kaye from the airport is intense. However, I would not want to be the one driving one of the cars on those roads. I felt very comfortable having an experienced St. Lucian driver, driving us. It’s no different than hopping in a cab in NYC. The road leading to Ti Kaye is not paved and it is not scary. There’s a big sign before you get on the road that says “Welcome to Ti Kaye Village.” I was not afraid that something bad was going to happen. The road is beat up and there are a lot of potholes but the driver does drive slowly so you’re comfortable.

There are 168 steps from the resort to the beach. Make sure you have everything with you. This trek is not something you want to have to do because you forgot something. The steps were a lot but it wasn’t that bad. They were sturdy and if you need to take a break there are lots of picture opportunities.

Some folks also complained about the rocks and the mixture of white/black sand. My husband says that it’s rocky because there’s a small river that runs between Ti Kaye and the beach. This river probably pushes most of the rocks into the water. It’s a little uncomfortable trying to get in and out of the water but it’s not bad. I’m a wimp and was not bothered at all. The rocks add character to the beach and we were able to take some pretty pictures. The sand is a mixture of white and black. It does get extremely hot. So just throw on your flip-flops when you walk around and you’ll be fine. All sand gets hot. 

Ti Kaye was the perfect honeymoon spot for my husband and I. It was exactly what we wanted. As we mingled we heard that there are some repeat vacationers who are older and are celebrating anniversaries, or were there vacationing. The staff was very hospitable and they all knew our names and room letter. If you’re looking for something that’s a bit more commercialized with lots to do Ti Kaye probably isn’t for you. But if you are looking for that perfect balance of privacy, and socializing Ti Kaye is perfect for that. I have already recommended Ti Kaye to other people and hope to return someday for an anniversary!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2009

Lovely resort – we will certainly go back there again. Very relaxing, the remoteness adds to the privacy and serene setting. We didn't mind the rough access road, as we utilized the Ti Kaye van service and only traversed it on the ends of our trip and never alone.
The staff is fantastic, friendly, and attentive. The rooms are spotless and have a lovely rustic, airy feel (outdoor showers, shutters only on the windows, large porch with hammock). They are separated enough for plenty of privacy Our private pool was delightful to cool off in after lunch or dinner. We loved the main restaurant (great food and daily variety), and the beach bar was perfect for a quick lunch or drink. The beach is accessed down a long set of stairs, but we didn’t find that an inconvenience and in fact the separation contributes to both the solitude of the beach and the dramatic cliff-top setting of the main resort area. Cleus the wine steward was great, and his private wine tastings are a great deal and highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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jersey city
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 July 2009

Stayed there last month and loved the Resort. Gingerbread cottages are neat with the best views imaginable. The Kai Koko spa is cliff hanger needing no air-conditioning. I think it is the high point of the resort. Service can be slow at the beach restaurant but otherwise very friendly staff. Lita at the front desk was perhaps the nicest to speak with. The access road to the hotel is horrible and that is putting it mildly. We gave up a rented car as we found the road to be a torture. If the management invest some cash in improving access I think they will enjoy better business/. I recommend the hotel itself, but dread the road access.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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North Carolina
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Reviewed 12 July 2009

A very romantic, remote location. Impeccable service, personable staff who calls you by name, and FANTASTIC food. The cottages are quaint and comfortable, and the patios, complete with large hammocks, all have amazing views of the ocean. We can't say enough about this resort, are telling everyone we know about it, and can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, IL
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2009

We went to St Lucia for our honeymoon last month & we stayed the final 3 nights of our trip at Ti Kaye. (The 1st 4 nights were at Jade Mountain at Anse Chastenet). Ti Kaye was not exactly what we imagined it to be... Based on the website & our travel agent (the website has changed since then) - it appeared that our private pool was MUCH deeper than it was in actuality, & that there was private access from our cottage to the beach. Neither of these were true. The pool was about 3 1/2 feet deep & the water was HOT like a bathtub.
The access to the beach was nowhere near our cottage - there were extremely steep steps to get down to the beach & the walk back up was awful. The beach was not very secluded b/c there were several boats that would pull up to it each day with people unloading & snorkling / playing ball, etc.

NEGATIVE:
The food at the beach bar was excellent, but the hours were only until 2:00. The food in the main restaurant was sub-par. VERY over priced dinners. No room service either.
There were a TON of bugs that would come into the room - even though there was a mosquito net on the bed I got a ton of bites.

POSITIVE:
The main pool was very nice & quite large - usually pretty empty so that was good. The view from our room (we had an ocean front cottage with pool) was gorgeous - the ocean with sunset right there on the water. Plus a little hammock - very relaxing.

Over all I think this was a nice place. If we had spent the first part of our trip here it would have been much better. It was probably due to spending the 1st four nights at Jade Moutain that spoiled us rotten.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank JLodi
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NYC
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2009

A charming little hideaway in a secluded area of the island. This resort is a great spot for a quiet, peaceful getaway, ideal for honeymoons and romantic getaways. With only 33 cottages (not rooms, mind you), mainly adults-only, the mood and milieu was perfect. The cottages were fantastic with an outdoor shower, roomy porch with a hammock, and our room with a plunge pool. Nice! We even made the acquaintance of a number of friendly birds (a few of which actually were eating out of our hands - literally!). The bed had an enclosed netting to ward off the many mosquitoes present; and though kept spotlessly clean, the only downside to the cottages was the rather plentiful number of insects.

Dinners were terrific with a nice variety and everything was delicious (though the buffet-style breakfasts left a little to be desired). Service was outstanding - the staff was as friendly as you'll find anywhere. And there was ample opportunity to do some fun stuff such as snorkeling (best spot on the island is right on the Ti Kaye beach); diving; cruises; and some sightseeing tours. The beach was just ok - a little too rocky for our liking and far too many flies, but nice enough (once you descended a rather large set of steps). A quaint little beachside bar/restaurant offered a really good lunch and a happy hour. As for cocktails, go with the Ti Kaye staff creations - some really original drinks (a much better choice at this resort than the traditional Coladas and Daiquiris).

Value was good - our only complaint was that everything had a 10% service charge added. This if fine for dining/drinks, but we couldn't quite understand why it was also tacked on to room charges, and even to gift shop purchases. If they'd simply built all this into their listed costs, the price still would have been of good value.

Overall, a great spot - we had a terrific time and would visit again someday...

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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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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