My husband and I just returned from our 10 night honeymoon in St. Lucia. Wow what an awesome time. We spent our first 7 nights at Ti Kaye village and wow what an impression. We were met at the airport by a taxi driver holding a sign labelled Ti Kaye. The van was airconditioned and the ride was pleasant (well pleasant as it can be with extremely narrow and twisting roads). The driver was very pleasant and gave us a good overview of the island. The road into TI Kaye is crazy, dont judge till you have gotten to the reception area, cause we were kinda wondering but once you are there you will see!!
We were greeted at check in promptly and friendly staff, escorted to the bar where we enjoyed our welcome cocktail. Luggage was taken to our room. We were in a oceanfront cottage (cottage H) and wow what an awesome accomodation. Very clean, great view (of ocean and sunset each evening), the outdoor shower and hammock and furnishings on the deck were a nice touch. Very romantic and private dwelling. The mini-bar fridge was stocked upon arrival and we used order sheets to top up stock (bottled water and snacks (mainly chocolate bars and chips/nuts etc.) each day. Lots of geckos in the room which we did not mind at all, netting over beds protects from bugs/birds etc. We highly recommend cottage H for the extra money above an oceanview cottage which is quite a bit farther from the view of the carribean sea, for the extra money you will not regret the choice of an oceanfront accomodation. As for plunge pools we saw a room with one nothing too special we thought, we didnt miss it at all, we used the outdoor shower several times of day even just to cool off!
The restaurant and bar are very good, all staff are extremely friendly (especially Theresa and Cleus) and personable they greet you each morning by name wow personalized service at its best!!! The setting of the restaurant is very romantic and intimate. Complimentarly breakfast each day was great, and very filling (buffet fruit, yougurt, cereal and full breakfast menu with eggs toast etc.), you wont need lunch after this breakfast. The birds are a bit of a nuisance in the restaurant just be worned to cover your food if you leave your table or you will be sharing!!!!
Dinner reservations were pretty open we usually booked ours at lunchtime and never really had a problem with times we wanted. Menu selection is quite good, different items each night and cuisine has an island flare wiht local fruits and foods to try which we enjoyed!!!! Meal cost was approximately $50-$100 American/meal, depending on wine choice desserts etc. We ate lunch only twice at the Beach Bar and it was Ok typical fast food type choices, cost was reasonable. As for water we drank the tap water with ice and had no problems at all.
The beach is quite small but is not crowded at all (in fact we were the only ones on the beach two afternoons) and is quite quiet and intimate, furnished with lounge chairs and umbrellas. The water was beautiful warm and very clean, no jellyfish or dangerous sea life to worry about. We snorkelled right off the resort two reef areas on either side of the beach, and there are plenty of tropical fish and other sea life to see. There are also kayaks for guests to use complimentary. Beware there is a long series of steps down to the beach, didnt bother us much but if you are not up to stairs then beware (although if it is just sun you are after there is a pool just off the restaurant) quite small but there is lounge chairs and umbrellas there as well. There are a few locals who try to sell you stuff on the beach but are quite friendly and are not pushy at all we found there prices to be more expensive then in Castries or Soufire but it is convinient right there at your fingertips. There are several boats that come in to the area (from sandals and other tour boats to snorkel the reef off Ti Kaye but they dont stay too long and arent much of a bother for the most part other than a little chaos for short period.
Bring flip flops or slip ons for the beach as the sand gets very hot even running from your lounge chair into the water. Nightlife at Ti Kaye is quite limited which we quite enjoyed. The noisiest thing you will find at night is the treefrogs and grasshoppers which we quite enjoyed (but they are very loud so if you are sensitive to noise may want to invest in ear plugs). There is music during dinner and then most guests are in their rooms but 10 or so and arent back till 8 or 9 for breakfast, very private. If you like party life not the place for you. There are a selection of games available for you to use which we did with another 3 honeymoon couples one night but bar closes around 11:00. Be sure to attend the ANse La Raye fish fry on Friday nice to see local culture. We dont eat seafood so we had some kinda dumplings but lots of guests we went with ate all kinds of items and had no problems.
Overall the resort exceeded our expectations and for the money was above par!!! We were very happy with our choice after reading numerous reviews and would go back in a heart beat, you will not regret your choice thats for sure!!!!
As for tours there are lots available through the resort. We did the rainforest hike, whale watching tour, sunset cruise, and boat trip to castries. We enjoyed all of the tours, although we were dissapointed a bit with Castries, the boat tour there was nice you get to see some key landmarks of the island but Castries itself is not great. The shopping is limited, kinda like a flea market atmosphere with tents and vendors all selling basically the same 20 items are so. I wouldnt recommend this one. The rainforest hike was good our guide was awesome very knowledgeable and entertaining. We did not see much wildlife though mainly tropical plants and flowers and a few birds, but swimming in the waterfall was fun. If you plan to do this be sure to bring proper footwear some places are slippery. The Land and Sea Tour we heard was quite good as well although we didnt get a chance to do this one.
Locals are extremely friendly and the island is very safe, the depend highly on income from tourists and appreciate your generosity in the way of tips and are very greatful that you are travelling there supporting the island.
We spent the last 3 nights of our trip at Ladera Resort (see review). Although Ladera has a spectacular view of the Pitons we enjoyed the cottage type accomodation and the personalized service at Ti Kaye much more and for the money next time would stay at Ti Kaye the whole time and just take a taxi to Ladera to have lunch at the restaurant Dashenee to enjoy the view.
Hats off to Ti Kaye for a wonderful and spectacular honeymoon, enjoy!!!
Kim and Kevin
- 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