My Husband and I just spent a week at Ti Kaye, the first week in August.
We were celebrating a 10 year anniversary and picked Ti Kaye because of the great reviews and because it didn't look like the usual crowded all inclusive resorts that just aren't our style. We have traveled quite extensively and stayed at many quality hotels through the years. I had never been to St. Lucia before and wasn't exactly sure what to expect. We picked Ti Kaye because it looked secluded, quiet and really nice...which is exactly what we were looking for--- our daily lives are hectic, running non-stop through cell phone calls, the television on 24/7 and living at work. I try to research places well before chosing them as vacation spots so, I had read many reviews on Ti Kaye and was a little scared about a couple of things: The people who complained about the road into the resort and even advised taking Dramamine, the people who complained about the stairs, and the people who complained about the fact that there wasn't a lot to do. Bottom Line: Those people probably should seek out a cruise or a Sandals next time.
Let me say, the trip ended very differently than it began. We had a long day in the airport and on the flight...so, we were tired when we arrived in St. Lucia. It was about an hour and a half getting to the resort and once we got to the road that leads to the hotel...saying it was a bumpy ride is an understatement. (Yes, it's bad but, advising you take Dramamine is kind of ridiculous). My husband and I looked at each other as we were making our way to the resort like, " Are you kidding me with this road?" A couple of minutes later we arrived. We were hot and tired as we were welcomed at the office. Once in the room, it was steaming hot as the air conditioning unit had been off all day. To top it off, we noticed there were these weird bugs everywhere!!! We got dressed, went down to the restaurant and noticed the bugs were all over the table! I got back to the room and thought, I'm usually pretty good at picking these vacation spots but, I may have made a mistake this time! The next morning, I saw Ti Kaye in a totally different light. The air conditioning unit had cooled off the room nicely. The spacious deck off the room was a wonderful place to take in the morning sun...a very comfortable hammock became a place my husband and I raced for to read a book or magazine in. The side deck was great too with a plunge pool and comfortable lounge chairs. (The pool was a decent size, I took a float and it was big enough to lay in.) Our room had a great ocean view, the rooms come with an I-pod dock, we turned it on and bought some Piton beers at the local grocery ( I would highly recommend bringing your I-pod and asking the driver to stop at the store for beer and snacks on the way in, there's a nice size fridge in your room.) It all made for some nice afternoons...just doing nothing at our cabin. The outdoor shower is also awesome! The other great and strange thing that happened. The annoying bugs were suddenly gone! Another couple told us, a staff member had explained it was actually just a weird fluke that this swarm of bugs came in on Saturday night....after that, they were gone?!! We hardly saw a bug, I took a ton of bug repellent with us because I was worried about mosquitos and we really didn't need it!
The beach was really nice. ( I found some short water boots to take with me because I read about the rocks leading out to the beach, the boots were a little dorky but, I looked like a genius while other people were trying to avoid the rocks! Crocs would work also..) The snorkeling is great right at Ti Kaye's beach! You can do that everyday for a small fee, or you can get a kayak which comes with your stay. Terry, put chairs out for us...and ran drinks back and forth for us all day long...he was great! The beach restaurant was very good...with nice portions, the sandwiches and fries were great. A couple of days we ate a late lunch and skipped dinner, because we had snacks, beers and cokes in the room. On the Tai night they have at the restaurant, we ate at the bar and got a pork dish that was awesome. The next night I had a great filet and I'm very picky. We went to the Wednesday night cocktail party where you meet the staff, it was fun and the dinner after that was good featuring more local foods. We also went to the Friday night fish fry with Styne as our host... he was awesome because he's from the area...and he told us what was a good deal. I would definately recommend it. We took a water taxi to the Rainforest Hideaway Restaurant which I would also highly recommend (they take cash and visa/mastercard. Word of warning--- they do not take American Express and neither does Ti Kaye) . We also did the wine tasting with Cleus/he's awesome!!! And we did the Land and Sea tour which is a good way to see the southern part of the island and the Pitons. We met some very nice people throughout the week ( from Denver, St. Louis, Bloomington and Phoenix)...most were like us...looking for a nice quiet beautiful retreat (no screaming children!!!) The staff truly makes this place great...all were wonderful but, we had a chance to get to know Natalie, Gus, Cleus, Terry, Stein, Nigel and Lita a little better than some of the others...these people are amazing, they are professional, greet you with a smile, know your name and give you the kind of attention that a great resort should require. As for the stairs, I can really only understand the complaint if you are greatly out of shape or have a health issue, if so, you may want to choose another resort. There are a lot of stairs to go up and down but, for us after eating and drinking all day at the beach, a jog up the stairs became good excercise for us..it's no big deal. The road into the resort also became no big deal because we only went in and out a couple of times because we loved the place and really didn't want to leave. It also made sense for the resort because it causes people just like us to want to stay on the resort and it keeps it safe by keeping other people out. Oh!....and the spa...we went twice. I get massages on a regular basis and the ladies from Bali were well qualified and extemely good! The waves crashing on the rocks underneath you was pretty great. Plan to spend money if you go...we spent about 17-hundred dollars on food for the week, excursions, the spa, etc. You don't want to be at this place worried about how much everything costs, that will wreck your trip. Save money, plan ahead and have fun! We plan to save again for another trip back! My best advice, If you want a man made beach and a pool bar...Go to Sandals or just go to Florida. Ti Kaye is an experience !
- 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