Just back from 8 days for our honeymoon in St Lucia split between Ti Kaye and Jalousie Plantation and far preferred our 4 nights at Ti Kaye. But may not be for everyone. It's relaxed, beautiful, and very secluded. If you want nightlife or glamor and glitz this is probably not the place for you. If you like to swim, snorkel, relax on natural dark beach (the white beaches in St Lucia are reported to be trucked in sand), and chill out on lovely front porch watching birds, fisherman and boats then Ti Kaye may be perfect for you.
The road into Ti Kaye lives up to the stories. It about 1+ mile of very bumpy and not all paved curvy road once you leave the main road. We rented a car from UVF airport and it was a beautiful but hair-raising ride up the west coast. Avis told us the west coast was the scenic route while the east coast was the faster way - we chose the scenic route which was fun and worth it but not for the nervous driver. Driving is left hand side (and cars are British style with right hand driver side). A giant sticker on the dash board reminded us to drive on the left. Car is not really necessary and they are expensive to rent. We rented a 4 wheel drive after reading reviews and 4WD probably wasn't necessary so save the cost if you do rent a car.
We stayed in a cottage without the plunge pool and can't say we would have used a pool much. The front porches are amazing- rocking chairs and a hammock. Birds fly around (we wished had brought binoculars for bird watching). The view is spectacular. Big french doors open from the bedroom to the porch, so you can sit in bed and look out at the view. The windows are slatted with no screens and can be closed to A/C the room (we never used this in November - it was delightful to sleep with the sea breeze blowing through.) Beds have mosquito netting which we did put down at night. Outdoor showers were fabulous, taking a shower in evening with frogs singing around you (they're tiny and almost impossible to see) - but worth knowing that there is only an outdoor shower no indoor shower or tub. We were in Fenyan (there are 33 rooms all with local names) which had lovely private ocean view. Others looked less well situated with porch overlooking one of the foot paths or other cottages. Rooms include coffee/tea set up (nice if you're an early riser since breakfast doesn't start until 8) and a mini fridge (worth stocking on your way from airport).
Snorkeling in Anse Cochon is great right off the beach - both the north and south side. South side was more interesting but worse visibility during our stay. There's also a wreck in middle of bay in about 40-65 feet of water that you can snorkel over or dive. If you have your own snorkel gear it's worth bringing - we used ours every day, multiple times some days. If not the dive shop rents gear. Kayak's are available on beach (double and single) and complimentary for guests. Nice beach chairs and umbrellas and covered areas if you want shade. It is 166 steps down to the beach, so a long climb back up. Best to remember everything when you go down!
There are a lot of tourist boats that come through the bay each day. Some bring loud music along with them. Good news is they don't stay long. The vendors on the beach are a little annoying, but mostly pleasant. Odd thing is it was different guys each day so if you do want to buy something from someone don't expect to see him again.
I did a discover scuba session with Island Divers - the dive shop located at Ti Kaye and would highly recommend them. Did intro in the pool and a shore dive off beach. Robert the dive instructor was great. We liked them so much we did 2 more dives with them after we had moved to Jalousie.
Spa was lovely and for a spa reasonable priced ($75-80 each for a 50 min massage.) Cool thing in spa was a mirror under the face rest so you could see the view out to sea. Worth booking when you arrive as late afternoon/early evening appts are popular.
They offer a bunch of excursions as well, but we didn't do any so can't comment. Anse Le Raye fish fry on Friday nights (we went from our other hotel) is well worth going -Ti Kaye offers a shuttle service to it. Great island food and fun to see the non-resort side of St Lucia.
Hadn't thought we would eat at the resort so much but there aren't many other options and it's long drives to any other towns. Breakfast meal plan is worth it - was $15 a person a day. Breakfast is a fairly standard buffet with fruit, yogurt, cereal, breads, made-to order eggs, and other hot foods. Great fresh juice and coffee/tea. Meal plan for lunch/dinner is only worth it if you plan to eat a lot - it includes starter, main and dessert for each person for dinner. We tended to split a starter and dessert and each have a main which was plenty of food for dinner. Meal plans did not include alcohol. Wine prices were very reasonable with most glasses being in the US$5-7 range and most bottle being the US$20-30 range. There are birds flying around at breakfast - seems this bothers others, but I would say it's part of the charm, but guess this depends on your viewpoint. As mentioned it's worth stopping on way from airport to stock snacks and drinks. Cocktails on the cottage porch each night was one of the highlights of our stay. Also worth stocking some bottled water. It's US$3.50 a 1.5 liter bottle at Ti Kaye and much cheaper in grocery store.
The people at Ti Kaye are extremely friendly. We never had slow meal issue as others here have complained about. You are on vacation, so what's the rush. Or perhaps it was the rum cocktail each night before dinner that made us not care how long it took? It's a small resort so they quickly recognize you and remember you. We didn't appreciate how nice this was until we moved to the highly impersonal and much bigger (and more expensive) Jalousie later in the week.
Clearly we had a lovely stay. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
- 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