My wife and I went to St. Lucia for our 37th wedding anniversary and chose to stay at the Ti Kaye Village Resort. We didn't know exactly what to expect, but we were ready for a get away. It's a long drive over to the resort from the airport, over an hour. The driver was good enough to stop at a local store, so we could pick up some water and snacks to keep in our room. Not too bad. About $28 US for a couple of cases of water and some nuts and dried fruit. Cheaper than many US resorts and what we purchased lasted us the 10 days we were there.
Be prepared for the view on the drive. Some of the villages are very poor. The poverty is almost shocking. Animals roam free. People are walking right in the road almost brushing the car. However, the vistas along the way that include the ocean are a welcome treat.
Once at the resort, the people and the service were wonderful. Most of the guests are newly weds. The individual and duplex cottages cascade down the side of the mountain and are very comfortable. The sunshine shower (read that as "enclosed by a tall fence, but outdoors never-the-less") is a little intimidating at first, but the fun of it grows on you pretty quickly. There are rocking chairs on the porch to enjoy and a large hammock that invites you to take a gentle swing and enjoy the lite breeze. Every cottage has a terrific view of the ocean and the lush green mountains.
Be certain to use the mosquito netting around your bed at night. There's no glass in the windows, just louvers .. which don't close very tightly, as it turns out. As a consequence, you'll have uninvited quests joint you in your room. The netting does a very good job of keeping them at bay, so you can sleep. All of the cottages have air conditioning and it works very well considering how porous the windows are.
The staff are delightful! Eating al fresco every meal in the resort was interesting ... and pleasant. Even when it rained, dining was pleasant. Staff would just move diners away from the edges of the "room" and on we all went enjoying our food. We ate most of our meals in our room or in the main restaurant or at the beach restaurant. Everything we ate was delicious. Most or all of the fresh fruit served was harvested by the staff from the trees and grounds on the resort. You must try it.
We left the property twice during our ten day visit. On our anniversary, we went to the Rain Forest Hideaway. It's literally on the edge of the rain forest tucked away across a small harbor. Arrange for the resort shuttle to take you there. The driver will show you where to catch the boat for the short ride to the restaurant. The food was delicious, although a bit more pricey. Our dinner, with desert and a couple of adult beverages, with tip was about $250 US. Earlier that day, the resort staff was very sweet in harvesting some flowers and spelling out "Happy 37th Anniversary" with them on the bed. Resort staff were very accommodating that way.
We left the resort one other time to go to a local village, Anse La Raye, for the Friday night fish fry, It was likely the oddest event I've ever been to. The food was just OK, but the village is very poor and the resort help them by bringing some tourists over to spend a little money once per week. It appears that to be properly licensed to sell beer and liquor all one needs is an ice chest. Every booth at the festival seem to be selling Piton (the local brew) and the local rum. Both are fairly forgettable. There are better choices available on the island. Some of the booths even had some "home-made" hooch for sale. A bottle full of peppers, herbs, flowers, or some other flavoring being infused into the local rum (or moonshine). I saw some of the more adventurous among us give some of them a try. I think they lived through the experience, but wouldn't bet anything valuable on it.
Back at the resort, order the fresh fruit plate from the room service menu (order it the day before you want it delivered). Room service is a much slower experience than what you're likely to be accustomed to; however, the food is worth the advance planning.
Be certain to sign up for the wine tasting. Claude Charles, the sommelier, was very knowledgeable and a delightful host. The experience was well worth the $55 US price for the two of us. The resort bar is a great place to enjoy the view while enjoying a local rum drink. Fresh fruit juice and local rum (ask the bartender for the "special rum", it's almost 190 proof).
The beach is a trek to get to. From the top of the steps leading down to the beach, it's the equivalent of walking down eight flights of steps. Going down isn't too bad. Coming back up is a great workout after a day at the beach. The staff run up and down those steps all day and don't even break a sweat. It's embarrassing.
The sand gets very hot, so take beach shoes. Eat at the beach restaurant. The food is very good and the view is excellent. Try the banana ketchup, at least once. It's better than it sounds. Be careful with the pepper sauce. Caribbean Islanders are hot pepper aficionados and their hot pepper sauce is HOT PEPPER SAUCE!!! But, give it a try. You might even like it .... if you have any of your tongue left.
The water is beautiful and clear. Diving or snorkeling is popular as the waters just off of the beach are the second best area around the island for that activity. The sunset boat tour is highly recommended.
If you haven't figured it out by now, we had a great time.
- 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