My husband and I spent seven nights at Ti Kaye and absolutely loved it. The resort is located on the side of a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
The resort has a number of cottages, some connected to one another, and some that are standalone. We stayed in Mele or "M", which is a standalone cottage with a private plunge pool. Mele has an unobstructed view of the ocean without views of any other cottages. In terms of privacy, Mele and Niche seem to be the most secluded. We were hesitant at first to book a cottage with a plunge pool, but we were extremely glad we did. The plunge pool is cool in the morning and warms up with the sun in the afternoon. After returning from the beach in the afternoon the pool was the perfect temperature to take a dip. In the evenings, we would return from dinner and the pool would still be warm from the day. We spent many nights in the pool under the stars!
The outdoor shower was lovely. No issues with critters or bugs. I do recommend that if you use bar soap, to place it inside the bathroom when not showering as the rain will melt it away.
Each night we slept with all the windows and the doors to the porch open, only using the bug netting around the bed. This worked perfectly. We would awaken to the blue hues of the ocean and chirping birds. If you're a light sleeper the sound of crickets and rain could bother you. We didn't need to use the AC at all, although the staff does turn it on as part of its turndown service.
The room has a small refrigerator with plenty of room for snacks and drinks. On the way from the airport to the resort we asked our driver to stop at a supermarket where we got snacks and drinks for the room. This was very helpful! We heard that it wasn't always easy to get snacks outside of the lunch and dinner times so visiting a supermarket is a must! It's also great to have snacks to munch on while hanging out in the cottage or enjoying the plunge pool.
The beach was wonderful! With probably the clearest Caribbean water I've seen (but not the bluest because the sand is volcanic and therefore not white) the beach was a fantastic place to swim and snorkel. We brought our own snorkel gear and enjoyed snorkeling along the right side of the beach.
Catamarans and other small boats do visit the beach on a daily basis but did not bother us - we enjoyed the opportunity to do some people watching. Compared to other Caribbean islands I've visited, there are more beach vendors than I'm used to. The beach vendors are respectful if you look at their goods and politely decline. We purchased small stone turtles from Liquid Sunshine (all the beach vendors have catchy names) for much less than they were being sold at souvenir shops.
Terry, who works at the beach bar and grill, makes sure that the beach goers have enough drinks and food. This is helpful, but at times service can be slow.
FOOD AND WINE
The food was excellent. The menu changes each day with creative specials, including a catch-of-the-day dish (usually mahi mahi), tasty appetizers and desserts. My husband and I are multi-course dinner folks and didn't have trouble ordering three great dishes everyday. Service was very good in the dining room.
We opted for the Ti Kaye Package which included breakfast each day. The breakfast buffet was excellent and included fresh fruit, fruit juice and coffee, sausage, bacon, eggs and omelets made to order, a variety of breads (my husband loved the local banana bread), pancakes and made to order waffles. Because of the large breakfasts (and snacks in our room) we skipped lunch each day.
Cleus, the resort's sommelier, was amazing. We scheduled a wine tasting with Cleus in the resort's wine cellar and were completely blown away by the large selection and Cleus' knowledge of everything having to do with wine! Over four hours (yes, we drank wine for four hours) we sampled over ten different red, white and blush wines. The wine tasting is a must. Make sure to have a snack prior to the tasting because you'll be drinking a lot of wine!
During our trip we went on a number of excursions. We climbed Gros Piton, did the Land and Sea Tour, went ziplining and enjoyed the sunset cruise.
Gros Piton - A must for active folks who enjoy hiking. Rising approx. 2600 feet above sea level, the views are excellent but the climb is nothing to joke about. The hike is about three miles long with signification elevation gain in spots. The trail can be slippery when wet, so take your time if it's raining. Do bring a rain jacket, sturdy shoes, lots of water and energy snacks. Along the trail there are views of Petit Piton and from the top you can see St. Vincent and the Grenadines on clear days. The hiking guides are friendly and have useful information about the trail.
Land & Sea Tour - Great tour that brought us to Soufriere by boat and then by van to the Botanical Gardens, the caldera of the island's dormant volcano and to a coco plantation where we had a great local buffet lunch. This is a great "all-in-one" tour to go on to see the popular sights on the island. Christian was our wonderful guide on the land portion of the tour and was very knowledgeable about the country's history, flora and fauna, and geology.
Ziplining - A bit expensive for the experience. I've ziplined twice before and found that for a third time, this was nothing new. If you've never been before, you'll enjoy it. If renting a car, it may be more cost effective to drive. Because we arrived at the ziplining facility with two buses full of people (all picked up from various resorts and perhaps cruises) going through the course was slow as there were long lines of people at many of the platforms.
Sunset Cruise - Romantic and lots of fun! The sunset cruise leaves right from the beach at the resort and goes south off the coast for a great view of the pitons. There were good local snacks and plenty of rum punch. We were lucky enough to see a rainbow over the island and a school of dolphins that swam right by the boat. We definitely recommend the sunset cruise as a more laid-back excursion.
Snorkeling - We signed up for the resort's snorkeling trip but it was cancelled due to low enrollment. Because we still wanted to experience other snorkeling sights we hired a water taxi right of the beach to take us snorkeling at Sugar Beach (at Jalousie Plantation) and Anse Chastanet Beach. The snorkeling at all of these sites was very good.
Note that the roads in St. Lucia are very winding, and so if that bothers you, you may want to limit the number of land excursions you go on.
The Ti Kaye package also came with a couples Island massage. The Island massage was fantastic. 90 minutes of deep tissue, hot stones and reflexology. The massage therapists were delightful and very competent. One wall of the massage cottage is open to the ocean which makes the experience surreal as you can hear the water beneath you.
Overall, we had an excellent time at Ti Kaye and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys good food, great service and an authentic St. Lucian experience.
- Also Known As:
- Ti Kaye Village Hotel Castries
- Ti Kaye Village Hotel
- Ti Kaye Village Castries
- Ti Kaye
- Ti Kaye Village Resort St Lucia
- Ti Kaye Village
- 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, the Kai Koko Spa and a 460 bin 'Wine Kave' there is no better place to find romantic relaxation - combined with the best snorkeling bay to be found aywhere on St. Lucia. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Orbitz, Expedia, Cheap Tickets, Regatta Hotels, Booking.com, Travelocity, Priceline, Asiatravel.com Holdings and Tingo so you can book your Ti Kaye Resort & Spa reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.