My wife and I took our trip to Ti Kaye in the spring of 2012--yes, I'm a procrastinator--so some of this will be from slightly distant memory. But what memories! We truly loved our experience at Ti Kaye.
Here are two vignettes to highlight why we loved it so much:
First, we arrived in St Lucia to that traveler's cliche, the lost luggage. So we arrived at Ti Kaye with one suitcase between us, minus most of our toiletries and all of my wife's clothing. Ti Kaye provided us with all the toiletries we needed, complements of the house, and then tracked down our luggage for us. The process was as painless as lost luggage on an international trip could be, thanks to the fantastic and attentive staff.
Second, as we were returning from a day excursion, we found ourselves driving down the winding road to Ti Kaye with a chap who turned out to be the resort's wine director. Our car stalled in the heat, and we found ourselves waiting for maybe 20 minutes while the resort sent a replacement car to pick us up. We spent those 20 minutes discussing wine, local plants, and travel with the wine director. Everyone kept apologizing profusely--as if spending 20 minutes in perfectly pleasant conversation was a problem--and we ended up with free cocktails on our return to the resort a short while later. Long story short, the resort staff made sure that a minor inconvenience, which wasn't really an inconvenience at all (we've traveled to some rough places and had some rough experiences), was transformed into a really nice time. They bent over backwards to fix a problem that wasn't even really a problem, so imagine how they'd treat you if something actually went wrong.
So here's what we loved: the views of the sea, the birds and the trees and the natural beauty of the land around the resort, eating dinner in the open air as the sun sets over the Caribbean and every star in the galaxy winks into view overhead, the songs of frogs singing us to sleep, the billions and billions of crystal clear stars of the Milky Way above us as we showered each night, the beautiful little beach and the beautiful snorkeling, the enormously attentive and friendly (legitimately friendly--try having an actual conversation with them!) staff, and the excursions they arranged for us (along with packing us lunches for our day trips). Ti Kaye arranged for us a whale watching trip, and though we didn't see any whales, we spent about 30 minutes with a pod of dolphins that played with our boat--a memory I'll cherish forever.
Here's what I would do differently if I were to visit again: the food at Ti Kaye was fine, but it grew somewhat repetitive over the course of our stay. I say this NOT because the food itself was boring or repetitive--it was wonderful and varied each night and we always had plenty of choices--but because dining with the same chef night after night can always get a bit rote, no matter how good. Ti Kaye is a bit secluded, so while we could have traveled into town to try local food, we never got up the energy to try it. I wish we had! However, I read a review by another traveler, which I wish I had read before our trip, that advised talking to the locals who sell souvenirs on the beach (who are, by the way, never pushy or intrusive) about setting up a local meal. What a fantastic idea! Take advantage of this and give some local flavor a try, just to vary things up a bit.
Here's what I would warn people about: there are a great many stairs between the resort and the beach. This wasn't a problem for me, as I am a fit and vigorous fellow, but was taxing for my wife, who was three months pregnant at the time. I imagine it would be tough for anyone who would have difficulty with lots of stairs.
St Lucia is a gorgeous, gorgeous country, and full of (on average) enormously friendly people who have plenty of interesting stories to tell. We managed to coax from the the driver from Ti Kaye who picked us up at the airport, after he ran through the normal tourist spiel, that he had a daughter studying in New York, that he had never been but hoped to visit, that he loved the countryside and never felt comfortable in the big city of Castries. In other words, a great conversationalist with a very different perspective from ours. Fantastic! The only drawback I can think of, then, for Ti Kaye is that its seclusion makes it a bit harder to get out of the resort and experience local flavor. But the resort has so, so, so much beauty and peace to offer that you could be excused if you don't make it out.
In other words, man, there are plenty of times I wish I was back there right now.
- 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