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Ti Kaye Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Anse Cochon
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Reviewed June 3, 2008

My wife and I knew for over a year that we were going to go to Ti Kaye for our 10th anniversary, and we hoped that everything lived up to the hype. We are happy to say that it did. Our stay from May 25-30 was excellent.

Airport Pickup: Our Delta flight was a little late getting in, but it only took us about 30 minutes for landing to the time we left with our luggage. The Ti Kaye driver was waiting for us just where he said he would be. He took our luggage to the van, passed out water, and we were on our way. Everything you have read about the roads is true. They are very curvy, and we had to stop so that another guy in our van could get sick on the side of the road. After about 90 minutes we arrived at the famed Ti Kaye road, and it was everything we had read about. Bumpy and jarring, but I think someone prone to motion sickness would get sick on the main roads before the Ti Kaye road.

Check-In: We were met promptly by the Ti Kaye staff, who ushered us straight to the bar for our welcome drinks. Pilgrim was there and went out of his way to make a special drink for the guy who got sick, which made he feel better. The whole check in process was very smooth, and when we were ready to head to our cottage, we were escorted there and shown everything we needed to know.

Cottage: We were in cottage M (Mele), which is the one we would have picked if we could have reserved a specific cottage in advance. So we were very excited when we found out we were put in this cottage. The person showing us the cottage said he felt it was the best cottage in the whole resort, and it was everything we expected it to be. The view was superb, and the plunge pool was awesome. The water temperature in the pool was perfect, and was warmer than the ocean. We spent every afternoon in our plunge pool. The only slight complaint I have is that the mattresses on the bed could be a little more comfortable.

Beach: Everyone knows about the stairs, and if you have done your research then you have no right to complain about them. We knew we would need to go up and down the stairs, and had no issues with it. The beach itself was wonderful in the morning. Very quiet and serene. We spent a lot of time lying on the beach with our bucket of Piton beer. Good stuff that beer, and goes down so easy.

If you want to snorkel off the beach, then go to the right side of the cove because there is much more over there. We saw lots of fish and even a sea turtle.

We also did some kayaking, and if you are up for an adventure, there are some private beaches to be found about 15-20 minutes south of Ti Kaye.

Once the afternoon comes around, the boats start to pull in. If it is cruise ship day as Wednesday and Thursday were during our stay then the beach gets very crowded. At one time we counted six catamarans in the cove at one time. This did not bother us as we just moved from the beach to our private plunge pool in the afternoons.

Food: We had no complaints about the food at all. Breakfast was great each morning, and I ordered an omelet each morning. There are also other hot and cold choices to choose from as well. All our lunches were down at the beach restaurant where we had sandwiches with the local chips which were great,

Dinner each night was wonderful. One thing I liked about the service was that it was very laid back. I never felt like we were being rushed. Some might take it as slow service, but I felt my food was getting time to digest between courses. So many times in the States, your main course comes up very soon after the appetizer, and I liked eating at a relaxed pace. I would definitely recommend the Voodoo Chocolate for dessert.

Wednesday night was the manager's cocktail party from 6:30 to 7:30 followed by the buffet dinner. It was pretty much open bar with all you could drink wine and rum punch as well as finger foods. This was a good chance to meet and talk with other guests. We ended up eating dinner that night with another couple we had just met (Hi Tina and Mike) and had a great time. The buffet itself was great followed by the fun dancing afterword to the local band where all the staff joined in. We ended up closing down the bar that night with some other couples, and only left when they turned out the lights on us.

Tours: We did two tours with Serenity Tours. A private land and sea tour and the zip line tour.

While expensive, the private land and sea tour was the highlight of our trip. John and Sherma picked us up promptly at 9am. We knew immediately that we were among friends, and we all hit it off from the start. We started off with a stop at Plas Kasav to see how the bread was made, and then headed in Canaries where I had the chance to mangle the Creole language by trying to order two loafs of bread with butter. The fresh bread was delicious.

We then proceeded deep into the rainforest where John took us to a very private waterfall. He gave us all the time we wanted to swim and enjoy ourselves. After that we headed to the volcano where we had our own private tour, which was pretty cool.

Lunch was at the very good Beacon restaurant overlooking the Pitons. We could not have asked for a better view or food. John and Sherma joined us, and we all had a good time.

Next the sea portion began, and we made two snorkel stops as well as the stops at the bat cave and the tunnel of love. I would definitely recommend snorkeling at Anse Chastanet, as there were lots of fish that were quite different than what we saw at Ti Kaye.

We then got off in Rodney Bay where John and Sherma took us all over the northern part of the island. It is amazing how much more developed this part of the island is compared to the south. It is almost a different world up there. We also got to meet John and Sherma’s family, and everyone was very nice.

After a very rewarding day where we felt we got to know the culture and people of the island, we returned to Ti Kaye exhausted at 6pm.

The next day John personally picked us up for our zip line tour. It was about an hour drive, and he got us there between the cruise ship crowds. This meant that it was just my wife and me at each tower. We were finished in no time, and it was a blast. There were 7 towers in all, but John said they would have about 13 before the end of summer. After a snack of some awesome Creole bread, John drove us through Dennery before dropping us back at Ti Kaye at 12:30.

I cannot recommend Serenity enough. They really took care of us from start to finish and we truly felt like we were part of the family by the time we left. Tell them Matt and Karen said “Hi”, and be sure to ask Sherma how much she likes pork. :)

Bugs: I think I got bit no more than three times the whole trip., and I think those bites happened the night we went down to the beach about dusk. The first couple nights I put repellant on my ankles, but after that I figured I did not need it for dinner.

Weather: We had some showers one morning, but they cleared out pretty quickly. Every now and then we would get an afternoon shower, but the rain was gone pretty quickly. Even after the rain it was never humid because there was always a nice breeze blowing to cool things down.

Resort Overall: The place is just quiet and beautiful. I really have no complaints. Katie, the manager, went out of her way to talk to everyone each night and seemed genuinely happy to talk to everyone. She never came across as just going through the motions.

They are currently in the process of building the spa which will have a jacuzzi overlooking the ocean as well as massage rooms, and some other amenities. They are also going to be putting in a tennis court before the end of the year as well. Apparently Katie and the chef are big tennis players.

As has been mentioned in previous posts, this is not a resort for a couple that wants to party the night away. Once again, if you’ve done your homework, you know this going in and have no reason to be disappointed. With the exception of the Wednesday night cocktail party everyone pretty much went back to their cottage after dinner. This is place to come and relax, which is exactly what my wife and I wanted to do.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2008

What a beautiful resort Ti Kaye. From the moment the plane landed we loved Saint Lucia. First impressions are everything and to be greeted by smiling, cheerful staff at the airport was great, from the immigration officers to the people outside who helped us find the driver from Ti Kaye!

It is a bit of a rough ride from the airport, but the views along the way are worth it. The resort itself is beautiful, a great bar and restaurant area and as for the pool.....clean, cool and deserted! Whilst the more active guests took themselves off each day to the beach, diving or on trips, we happily sat by the pool chilling out.

The staff could not make you feel more at home, they remember your names from day one and cannot do enough for you. We got engaged on our second night at the resort and the staff were great, they arranged Champagne at the table and made us feel very special.

The rooms are very nice, simple but very comfortable. We had a standard room, without a pool and it was very comfortable, large bed with mosquito net, great outdoor shower and cleaned to an excellent standard each day.

The restaurant was beautiful, overlooking the sea and very cool. Good choices in the evening although the lunch menu was limited and offered the same meals each day with truly huge portions, ....we ended the holiday by sharing a lunch each day! It was nice that the food in the evenings had a distinctly local flavour, was well cooked and you never felt rushed.

A must during a vist to Ti Kaye is to take a water taxi at sunset to the Rainforest Hideaway restaurant in Marigot Bay, about 20 minutes away. The journey is great and the food fantastic. Also the Friday Night Fish Fry at the local village is great fun.

The resort had a great range of wine and some terrific cocktails although failing that, the Piton beer is perfect, especially during Happy Hour! The only downside with the restaurant, the piped music.....I must have heard every Beatles song on the Pan Pipes by the end of our stay!

The beach (when we went) was nice, although the charter boats crammed with people could be annoying. Not the sandy, clear watered oasis that we wanted but ok nevertheless. Remember to time your arrival at the top of the 163 steps for Happy Hour....you will need a drink!

To summarise, a beautiful resort, well run with friendly attentive staff. Perfect for a couple who want to chill out or have some adventure. Defiantly the closest to paradise we have come.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 28, 2008

This is a true diamond of a place. It is a bit of a rough ride from the airport, but once you get there, it is incredible. We stayed in room "G" which had a private deck and private swimming pool.The hammock was great. The shrubs and vegetation gave it excellent privacy. The room was simple but nice with a large bed with a mosquito net. Our A/C worked well to cool the room. The outside shower was very cool and pleasant. There was a small refigerator in the room stocked with drinks and snacks at very reasonable prices. We even ordered some local chocolate.

The restaraunt was excellent. We were on a food plan that covered most of our meals. The food there was excellent, really and truly excellent with new menu choices every day. Furthermore, the food reflected local cuisine but in very creative and tasty combinations/presentations. They even made us a dinner of our choosing (anything we asked for) and brought it to our room one night. The piton beer is good as were the mixed drinks.

The beach there was very secluded and private with actually pretty good snorkeling. Sometimes there were cruise boats in the distance that you could see/hear, but not too bad. There was a small bar and snorkeling shack on the beach but I understand they have expanded and now there is a restaraunt on the beach too. There were never more than a few other guests on the beach and a few locals with their kids on the other side of the beach.

We ate out once at LaDera. Ladera is not as good as tikaye. There is a water taxi that leaves from the beach, we visited a mall and ate out at a place called Froggie Jacks that was good. There is also a night-
time ocean boat ride we took that was pleasant although it started raining, but we got a great ocean view of the resort which was pretty cool.

We hired a taxi for the day and regret it. We visited the springs and city, but feel we wasted a day and would rather have just stayed at tikaye, it is so much nicer and better than anything you will see or eat in the cities/villages.

  • Stayed: October 2003, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 25, 2008

TI KAYE VILLAGE
We looooooved Ti Kaye! We were there for the first 4 days of our honeymoon in cottage “L” (ocean front with plunge pool)

Pros:
-We felt that our cottage was very private and it also had an amazing view!!
-Very intimate and romantic
-Small resort so the staff learns your name and makes you feel special!
-Great for relaxing
-Most everyone is friendly
-Air conditioning!!!
-Good Food
-Happy Hour Prices! (Buy one get one free)
-The manager’s party with band was really fun (once a week)
-There was a hammock and rocking chairs on our porch that we loved to hang out in

Cons:
-The beach wasn’t impressive…. Lots of locals and other resort people came while we were there
-The walk up the stairs from the beach seriously sucks
-Sand gets HOT -wear flip flops
-The road to Ti Kaye is every bit as curvy as everyone says- definitely take some Dramamine- even if you don’t get car sick normally!
-Ti Kaye is very secluded (which is a good and bad thing) but if you want to leave the resort, it is very expensive and takes a while to get anywhere
-While the food was excellent, the lunch menu wasn’t overly impressive because it was the same everyday and quite expensive! Dinner was always good, although there is only the one restaurant where the menu changes so choices are quite limited.

Activities we did while we were at Ti Kaye:
- Ti Kaye was great for relaxing!!
- Scuba diving- great experience! Everyone was very friendly, and we went with only one other couple, so we felt like a lot of attention was paid to us. We dove at Key Hole Pinnacles and Anse Chastanet Reef- both of which were cool.
- Ziplining- very unique activity. I’m glad we did it, although it was a LONG drive (I think almost an hour and a half) each way and then only 45 mins at the ziplining. Overall, I would say that if you have the extra time and money, then do the ziplining, but it is not a must-do.
- Took a water taxi to Marigot Bay to eat at the Rainforest Hideaway- this was awesome!! Such a cool experience! (it was expensive though, $80 for the water taxi, and then probably $125 on dinner without drinks)
- Snorkeled in front of Ti Kaye- this was okay, snorkeling sucks if you are a scuba diver, plus we ran into some small jelly fish that stung us, so we quickly got out of the water. It felt like a bee sting.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 25, 2008

We picked Ti Kaye (tee ki) as our place to get married! We arrived on a Monday, with a quick pickup from the airport and a nice little trip to the resort! The road to the resort is not as bad as other reviews make it out to be - we were expecting much worse!
We stayed in 'Awa' (meaning 'no') and it was fabulous! One of the best parts of the trip is waking up to the birds in the morning and the awesome views of your private porch (hammock is awesome,too!).

Breakfast is amazing! Lunch at the beach bar is very good, as well -however breakfast and dinner are so filling we typically just shared a lunch. Dinner was AWESOME! We had a private dinner the night before we left and it was great!

Although the wedding could have been organized a bit better, overall it was great. We had an AWESOME photographer - Roger from Reflections (www.reflectionsphotoandvideo.com). We are very pleased with our pictures & he was a pleasure to be around. He stayed for at least 4 hours taking pictures with us! My flowers were beautiful, the rum cake was great, and overall it worked out well!

As far as excursions - we went on the Castries trip which isn't amazing but I'm glad I went. It's nice just to get a feel for the city and do some shopping. We went on the Land & Sea tour which was worth going on. We tried hanging out as much as possible, however, at the resort because it was just so great. Snorkeling there is awesome and the kayaking was great too! The fish fry is a must!

The staff of Ti Kaye really made our trip! They are so nice and very genuine about it. We wanted some St. Lucian music to bring home and Pilgrim (bartender) even took his own personal time out to get some for us and bring it back to the resort.

We met some of the best people while on our trip - which made it even better!

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 23, 2008

My husband and I were at Ti Kaye May 3-10 and loved everything about it. Our search for the perfect Caribbean vacation is now over. After we got to Ti Kaye and saw that we were in a unique private tropical paradise, we decided to not leave resort at all for any activities so we could have a totally relaxing week of R&R. It is even more isolated and beautiful than in the web site photos. The new manager Katie Roziak is the best---always a huge smile and she and the staff all knew our first names!---the manager's cocktail party on Wednesday night before delicious huge buffet is excellent----a great way to meet your fellow guests. Ti Kaye attracts a very congenial group---people who don't need the pretentiousness of a Ritz Carlton, yet it is more quietly luxurious than eco-resorts we've visited. We are in our early 50s, and have been married for over 30 years, but we loved talking with all the young honeymooners as well as people our age (hi Fran & John!). We were so glad we had a plunge pool---we used it all the time after the heat of the beach. Our oceanfront cottage was beautiful. Loved outdoor shower. Cottages are so cleverly sited as to be very private. We never thought of putting on the AC, the ceiling fan and nighttime breezes were perfect, with doors wide open to our porch. Mosquito netting kept out any bugs and is so charming. We didn't see any bug pests at all, only geckos which we love. We could hear the surf at night on the cliffs, then in the morning we watched the local fishermen in their wooden boats standing rod straight eyeing their nets. Landscaping and flowers are beautiful, hummingbirds everywhere---so nice gardeners use machetes rather than power lawn tools--we have enough noise pollution in US. Food is fabulous--I needed the 166 steps up from beach for exercise. When Katie found out my husband is a vegetarian, the chef made him something special each night. We loved the free breakfasts (huge) and then ordered cheese/cracker and fruit plates & beer for lunch to be delivered to our room refrigerator--and it was always waiting when we got back up from the beach. Loved the free kayak use---maybe buy a few more double kayaks. Terry at the beach is wonderful, as is beach bar staff led by Karen. Try their fresh vegetable chips. At Ti Kaye it's so nice not to be nickel and dimed or have to pay and tip to have a beach umbrella/chair set up. You can lock your wallets and passports in the room safe and not touch them all week. We spent mornings and late afternoons on the beach (sand is hot, take flip-flops, hats, and sunscreen), by the time the catamarans came from Carnival cruise ships, we were up on our porch sitting in our rockers (with footstools!) and it was great entertainment to watch. We loved hearing the conch shells blowing. The local people selling things on the beach were fine by us--not as aggressive as we've seen on other islands, and we did buy some souvenirs for our kids. Locals do very well when the cruise ship people come in, so they don't hassle Ti Kaye guests if you're not interested. Just say no thanks. I loved seeing the local people play soccer, barbecue and nap on Sunday at the beach, it's their island after all. The natural beauty all around you on this beach cannot be over emphasized---where else can you sit on the beach and as far as you can see it is forest on all sides, there are no other resorts anywhere near Ti Kaye. Beach was very clean, and there is always a quiet security presence, very discreet but reassuring at night on beach and around the cottages. Things I'm very glad we brought that I'd seen suggested on Trip Advisor: binoculars, our own snorkels,masks,fins, bug repellant for evenings, a citronella candle (they had 1, but 2 were nice), wooden clothes pins for clothesline in garden shower (I left mine). Dinner dress suggestions are nice--wouldn't it bring down the mood to have a guy in a baseball cap turned backwards and a tank top? For women simple sundresses or casual skirts or capris suffice. My husband wore Bermuda shorts and tropical shirts. No one wore anything too dressy. I didn't even wear all the clothes I brought because we lived in our bathing suits. Next time I would just bring another bathing suit cover-up or two for variety. It is hot and you don't even need a sweater (except for the plane). During our week the fitness center was under renovation (and a cliffside spa is being built!) but the office gave my husband some free weights, and for exercise he swam across the little bay. Ti Kaye's secret weapon is the well-trained, totally professional staff---next time we'll do a wine-tasting with Cleus, everyone loved it. Thanks to Dina, Gus, Pilgrim, and others whose names I wish I could remember for dining room and bar service, and for always reminding us to make our dinner reservations. We still chuckle over the way Dina said to my husband, "Are you innocent?" since we were in Cottage I for Innosant! Airport drivers are fabulous---if you think you'll feel carsick on their roller coaster ride, just ask to sit in the front seat and it's fine. Our only caveat---music at dinner was usually canned pop music from States---please have more live local music bands like on Sat. and Wed. nights, or even recorded Caribbean music. We only hated to leave this perfect little paradise. We'll be back.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 14, 2008

We stayed at Ti Kaye for our honeymoon trip from May 3-10, flying from Oklahoma. It was absolutely fabulous and incredibly beautiful. We splurged on a room with a plunge pool, and were very pleased with that decision...it was so refreshing to jump in after an afternoon at the beach. We also enjoyed getting in at night to watch the bats fly around. I highly recommend it!

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: P.O. Box GM 669, Anse Cochon, St. Lucia
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Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Anse la Raye Quarter > Anse Cochon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Anse Cochon
Price Range: $196 - $503 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ti Kaye Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 33
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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