Irritatingly close to perfection, but not quite there.
My wife and I are simple folk, not greatly desirous of fawning service and spotless surroundings.What we did want was peace and quiet, good food, friendly people around us.
We found a friendly (if somewhat forced) greeting, a simple room, with a very comfortable bed, and excellent food and drink.
For the benefit of English readers, our room had a Kettle!!! (see photo).Tea bags (Twinings), milk, sugar and ground coffee was also provided.
Service on the first couple of days was a bit island-y. Once the guys and girls realised we were going to be around for a few days (not just a five-day long weekend), however, they seemed to open up, and while we might have arrived as rich European customers, I like to think that for some at least we left as friends.
Wine tasting - superb (as everybody else has said - the only problem now is that my wife has gained a taste for decent wines instead of her usual Asda special offer plonk - that will cost me!)
Land and Sea Tour - excellent (I think our driver made that one for us)
Scuba diving: good but not outstanding dive sites (see my review of Island Divers). Great service from the shop and the boat crew though.
Beach is not the best, but uncrowded and the vendors were good fun. Unlike others we didn't find the catamarans intrusive in the slightest.
Pool (up the 166 stairs): relaxed and empty.
Beach bar (down the 166 stairs): slow service but good food and cold beers (once we had enough ice in the bucket).
Upstairs bar: quiet and lacking in atmosphere - even for Happy Hour. (and the beers weren't that cold).
Food: great - the evening meals were simple food, but well cooked and beautifully presented. For lunch we stuck with a routine of quesadillas, tacos and wraps... didn't try the burgers etc. Breakfast: varying fruit, varying pastries and breads - cannot understand the comments form other about lack of variety. Plenty of options to order cooked stuff if desired (we didn't).
Wine: superb selection and good recommendations from the wine waiters.
The local fish fry street party was fun to visit, and the food there was good. Also nice to meet some non-Ti Kaye folk after a week of seclusion.
I won't deny it: there were a couple of service delivery errors, that caused annoyance, but they were resolved soon enough. Shouldn't have happened in the first place though: I put both down to miscommunication.
The rooms are not the cleanest in the world - the design doesn't keep out the gekkos and birds, and we did have a visit from some furry friends on the last night: but that certainly didn't spoil the experience for us in the slightest.
The outside shower I would describe as workmanlike rather than romantic. Interesting when we had a rain shower as I was washing my hair though.
Would we go back - damned right we would. If there was one simple thing we would change though, it would be to get the beer colder before serving it!
- 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