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“Ti kaye and Island Divers Jan 2005” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ti Kaye Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Anse Cochon
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England
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“Ti kaye and Island Divers Jan 2005”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2005

Have just returned from our second trip to Ti Kaye. Everything was as good as last year - if not better! Most of our stay was occupied with diving. The dive centre Island Divers at the resort is excellent. Very friendly and efficient service - we dived with a maximum of 6 other divers (but often just 3) which gave great flexibility in the schedule. We did our PADI Advanced Open Water certificate with Scuba Steve and had a great time! If you want to dive they will fit you into the activities - but we recommend an email to let them know your plans. Thanks to Terroll, George and Steve - See you next year!

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Holly Springs, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2005

Went to Ti Kaye Village for our Honeymoon. It was perfect in so many ways. First of all, the reviews you read before you go paint a true picture. We felt like we arrived at a place we had already been to and we felt confident that there would be no scary surprises. We were right. That is the beauty of the internet these days and a user-review driven site like TripAdvisor.

After some flight problems in San Juan, we didn't arrive
until midnight, but they had someone waiting to show us into our
cottage. Since it was dark, we couldn't really take in the scene upon
arrival, but we awoke the next morning to......the beautiful caribbean
right in front of us! Advice: Although it's true, all cottages have an
unobstructed view of the ocean, I would still recommend that you secure an upgrade to an ocean front cottage. For the extra 20 bucks a night, it is SO worth it. The big difference is that it is just you and the
water, and you can't really see anyone else. Whereas with the ocean
VIEW cottages, people can see into your cottage and you also have
others in your view when you are sitting on your veranda.

This place truly is for honeymooners. There were never more than 20 or so people at the resort the entire 8 days we were there and many were honeymooners. No kids, no singles, no cheesy spring break
activities - romance, beautiful scenery, relaxation are the big selling
points here. Good Tip: As soon as you arrive, read the resort's info
booklet that should be on your bedside table. It gives you lots of
valuable info about your stay (dining hours, policies, tipping advice,
excursion scheduling, etc.) It answers many questions that you might
find yourself calling the office about otherwise and/or not even know
or think about.

About the restaurant/food - it was pretty good. Most of the time it was presented and tasted very nice. Variety was lacking a
bit though. I would suggest trying whatever fish or seafood
entree is offered nightly, as seafood seems to be a forte on this
island. Stay away from the chicken, it is not like American
chicken.

More Advice - Bring the right clothes! No matter what time of
year, it is always going to be in the 70's/80's and the humidity makes it
feel hotter. Don't even bother (like I did) with any long sleeve
shirts. They will be a waste of space in your suitcase. If it makes you
feel better to pack one long sleeve T or light sweatshirt, feel free.
But I doubt you'll ever feel like putting it on, even at night. It will
only make you sweat.

The beach and the entire island is beautiful. Don't expect bright white sand and bright blue water like you may see in a corona beer commercial. This island is more like a tropical rainforest kind of vibe. The beach at Ti Kaye made us feel like we were on the TV show "Survivor," set against a Jurassic Park backdrop. The water, however, is very warm!! So spend lots of time in it!

More Advice - Get massages at sunset on your private veranda!! This
was the highlight of our honeymoon. We had 2 massages included in our honeymoon package and quickly scheduled 2 more for a couple days later. Schedule them for just before sunset and when the girls come, have them do them outside. Soothing couples massage on your private veranda, sun setting, caribbean water softly lapping against the shore below - this was straight out of a movie!

Ask the staff about anything you need. They are there to help. It is a very chilled-out vibe at the resort which can sometimes come across as the staff not attending to your needs. But that's not really the case. If you ask them questions/requests, they are more than happy to help with anything. Otherwise, they will let you do your own thing.

More advice - If you have your own snorkelling gear, bring it. We did and then we could go anytime we wanted! The reef on the right side of the cove at Ti Kaye is beautiful!! That's why you'll sometimes see Sandals and other groups come into Ti Kaye's cove for snorkelling and scuba.

Some final tips - We bought some coconut rum at the airport in San Juan and kept it in our fridge. It is nice to come up from the beach every afternoon and chill out before dinner in your hammock or rocking chair with a book and a cool tropical cocktail! Also, try the "Nuts 'n Rum" drinks at the bar - it is a peanut butter punch that is a St. Lucia
special! Definitely go to Soufriere for the Land & Sea Tour and I also
suggest the Anse La Raye Friday night seafood festival, but Don't drink
the spiced rum - it's nasty and you don't know what might be in it. Go
out on excursions a couple days to see some other parts of the island,
but make sure you spend plenty of days relaxing. Remember, that is what you're there for.

A paradise we will never forget!

  • Stayed October 2004
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mass
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2005

We spent our honeymoon at Tikaye in March of 2004. I called ahead to make sure that as two women, we would not be treated badly (other parts of the Carribean can range from uncomfortable to dangerous). Once there, we were delighted by the staff and by the other guests - couples and families alike. The food was good to excellent, and although people complain about the bugs, we didn't have a problem. Our cottage was spotless, the beach pristine (all 120+steps down to it were good excercise) and the vendors were respectful. We would definitely go back there. The only tough thing about it was the ride to and from - because the roads are poor, and it is so remote, it was a nauseating two hour rollercoaster ride to and from the airport. We went to Castries one afternoon, which was safe and interesting, but spent the majority of the trip at the beach, at the pool, or on our private porch overlooking the ocean and enjoying the hammock. The outdoor shower, surrounded by fragrant flowers, was amazing. We even had a massage in our room. I can't say enough about the place, both for the tranquility and for the sense of peace and quiet, and we also found that the other guests were delightful. Great place to experience the Carribean for the first time -and we will go back!

  • Stayed March 2004
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2005

Jeannine the Manager, Nicolas the owner and Chef Paul do a fantastic job. This was my second New Year's Eve celebration at Ti Kaye and I will definately return. The attention to detail was incredible. The staff are very friendly and well trained and the overall feel of the resort lends to a relaxing vacation. I highly recommend this resort. Keep up the great work guys!

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2005

We spent New Years 2002 at Ti Kaye Village Resort and STILL talk about it as one of our best vacations ever. Excellent food. Fabulous cabins, some with private plunge pools. We stayed for 10 days and loved everything about it except for the road that brings you into the resort, unpaved, VERY bumpy. Friendly staff, friendly manager, I broke a TV trying to watch the NCAA national championship and he was very polite about it. Would LOVE to return to Ti Kaye!!!

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A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2005

My wife and I spent our honeymoonin in St. Lucia at the Ti Kaye resort, Jan. 9-17. The moment we arrived we knew this was exactly the place we needed to be. Everything was fanatastic, the food, service, cottages, beach etc. However, I will warn someone to do their research before making reservations. This resort is not for everyone. It is very secluded and is rather small. It in no way resembles a large sandals resort. The wildlife such as small lizards and birds find their way into your cottage. We found this to be very neat, but some may not enjoy so much. However, each cottage can be closed to all wildlife. The cottages are spacious and very private with an unusual but exciting outdoor garden shower! The food is amazing for all meals, and the beach is beautiful, once you've descended the 200 stairs. Fortunately, we met some really great people, heard some intersting noises, and established fantastic memories all around. I would reccomend this resort to anyone who likes the outdoors and feels the need to relax. My wife and I will be returning on our next visit to St. Lucia.

With any questions email wmi76@hotmail.com

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2005

We spent the second week of our two week St. Lucia honeymoon at Ti Kaye from 11-18 November 2004. We loved it even though the weather was exceptionally rainy. We’d certainly consider staying there again if we return to St. Lucia. The value for money was good, the people were friendly and accommodating, the facilities were more than acceptable, and the food was good to great. More than half the people we met were honeymooners like ourselves. The age range was 20-somethings to vaguely-remember-being-20-somethings, like us.

Choose this resort if you want clean accommodations at a cozy and comfortable resort. Kick back on the beach. Get in a little snorkeling. Watch the party boats come and go, knowing those people wish they were you living on this beach. Take some island tours. Buy shells, necklaces, carvings, and the like from the guys on the beach. Dance at the beach bar when it’s raining and drink a cold Piton beer or two or three or more. Or better still, ask for a Green Tree Frog – super delicious frozen concoction. Warning: three of which will ruin your ability to shoot steady videos.

Don’t choose this resort if you want planned activities and want to be able to walk out of the resort to find other activities, shops, etc. Don’t choose this resort if you have trouble with stairs. It is fully 166 steep steps from beach to restaurant. If party boats (and I mean 47-foot catamarans with 50 people on board) tying up in front of you bother you, choose somewhere else. The beach is popular especially in the afternoon.

Positives:
Accommodations are bright, airy, super clean, quiet, and breed relaxation. The outdoor shower is a kick – like showering in a rainforest.

Dinner at the restaurant was always good and was occasionally exceptional. They requested you make reservations, but getting a table never proved to be a big problem even without reservations. Wine list was good. Breakfast was buffet plus made to order eggs, omelet, or pancakes. It suited us well. A sandwich at the beach bar was good for lunch. Having a “made to order” minibar in the room was nice and a smart way to handle it. We ordered in the morning and had our beer, wine and snacks waiting for us in the afternoon.

Everyone on the staff was friendly – this included the housekeepers, bartenders, waiters and waitresses, front desk staff, and the gardener. It was easy to strike up conversations with other guests and we liked several of the other couples we met.

We went to the Anse La Ray seafood night. It was a blast and easily arranged from the hotel. We also liked the “land-sea” tour during which we visited the Botanic Gardens, the volcano field, and the New Jerusalem hot spring. Walking out through the rain forest from the hot spring using banana leaves for umbrellas was just great. The shopping in Castries is OK, but really tailored to the cruise ship crowd. We were lucky the day we went: no ships were in and everything was relaxed and easy.

Two gekos that fought it out for dominance of one corner of our room -- great entertainment and they ate mosquitoes.

Good snorkeling although the water was murky several days because of the heavy rain. I still saw a turtle, an eel, and several new (for me) types of fish.

Negatives

Mosquitos were thick. Resort supplied repellant and air spray. Use it. Take some antihistamine crème along for those bites you do get. The birds were aggressive so you couldn’t leave your food (especially breakfast) unguarded. That could really bother some people, who might be worried about the hygiene problems. Personally, I worried more about whether to have another beer or head on down to the beach.

Having the party boats come in the afternoon was kind of a drag, but really the people from the boats were never a problem.

Sometimes the beach chairs weren’t available until, say, 9:30 or so in the morning. If you’re an early riser, throw your towel on the sand.

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Property: Ti Kaye Resort & Spa
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Anse Cochon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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