My husband and I stayed with Ti Kaye two weeks ago for our honeymoon. Overall, we found Ti Kaye to be private, quiet, relaxing, and wonderful, just what we wanted for our honeymoon. Your cottage is very private, there are a few points on the porch where you can see other people's porches, but it's not obtrusive. We spent a majority of our time on the porch because it rained 3 out of the 6 days we were there. Be warned, it will rain every day in St. Lucia. Most days, its a quick 5 minute shower, and then its over. But during the rainy season, which started on our visit, it pours for days at a time. Locals told us it wasn't normal for it to rain that much this early, but boy, did it rain. The hammock was a wonderful place to read and cuddle and watch the ocean, definitely big enough for two. We played cards a lot in the rocking chairs on the porch as well. We also had the plunge pool- I loved it. It has 3 steps and then the rest slants down, its about 6 feet across and 4 ft deep at the end. It was refreshing to hang out in, and the views of the ocean were incredible.
The cottages were very nice. The beds have mosquito netting that will wrap all around to keep the bugs out while you sleep and to provide a nice romantic atmosphere. Thats about all that is in the room, besides a bedside table on either side of the bed and the mini fridge. There is a closet and the bathroom, both off of this room. The closet was nice to store all our luggage in, so it wasnt just laying in the floor. The bathroom had a toilet, sink and a mirror- and it led out into the famous garden shower. The shower was very nice- lots of plants, and it was fun to watch the sky while showering. We always had a few visitors- lizards and frogs, both inside and out. It is inevitable. You will have bugs and wildlife in your room. If that is not for you, do not stay here. However, they are harmless and it's an interesting and fun experience. Speaking of wildlife- the birds can get out of control. They will hound you for any scrap of food, and they love to eat off the tables at breakfast and lunch. My recommendation: don't let them. They will pester you to death.
Speaking of meals, it is a leisurely dining experience. There are three choices for appetizer, main course, and dessert for dinner. Plan to stay for at least an hour and a half. The food is worth it, and they often have live music (which can be a touch too loud for dinnertime conversation) but entertaining nonetheless. The staff is excellent, they knew us by name and gave us hugs when we left. It was fun to talk with them and share stories. Breakfast and lunch are one set menu every day. At breakfast, which is all free, you have a buffet with cereals, danishes, and lots of fruit and fruit juices, and you get to pick from one of 4 different styles of hot plates or omelets. Lunch is one set menu with a variety of choices. I would choose a meal plan to not have to worry about what you eat. I wanted to try a variety of things, so we both got an appetizer, main course, and dessert at each meal. No, we didnt eat all the food- it's hearty delicious portions, but it was nice to have tried many different things. Most of the food has a spicy carribean flare, but there is always one choice that is sans spice. It was all delicious. You MUST make reservations for dinner. Usually 8 is the best time to go, you seem to get served the fastest then. Dinner is the main event of the night, so enjoy it!!
We opted for the massage in the room, which I thorougly enjoyed but my husband did not. They come and set up the tables in your room, and you come in a towel and they work their magic. You are greasy and oily after, so plan to take a shower. We also took the trip to Soufreire, pronounced Soo-fray. We saw the Pitons, the volcano, and Diamond Waterfalls, as well as the botanical gardens. Don't forget to bring small bills to tip your tour guides and transportation- they work hard for it. Don't plan on shopping in Soufreire- selections are limited. I heard Castries is a wonderful place to shop, but we never made it there. We also signed up for the Sunset Cruise, but the night we planned to go, it was raining so hard there was no sunset. We opted to take a nap instead.
The beaches are silver sand, and boy can they get hot. When you have to stand on the sand, dig down to the black, moist sand and you can stand on that for a while. They have staff there to set up your chairs and umbrellas, which I definitely recommend. Not only is it blazing hot, so the umbrellas provide some relief from the heat, for the brief 5 minute downpours, they are nice to keep dry. The rain can be quite cold, and it blows in under the umbrella, so take it down off the stand and hold it as close to you as possible until the shower is over. Its worth it not to have to go back up the steps. Coming down isn't bad, but plan to stay the whole day. About half way back up, it hits you! The beach bar is wonderful, but slower than anything. It takes a LONG time to get your food, but it too is worth it not to have to go back up. They take meal vouchers if you opted for a meal plan.
If you got a package with the Fruit and Wine basket, get it early. It has many of the mini bar items in it, and it is nice to snack on and see what you like to order more. You can personalize the mini bar with drinks and food for very reasonable prices, and its nice to have a snack between lunch and dinner. You turn in a sheet at Breakfast with what you want and they bring it that afternoon and bill it to the room. Very nice. The roads are very long, narrow and winding, and people use their horns for everything. To say hello, to let people know youre coming, to let someone know you're passing them, to let someone know they are in your way- you honk your horn. Its not unusual to see goats napping in the road and horses and cows tied to a tree on the side of the street. Everything is green and lush and beautiful- I'm guessing it's from the rain!!
We had a wonderful time, and it was so relaxing and peaceful. We returned home rested. it was worth the long travel it took to get there, and we would recommend it to anyone. Just beware of the rainy season- if you go then and are expecting sunshine, you will be dissapointed!! :-D
- 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