My husband and I chose Ti Kaye Village for the first week of our honeymoon after being unable to reach anyone at Stonefield to make a reservation - and we couldn't be happier that it worked out that way.
Upon arrival at the airport we were greeted by one of the resorts drivers. Our luggage hadn't made it, so he helped us talk to the attendant to locate our luggage and arrange for it to be delivered. The trip to the resort was windy. Our confirmation said that the "last two miles are quite bumpy", and this was so true! We were glad that they had let us know, or we may have been worried that we were headed in the wrong direction. Since we arrived late and the retaurant was closed, the hotel placed a cheese plate and a couple of local beers (on the house) in our room. They also provided us with a couple of t-shirts and personal hygened items for us to use while waiting for our luggage.
We can't say enough about how friendly the staff at TiKaye is, and how beautiful the location is. The rooms are quaint and very clean. The grounds are well kept, and the views are spectacular. Our cottage was very private, even though it was a duplex, and we loved the outdoor garden shower. Our bed was strewn with flower petals, and everything you might need was accounted for. We loved the option to stock our own minibar from the list provided (just drop it off at the desk before breakfast). Air conditioning is available if you want it, but the cool breezes blowing through the french doors and plantation style shutters were enough for us to be comfortable.
There is a outdoor "lounge" area with television, games, and books you can borrow, a lovely restaurant with stunning views, and a small "beach bar" style restaurant on the beach. A pool area overlooking the water is available for those who aren't inclined to make the 166 stair hike down to the water-front, although we recommend that you do. The beach is small, and the sand isn't the pristine white sand that you would expect in the carribean, but it was clean and well kept. There are plenty of loungers with umbrellas and "boxes" that serve as storage and a table top for your "bucket of pitons". The beach front staff take good care of you, and the only detraction is the locals who hang out on the beach front and try to sell you conch shells and necklaces. We could have done without "Rock Bottom" and his friend "Lucky Seven". Lucliky, they don't bother you too much once they realize that you're not interested in what they're selling.
The staff at Ti Kaye is exceptional, and really made us feel like family. Everyone there remembered our names, and we fell in love with Gus, Fermansha, Florina, and the rest of the staff. They were always smiling, and treated us like royalty. We found ourselves looking forward to seeing them at breakfast and dinner.
The restaurant was great, and offered a variety of choices for lunch and dinner that changed daily. Breakfast was a set menu, but the options were enough to provide a good variety. We loved the buffet with fresh tropical fruits and exotic juices. Definitely try the "St Lucian Breakfast" - it's wonderful! Because of the location, eating away from the resort can be a challenge. Taxis are pricey, and are often more than the price of your meal. Because of this, you could be limited to the resorts restaurant, which we found to be a bit pricey - typically around $25 per plate for dinner, and half that for lunch. Be prepared to spend quite a bit on food. The "catch of the day" had no variety - it was Mahi Mahi every night we were there - but always very well prepared.
We booked the Lanmou Package, and felt this was a great value. The wine and fruit basket at sunset was very romantic, and we enjoyed sitting on our porch watching the gorgeous sunset. The wine was quite good for a house wine, and the basket was enough for us to snack on for the next two days. The trip to Castries for shopping was probably our least favorite outing. Castries was dirty, and the markets didn't offer much that I was interested in, or willing to pay "tourist" prices for. We were offered drugs three times in two hours while walking around, and pan-handlers were everywhere. We had lunch at the Coal Pot, which was good, but a bit pricey and pretentious. I wouldn't have minded, but after taking a water taxi and walking around Castries in the heat, I wasn't too prepared for a high end eating establishment. I would have preferred a low-key spot with local food at that point in time. The massages were very relaxing, but we felt a bit exposed since they gave us only bath towels as cover during the massage. The Land and Sea tour was the highlight of our stay, and I could write a whole review just on that - definitely not to be missed.
In addition, we took advantage of the complimentary kayaks that could be signed out at the beach front, and rented snorkeling gear. The snorkeling around TiKaye is said to be some of the best in the island, and we really enjoyed it. The cruise ships carted their occupants to the cove each afternoon, so if you're planning on snorkeling go early to beat the crowds. We rented a jeep for 2 days, and it was a great value and a great way to see the island. You can rent a jeep for an entire day for the cost of a single cab ride to Soufriere. A word of caution - the roads are windy and the locals drive a little crazy - but if you're the adventurous type it's definitelty the way to go. A must see is Pigeon Island.
We would recommend Ti Kay to anyone who's planning to visit St Lucia, and plan to return ourselves for an anniversary.
- 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