After much research on-line, my husband and I stayed at TiKaye for 4 nights after my sister-in-law's wedding at another resort on the island. We were here with in-laws, and had an adjoining room with them, which worked out perfectly. I think that I can speak for us all when I say that we truly enjoyed our vaction here. Even my in-laws in their late 50's and early 60's enjoyed the tranquil environment, and were able to brave the long stairs to the beach quite easily. Although, on one or two occassions, they did mention feeling a little out of place, noticeably being the oldest people at the resort, which does seem to attract younger honeymooning couples. Some comments perhaps not mentioned in other reviews:
FOOD: Collectively, we found that the food was often a little more spicy than we would have liked, especially at dinners. The $10 breakfast buffet was very good, offering just what you would want and expect at a vacation breakfast (especially for the price) - fresh omlette station, some buffet choices (meats, vegetables, pancakes), standard breakfast pastries, cereals, juices, etc. Lunch down by the beach bar was very good, and portions were large enough to share, especially if you were planning a larger dinner. Dinner at the main restaurant was very good also, especially since the menu changed every night, and offered variety.
CREOLE NIGHT: We were a little intimidated about the Wednesday night Creole night buffet at $35 US per person, since (as mentioned above) we're not huge fans of spicy foods. But, without any other options convenient (taxi rides to other locations are rather expensive and lengthy), we gave it a try, and were all pleasantly surprised. The complimentary cocktails on the yoga deck before the dinner allowed us to mingle with other couples at the resort (although my in-laws had much less in common with the other guests, and mainly stayed to themselves) as well as speak with the uber-friendly staff, who really did get to know everyone's name by the 2nd day! And, after the dinner, the live band steps it up a notch to play more lively and fun music to dance to. Seeing my in-laws to the dollar dance here was worth the price of admission! :)
MINI-BAR SERVICE: We were very pleasantly surprised to learn that the items offered in the mini-bar to be quite reasonably priced for a resort -- $3.50 for a beer, $2 or $3 for snacks of crackers, peanuts, $2 or $3 for bottled water, etc. We found it convenient to order some items before heading out for the day and have them in our room for a snack upon our return mid-afternoon.
THE ROOMS: Our adjoining room was spacious, well-appointed and well-maintained. I was a little nervous at first about the outdoor showers since I was the one who booked the hotel and wasn't sure how my in-laws would take to that idea. It was a big hit, and everyone really enjoyed them! The shower is located in a small (10x10) outdoor room with very high walls (12 feet high) and palm trees, so it is very private. One item that would have been appreicated in the rooms is screens on the windows. St. Lucia seems to be overrun by mosquitos (I was bitten from head to toe), and it would have been nice to open the jaoulise windows without fear of letting in the insects. We kept our windows closed and turned on the air conditioner, but it would have been nice for some natural ventilation sans bugs. One other note about the adjoining rooms -- we could hear muffled conversations from one unit to the next, which wasn't really a bother for us, but could put a damper on your privacy depending on who stays next door.
SNORKELING: This is without question the best snorkeling that I have EVER experienced! My husband and I rented the snorkel gear from the dive shop for a day ($13 per person per day), and spent almost the whole day exploring the undersea world at TiKaye's beach. Get out there early in the morning to avoid the boats that come to the bay bringing flocks of people from other resorts and to see the best fish. In our day, besides the typical reef fish (very beautiful and colorful in their own right), we saw a large sea turtle, school of squid, sea snakes, and picked up a starfish that we saw about 10'-0" down (we put him back). The north side of the bay is much more plentiful of fish than the south side, which tends to be murky after a heavy rainstorm. We were told that there is a wreck that sunk in the middle of the bay 60'-0" down where you can dive, but we didn't venture out there with our snorkel gear. This may be a great place to learn to dive if you feel ready!
SECLUSION: This place is extremely, extremely secluded from almost everything else on the island, which is, in my opinion, both its appeal and downfall. This is the absolutely perfect place to go if you just want to get away from it all and relax, as everything you could want is right here at your fingertips. However, if you'd like to see any of the sights on the island, you're in for a long ride from this place. We all tried ziplining (very fun -- highly recommend) while we were staying here, and found the drive to the ziplining park to be about 1-1/2 hours each way. Even the closest town, Marigot Bay, where we visited the Rainforest Hideaway for dinner, was about 25 minutes by land taxi (and $25 per person round trip). If you're going to go somewhere and stay put, this resort is great, but if you want some adventure in your trip, it may be a bit inconvenient.
THE ROAD: Yes, the road is bumpy and unpaved, and takes about 10 minutes to get to the resort once you turn off the main road. Maybe I was prepared for this since I'd read other people's accounts prior to going, but I got used to it after awhile, and found that it added to the sense of adventure. Just think of the experience as though you're on "safari in the rainforest," and you may even get into it.
I'd be very happy to come back to this hotel with my husband for a nice relaxing long weekend. What a wonderful, laid-back and unpretentious place to unwind. Keep up the good work, TiKaye, and we look forward to our return visit!
- 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