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Ti Kaye Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Anse Cochon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 November 2011

We only came here for lunch, but I can't seem to find where to post for the restaurants/beach here... though our comments may help people thinking of staying here.
Red flag day so no swimming in the sea if you drove here & what a twisty tortuous journey it is - I imagine once you're here, you don't get back in the car much to go out & adventure.
The beach is smaller than we expected, but looked cute & a few boats out in the bay must have been there for the snorkelling.
Having gone through security check to get in I was really surprised to be "welcomed" by a beach vendor the second we got out of the car, which immediately felt we couldn't just chill un-interupted. we had intended to have lunch & stay, but we decided to only eat.
the beach bar looks cute, but suffered from what so many places on this island do - the tourist only lunch, serving generic expensive food.
I got a seafood salad, which was generous in size, but made with frozen seafood. My husband alas ordered the calamari, which was the chewiest we have ever eaten - so no way of telling if it was fresh before it got cooked to death !
when we left we were both very glad that we weren't staying at this resort, though I am sure it is fine for execs who have just come to escape the rat race & pay to be in a pretty spot & not move.
I know the beaches are all public in St Lucia, although this feels like a private one were it not for the beach vendors here - the resort must know this will put their guest off using the beach !!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

My wife and I stayed a week and had the best vacation of our lives. it was in celebration of our first anniversary and my 40th birthday. Everyone went out of their ways to ensure everything was absolutely perfect for our stay. We had a cottage with a plunge pool and an unobstructed view of the sea and sunset. The restaurant food was very good. Kim did an excellent job of taking care of us!! And I can't say enough of Wally the bartender. Katie should be very proud! From the beach, to the kayaks, to the wine tasting, everything was perfect. Although the drive in was a little deceiving, this place was the perfect romantic getaway. We're only sad it had to end and are looking forward to going back.

On a side note, be sure to take in the ziplining at Treetop Adventure, climb the Gros Piton, and visit Pigeon Island. We rented our own car and had a great time touring this beautiful island. The resort did a great job in assisting us with reservations and assisting us. Plus, don't miss the fish fry in Anse La Raye on Friday night!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Scott T
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Reviewed 12 November 2011

My husband and I stayed at Ti Kaye Village on the last day of our Caribbean island-hopping honeymoon. So after having stayed at hotels in Soufriere, St Lucia as well as Guadeloupe and Antigua - Ti Kaye Village was our last stop before returning to the UK.

It was great - the hotel has a really quaint, rustic, down-to-earth feel. It is also EXCELLENT value for money compared to other hotels in St Lucia (and the Caribbean as a whole). The staff are incredibly warm and friendly. The ambiance within the hotel is really good as well. I'm not sure whether they do this for everyone - or whether they did this for us because we were honeymooning - but they decorated our room beautifully with brightly colored flower petals (check out my photos).

The rooms are large and spacious and have good air conditioning. The views are breath-taking and can be enjoyed from the spacious porch that (I think every room has). The porch features rocking chairs (ours had two) and a lovely hammock. Very romantic (provided that you slather on a bit of Deet to ward off the mosquitoes).

Another thing that I really liked about this hotel is that they actively encourage you to venture into the local markets. They organize daily trips which are well advertised and every Friday night they load up anyone who is interested on a bus to go into town for a local seafood BBQ/Grill party (that I think is called the 'Friday Fish-Fry' or something like that).

We had a comfortable, romantic, relaxing stay here and I would highly recommend it! Oh and don't miss the outdoor shower - it's brilliant - you're showering out under the stars - but you have total privacy thanks to the high walls!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 November 2011

Could not fault Ti Kaye, just wish we could have stayed longer! An absolute gem of place, beauty, tranquility, and excellent service. Wine tasting is a must...thank you for inspiring us with your passion Cleus! xx Also... if you like your diving, get yourself down to the dive shop on site and book to go down to the wreck situated in Ti Kaye bay. A great place for honey mooners and couples for romance or even those those seeking adventure. Fish Fry on Friday night is worth a visit if you like your seafood and are daring enough to try the local spiced rum (apparently has aphrodisiac qualities!). If I were ever to get married....this place would come very high on the list of places I would consider!

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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 November 2011

We stayed at TiKaye in Mid October this year, after spending a considerable amount of time reading reviews of hotels in St Lucia here on TripAdvisor. Tikaye Village ticked alot of boxes, great beach, remote location, and plenty to do on site, seemed perfect for a getaway...and to be honest we had a great time in St Lucia and at Ti Kaye, with a little work, I think the resort could be fantastic, it's a little rough around the edges, but still a great choice for a holiday... and pretty good value for money....

We organized a hotel pickup from the airport (i think around 150 USD for the return journey but i could be wrong), and the drive is about an hour and a half, Christian (our driver) was very friendly and informative about the island and was great at pointing out key sites and telling us about the history of the Island.

We also later went on a 'Land and Sea' tour of the Island with him which was ok in places, awful in others. Christian was fantastic, and an excellent guide, Our favourite here were the Botanical gardens which were particularly good, but the tour offered no time for anyone wanting to bathe in the 'magical' springs - disappointing considering the blazing humidity and heat when we visited.

The volcano stop was a 5 minute wonder (literally) and the Cocoa Plantation we went to was also similar, a 5 minute show of some cocoa beans in a drawer before a man slides around in a large bowl of goo crushing them with his feet. The highlight of this event was the fact that we got to stop and eat, and the food at this tourist trap was surprisingly good and better than that offered at the hotel. Our only other complaint here was the bus, while comfortable on our journey from the airport, when crammed full with 10 other guests we felt like sardines in a tin, and the journey was a little claustrophobic for those sitting in a row of four at the very back (us)..

Ok, back to the Hotel, on arrival were taken straight to our cottage. We didn't get a plunge pool cottage, but the Ocean View one, these were perfectly adequate, fantastic view of the sea, out door rain shower, and a wonderful large hammock on the 'secure' terrace - each terrace has a lockable door (so you have a door to terrace first, then another door the inner room/ bedroom)..

Security was important to us as we had read a few stories about issues at the hotel in the past, these unsettled us at first, and to be honest I almost considered cancelling but decided to go ahead after hearing that their security had been revamped, they have patrols at night on the beach front and the hotel road side, guard dogs and security sensors, so we felt pretty safe at night..

Despite this we chose not to wander off around towns alone at night and stuck mainly to the tours organised by the Hotel (unusual for us - as usually we like to do our own thing), for example the Fish Fry on Friday night is great and I thoroughly recommend it, the hotel provide two guides for the evening who hang around with you all night answering any questions you might have and give tips on haggling. Stein was very good here, they're not intrusive, you can find them if you need to, and they leave you free to roam the market which is pretty nice, however it was comforting to know they were there should need arise, as some areas of Anse La Raye are a little intimidating.

In fact the FCO recommends avoiding the Waterfall there (Which we did) due to a large number of armed robberies in recent years..

We tried Kayaking off to a few nearby beaches, did the sunset cruise; which while good it is worth noting this is on the dive boat and not a Yacht as we expected.

We also did the Wine tasting with Jesse/Dwight, this was his first Wine Tasting as the head Somelliear 'Cleus' was on holiday, Dwight did a great job and we had an excellent time, this was really something else, perhaps the highlight of the trip....the cellar is something out of a movie, think Pirates of the Carribean, and it was a great way to meet others holidaying at Tikaye.

The Beach is nice, but some afternoons the party boats turn up which make it a little unbearable, this wasn't really a problem for us as we usually hit the beach in the morning and went up to the pool mid afternoon. But it does kind of ruin the tranquility of the afternoon when four or five catamarans moor up each with about 80 sun burnt tourists clogging up the beach.

The hotel is quite remote, Taxi prices seem extortionate and are priced per person anywhere (as are water taxis) which seems ridiculous to be honest (that's not economics, that's extortion-imagine a cab in London where you pay per occupant), this meant we felt kind of trapped at the resort and thus forced to indulge/splurge/spend on the numerous activities on offer there - i guess that's the idea.... (not that they were all bad, but we would have liked a cheaper option to get off resort other than renting a car). The cheapest of these is the Fish Fry at 15 USD per person, but Taxis further afield were quoted as 40 USD per person and upwards.

We did get a water taxi to Marigot Bay one day (We jumped on the Castries water taxi) and the hotel offered to stop on the way at Marigot and then pick us up on the way back. Couples who went to Castries said it was not worth the visit, and a compared it to being constantly hustled wherever they went by various sellers, hawkers etc.

Marigot Bay in contrast was nice, although pretty quiet on our visit, most of the shops were closed, so we ended up visiting the Discovery Marigot Bay hotel, used their pool for the afternoon and had lunch at their Hurricaine Hole bar which was pretty good and a pleasant change from the food at Tikaye, which to be honest was quite disappointing.

For example on one night we were looking forward to the Thai themed evening at the main restaurant at Tikaye and it was cancelled without warning, we sat down to eat looking forward to the advertised dishes and were told it was cancelled, no explanation, we were forced to eat from the normal menu which got pretty monotonous after seven days on the resort.

Breakfast is also pretty uninspiring, on the land and sea tour we came across all sorts of plants and fruits that grow on the island, hardly any of which were available at Ti Kaye, each morning fruit was limited to Pineapple, Passion Fruit, melon and watermelon. The bananas or plantains famous on the Island only appeared after another couple expressed surprise that they weren't on the breakfast menu. This was more poignant as our guides went on and on about how they were the best in the world.

Similarly the bread at breakfast was pretty dry, on the land and sea tour we learned that the 'best bakery' on the Island was only 10 minutes away by boat, yet their bread was not offered at the hotel, we made a special request for the hotel to source some for us, and hats off to them they did manage to get a member of staff to pick up some the next day on her way to work, but these things did surprise us, as one would thing it would be pretty easy to offer this to everyone from the start.

The Spa was also fantastic, and definitely worth a visit..

On our last day our room was not made up which was disappointing, we had paid for an extra night which were were not using (I had paid for this so we could have a very late checkout) but after telling the reception we were leaving a day early, I guess they decided not to make up our room which seemed cheeky, so after a day at the beach we came back to our crumpled sheets and dirty towels from the day before... disappointing... I complained to reception and was told that they would be cleaning the room, and perhaps hadn't got round to it yet (This was at 5pm)... when every other day the room had been done by 9 or 10 am...

All in all a ok hotel, niceviews, average beach, food needs work... but nothing that can't be fixed...

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: P.O. Box GM 669, Anse Cochon, St. Lucia
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Region: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Anse la Raye Quarter > Anse Cochon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Anse Cochon
Price Range: $369 - $873 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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