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Ti Kaye Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Anse Cochon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 July 2009

A charming little hideaway in a secluded area of the island. This resort is a great spot for a quiet, peaceful getaway, ideal for honeymoons and romantic getaways. With only 33 cottages (not rooms, mind you), mainly adults-only, the mood and milieu was perfect. The cottages were fantastic with an outdoor shower, roomy porch with a hammock, and our room with a plunge pool. Nice! We even made the acquaintance of a number of friendly birds (a few of which actually were eating out of our hands - literally!). The bed had an enclosed netting to ward off the many mosquitoes present; and though kept spotlessly clean, the only downside to the cottages was the rather plentiful number of insects.

Dinners were terrific with a nice variety and everything was delicious (though the buffet-style breakfasts left a little to be desired). Service was outstanding - the staff was as friendly as you'll find anywhere. And there was ample opportunity to do some fun stuff such as snorkeling (best spot on the island is right on the Ti Kaye beach); diving; cruises; and some sightseeing tours. The beach was just ok - a little too rocky for our liking and far too many flies, but nice enough (once you descended a rather large set of steps). A quaint little beachside bar/restaurant offered a really good lunch and a happy hour. As for cocktails, go with the Ti Kaye staff creations - some really original drinks (a much better choice at this resort than the traditional Coladas and Daiquiris).

Value was good - our only complaint was that everything had a 10% service charge added. This if fine for dining/drinks, but we couldn't quite understand why it was also tacked on to room charges, and even to gift shop purchases. If they'd simply built all this into their listed costs, the price still would have been of good value.

Overall, a great spot - we had a terrific time and would visit again someday...

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 July 2009

Resort was clean and well run, staff was very friendly and the food was excellent. I would have to say this is a must visit destination, and we will return here. Find Gus and David they were GREAT!

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Reviewed 2 July 2009

Ti Kaye was the essence of vacation, I absolutely loved it! Very quiet and remote location with a breathtaking view of the ocean right from the porch of the cottage. Tons of animals, from tree frogs in the outdoor shower to hummingbirds all over the resort. Wish I could have stayed longer!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2009

My wife and I have been to several islands in the Carribbean and St. Lucia is definitely different in many ways. The terrain is beautiful, with the steep cliffs along the shore and little private beaches tucked away in coves. The people are great, very friendly. The Ti Kaye Village is just as amazing as the island. I will start with the cons. The ride from the airport to the resort is rather winding and in parts rough. Which is understandable becasue you are going thru mountains and the rainforest. However, the road to the resort off of the main road needs some attention. It is very rough. Although you can take a water taxi to most places, you still need to utilize the land taxis to get to some places. Also, the beds are a little on the hard side. That is all we could find that needs improvement. The hotel is very private and secluded. It is a great place for relaxation. It is very tranquil and peaceful. It upholds what the Carribbean is all about. If it is nightlfe you are looking for, then head to the ovecrowded and party atmosphere of Sandals. The food is very good. The menu changes every night with many local dishes. Breakfast is very good, which is buffett style every morning. The bar has an amazing setting and the drinks are top notch. Ask David about his specialty drinks. You won't be disappointed!! The staff is extremely friendly and go the extra mile to get to know you and really allow you to feel welcomed. The bungalows are amazing. They all have great views of the Carribbean and you can't go wrong with either a beach front or water view. We got an hour and a half couples massage that was out of this world. Definitely recommend the spa!! They offer specials each day for excursions which are a great way to see the island. The beach is wonderful. Just a heads up though, it has one of the best snorkeling spots on the island therefore, other resorts offer snorkeling trips making this one of their stops. The beach may get some additional visitors from time to time but it is not too overwhelming. The managers cocktail on Wednesday is a must! As is the Fish Fry in Anse La Raye on Friday. Enjoy!!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 June 2009

I recommend Ti Kaye to any couple looking for a romantic vacation, with just a few caveats. I’ve stayed at two other prominent resorts in St Lucia so far (Anse Chastanet and Windjammer), and I would put this one close to the top in several (though not all) categories. I’ll discuss the positives first, then the negatives, and lastly a few details.

The resort is beautiful and well manicured, with a great ambiance. I think the pictures of Ti Kaye do not do it justice. It’s an excellent place to honeymoon or just take a romantic couples vacation. Over our whole week almost every member of the staff was extremely polite and friendly (frequently referring to us by name). There were probably 4 or 5 staff that simply could not have been more friendly. We stayed in a large cabin without a plunge pool, and it was beautiful and well maintained by the maids. The porch and large hammock were great touches. The cabin AC was an excellent addition, not always found in other resorts. The lower bar at the beach is open for lunch and serves a great cheeseburger, and both upper and lower bars have an extensive menu of blender drinks, with the upper one also having a long wine list as well. There are many off resort activities – both sedate and exciting. These are available for fees posted on their website. Lastly, their new Bali inspired spa was perfect – I can’t say enough nice things about their spa and the staff that manages it.

Now the negatives: The food was often an issue, and in the evenings you only have their one restaurant. I would describe it as “ok”, and give it a B- rating. One the plus side, they do change up the menu every night, and some things were excellent. If you eat beef, get the filet mignon which was large and served with a tasty sauce. Their starter soups were also nice. But many other dishes were not great. It was just hit or miss all the time, and some of the misses were bad. For example, their Conch appetizer (recommended by Katie the manager) was like eating a truck tire. Their jasmine rice was literally mush, their fish dishes (Mahi-Mahi and Stripped Bass) were frequently tough – as if boiled. Many of the dishes were also fried in batter, and a bit greasy. They had a Thai night one evening, and my Pad Thai (a routine dish) was not great. After a few times we learned not to order their ice cream because it had clearly melted and been refrozen. Their dessert cakes were quite dense and rubbery (perhaps a consequence of the climate). As mentioned though it was not all bad, for example in the mornings they had excellent omelets, cereal, juices, and their local fruit selection was good. It was mostly the dinners that were lacking, and I found myself trying to order things that they would not mess up, like chicken, pasta, or salads. I think the chef tries, but perhaps he just needs more training. Also, the wait staff was nice and worked very hard to make it all work.

Another issue was the privacy on the beach, though this may vary by season. Each afternoon, at least 2 large packed catamaran party boats showed up. They usually behaved and stayed at one end of the beach – but you should understand they will frequently share the beach. (This is not Ti Kaye’s fault as all beaches in St Lucia are public.) Unfortunately, Ti Kaye’s management has also started experimenting with bringing in day-pass cruise ship passengers to share the beach. On one day, about 15 people from Royal Caribbean showed up and took up all available snorkel gear and many of the umbrellas. The next day almost 100 people showed up over the day from Carnival cruises. Ti Kaye was careful to keep those people at the party boat end of the beach, but it was still a disturbance. Unfortunately they got priority booking at the spa and we couldn’t get an appointment until the end of the day, when we wanted to go to an outside restaurant for dinner. In the end it worked out, but we were unhappy that the cruise ship seemed to constantly get priority over regular guests on those two days. You should also know that this is a new practice at Ti Kaye, and it may be seasonal or temporary. They admitted it was the first time they tried it.

Keep in mind that I am still recommending Ti Kaye to you. The food was a slight drag, and the beach privacy would have been better had we just known what to expect in advance. Overall, the incredible romantic beauty, ambiance at the upper part of resort, wonderful cabins, decent bar, super friendly staff, and near perfect spa were a hit.

A few other things you should know: the cabins come with irons and boards, 110 voltage plugs, AC units, an umbrella, a citronella porch candle, beach towels, free wi-fi, waist high fridge, and a clothes line for hanging wet swim suits. It rains off and on in St Lucia, so check the weather. A 13 inch wide laptop fits inside the room safe. Prices off the resort are frequently also in USD. Bring mosquito spray; you will need it, though the beds all have mosquito netting (standard practice in St. Lucia). Consider bringing Dramamine, as the roads on the island can be extremely curvy (and the gift shop is small and not that well stocked). Lastly, if you get the chance, visit the Rainforest Hideaway restaurant in nearby Marigot Bay – yes, everyone seems to do it and it’s pricey – but it was completely worth it.

  • Stayed: June 2009, 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: $364 - $875 (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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