When we arrived at the airport at 4:00 Monday, June 23rd we were quick to find out that our travel agent (American Express; honeymoon division) only booked us tickets coming back from St. Lucia. Of course I was told that I had to do everything through my TA, and it was 1:00 in the morning in California where they are located. Luckily an American Airlines associate was able to get us on the same flights we were told we were booked on. We had just enough time to get through security grab some Starbucks and board our plane to Miami. When we got to Miami it sucked. We had a 3 hour layover which we thought wasn't that bad, but in the International wing of the airport there are only 3 places to eat; Chinese, pizza, or an au bon store where you can buy sandwiches an salads. Jon and I ate some pizza at 9am for fear that we would starve to death by the time we got to St. Lucia. Our flight to St. Lucia was ALL honeymooners, and about 90% were going to one of the three Sandals resorts on the island. The flight was long, but I slept most of the way, and Jon (my husband) watched shows on his ipod. They played 27 dresses on the plane which I found to be very ironic!
When we arrived in St. Lucia we had to wait in another long line to get through customs. After that we found our taxi driver and we left for the resort. He gave us cool towels and a bottle of water. Prior to our honeymoon I asked Jon to get us some Dramamine for the car trips. I do not get car sick what-so-ever, but after reading a ton of reviews and hearing it from friends who visited the island I wanted to be prepared. He told me he had Dramamine and when I went to open it to get some for the ride to Ti Kaye I only found one... So we decided to split it. About 30 minutes into our trip I was feeling so incredibly nausea that I had to close my eyes or I was going to loose my pizza from earlier that morning. I have never gotten car sick before, and I don't ever want too. From that point on I kept getting Dramamine from the front office before any car ride out of Ti Kaye. The road leading into Ti Kaye is just as bad as everyone says it is...
My friend recommended an amazing taxi driver, Noel... who can take you out to dinner or tour you around the island if needed. I would definitely go over to Ladera for dinner one evening while your staying at Ti Kaye... delish and such an amazing view of the Pitons! Pictures can not describe how incredible it was! Be ready for high priced taxi service! I think it cost us $120 for a taxi round trip to Ladera... but Noel also took us to the town of Soufrie where we went to the Botanical Garden, Waterfall, the Casava bread factory, etc.... totally worth it.
We also got PADI certified during our honeymoon. We started off by taking a Discover Scuba dive on that Tuesday afternoon. Because our travel agency screwed up our flights going to St. Lucia they paid for our discover scuba diving course! We waited to pick up the PADI packets until the next day, becuase my ears were extremely hurting, and I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to go through with the course. On that Thursday we started working on our books. We only had to read 3 chapters, take the quizzes, and then we could do our last 3 dives for standard certification. This was great, but I felt like half of our honeymoon we were studying. Which was probably a good thing because we never have the time at home to work on getting certified!
We went zip lining which was a lot of fun, but very expensive... I want to say between the taxi and the actual zip lining it was like $340! mad expensive! It was a cool experience... if you have the money and time--do it! Noel took us to a drop off point where we met another bus of people that all mainly came from Marigot. Because it happened to be a day when the cruise lines were in they were super packed, and of course we were in the rain forest so it was constantly down pouring. Our driver took us all to a waterfall while the lines started to dwindle. It was really cool, although the waterfall was very small and barely produced any movement. We got to walk around the rocks, and take a ton of pictures. I'm so happy we had a waterproof digital camera for our trip. That's the main reason why we were able to document so much of our trip!
The nice thing about Ti Kaye was that we snorkeled and kayaked every day. Everyone from the island was boated in to our cove (which on Sunday's and cruise days every other Wed and every Thursday) got to be a bit crazy down on the beach... they weren't aloud to use the chairs, but it was not piece and quiet! We had the best snorkeling and had a lot of fun exploring the reefs off the coast.
Food was ok at Ti Kaye... I liked breakfast the best, and normally loaded up on breakfast because it was included with our stay. I normally got an omelette's every morning, johnny cakes and salt fish if they had them, a little breakfast beans, and tons of fruit. They had these amazing chocolate croissants and banana bread--which I normally don't like, but this stuff rocked! Lunch was ok, and ranged anywhere from $10-20 per plate.. Most stuff was large enough to where we would split lunch and eat some fruit back in the room. We had a fruit plate in our room upon arrival, plus we got a fruit basket with our package, so that lasted us most of the trip. We would eat a few pieces of fruit every afternoon. The only dinner that really impressed me was the Wednesday night buffet that showcases all there local foods. Delish! I fell in love with so many new St. Lucian native fruits and vegetables while there-- and now it sucks because I can't get bread fruit or dashene or a mango Julieta! I've never really liked mango until I got to try the mango juliet... AMAZING!
We even stopped at a produce stand to buy a few. Noel also took us to a place called La Moniques (his cousin's restaurant) which is right out side of Anse La Raye fishing village (the village before Ti Kaye). Amazing home cooking. I definitely recommend you eat at a local place, and try new things... I never thought I would like salt fish and I loved it! Jon and I would share an appetizer and entree for dinner, and only got dessert once or twice... normally it was enough to fill us, but we're semi-light eaters... so it depends how you eat. I'm also super picky... so I had a harder time finding something that I would like. Pilgrim the bartender is very nice as well... and Dina is gorgeous and very kind! She's one of the servers at the restaurant! if you want a bracelet or necklace talk to George... he does a little bit of everything at the resort... he will hook you up with one of the ladies on the beach--who doesn't pedal her stuff!
If my husband and I could do it all again we would definitely split our time at two different resorts to get just a little bit of variety. After our trip we wished we would have. I wanted too all along, but Jon didn't want to be traveling all around the Island. You also have to be ready to somewhat "rough-it".... hardly any air conditioning along with no tv and bugs and creatures of all sizes practically can roam right into your room! As long as your ok with those three aspects you'll love Ti Kaye! Just remember your close pins to pin up your bed netting!
- 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