Location Nestled among lavish rainforest on Saint Lucia’s Caribbean side, high above a small horseshoe bay called Anse Cochon, Ti Kaye Resort and Spa’s location is sublime. Far below the resort, a white sandy beach edges those magical blue waters, which, because all beaches in Saint Lucia are public, can soon fill with noisy visiting tourists and private boaters. In the morning, locals with a more pressing agenda can been seen swiftly riding the water with nets in hand, capturing the day’s fish catch. Don’t be surprised if one of those ugly monstrous cruise ships appears on the horizon, completely ruining the view! Still, the bay is safe from those hordes because it is simply too small and shallow to accommodate cruise liners. Anse Cochon is a designated marine preserve, one of the few in Saint Lucia, which is why the bay offers some of the island’s best snorkeling. The resort’s onsite dive center is conveniently located on Anse Cochon. The roadway up from the colorful town of Soufrière is a long, winding, and often bumpy one, but Ti Kaye’s seclusion is part of its charm. There is little of the usual commercial trappings around Ti Kaye Resort and regular life of shopping and consuming must be swapped for a peaceful, less harried existence. (Don’t worry, there’s plenty of pleasurable indulgences to be had.) Saint Lucia’s high season is January through March and the wet season is June through November.
Lodgings This privately owned resort opened in 2001 and comprises 33 tropical bungalows, each with a private entry gate leading to the shrub shrouded verandah. They are dotted throughout 15 acres of tropical plantings, which are wonderful to wander. Watch your step in the wet season though: the pathways often have steep slopes. There is Complimentary jump-on WiFi throughout the resort. Some cottages have adjoining balconies, some are private and completely detached, and some have private plunge pools. each has a Creole name. Don’t take it personally if you are given kankannez, which means trouble or troublemaker (or maybe you should?). Accessed by 160 steps, the beach below offers beach activities, including snorkeling. Just off the main lodge, there is a small pool and beautiful sun garden with comfy loungers.
View of a Room: K (Kankannez) Located off a steep sloping path, and accessed by its own private keyed doorway, there’s no trouble (yes, a pun) feeling at home in Kankannez. Spacious throughout, there’s a closet large enough to be called a dressing room, and a bathroom with an outdoor shower filled with plants and open to the sky. It feels very private and is a wonderful experience. There’s a line to hang wet bathing suits, or even wring out an item of clothing or two. The bathing area has large refillable bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion, cutting plastic waste. These excellent products are locally made. An armoire is loaded with a kettle, a cafetière, tea bags, milk (in a cute reusable glass bottle), and a jar of ground coffee. The latter – in keeping with the hotel’s keen environmental awareness – also cuts down on packaging and landfill waste. (Saint Lucia does not recycle.) There’s a full ‘fridge. The four-poster bed is decked out with a mosquito net, which looks beautiful and romantic, until you realize you need it! Perhaps the best part is having a spacious balcony with a coffee table and rocking chairs, as well as a really comfy hammock.
Restaurants and Bars It’s worth considering the cocktail hour as 5 p.m. That way, you can take in the view and sunset (at 5:46 p.m. each day—Saint Lucia wisely doesn’t change its clocks) at the spectacular Kai Manje cliff side bar. The view of Anse Cochon below rainforest-lined cliffs from the bar’s floor-to-ceiling windows is nothing short of breathtaking. Try what is probably the Caribbean’s best rum punch – made with Saint Lucian made Chairmans and not sticky sweet: More fruity and with a nice kick. Ti Manje and the first floor Kai Manje restaurant both serve indigenous Caribbean dishes and utilize local produce. There’s a focus on locally caught fish. Kai Manje restaurant was awarded Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence in 2013 and 2014. The Ti Kave wine cellar, which was added to the resort in 2011, is one of the largest underground wine cellars in the Caribbean, offering a choice of over 3,000 bottles. It is used for wine tastings and wine dinners, and the cool dark interior gives considerable contrast to the outside heat and humidity. There is also a beach side bar, accessed by those 160 steps, which plays host for a weekly five-course dinner, which turns the tables on its usual casual style.
Breakfast is served in Kai Manje and includes a build-you-own granola bar including local ingredients — nuts, dried fruit, yoghurt, and honey. The source of each is shown on a map of the island.
Fitness and Spa In 2010, among other tasteful expansions, the resort added the beautiful cliff side Kai Koko Spa, which has a relaxation room and Jacuzzi, plus a couples and singles treatment rooms. This also looks over the bay and to take advantage of its heavenly views, mirrors are places under the head cradles on treatment beds. So instead of looking at the floor, you can see the blue-blue sky and sea.
The same natural, locally made products are used alongside natural essential oils. As far as fitness, who needs a Spinning class when there’s those 160 steps! The spa has won awards — and it’s not difficult to see why. It’s both unique and first-class.
Should those 160 steps not be enough exercise, there is a fitness center.
Ti Kaye Resort & Spa
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