“Tranquil and friendly resort of rustic-chic sea-facing cottages, set on a lush hillside above a remote sandy beach”
All rooms and cottages are sea-facing; palms and bougainvillea screen you from your neighbours and add dashes of intense colour.
The rustic and breezy wooden bungalows have white-painted fretwork, red tin roofs, and a wooden balcony running along the front, with a large hammock and a rocking chair. A netted four-poster bed dominates the inside. Off the bedroom is a walk-in wardrobe and a small bathroom, leading to an outdoor shower area shaded by palm fronds and enclosed by wooden walls.
The Ocean View Cottages with Pool are nearest to the sea; these are the most secluded, and the most popular. The Ocean View Cottages without pools are identical in layout, but are set higher up the hillside with brilliant views. The Ocean View Rooms, which are near the very top of the hill, are semi-detached with a door linking their shared decks.
Wherever you stay on the estate, be prepared for lots of steps.
The resort’s cliff-top restaurant, Kai Manje (‘House of Food’ in Creole), is housed in a lofty, open-sided hall with billowing white drapes and stunning sea views. For breakfast, there is a large selection of oven-warm local pastries, fresh fruit, and cut meats, alongside the usual suspects. The hotel's beachfront bar and grill serves simple, light meals and snacks throughout the day. Back at Kai Manje for our candlelit dinner, we had Conch fritters (impressively presented in a huge seashell), a Saint Lucian breadfruit hot pot, and coffee-rubbed filet mignon – all equally delicious.
At dusk, guests get together on the poolside terrace or in the large bar to salute the sunset and enjoy a cocktail or two (local rum-and-fruit mixes, plus all the classics).
Given the fabulous food on offer at Ti Kaye (and the 30-minute drive to the nearest restaurant), you’ll probably decide to eat in most evenings. Explore the hotel’s impressive wine cellar, too, if you can!