This was our second stay at Blue Sky, having holidayed here four years ago. We made no mention of the fact that it was a return visit, but the owners (daughter, mother and father) recognised us which I thought was quite amazing!
They are used to dealing with backpackers (which we weren't technically) and so offered us plenty of options according to budget. For us, this was not too much of a concern and we ended up with one of the bungalows closest to the beach. We had electricity 24hrs a day (yes, the electricity shuts off for 4 or 5 seconds every six hours, this only affected the aircon at night), a fridge and aircon. Other bungalows have TVs as well.
The bungalow was clean and reasonably maintained, with fresh towels, the bed made and floors cleaned inside and out every day. There are more upmarket places on Long Beach, but this suited us perfectly and we were able to use the money we saved doing other things in Phi Phi. Blue Sky is located very near the only operating restaurant (we went in the low season) so this is definitely an added bonus.
I've read reports of the staff/owners in other reviews and to be honest, I don't know what the problem was. We found the family to be delightful, with a hello and a wave every time we saw them, INVALUABLE advice with regard to seeing the Black Tip Reef sharks who congregate around shark point and even hugs when we had to leave. Our experience of the resort and the family were only positive.
Long Beach is quite quiet, which is a major part of the attraction for us. It was easy to walk to Ton Sai (30 minutes) or take a taxi boat, when we wanted something a little more lively. The snorkeling is really very good with plenty to see. You also have the advantage of being able to swim to shark point and see the sharks whenever you want.
If you are looking for an upmarket experience and have the cash to do it, then this is not the place for you. If you are looking for safe, clean comfortable lodgings with some mod-cons and friendly staff on hand at a reasonable place, I don't think you will find better on Long Beach.
We'll definitely be returning to Blue Sky!!
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