We finished our journey through Thailand with some R&R at the PP Island Village. It came highly recommened through TripAdvisor so we booked early. Despite the price, I also suggest you get in touch with the hotel for transfers from Phuket airport... it's worth it just to skip the hassle of transport to the island. From our first contact at Phuket Airport (where a smiling hostess was waiting for us) to our boat journey (complete with cold, lemony towels and drinks) and our arrival at the resort, everything was made to make us comfortable. The resort itself is close to perfect: Great beach, extremely clean and quiet resort, everything screams "high end". The pool, in particular, is a really beautiful spot overlooking the private beach.
Once there, you have your pick of activities which can be set up via the local rec center. The resort is a bit secluded and getting to the main island village (on TonSai bay) appears to be difficult if you're not hiring a longboat to take out there... early plans to head to the village were scrapped quickly. While the rec center will offer group snorkling trips and other locations, I strongly suggest you simply hire out a longboat for yourself or your group and path out your own little day trip. It's much cheaper (1200-2000 BHT for a group of 4 for 4 hours) and you can go wherever you feel like. We visited all the snorkeling hotspots and sight to see around Koh Phi Phi Don and Leh that way and it was definitly worth it.
The food was OK but utterly expensive. We quickly looked at the various recommendations and headed out to the small village behind the resort (Take a path behind the Marlin restaurant, past the employee's quarters/cafeteria). You'll see Happy's restaurant, which is good, but keep going to find Leena's place, with a smiling owner and great food for a tenth of what you'll pay at the resort. Do the same thing for drinks, as the resort tends to water theirs down. The local bars are fun and relatively cheap. The breakfast buffet at the resort is tremendous, however, with plenty of choices and a great location. It's also included in the room's price :)
The staff in general was smiling and helpful. However, a few times we had the feeling we were "Room 407" instead of actually people. This is relatively minor however.
The fact remains that this is a wonderful location, with a perfect beach and clean, comfortable amenities. It's simply a perfect place to unwind. The minor inconveniences (sometimes impersonal, food and drink is expensive) just aren't enough to diminish the rest of the experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A dream-like boutique resort situated on a private 800 metre stretch of pristine white sand beach lapped by the turqoise waters of the Andaman Sea. The resort is set on 70 acres of coconut palm plantations, in the privacy of Loh Ba Gao Bay on Phi Phi Island. Accommodation is comprised of 144 traditional Thai style bungalows and 12 exclusively private Hillside Pool Villas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Phi Phi Island Village Beach Hotel Ko Phi Phi Don
- Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort And Spa
- Phi Island Village Beach Hotel
- Phi Island Village Beach Resort
- Phi Phi Island Village Resort