We opted to stay here to be close to town (not need a boat to/from our resort) as we were only staying 1 night. The pros: getting in/out of town was easy, ~10-15 min 1 way along the beach "road", the resort was generally quiet, and the cottage/room really seemed brand new, with sleek Scandinavian style and comfortable finishes -- our room was spotless and even included umbrellas which are handy for the wet season! Unfortunately there were also noteworthy cons: unhelpful/unfriendly staff and dilapidated main/common areas (pool, restaurant, etc.). I also didn't find the breakfast spread to be that high quality, but it had all of the basics.
On the staff, I have to agree with the recent reviews that the service was poor/unhelpful -- they did drive us to our room on arrival, but couldn't present a resort map with our room on it (and this is a *huge* property), explain why we could/couldn't get a boat to town at certain times, or give us more than 1 towel for our daily excursion -- that said, I experienced this from many local workers on Phi Phi, and I got the feeling that they did not really enjoy being on the island and/or were not trained/equipped properly.
Overall, if you are looking for a base close to town but still quiet, and are self-motivated/can make your own plans/arrangements, this is not a bad place to stay, but, if we return to Phi Phi, likely wouldn't stay here again.
One other note: recommend *not* booking your ferry arrangements through the resort, we booked our return ferry in town for 300 baht per person whereas they tried to charge us 450 baht each. (Common at most hotels in Thailand, we've found, their markups are huge).
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