Andaman Beach resort is a nice resort in a great location in Phi Phi. We have been going there every year for 5 years, and this year 2010 it is even better than previous years. The swimming pool has been renovated and improved as well as the resort surroundings and cafe area. The 'new building' rooms are very nice. It is a little bit expensive, but that is the same for all accommodation in Phi Phi island if you compare it with some other destinations in Thailand. A few years ago the reception staff were not the best, but now they are much better.
All in all it is a pleasant place to stay.
As for the dive center Harlequin Scuba,, well they are very good, we dive with them every year and have become friends with all the different staff over these last years. We first dived with them in 2006 and every year since and have become regular customers of both the Andaman Beach resort and the Harlequin dive center, and I must say we have never had any bad experiences with this resort or the Harlequin dive team. They are a small dive center who cater for a more personalized approach, rather than a bigger less personal outfit.
The previous review and comments by "hairyfrogfish" are ridiculous, and harlequin just emailed to me to ask me to take a look at "hairyfrogfish" comments on here, as they noticed from their records that we dived at the same time as "hairyfrogfish" in 2008.
"hairyfrogfish" were an Italian couple who did not stop moaning about everything from day 1, but as I remember they actually dived with Harlequin for another 2 or 3 days after that!!!! We remember them because they really annoyed us and the other divers on the boat, even though the harlequin divemasters were trying to be patient with them, they managed with their negative attitude to create a bad atmosphere on the small dive boat. They complained and 'picked' holes in absolutely everything.
Personally we like diving on big boats and small boats, and both have their advantages and disadvantages,,, but please be assured, there is definitely enough room on Harlequin boat to remove your wetsuit!....and half the boat does have a shade from the sun.
I am surprised that harlequin were so patient with this Italian couple, because if it was my dive shop I would not have wanted their business after their 1st days diving!
We are sure most dive centers in Phi Phi are very good, but we started with Harlequin and have only ever had a great time, so we continue to dive with them.
My advice to "hairyfrogfish" is that the point of going on holiday is to have a good time,,, so please leave your bitterness and negativity at home. You managed to make some of mine and my wifes days diving in Phi Phi not as good as usual, so hopefully if we happen to meet again on a dive boat you will have a different attitude! And next time if you do not like a dive center after the 1st days diving, then simply do not dive with them for another few days,, as you also ruin the experience of other paying divers!
Alex & Rachel
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- Also Known As:
- Andaman Beach Hotel Ko Phi Phi Don
- Andaman Beach Phitsanulok