We had heard mixed reviews about Phi Phi - some people saying it was paradise, others saying to avoid as it's the Ibiza party island equivalent in Thailand. We loved it, and we put that down to the location and standard of Mama Beach. As some of the other reviews have stated. It's about a 10 minute walk from the pier/central area, however the walk is along sandy paths along the beach shore so it's a beautiful walk. The centre is very crammed and busy and at night you can hear the loud thud and beats from the music from the party side of the island (the opposite side to Mama Beach) so I would say the further out the better. The island is tiny anyway so everywhere is accessible and within walking distance.
The hotel itself is the further point along the beach and when we approached by boat, we actually said to each other 'hope we're staying there' - so we were delighted when that came true.
It's right under a gorgeous cliff face where you will see rock climbers daily. Monkey's come out from the forest area surrounding which is just gorgeous to watch.
The hotel rooms are of a good standard - better than basic, but not over luxurious. Clean, modern though with air conditioning, fridge, safe, free wifi, cleaned daily. The bathrooms are probably the worst feature. They are open with curtains and no where near as modern as the rooms themselves. Showers aren't great, but do the trick. The doors to the bathroom are more like shutters so we were always paranoid about mosquitos coming through at night when the lights were on.
Nice touches from the hotel include meeting you off the boat at the pier, free luggage carrier to and from the pier, also every evening a lady comes round and knocks on your door and sprays bug spray in the bathrooms and rooms which we thought was good.
There is a massage area at the hotel, bean bags and padded loungers out the front and even yoga on the beach!
Bar area is really cool and occasionally there is a live band. You can dine at the restaurant right on the breach front - although we never did so can't comment on the food.
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- Mama Beach Residence Hotel
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