It is one of these not really frequent cases when the pictures that you may find on the web (including these of the hotel web page itself) show something worse than it is in reality. The accommodation, ambience and services was quite close to perfection with only some really minor problems encountered during our 4d/3n holiday. We stayed in a beach-front bungalow clearly freshly renewed (at least repainted) both interiors and exteriors, clean and nice. All the other bungalows appeared also to be renovated and in similar condition. Living area of the bungalow – very nice and cozy, the bathroom – a bit worse, slightly worn-off but still reasonably nice and clean. The only missing thing was perhaps some more rustic external appearance as the bungalows looked more like concrete boxes than something you would like to see in this kind of tropical island environment.
Things about the surrounding: pretty isolated spot of the island with no crowds typical to Ton Sai beach area; the resort is situated on both sides of the peninsula so you can watch sunrises almost from the doorsteps of your bungalow and sunsets from Sunset Satay Bar; the beach is fabulous with clean and clear sand regardless of low or high tide and emerald or sapphire-blue water; see-gypsies village if you like this kind of things - as a matter of fact not different to me from slums of Bangkok or Phuket – nothing really ethnic, just poorer people making their living by transporting tourists around.
The hotel services were very good, staff always friendly, smiling and trying to be helpful. Also most of the services arranged by the resort like boat transportation were surprisingly of very high standard. E.g. we hired a longtail boat for 6h one day just to get around a bit. I was taking lots of pictures. The boat driver was a guy from the gypsy sea village. Not only we had no troubles to communicate with him but he was like actively looking for nice spots for me and seeing I wanted to take some photos he tried to position the boat the right way with no slightest request from my side – just by watching what I was doing with my camera. Truly amazing. Generally local people of Phi Phi were always very friendly.
The food: well, unfortunately I have to agree with some previous comments: it was a disaster – the worst food we have ever had in Thailand if not in SE Asia. In the resort we tried once the buffet dinner which happened to be cold, with no Thai food included and a strange, limited choice of dishes of questionable taste and quality. This is also how every single breakfast looked like perhaps with the exception of the things making the western type of breakfast (eggs, toasts etc). To be completely fair it was something strange with the food in Phi Phi in general. We are Europeans living already quite some time in Singapore so I think we have a good feeling about the Asian
food. We visited Thailand many times and we never encountered that bad food in average as we did in Phi Phi. This include the Jasmine restaurant mentioned earlier by some people – the food there was much better then in Holiday-Inn but still below average. We also tried two other restaurants with similar feeling. It looks to us like everywhere in Phi Phi the cuisine is tailored to serve the expectations of Westerners (nothing can be too spicy for example). We did not try from holiday-inn anything ala-carte with one exception – so called bbq romantic dinner that was very nicely organized right on the beach, candles, torches, flowers on the sand - perfect romantic cliché that you need from time to time. And the food here was ok. Nothing really good, but just ok – Phi Phi average.
So as a short summary: it was a near perfect holiday in beautiful, romantic setting, with high quality services, more then decent for four stars rating accommodations and very bad food as per Asian standards.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sawasdee-krab! Welcome to Paradise. Where else in the world can you walk from your bungalow straight on to a magnificent white sandy beach with coral reefs teeming with marine life? The resort is fully accessible from Phuket or Krabi. Guests from all over the world escape to Phi Phi to experience the tropical haven of Laem Tong Beach national park where Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island is situated. Tonsai Bay, the island's main township, can be reached within 35 minutes by long tail boat offering more than 100 shops, restaurants, bars and the fascinating sea view point. Watersports activities, including snorkelling, diving, canoeing, fishing and long-tail boat charters are available. For your convenience, contact the reservations team to assist you with your transfer bookings by speed boat or ferry from either Phuket or Krabi. To ensure a warm & efficient welcome, please provide us with your arrival and departure details ie. flight number and hotel or transfer details before and after your stay. Thank you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island Hotel Ko Phi Phi Don
- Holiday Inn Phi Island
- Phi Island Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn Ko Phi Phi Don
- Ko Phi Phi Don Holiday Inn