We stayed 4 nights in The Outrigger at the start of December 2013. We were treated well by the staff from the moment we arrived.
Check in is at 1pm, and in our case it was impossible to do it any earlier (we arrived at about 11:30am). Due to the wait, the hotel gave us complimentary drinks and food in one of the restaurants.
The beach is nice at high tide, but at low tide the water recedes a lot which is a bit of a shame (it's still a great location). There are two very nice beaches nearby if you want a bit more privacy (Lana and Nui). Lana beach is a 10 minute walk (just past the village) and Nui beach is in the next bay. Nui beach is INCREDIBLE, a secluded paradise (also great for snorkelling)! To get to Nui beach, you'll need to walk about 30 mins, but it's well worth it, ask for directions in Phi Phi village (it's passing Lana beach, scrambling over some rocks, climbing a small hill and avoiding one aggressive monkey) - you can also get there with a Kayak.
If you plan on doing excursions (tours of the islands, diving etc), we recommend you check the tour agencies in Phi Phi village (5 mins walk from the hotel). We booked an island tour and 5 dives using "Phi Phi Dive Club" and it saved us a lot of money. For our tour and first dives, we were on a Long Tail boat with the captain and our Dive instructor (Lionel) - Lionel is a great guide! This is a good way to see the islands, as it's private, and you can control where you go and how long you stay (as opposed to a big tour group on a speedboat).
If you have time, you can also trek to the top of the island (top viewpoint). It takes about an hour to reach the top, the views are spectacular.
The drinks (and food in general) is over-priced in the hotel restaurants and bars. A cocktail costs around $300 baht (about US$10), which seems a bit inflated given prices elsewhere in the area. We recommend going to Phi Phi Village for dinner as it gives you the real "Island feel". We ate at "Red Tuna" and "Pad Thai" and both were great options, and much cheaper than the hotel restaurants. The breakfast in the hotel is abundant and great quality!
The rooms don't have internet/wifi (except for the Junior Suites), but you can get it free of charge in the reception and pool area.
We gave a 4/5 because we would have liked to have wi fi in the rooms for convenience, a little bit nicer beach and more reasonable prices in the restaurants.
Overall we had a great time at The Outrigger and would definitely recommend it.
- 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 Resort And Spa
- Phi Phi Island Village Beach Hotel Ko Phi Phi Don
- Phi Island Village Beach Hotel
- Phi Island Village Beach Resort
- Phi Phi Island Village Resort