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“Great spot on the island” 4 of 5 stars
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Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   49 Moo 8 | T. Aonang, A. Muang Krabi, Ko Phi Phi Don 81000, Thailand (Formerly Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 39 Hotels in Ko Phi Phi Don
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“Great spot on the island”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

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.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

...because it is so wonderful!! Almost like paradise.

Upon arrival we were given an upgrade to a deluxe bungalow with sea view. People at the reception were very friendly and accommodating. We loved the pool area with the bar, the infinity pool and the sun beds. We had some great cocktails in the beach bar looking out over the sea.
I would recommend this place mostly for couples/honeymooners. It is very romantic, but also a bit quiet and far away from the noise in Tonsai. We did a dive tour with the hotel, which was very well organised. Good dive masters, excellent lunch, etc. We also did a boat tour that took us to Maya beach and some other islands for good snorkeling.

After three nights here we did not want to leave and I hope to come back one day.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

We arrived by long tail boat from Tonsai(approx 20mins) having got the ferry from Railay. From the moment you arrive you are in paradise. We were escorted to reception where we given a cocktail & refreshing face towel. We were then taken to our bungalow(305) which was beautiful. It was like your own little house. King size bed, walk in shower, tv, iPod Dock & tea/coffee making facilities. The aircon was excellent & you could hardly hear it which made a change.
The pool is excellent with part of it being infinity & of course a pool bar!!
The beach is equally as nice with the sea lovely and warm and very clear.
Special mention must go to the village behind the resort which is a must see. Although the food is reasonably priced at the hotel we ate dinner every night in the village. The people are so friendly & the food is delicious & much cheaper. We ate @ Pad Thai & Oasis where the food was amazing - fresh sea bass 400 baht. Also at the hotel you are charged 10% service & 7% tax on everything which does put the price up a bit. We also had a Thai full body massage in the village(next to Pad Thai) for 400 baht which was quite simply the best massage I have ever had.
We also booked a trip round Phi Phi including Maya Bay with Mr Chet @ The Knockout bar in the village. He was brilliant and knew exactly where to take us to see turtles & black fin reef sharks. Again much cheaper than booking with the resort.
The staff @ The Outrigger were very friendly & understood/spoke good English. Shaun the food & beverage manager was especially welcoming.
We were really sad to leave the Outrigger as it was such a lovely resort.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

We spent 4 nights @ Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort & Spa during a 22day trip to thailand!
This was the BEST resort out of all!!! LOVED EVERY SECOND!! Amazing staff, location and TOTAL paradise!!! Going again for 5 nights in May 2014! Cannot wait to get there again!!!
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle to really enjoy an island getaway ... THIS is the place to go!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Outrigger Ko Phi Phi. Although in a quiet location and remote setting, there is A LOT to do! This part of the island is secluded and away from the crowds. This is VERY important as the crowds in other areas got out of hand. We quickly figured out that we were in the BEST spot. Our bungalow was towards the rear of the property which as ideal for visiting the "Village" which was to the back of the property as well. As you take the walk to the other side of the island, through the Village, you will unfortunately start to see a lot of trash, most of it from the 2005 tsunami, which brutalized the other side of Ko Phi Phi Island, directly behind the Outrigger Property. I am surprised that this trash has not been picked up at all and people continue to throw trash everywhere. It's shocking. The trash (old muddy toothbrushes and shampoo bottles, hotel room items, etc.) is hard to look at. You will only see this if you walk around the island everyday, like we did. You also need to walk to the other side if you take a private long boat ride for the day. If you go to the Village, there are several little dive shops. There's a young man named Motte that was very helpful. He hooked us up with a long boat guide for the entire day that will take you to all of the dive spots and beaches. The prices are very low (100THB is $3.00US), so we tipped the boat capt. very well. This is the BEST way to go... renting the long boats from the Village. If you want to be with crowds on a big stinky boat, book yourselves on the one from the Outrigger. You'll pay a lot more too. Too many people on the boat. Smokers and people that wear cologne on a boat to a beach (?). Hideous sandwich for lunch. This is NOT the way to go. BUT: The Outrigger was truly gorgeous. That was honestly the best part of this trip was that we stayed there. It was nice at the end of the day to go back to our private, lovely bungalow. Everything in our room was beautiful! VERY well appointed and thought out to every detail. The SPA was AMAZING! We had several treatments several of the days. We really took advantage of the amazing culture and environment and first rate spa amenities. This is a MUST. We had couple's massages in a jungle bungalow that was surreal. Make it a point to book yourselves into the Spa. The FOOD at the resort was FANTASTIC! Every single thing we ate was incredibly delicious. Really. I couldn't get a bad meal. I rarely love everything I order, but that's exactly how it was at Outrigger Ko Phi Phi. We stayed on the Thai menu, of course, but there was a Western menu as well that we didn't touch. The Thai food was VERY good. The service was impeccable. It was my partner's birthday and the maids wrote a happy birthday note on the bed in palm leaves and orchids…..VERY nice. They really did pay A LOT of attention to detail at this resort. This resort is very secluded and quiet, so get ready to relax and get away from the crowds. The water in front of the hotel isn't really "swimmable", so walk to to the other side of the island to Nui Beach. You will climb over a hill with a rope and find a beautiful, pristine beach within walking distance of the Outrigger. If we were to return to Ko Phi Phi or SE Asia, we would stay here again. This was a good experience and I'm glad we chose this resort. Thumbs Up.

Room Tip: We liked the rear of the property for easy access t the "Village" and other parts of the...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

This resort is a very good one, located away from the bedlam on the Phi Phi main accommodation area. We booked as part of an excellent custom-designed island hop put together by Andaman Sky, who I highly recommend for both price and service. We were hoping to go for a night out but the resort told us that they couldn’t guarantee we would be able to get back later on, as the boatmen might say the waves were too rough. So we didn’t get our night out on the town, which was a bit disappointing at the time, but not in retrospect, as we instead spent extra time resting and recuperating, which is what a holiday should mainly be about for us. Our grown up kids didn’t see it the same way, but I’m sure they’ll get more than enough nutty nights back home.

The pool area is very attractive, although getting a lounger was an issue, due to the usual problem of selfish people reserving one for the whole day, but only spending a couple of hours in it. The resort is a fair size, which gives it a spacious feel, so long as you don’t mind a bit of a stroll to your room, which we didn’t.

The resort really took my breath away from the moment I first saw it, that coast of Phi Phi is such a gem, I felt relieved we hadn’t booked in the central accommodation area, where people appeared to be packed in like sardines. The coconut trees and crystal clear water are what make this a resort to remember, like some beautiful lost paradise out of a fairy tale, it was just like a dream come true to me, just what I’d been dreaming about through a long winter. There are 4 restaurants so you are spoiled for choice as to what to eat and every meal we had was delicious, the pool has bar stools in it so you can have a cocktail while still in the pool.

The rooms we got were clean, beautiful and spacious. The breakfast was good with a massive variety of juices and fresh foods. We ate in the village behind the resort at a fraction of the resort prices and quite enjoyed it, but would not have wanted to eat there regularly.
The resort’s greatest asset is their staff - I was really impressed with the service levels at Outrigger. On arrival, we were greeted by the reception and given a refreshing drink and cool towel, plus warm smiles, which seemed to stay on the staff faces effortlessly throughout our stay

Room Tip: Book with Andaman Sky as part of an island hop down the coast, we did and had a wonderful time.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

This place is like paradise. Come here if you are after a relaxing holiday like no other. It is more of a couples
Honeymoon retreat so probably wouldn't suit singles as the main area of phi phi is 30 mins away by long boat! So if you aren't after nightlife this is the place to be on phi phi. You can take a day trip up to phi phi village through the hotel long boat and then spend your nights relaxing at the hotel restaurant or the village behind the outrigger (this secret village is a must visit whilst at outrigger - definitely the buffalo bar!). Although the staff won't tell you about it - but very easy to find!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: 49 Moo 8 | T. Aonang, A. Muang Krabi, Ko Phi Phi Don 81000, Thailand (Formerly Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort)
Location: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Phi Phi Don
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Ko Phi Phi Don
#1 Family Hotel in Ko Phi Phi Don
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Phi Phi Don
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Phi Phi Don
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 156
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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