Quite surprised by the number of people moaning about this place - we thought it was lovely
Yes it's set on a small hill but come on, it takes about one minute to reach your bungalow from the beach. It's not the London Marathon
Our room was spacious and came with a pleasant balcony with chairs, a table and sunloungers. The view of the bay is stunning
There have been some negative comments about the bathrooms but ours was fine. But remember you're on a tropical island so don't have a heart attack if you spot, say, a small lizard at some stage
It's a little walk to the main tourist town but that wasn't a problem and it's nice to be away from the noise etc. There is a beach called 'Long Beach' which is a ten minute walk away for those who don't faint at the thought of a small amount of gentle exercise every now and then.
Some people said they found the staff to be rude. That certainly wasn't our impression. There was a longtail boat waiting to collect us at the port and the staff were very helpful in arranging tickets and tours etc. We can recommend a well-advertised snorkel trip by the 'Arisa' group. It's about £30 and runs from morning to sunset and takes in some fantastic snorkelling spots and other sights, including Phi Phi Leh. We had an amazing time.
Our only real criticism was the fact that we had asked for a double bed and on arrival were told they only had a room with two singles. They said if we wanted a double bed it would have to be in a room without a sea view. I suppose that was fair enough. Although the lady on the front desk did literally laugh in my face when I asked for a small discount on the price.
Elsewhere on the island, we enjoyed a walk up to the 'viewpoint' spot, and there are two nice bars close to the resort named 'Hippies' and 'Carpe Diem'. We also ate at a fantastic restaurant just near the pier. It's called Le Grand Bleu and is a sort of French-Thai fusion. We spoke to a dive shop owner who said the people who work on the island swear by it. We would certainly recommend you try to find it - we ate there twice and both times the food was spot-on.
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- Also Known As:
- Phi Phi Bayview Hotel Ko Phi Phi Don
- Bay View Hotel