If you are looking for the best of island R&R in Thailand then the Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort needs to be one of your top considerations. You know a place is going to be remote when you have to catch two boats to get to it. Damn, it’s worth it though.
The only way you can get to get to Phi Phi island is by boat transfer from one of the neighbouring islands or the mainland. From the island you still need to catch another boat which will take you directly to the resort. The Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort operates a service that will collect you and drop you off.
Before you even get to Phi Phi Island however you will need to fly in to one of the closet airports which is either Phuket or Krabi and drive the 40-50km distance to the pier where the ferry leaves for Phi Phi Island.
If you are planning on spending some time in Phuket for instance before your trip to the island, you will be better off prearranging with your hotel or travel agent for a collection to take you to the pier.
Even though the ferry will probably leave late, do not arrive late. It’s a sad sight watching people stranded on the dock whilst we sail away to a tropical paradise. Don’t be that guy. The weather might be warm but remember to bring a waterproof jacket along for the ride because it will get chilly on the ferry and water will spray on you if you are seated outside near the edges. The ferry ride will take about 2hours and sails passed the famous location from the movie The Beach.
Spoiler alert: It looks nothing like what you probably remember from the movie
Once you get to Tonsai pier on Phi Phi Island you will have to go through some formalities and pay a few bucks for conservation tax or something along those lines before hopping onto a long tail boat to take you to the resort. Prepare yourself for a slightly bumpy and wet ride but it won’t last very long because as soon as you set your eyes on the resort shore, it will have been worth every last bit of admin.
We stayed in one of the “hillside pool villas” which at first sounded like a bit of a mission to have to trek to but turned out to be probably the best part of the trip. There are only 12 villas on the resort and they have the most breathtaking views on the island.
As we were traveling as two couples, we had a 2 bedroom duplex villa, each with it’s own kitchen, lounge and bathroom and a private swimming pool.
I may be a little bias because my birthday happened to fall in line with our stay at the resort but regardless, I was blown away by the attention that the staff paid to us and their efforts in helping us celebrate the special occasion.
The staff in general where extremely hospitable and always willing to assist with anything that we required.
Not that one needs to be doing anything more than eat, drink, swim, sleep and repeat when you are on such a break but there are various other water sports and excursions available from the resort.
There are a number of food and beverage outlets around the resort where you can get pretty much all types of food from the universal traditional chow like burgers and pizzas to some Asian specialities.
You can also enjoy other services like an outdoor massage under the gazebo by the pool, which also doesn’t suck.
One of the exciting day trips yo can book from the Island is an outing to Bond Island which includes a kayak trip to the Monkey Caves, a hearty lunch and a stop over at Naka Noi island for a quick dip or lazy chill on the beach.