When booking our Thailand accommodation, I found the island of Koh Phi Phi one of the hardest to choose. Whether it’s because the island is so small or because it’s well known for backpacking and therefore the resort style hotels weren’t in abundance. We eventually settled on Holiday Inn Resort and before we knew it, we were on our way from Koh Yao Yai to Koh Phi Phi and ready to check in.
What sold us for Holiday Inn Resort was the rooms were individual little bungalows throughout the resort giving you a very independent and personal feel. We were one row behind the seafront so we were only a stones throw to the sand and that was amazing!
The bungalows themselves are minimal inside. They’re not luxury, very simple and basic but it was all we needed for a few nights. They come with a double bed, wardrobe, shower room and a small TV.
The best part of the resort was the proximity to the beautiful beach. We had a bit of rain during our stay here but regardless, the water was warm and the sand was the softest. They have swings and beach chairs to enjoy and the length of the beach around the resort is calm and shallow enough to swim around in. They do have two pools on site also, one was closed when we attended and the other was at the top of the resort overlooking the bay.
The resort has a few places to eat during your stay and a bar for cocktails by the clifftop pool. Koh Phi Phi is an island where the resorts sit to the top and the main village is at the bottom. The middle is rugged stone therefore to get from one end to the other, you need to take a boat. Because of this, you are quite restricted at night to eat at the resort so ensure you are happy with the facilities or head down during the day for snacks!
Our main interest with Koh Phi Phi island was to take the island tour which we were able to book with a local boat owner next to the resort. They can offer these facilities in most resorts but they are much more expensive. A few steps down there’s locals offering the same thing for much less, and we took full advantage of this and it was beautiful!
For our last night we headed up to the top pool to enjoy the sunset and a cocktail. From the reception you can hop on a golf buggy to the top as it’s quite a stroll up and it was a lovely way to end the day.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Koh Phi Phi, we very much enjoyed Holiday Inn and would recommend it. The only tip I would give, if you’re not staying long or intend to do day trips to other islands, it may be better to stay on the Southern tip of the island so you don’t have the added expense of getting from the top down as well.