Famed after its idyllic settings took centre stage in Leonardo DiCaprio’s hit movie The Beach, Koh Phi Phi has long been a bucket-list destination for many around the world, and is a must visit for those travelling to Thailand. The tourism boom that followed the movie saw hostels, hotels and resorts spring up all over the island, and as a result there are plenty of places to stay whether you’re a backpacker or a more discerning traveller – and here are the best of the bunch.
Arguably the place to stay on Koh Phi Phi, Ibiza House is known for its fantastic pool parties that happen three times a week. Guests can expect to have the time of their lives listening to DJs play the latest tracks whilst they bust shapes and have a drink, all with the unbeatable backdrop of the beach and the sea. The rooms are great too; modern, spacious and with great views looking out onto the bay, it’s a real gem of a hostel at a great price. With both dorm rooms and private rooms available, any kind of visitor to Phi Phi is welcome here – providing they packed their dancing shoes.
A good host and friendly staff can make or break a hostel, and that’s what makes the Hangover Hostel so great. The manager truly cares about the enjoyment of his guests, encouraging them to socialise where possible and also providing expert advice free of charge. Just ten minutes from the ferry pier and a stone’s throw from the beach, it’s a great location at a great price, as well as a home away from home here on the island.
Few hostels can boast that their common area has a view of the sea, yet that’s what Blanco offers and more. A typical beachside hostel, Blanco also has a restaurant serving Thai and international food choices and is just a short walk to the fire shows and beach parties that have put Koh Phi Phi on the map. A beautiful base for any adventures on this enchanting island.
From the outside, Phi Phi The Beach resort is visually impressive – and its rooms don’t disappoint. Its villas may be simple, but they’re not bare; there’s a tonne of rustic charm to be found within the wooden walls of these stilted villas, and many come with views of the cerulean water that surrounds the island, so there’s no need to complicate the interior when that’s not what people will be looking at. Set into the cliffs and surrounded by lush, green trees, it’s the type of place many have in mind when they think of an island getaway – and the restaurant, pool and bar only serve to sweeten the deal further. Blows many similarly-price resorts out of the water.
At just a three minute walk from the pier, Chaokoh is perfect for those who might be travelling with suitcases rather than backpacks. Rooms range from basic to a little more fancy, with rustic wooden features complimenting the modern features such as colourful overhead lighting and fish ornaments adorning the walls, in a nod to the island’s heritage. There’s a small but functional pool, a restaurant and a winery – but convenience is the key selling point for this hotel, with its proximity to the pier and to the thriving nightlife. A noticeable improvement on dorms and bungalows.
Situated further north on the island – away from the noise and the beach parties – is the stunning Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort. It’s not cheap, but even from the outside it’s clear to see that’s it’s worth every penny. Rooms are spacious and modern, with luxurious bathrooms, sitting areas and often with unrivalled sea views. There’s no need to worry about being so far from the action, as there are a number of bars and restaurants on site that can knock up your favourite Thai dish or cocktail. It also features two beautiful pools – an infinity pool and a larger pool – both of which face the white, sandy beaches that Thailand’s known for. For a special hotel in an island paradise, you needn’t look any further.
The northern tip of Koh Phi Phi is an area that tourists rarely visit, leaving its stunning beaches and natural beauty to those who stay in hotels in the area – like the beautiful Zeavola Resort. There are many bungalows on the island, but none are as impressive as those at Zeavola; rooms are decorated in the traditional Thai style, with outdoor showers, seating areas and traditional matts all coming together to provide an authentic slice of island life. Beachfront villas provide quick access to the soft sands and clear waters of Laem Tong beach – though private pool villas are also available if you’re not a fan of the sand. Luxuriously simple and authentic, it’s the perfect way to experience the lesser-travelled areas of this wonderful island.
Holiday Inn is a name you can trust around the world – and that trust certainly isn’t broken on Phi Phi. Whilst modern, its rooms retain Thai features in their decor that add a touch of authenticity to your stay and help its guests to get into the spirit of Thai life. With three outdoor pools and villas with private pools available, there’s no need to worry about finding a place to relax, and quiet Laem Tong beach is only a minute away. There are plenty of amenities, such as a fitness suite and spa, not to mention three restaurants and a childcare service if you’re planning on some alone time.