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Phi Phi Relax Beach Resort 3.0

Ko Phi Phi Don, Krabi Province, Thailand

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Pros

  • On an isolated private beach 
  • Great snorkeling around pristine coral reefs
  • Thai restaurant and beach bar serve tasty cuisine
  • Traditional bungalows include en-suite bathrooms and private balconies
  • On-site Thai massage available
  • Free (limited) Wi-Fi

Cons

  • No air-conditioning, mini-fridges, or coffeemakers
  • Electricity only runs during certain hours
  • Far from Ton Sai dining and nightlife, and on-site dining can be pricey
  • Fee for ferry transfers
  • No pool or fitness center

Bottom Line

A favorite among low-maintenance couples, Phi Phi Relax Beach Resort is a rustic tropical getaway that appeals to travelers looking to unplug from modern life. None of the traditional thatched roof bungalows have air-conditioning, and the resort's electricity is only switched on at night. Despite the old world trappings, creature comforts include a beach bar, beds with mosquito-net canopies, private balconies, and free Wi-Fi (when the power's on). After arriving on the island, guests must take another boat ride to reach the resort, or opt for an hour's trek on foot through the jungle -- but once there, the snorkeling is hard to beat. 

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Scene

Isolated jungle resort along a quiet beach

Hidden away on the east side of the island, away from the crowds and touristy beaches, Phi Phi Relax Beach Resort's thatched huts and bungalows exhibit timeless island simplicity. Palms lean over the white sand, dotted with striped beach chairs and the traditional long-tail boats tied up in the shallows. The lobby is little more than a wood and rattan hut set among the cluster of traditional bungalows.

Location

An hour through the jungle on a private beach

The resort is surrounded by jungle hills on the eastern coast of Ko Phi Phi Don ("Ko" means island in the native language). There's nothing within (reasonable) walking distance apart from another small resort further down the beach, and with no roads from town, the only way to get here by land is via an hour-long trek on foot through the jungle. Public ferries leave from Krabi on the mainland (and from Phuket) to deliver travelers to Tonsai Pier, from which guests must travel by another boat along the coast to the resort. Expect a three-hour trip, which includes the 30-minute drive from Krabi Airport to Krabi Pier (also known as Klong Jilad Pier) and the voyage by ferry or private boat to the island. Phi Phi Don is the largest of the Phi Phi Islands, with attractions on the smaller Ko Phi Phi Le, like Maya Beach and Viking Cave, accessible by boat.  

Rooms

Rustic, traditional bungalows lack air-conditioning, but have an airy, romantic vibe.

The resort has 47 traditional bungalows with hardwood floors and rustic en-suite bathrooms that have open showers beside the toilets. Each is small and basic, made with a simple wood construction and thatched roof. Double beds have mosquito net canopies and every bungalow has a small private deck with simple day beds. Amenities are slim, with no air-conditioning or mini-fridges, though every room has a fan. The larger Top Sea View Bungalows are located in the hills above the beach with commanding views of the sea, while the Paradise Beach Bungalows are the resort's equivalent of suites, with larger rooms and beachfront terraces. Each of these also come with a free kayak rental and a one-hour Thai massage. 

Features

Private beach with snorkeling, Thai massage, and a restaurant and beach bar 

The resort's stretch of Pak Nam Beach is marked by pristine waters and the beautiful coral reefs which make it a great spot for snorkeling. Hammocks and loungers under shady palms are the main leisure attraction, with traditional long-tail boats leaving for town, and/or fishing and diving excursions (for extra fees). There's also a beach hut with Thai massage for singles and couples. With no other dining options nearby, the restaurant and beach bar have captive audience prices compared with eateries in town (or the mainland) and breakfast isn't included, but it has a variety of international cuisine along with fresh seafood and Thai dishes to suit the variety of tastes.

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Address

Phak Nam Bay, Moo 8, Krabi Province 81000, Thailand

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