Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Phi Phi Island

Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Phi Phi Island

Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Phi Phi Island

After staying a night in LA, multiple plane rides and a boat transfer, we had finally made it to Koh Phi Phi Don!  Kind of reminds me of our honeymoon to the Maldives actually…we decided after this to not do >20 hours of flying immediately followed by a boat ride again for a long time haha.

Here is the trip so far!

When looking for a place to stay on Koh Phi Phi Don I wasn’t sure that I was going to use points at first and was looking at some of the cheap options on the island. But then Katie made some pretty ridiculous and borderline crazy demand for the place I picked, which included, having a shower AND a bathroom, air conditioning and clean linens!  Like I said, pretty unreasonable requests, BUT I love my wife and wanted her to be happy so I started looking at the more pricey options 😉 .

When looking at the decent places during the high season (roughly Dec-March) I saw the prices were pretty high, which is when I switched to points mode and saw that with one sign up bonus from the Chase IHG credit card we would almost have enough for 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Phi Phi Island!  This hotel cost 35K points per night but since we didn’t have enough just from the bonus at that time it cost us (I believe) 55K points and $75 using points plus cash for 1 of the nights.

Anyway, on to the review!

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The resort is located on the northeast side of the island and actually not near any of the little towns.  You need to take a longtail boat or a hiking trail to get to a town, but I think this really makes a quiet, relaxing area of the island, especially after talking to people about other areas and the nightlife there.

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Map of Phi Phi islands with Holiday in at the Red Mark

After arriving we sat in the open air bar out front while we were checked in and our bags were taken to our room.  We were given fresh juice to drink while sitting and enjoying the view!

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Front open air bar

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Check in desk pavilion behind bar

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Map of the resort with the sea at the bottom, main area in bottom right

There are several different room types here that include the Garden Bungalow – which is what you book into with points and are set back from the water a bit.  Then there are the King Studio and King Coral Seaview Studio, the Superior Bungalow and then the Coral Studio and Bungalow on the beach, and they our priced kind of in that order.  The Garden Bungalows are set in the back, the Superior is a bit closer to the water and the Beachfront Bungalows are obviously with a view of the beach.

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Garden Bungalow

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Garden Bungalows

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Superior Bungalow

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Beachfront Bungalow (I think)

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Studios

I had a hard time figuring out the differences between the Studios but I believe we were upgraded to the King Coral Studio due to Katie’s Platinum status that she got from having that IHG Credit Card.

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Door to our hotel room

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Room 521

If you look at the map lay out below you will see our room (521) is all the way in the bottom left, on the water, near a second pool.  In the bottom right is check-in, the dive shop, Spa, restaurant and main family pool.

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Map again with our room in bottom left, trail at top right is to the sunset bar

ROOM

As I said above, I think we had a King Coral Seaview studio and these studios are almost a separate complex on the far south side of the resort.  It is very quiet and more private.  Also located in this area is another nicer, quieter pool, a restaurant and gym.

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Restaurant on our side of the resort where be had breakfast

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Breakfast Buffet

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Breakfast

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Fitness Center below restaurant

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Fitness Center

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More private, adult pool

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Our Pool

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“Whatcha Doin?’…Nothin, chill at the Holiday Innnnnnn

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Studios behind pool

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Path leaving our room with pool on right and other studios on left

When entering our room we had the refreshing hit of AIR CONDITIONING which was great after being out in the humidity most of the day!  When entering there is a table and fridge on the left, mirror, sink and closet on the right and a door leading to the shower and toilet with a second door leading to an outdoor shower!  The fridge had 2 bottles of water for us and there was instant coffee for the morning.

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Door to our room

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Table and fridge

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Water boiler with tea and instant coffee

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Sink and closet

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Toiletries

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Closet

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Toilet

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Shower

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Outside Shower

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Outside shower through window

Looking at the rest of the room you find 2 steps down into the bed area with a flat screen TV on your left, a couch on your right and a King bed.  We had told them this was a special romantic get away so they put nice romantic decorations on the bed!  We could see the Sea from our window and even better, we had our own balcony!

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Fridge, desk and TV

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

King bed and couch

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Bed with decoration

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Balcony

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View from the balcony

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Seating on balcony

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Looking back in the room from the balcony

We were also given a coupon for 2 free drinks due to Katie’s Platinum status which we used that first night! As well as a paper each morning and a little fish keychain.

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Free drinks!!

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Newspaper and keychain

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Keychain

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

The Rest of the Grounds

The obvious highlight of this place is the beach the resort is on – one of the main reasons for going!  It has soft sands, beautiful scenery and pretty impressive, extreme tides actually!  There are hammocks, swings and chairs also along the beach.

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Extreme low tides

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Beautiful walk in the evening

We also got a massage at the Spa and spent each evening watching the sunset at the Sunset Bar.

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Path along the back bungalows to the Sunset Bar

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Almost to the Sunset Bar

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

One last hill

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Seating to watch the sunset, with bar in the little pavilion

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

View to the right

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View to the left

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Sunset the second night

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Sunset the first night

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

One last sunset

The massages here were incredibly cheap!  Apparently they are expensive compared to other places in Thailand and the surrounding areas but it was a nice Spa and everything was very professional.  I think the Thai Couples massage with oils was about $26 a person AFTER tip! I have some of the different pricing below.

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Entrance to Spa

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Lobby of Spa

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On massage room

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Menu

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Menu

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Menu

As I said before, there are two pools on the grounds as well as multiple restaurants, however, there are many restaurants on the beach that you can also eat at and while they were good, I will say that I got pretty sick after eating at Jasmine’s for lunch the day we were heading back to Phuket – I would avoid eating there.  The restaurants on the beach are SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than eating at the hotel so I think I would still try some of the beach places out.  Katie was fine and never got sick, she ate different things than I did.

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Main, family pool

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Main, family pool

There is also a dive shop, little general store (also little hole in the wall shops on the beach where we bought stuff a little cheaper usually), and a children’s center.

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Setting up for Chinese New Year at the Restaurant

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

Restaurant

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Dinner our first night, this meal actually didn’t get me sick at Jasmine’s

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NO snakes at the table

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Check in desk at the back, dive shop left and bar right

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Dive Shop

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Children Center

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Kids programs

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Happy Cokes!

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Interesting chips…

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Suncreen is really expensive, be sure to ring your own

Overall this was a really nice hotel to stay at on a fairly isolated island.  I have read some reviews that don’t seem to realize this is a remote place in Thailand.  There are some bugs here and there and there are things worn down by the weather, but this isn’t a Park Hyatt, it’s a Holiday Inn in the middle of no where basically.  The price seems appropriate during high season for one of the nicer places on the island and this of course makes it a great time to use points as we did.  I think the customer service was quite good even though there was a bit of a language barrier sometimes.

holiday inn phi phi island review hotel resort

If you are looking for a place on Koh Phi Phi Don that is quieter, away from partying and with beautiful beaches than this is the spot.  I would certainly come back here (for longer next time), especially since it is a great jump off points to see other islands in the area, which brings me to my next post.

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Next up: Maya Bay and the Phi Phi Islands!

 

 

5 Comments on “Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Phi Phi Island

  1. Oh don’t mind me. I’m Mr. Gecko. I’m pretty harmless unless I crawl up under your sheets at night and scare the bejesus out of you. No biggie.

  2. Great review 👍😊I am heading there next month , you remember how much did you pay for the long tail boat each ride ?

    Thanks a bunch

    • We paid about $68 if I remember correctly but that included the Park Fee to go to Maya Beach which was about $12 so the boat ride for the two of us for half a day was really a little over $50.

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