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Arayaburi Resort Phi Phi

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

so we arrived by long tail boat onto the beach outside the resort reception, which is also the reception for the bay view resort. check in didn't take long and the porter carried the bags to our lodge for the 5 days we stayed. We were lucky in the fact we stayed in 202, not an amazing view but not bad and close to the reception and breakfast room, the downside is the hotel transport was up and down past the room at all hours of the day and night. the resort is on a hillside and it is steep so not ideal for people with mobility issues or the elderly unless you are quite fit! You also have no choice but to walk along a stretch of beach to be able to pick up the road that goes into tonsai, although not much of a hardship tbh. The location of the hotel was perfect, about a ten minute walk past bars, shops and restaurants takes you into the centre of tonsai. Here you can catch the ferry to other islands. We strolled into town most nights and stopped off at the reggae bar on the way for a drink. The room at the hotel was adequate, bed was comfortable, wardrobe , dressing table, hairdryer etc and blackout curtains and mesh doors for the mosquitos. You do need to keep these closed as you are in the forest you will get bitten so take jungle strength mozzy spray or you'll be eaten alive on your balcony after dark. Bathroom was basic but functional, you cannot put toilet roll down the toilet and have to put it in the waste bin, in order to get hot water for the shower you must have the air conditioning on, but tbh didn't cause us an issue as it was so hot it was on anyway and cold showers were the order of the day. The combination of aircon and fan was perfect. Maid cleaned the room every day and made us some lovely towel sculptures The hotel has a small beach area in front of the reception, get there early to get a lounger or you will be left with one of the many broken ones :( , they need a lot more and they need to be working, the current ones are broken and the ones that aren't are very tatty. The area outside the hotel has a small swimming area that is roped off to stop you going out too far and the long tail and speedboats are up and down into Tonsai harbour all day. the small private beach the hotel boasts has no loungers and the O2 bar is closed down so you cannot get a drink from anywhere here, essential in 37 degrees! They also advertise direct access to long beach - yes they do have this, however it's - up the hill , across the top and down the other side, not really on any kind of path but scrambling over tree roots and literally climbing up and down in some areas , takes about 20 minutes- we got a longtail boat back - much easier! long beach incidentally is well worth visiting for snorkelling and lunch. Breakfast was disappointing, they had the usual cereal, fruit , eggs, eggs and more eggs - no bacon and the tea was so weak it was disgusting tbh. no-one died but there is definitely room for improvement. the breakfast area was in three parts, 1/2 dozen tables on the roof terrace overlooking the bay - they always full, another outdoor area with a few large family tables and then lots of tables in the concrete area under cover, seriously not inspiring, also the toilets in the breakfast room were out of order all the time we were there. The food took a long while to be replaced when it ran out and for the last two mirnings we went into town for a fry up we enjoyed our time here, but it was disaapointing and i wouldnt stay here again, which is a shame as the location is amazing

A good place to relax and enjoy life, it's a late review but the place is really great and the food was good too.staff was very friendly,and accommodating. The island is really stunning I love the sea foods

Wonderful place. Close to Long Beach, trail to view point and a short 15 min walk into town. People complaining about the walk up the "hill" is ridiculous. It's nothing. I stayed in a sea view bungalow close to the far end of the resort and it barely took me 5 mins to walk it. The bungalows are beautiful and clean with nice balcony area to chill. Everyday I came back from beach to find fresh flowers laid out on bed. There is a small private beach. Breakfast was very good. Lots of choices, buffet style. Staff were friendly and helpful. There is a nice pool area with bar, but I never used it since Long Beach is so close. Pricey but well worth it.

It's quite a climb, the reviews that say five flights is an undersell. They did carry our bags up the stairs though. Moreso, I'm concerned about the service. It was relatively clean, but the housekeepers left the doors unlocked all day after coming in once, which was problematic. Furthermore, the front desk person, would not stop badgering us about the potential of another friend coming, despite us being within the advertised allowable amount of people. The shower was eh... if the price was lower, we would have expected this, but for the price, we will definitely not be back.

The Arayaburi Resort located near Long Beach is a good hotel to stay at Phi Phi with its fair share of Pros & Cons, which ought to be considered seriously before booking it. It shares the same Reception Lobby & Restaurant as Bayview Resort, although the rooms of Bayview are much closer to reach than Arayaburi. The breakfast buffet spread is good. Pros: 1. Good comfortable well equipped rooms with sea views. 2. Beautiful hotel property with high view points to capture some lovely photos. 3. Access to a couple of almost exclusive clean beaches. Cons: 1. To reach the hotel, be prepared to board a Longtail boat from the Tonsai Pier to the hotel beach, which involves getting wet and taking a partial dip in the sea. Hence, travel light and dress up accordingly. This longtail boat departs every hour from the hotel and it's timings are mentioned at the Lobby. 2. The town centre/pier can also be accessed by walking 2 mins on the beach and then 15 mins on the road, which could get difficult when it's dark or if you're drunk/tired. 3. The hotel rooms are situated on a steep hill accessible by a free hotel taxi which plies from 7am to 11pm only. It's a steep hike to the rooms & back if you go by foot. I would recommend staying at Bayview as it's closer and in rooms numbers 1xx as these have direct sea views. Room numbers 2xx and 3xx are higher up and the views are partially blocked.

This is one of those places where everything looks great in the pictures and the price makes you have high expectations. This hotel was filled with disappointments left and right. The hotel is pretty run down. Not only does it say nothing on the website about having to walk a good 30 minutes to get to the hotel (there are no roads), but but the hotel itself is not well-marked. After passing all the other hotels that we remembered seeing for cheaper prices online, it was made abundantly clear that these hotels are actually much nicer than Arayaburi. Once we arrived at the hotel, we were taken to our room (we paid for the highest, "The Grand Deluxe Villa" or something along those lines) that only showed a small portion of ocean view. My love was incredibly frustrated by this as the description said "ocean view" and we could only see a small portion of the ocean through all the trees. He tried to switch our room to something closer to the water, but they said they were all sold out. Caution: when the bellman takes you to your room and points to the mini bar and says "free for you", this is not true. We found that out the hard way. The pool says it opens at 10am but they didn't have towels until 11am. I had to walk all the way down to reception and back just to check out towels. The food prices were also twice as much as in town,but the quality was not better. Like I said, the walk is long to town...the walk from the reception desk is long to the rooms. We exercise everyday and are very fit but this was too much walking. To pay over $130 night, for something you assumed had the amenities and views it promised, is a huge let down. Next time, we are staying at something closer to town, more beautiful, and most likely cheaper in the end. I strongly urge you to do the same, or at least be extremely cautious when booking. I'm attaching a map of the places you should ask to stay in if you want the good views you are paying for.

Fantastic views and ambience. Older style bungalows but comfortable and charming. Breakfast is only average. Free shuttle on demand from reception to rooms to 11 pm, so steep climb is not a problem. Pleasant 15 minute walk to town, first 200 m along sand beach,

Good location but need to walk to the town .. not too far ... but plenty of shops and other hotels/restaurants are on the way. This is a fantastic awesome resort with private beach front, can highly recommend . . Need to walk to the Bungalows . . .Big Comfortable rooms and a big balcony overlooking the Sea. Nice private Swimming pool area with massage available. The food is also of acceptable good standards .. the staff, could be more friendly and accommodating from time to time.. (+seem to be more busy with themselves instead of the guests....sometimes) We will be back - we love this place.

Fantastic views, great food and staff. Bit of a walk into town, but I love a good hike. If the walk is too long, just get a longboat to drop you off at the amazing private beach. Will be back next time in Phi Phi!

Resort view is awesome. Beachfront so amazing ocean view , Room. Clean, quiet and tidy. Loved the balcony. Very natural. but a long walk to the lobby and also far from the center area of the island. Our experience was good without climbing the whole place to go for dinner and lunch. On the first day we faced few issues like lock wasn't working properly so, we had to call room service. If you call for transport service then have to wait long to get it free. Food was ok.

Room options

Deluxe Villa

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Grand Room (Deluxe)

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

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40% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 191 reviews