54 Moo 8,tambon Aonang Koh Phi Phi - 81000 PHI PHI ISLANDPhi Phi Island, Thailand -See the map
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The Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island was built in 1991 and changed owner in 2004. It was formerly known as the Intercontinental. The establishment includes the lovely beach of Ton Say Bay, and its rooms are comfortable, but the communal areas are a bit tattered. In 2009, two new extensions were added to the hotel; the first opened in June and houses a second reception area and a new restaurant, while the second extension houses the rooms, which should be ready by now, as they were planned for November. The hotel offers two types of accommodation within the same establishment, one of which is more up market than the other.
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The hotel is in the Andaman Sea, on the north-east part of Phi Phi Island (province of Krabi), which lies some 25 mi south-west of Krabi (the trip to the airport will take around half an hour by land and a further hour and a half by ferry) and roughly 30 mi south-east of Phuket (the airport there is a three quarter of an hour land journey away, plus the hour and a half by ferry ).
Opinions are divided about the quality of the massages though... None of the 80 bungalows of the Holiday Inn have a television. Television addicts mustn't panic though, there is a television room with a small screen that is available! The rooms are spread throughout the garden and building, and some can be quite far from the centre of the hotel. Every room has a spacious wooden terrace furnished with deckchairs and every room is comfortable but lacks decoration. There are three big beds in the room and the bathroom is spacious but could do with a little personal touch. As far as facilities are concerned, the rooms include a safe, air-conditioning, a minibar with tea and coffee-making facilities, a direct international telephone line, room-service until 10:00pm, a hair-dryer and hospitality products.
As is the case with all the hotels of Ton Say Bay, access to the Holiday Inn is by the sea. The reception area faces the sea and is made up of several small outdoor lounge areas with wooden furniture. Just next to these, the hotel's swimming pool has some forty deckchairs and parasols, but it is hard to imagine how all the hotel's guests can cram into this space if they wish to go for a dip at the same time; Either way, most people prefer the beach. The swimming-pool blends in nicely with its surroundings, thanks to its rounded shape and flower gardens and you will find a host of loungers set out around the swimming-pool and in several small nooks and crannies. There is a Balinese massage parlour near the beach.
Food and drink
The main restaurant is the Thai Rom Prao; it has a spacious dining-room and a big outdoor terrace. It is open in the morning and the evening and serves a buffet breakfast. On Mondays and Wednesdays, a Thai evening is organised and a show is put on for you to enjoy while you eat your dinner. For lunch, you should head for the seaside Mong Thalay Beach & Restaurant. One part is reserved for the bar and the other part is the restaurant area. The tables are set out in the sand, and the menu has various types of cuisine and snacks. It is open from 11:00am till 11:00pm, so you can also enjoy a dinner by the sea.
The Holiday Inn has the advantage of being built on the long beach of Ton Sai Bay, however, it shares its location with many other establishments. The beach has fine sand and the water is crystal-clear, and can even become too warm! Unfortunately, the hotel has not put out any deckchairs on the beach, and you will need to take shelter from the sun under the trees, as there aren't any parasols either. Another snag is the incessant comings and goings of the long tail boats and their rather loud engines. Apart from that, when the sun goes down, you can enjoy a very pleasant stroll along the bay!
Ton Sai Bay serves as the boat terminal for all the boat lines that come to Phi Phi Island. From there you should expect another twenty minutes by long tail boat (the local cab) to reach the hotel by sea (there are no roads on the island).
When the sun goes down, don't forget you mosquito repellent!
Computers are available at the reception for you to use, but you will have to buy a card if you want to surf the Internet.