Half a mile of sparkling white sand surrounded by the clear blue Andaman Sea is just one reason to visit the Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort and Spa on the northeast coast of Koh Phi Phi Don. Seventy acres of coconut palm plantations, the alluring privacy of the Loh Ba Gao Bay, lush gardens and the surrounding Nopparattra National Park are just some more. East of Phuket and west of Krabi, and it can be reached via private boat transfer from Phuket or a public ferry service from both. A ferry from Koh Lanta to the south is also available at peak tourist season.
Make a date with the resort’s soothing Signature Massage at the Wana Spa on your first day to truly start to unwind. Located in the hills with views of offshore islands, there’s a whole host of treatments on offer for you to try, including herbal aromatherapy, invigorating body scrubs and refreshing facials. Traditional Thai massage is a specialty but you won’t want to leave without trying the four-hour Phi Phi Signature Package – a herbal steam sauna and milky Jacuzzi bath, honey massage, oatmeal, milk, Thai herbs and honey scrub topped off with a fresh milk wrap, hair treatment and facial treatment. Rejuvenated and relaxed, finish by returning to your room wearing a Thai sarong.
Most of the 156 rooms are traditional Thai-style thatched bungalows, ranging from superior (35 sq m) to deluxe (43 sq m), some of which have sea views, too. There are beachfront junior suites as well but for some serious luxury, opt for one of 12 Hillside Pool Villas (110 sq m) that accommodates up to four people, each of which has its own private pool, sundeck and lounge chairs to enjoy and free Wi-Fi.
It’s rare that a location looks just as good underwater as on land but the Phi Phi islands can make that claim with its marine life (including seahorses and sea turtles), caverns and stunning coral settings, so make time for some diving or snorkelling. The resort has a PADI-certified dive centre with multi-lingual instructors and operates small dive groups – perfect if you’re a novice – with dive sites just 15 minutes away. Above water, why not take a long-tail boat ride past limestone cliffs or a jungle trek to see the local wildlife? There’s also plenty of other outdoor activities on offer where you can soak as the scenery as you, from kayaking and beach fishing to trekking, yoga and tennis. A mini theatre, recreation centre, fitness room and large swimming pool are also on offer.
Sample authentic Thai cuisine or simply an old favourite at one of the resort’s four restaurants. The Marlin, the main restaurant for lunch and dinner, is situated on the beach with menus featuring fresh seafood, while breakfast is served at the open-air Dolphin with views over the bay. For a sumptuous Thai experience, make sure you dine at Ruan Thai – unforgettable meals twinned with a setting inspired by a traditional Thai home and amazing hillside views. Finally, for more casual dining, settle in at the al fresco Coconut Grill & Bar for grilled seafood and prime cuts of meat alongside sunsets, signature cocktails and live music. There are also other bars – the open-air beachfront Centre Bar for cocktails and light snacks, two poolside bars and a barefoot beach bar – as well as an internet café serving coffees, tea, smoothies and snacks.
49 Moo 8, Tumbon Ao-Nang,Muang District