Champagne Backpacking in Koh Phi Phi
November 14, 2017
At the moment, Thailand is in the midst of a major makeover. Aspiring to compete with wealthy enclaves in Mustique or the Maldives – Thailand now offers a level of style that feels very new for a place that’s been a tourist attraction for a very long time.
A newly discovered gem, Phi Phi Island Village expertly balances a love of adventure and exploration with a longing for luxury. Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort feels like an exotic yet luxury destination from the moment you arrive, with contemporary Thai design thoughtfully woven with natural elements to complement the peaceful setting. This appeals to a new era of grown-up travellers: those seeking a destination offering both a sense of place and locality along with stunning surroundings. The island resort conjures up a feeling of adventure and exploration in the middle of pure, unadulterated paradise.
Fringed by 70 acres of coconut palms that give way to the pristine white sands of Loh Ba Gao Bay, the Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is an idyllic small island retreat close to some of the world’s most highly-rated island beaches. Situated within the famous Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi Marine National Park, set in 70 acres of lush gardens and a massive stretch of pearly white beachfront – Phi Phi Island Village is, without question, Thailand at its finest.
Upon arrival, the resort’s devoted staff and experienced guides offered the chance to explore the island either on foot or on the water, and put together itineraries that were as action-packed and adrenaline-fuelled as you wished them to be.
Guests can head to the coral gardens in Koh Phi Phi National Park marine sanctuary and spent hours exploring the magical and vivid colours of underwater flora, or hop on one of Thailand’s iconic long tail boats and cruised pass the iconic scenery of Rantree Bay, Hin Pahe, and Loh Samah Bay before stopping at iconic Maya Bay. A visit to Phi Phi Leh’s stunning green lagoon an unforgettable and vibrant experience –no Instagram filter required. One could spend the morning soaking up the sun alone on the beach and spend the afternoon kayaking through the indigenous and magical mangroves, before retreating to the luxury of a private villa for a sunset cocktail by you private pool.
For divers, the Phi Phi Island Dive Village is a PADI certified dive centre where Scuba instructors offer tailored trips to discover Phi Phi Island’s stunning coral formations, mysterious caverns, brilliantly coloured tropical fish, and a vast array of marine life, from seahorses to sea turtles.
For those travelling with family, it will be wonderful to discover that the resort’s collection of exhilarating expeditions and activities caters to guests of all ages. The tropical Family Playground programme includes learning how to live as a true islander with a line-up of ingenious tactics explained, such as building shelters, fishing and mastering the enigmatic campfire. And for a group adrenaline rush, parents and kids are invited to compete for gold in the island’s family triathlon.
Aside from the tranquil waters of the Andaman Sea, there were also two swimming pools on offer, one complete with a pool bar. Meals were a delightful affair at the open air Api with fresh seafood and authentic local cuisine making it a firm favourite. For exquisite Thai food in a beautiful hillside setting, we loved their Ruan Thai Restaurant and the Beach Grill & Bar was the perfect, al fresco spot to enjoy freshly grilled seafood with a backdrop of cocktails and live entertainment.
There are a range of rooms on offer. Starting at the cosy Superior Bungalows, there are Deluxe Seaview Bungalows offering convenient access to the beach, while Deluxe Garden Bungalows can be found in the tropical grounds. And if you’re travelling as a small group or family, the spacious and air Family Bungalows are ideal.
We opted for the resort’s Hillside Pool Villas, located on the gentle slopes of the tropical rainforest offer the ultimate luxury and total seclusion after a long day of exploring. Each one comes with a private pool and panoramic views over Loh Ba Gao Bay, a dedicated butler, and a daily Jacuzzi bath set up with a choice of bath crystals or oils. Truly Phi Phi Village is an unspoiled paradise that is ready to be explored by champagne backpackers looking for true escapism.
Written By Ashley Pearson for Luxuria Lifestyle