Updated: May 6, 2018
Elegant, convenient and best option in island center for families. Remarkably few resorts offer the sort of family-friendly facilities commonly found on Phuket and Bali, such as a kids’ club and games room, and this includes the Cabana. But the attractions for those with children are numerous. Firstly, it’s so spacious, with a stunning lagoon-shaped pool – and kids’ pool attached – vast enough for several ‘islands’ of palm trees. Uniquely, it faces the two main beaches, with double the views and breezes. And, thirdly, it’s within 200m of both the port and downtown, with its maze of shops, cafés and bars, but out of earshot of the nightclubs. All rooms are elegant, with a lovely Thai décor and striking wooden furniture, and overlook the pool and sea from the generous balcony. They are more than large enough for an extra single bed, while many have connecting doors, and the pricey suite features a second bedroom.
Astonishing, convenient and classy, with space for families. Perched beneath awesome limestone cliffs, this bright and airy five-storey resort dominates all views of Ton Sai Bay. The best rooms are those with direct access to a pool. On the ground floor, rooms with verandas of funky furniture facing the pool and beach would be noisy, while some on the third floor face an extraordinary pool stretching along the edge of level three. From the veranda, edges of this pool seem to drip into the ocean about 20m below. Suites feature a sofa, dining table and fully-equipped kitchen, and could easily accommodate a single bed. With angled palms and sapphire water, the resort faces the finest slice of sand along Ton Sai or Loh Dalum beaches. Barely 700m from downtown and the port, it’s the last along the bay, so there are few noisy boats interrupting the views and disturbing the peace. The welcome Living Room for late flights and early arrivals also offers jaw-dropping sea views. Like almost every other resort on Phi Phi, nothing is set up for families, but the young ones would relish the pools and beachside setting.
Luxury, convenience, beach setting and rooms for families. This classy resort shares vast grounds (and the pool) with its downmarket sister resort, PP Charlie. Both are squeezed between downtown, with its muddle of cafés, shops and nightclubs, and a superb stretch of bleached sand and calm waters at Loh Dalum Bay. The two-level Pool Villas share a private pool with two other villas and lack walls to ensure privacy. Upstairs is an enormous storage area with a desk, as well as a bathroom, and a bedroom with flawless sea views. Downstairs is a sofa (which can convert into a single bed), and veranda with sliding doors offering direct pool access. Behind the villas, Deluxe Rooms have no sea views but are spacious, each containing an extra single bed; many have connecting doors, too. All rooms and villas can also accommodate a second child on an additional single bed. Like almost every resort on Phi Phi, the Princess has no facilities specifically for children, but the likeable pool with its zig-zag design and tranquil beach setting are ideal.