Great views, expansive resort
The reception for Arayaburi actually looks after two properties belonging to the same owner, Bayview and Arayaburi, with the former being the older and slightly more affordable of the two.
Between them they cover an expansive section of the hillside fronting onto and overlooking Ton Sai Bay. This section of the beach is also known as Laem Hin (Rock Cape). While the Arayaburi rooms are the better, they are a long, long way from reception (though closer to the off-the-beach swimming pool), so keep that in mind. Rooms are well sized, with large terrace verandas, air-con and TV, with the prices rising the closer you get to the water. The resort is backed by a good section of Phi Phi forest giving it the feeling of being wedged between the jungle and the sea. It's a pretty, and very popular spot, but their high season rates are pretty cheeky. If we were to stay here we'd wager Arayaburi is worth the extra money. Expect some racket in the evening from the bars on Ton Sai Beach. On our latest visit (August 2014) we were distressed to see wastewater being piped onto the beach and into the sea right next to the resort entrance – hopefully this will be remedied soon.
By Lana Willocks
Last updated on 12th February, 2016.