Recommended, if you can afford it!
The Zeavola could be the poster child for ecologically-friendly luxury development on Phi Phi.
Accommodation is so discreetly situated you don't even know it's there when passing by on the beach; it took us a good while wandering to even find reception. All you see is a small sign and beautiful reception area with welcoming staff. The elongated bungalows, 52 in all, that appear as you turn each corner are magnificent, boasting dark wood, open-plan units, rich, colourful decorations and sumptuous attention to detail. The rooms are enclosed in glass to allow for air-con, but they don't lack that bright, airy feeling the best fan rooms have to offer, and you can always open everything up and switch off the air. The beds have milky-white mosquito netting for sleeping in the night-time breeze. The bathrooms are situated for most rooms across a teakwood breezeway that doubles as a lounge area. An antique writing desk has been converted into a vanity-cum-sink-trestle just outside the door of the stone-work bathrooms with large showers. Roll-down bamboo screening can be employed to afford more privacy without reducing airflow. The pool is another hidden joy, though some villas have their own private splash pools. The resort has a a dive centre and fabulous massage facility, but you may be happy just lounging around on the beach, taking in the sounds of your surroundings. It would be hard to find a place that better combines the joys of nature with the pleasures of wealth. The warm welcome, natural beauty and elegant design combine to make this the best luxurious resorts on Ko Phi Phi. Many services are included in the rates, including WiFi, cable TV, nightly turndown service, plus a choice of king-sized or twin beds. Recommended, if you can afford it.
By Lana Willocks
Last updated on 12th February, 2016.