My partner and I (late 20's) stayed here in April 2012 after attending a wedding on Koh Samui. We travelled from Krabi on the ferry after a few days in Ao Nang and arrived at Ton Sai Bay pier on the early ferry around 10.30am. We found a man at the end of the pier waving a sign that said Bay View Resort and even though they didn't know what time we were coming a long boat was waiting there for us and the other passengers and our names were checked off the list. The boat ride took about five minutes along the gorgeous bay and we arrived to the resort shortly after. The guys loaded and unloaded our heavy bags for us and the reception is right on the beach. The reception weren't the friendliest we had encountered on our trip and we had to wait a while to be served however it was busy with all of us arriving at once and they were polite enough and had no problems with our online booking through hotels.com. Plus the views more than made up for anything else! As we had arrived well before check in (about 11am) our room wasn't yet ready but we were able to leave our bags and were told to come back in an hour. We had lunch in the restaurant next door on the beach and the guy who served us was one of the lovliest people we met with a big grin and helpful service. He was new and he did such a great job. The food was delicious and cocktails excellent, not as cheap as other places but I knew Phi Phi would be more expensive as it's an island and still great value compared to Australia! Our room was lovely, a bit of a hike up a few flights of steps but one of the staff carried our bags up the hill (I felt very guilty!) and it was good to walk off all the lovely food we had eaten! We had a basic room which still had a nice view of the bay, air con, a balcony with chairs, confy double bed and it was quite large with enough storage space for luggage. The shower was great, large and no gap in the roof as it's covered by plastic now so no mossies inside. People commented on it being run down but it looked quite well maintained, the gardens were gorgeous and natural with butterflies, flowers everywhere and the bungalows were all separate and looked newly painted. They explained about the air con needing to be on before we could have the shower running hot and that was no issue as it was so warm anyway! We headed straight for the beach, it is a fantastic location as the resort is in a cosy little corner of Ton Sai Bay so you have a little beach that is free of boats and mostly free of people with the resort providing pillows and sun lounges at the bar on the beach. It was full moon time so the tides changed from very shallow to very deep but with no currents it was perfect for floating around, swimming and snorkelling (although not many fish were spotted off the beach). We took a private speed boat tour that afternoon organised through reception and it was great, all the tourist spots are visited so lots of people and boats around but snorkelling was still great and it was great value for the tiny amount we paid! The walk along the beach into town is lovely, restaurants are all along the beach and we ate at hippies which I loved for it's laid back atmosphere, great music and the seafood bbq was amazing! It was so lovely to have no roads after the hectic pace of Bangkok, Samui and Krabi! The next day we hired a long boat and snorkelled at Bamboo and Mosquito islands which had the best snorkelling and explored the town for some shopping. Prices were more here but again, still cheaper than at home and lots of places like the family mart where you can buy drinks and snacks cheaply. We had massges in town too which were great and dinner at a different restaurant, all of them are on the beach and all the food seemed pretty nice and well priced. We walked through the town to the other side of the island where there is a huge bay with lots of sun beds set up along the beach and also parasailing and water sports. The resort was about a 20 minute or so walk along the beach track to Long beach which was worth the walk and had we been staying longer we would have spent a day or two on the beach there. The resort is also linked to Arayaburi and they have a pool with a swim up bar at the back of the resort. Breakfast that was provided each day had good selection also. All up this resort was fantastic, we loved our stay here and are now looking to return. People seem to compain about little things so we went with an expect anything attitude and if you don't let small things bother you it will be a fantastic trip. :)
The higher rooms had better views but all rooms seemed to have sea views.
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