Aava Resort And Spa
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes breakfast
- Spotting pink dolphins in the waters off pristine Nadan Beach
- Impeccable Scandinavian-style design
- Family-friendly, with a free kids club that offers daily activities
What To Know
- There are daily yoga and tai chi classes on the beach
- Free WiFi
- The spa has one treatment room, so it's best to book massages in advance of your trip
- Some renovation work is taking place at the resort until October 2015
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
On southern Thailand’s untrammeled Khanom coast, the Aava Resort & Spa is a sleek retreat set on a five-mile stretch of pristine white sand between majestic limestone mountains and swaying coconut palms. The 28 bungalows and villas have a contemporary Scandinavian aesthetic, and all feature wood flooring, private decks and slick recessed lighting. Poolside Villas come with kingsize beds, bathtubs with sea views and large terraces with ladder access to the pool. Soothe your weary muscles with an invigorating Thai massage at the spa, or relax with a glass of something chilled by the outdoor pool overlooking the beach. Feast on Asian fusion dishes at the beachside restaurant, Aalto, or have a delicious wood-fired pizza at Aava Pizzeria & Bakery. Parents will appreciate the free kids club, the on-site playground and babysitting services.
In the Area
Take advantage of the resort’s daily schedule of tai chi and yoga classes on the beach. For an off-site adventure, go on a pink dolphin–spotting boat trip; local fishermen will happily take you out on the water for a nominal fee. One of the region’s most celebrated seaside restaurants, Thum, is a short walk from the hotel. In the evening, oil lamps light the cozy dining room, where you can enjoy tried and tested Thai dishes, such as stir-fried sweet-and-sour shrimp or deep-fried fish with mango salad.
How to Get There
I visited in mid-October so a quieter time of year for tourists. Only stayed one night as was visiting various places around Thailand. I was lucky enough to have a pool villa which gave direct access to the pool outside my room. The resort's design is quite unique - exterior is Asia based design but the interior is more a minimalist Finnish and Scandinavian design. The bathroom is large with more traditional European shower -- no walls/screens but with option of showering with rain shower head or by hand nozzle. There is also a large soaker tub to relax and lots of bathroom counter space. A ladder to hang towels, etc. The bed offers beautiful views of the pool and beyond that the beach. Sliding doors open up to private outdoor comfy couch, chair, table and ladder to get directly into the pool. Catering to leisure travellers the one thing I would have liked is a small desk/chair to do work on my laptop. Bed/pillows very comfortable, room temperature. Layout of the resort is good with nothing far away including the restaurant, spa, beach. Mixture of room types with some ideal for families. The area is lesser known and less touristy and about 90 minutes from Surat Thani airport. Ideal for those not needing the bustling noise/pace of Phuket or Bangkok. More leisurely pace. Friendly and helpful staff. Had one dinner -- excellent selection of various cuisines and dishes -- from European, Asian and American. Had spa treatment which was fine -- small facility but good therapists. Overall a great place to visit and chill for a few days with a less crowded beach (I was about the only person on it) and comfortable environment for those who prefer a more boutique and personalized resort stay.
We visited here late August/early September after a 2 night stay in Bangkok. After the busyness and bustle of Bangkok this was the perfect place to relax.
The staff are absolutely wonderful, my partner and I have been to many countries and hotels in the world and the staff here are some of the most attentive and genuinely friendly that we have ever encountered. They made us feel extremely welcome and nothing was too much trouble. From Sa’s interesting and excellent tourist knowledge and guidance, to Boo’s efficient and super friendly management, and Pla-dook and the other waiters and waitresses, everyone here is warm and approachable.
The superior bungalow we stayed in, and complex itself is very clean and well maintained with plenty of privacy and extremely comfortable. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated.
We have never seen a beach so empty in high season, the resort itself is quite isolated, but this adds to the charm and restful nature of the area. The beach is clean and the sea is bather friendly.
The food is excellent, though a little on the expensive side for the area, but plenty of varied and interesting dishes made with care.
The swimming pool is on the small side and there are not many beach loungers, so we can imagine when the place is full it could be a bit of a squeeze. However, when we visited we had plenty of space even when new people were arriving.
The trips are well worth the money.
All in all definitely recommended. Thank you everyone for making our time with you so special, with lots of happy memories of you all.
Stayed here for 3 nights. Room very comfortable but would benefit from better cleaning.
Poolside room with lovely view of the long beach.
Dining room nearby.
Lunch and dinner menu fairly comprehensive but we did send one meal- a massaman curry - back as it was too spice.
Breakfast is not very good. Only 2 staff, bread not fresh and not the usual buffet style meal one receives in most Asian hotels. Limited fruit serve with the bread.
A nice selection of hot dishes.
Coffee not up to luxury standard.
Spa good but also needs a good clean. Spa staff good.
A pleasant stay but the property needs attention to bring it back to the luxury condition it purports to present