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
- 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
A complete getaway from the busy tourist parts of Thailand. Accomodation is good. Friendly helpful staff good food and service. Beautiful beaches with only a few locals at weekends. We hired a car from the airport which was very useful to visit other beaches waterfalls and national parks and the local market and shops. Roads are very good and not busy. Recommend the hotels trip to see the Pink Dolphins Monk Island then lunch fish spa cave and waterfall. If you have time visit the Ang Thong National Marine Park by boat from Donsak to Koh Sumi to the marine park, a long day but exotic paradise islands are definitely worth it. Walk a short way along from the hotel and there are open fields backing onto the beach. Day and night local markets worth a visit.
Having visited Aava Resort and Spa exactly seven years earlier in 2011 it was exciting to see what had happened in Khanom during these years and how the town had developed. First walks along the beach revealed that the place is still incredibly quiet and you can have the beautiful beach pretty much to yourself at most times.
What comes to the resort/hotel, the experience was as good as I expected. The staff were friendly and professional, food was excellent and there were no disturbances whatsoever. Some rebuilding still going on (all along the Nadan beach) after the Pabuk cyclone around new year but this work was merely an interesting thing to see and imagine the strength of the nature and the sea.
During the eight days went to the nearby waterfalls (Samet Chun) which definitely was worth the 10-15 minute trip with a motorbike - you can rent those at Aava. Also rode to the natural fish spa, many times around town and also to the south of Khanom to Ao Tong Yee beach. The small motorbikes are an easy way to go and see the nearby sights.
Also the dolphin boat trip was a success. Dolphins, the pink ones, too, were spotted.
All in all, a great short holiday. Relaxing, quiet enough but at the same time provided fun experiences.
Expensive but has everything you may need. Buffer dinner is a bit too bland for its price. Breakfast is a la cart, not buffet. Hotel offers day trip to places which is nice but 3 times more expensive compared to local tours. Room layout is good although a bit run down. The best part of this place is possibly the beach and the nature.
If you want to get away from crazy Bangkok and Phuket then head to Khanom. We spent 4 nights at Aava Resort and Spa, got exceptional service from the staff. They offer free breakfast and not just a buffet, my husband ordered scrambled eggs with cheese and they were happy to accommodate our needs. We also rented a scooter from them so that we could explore more of the Khanom area, the cost was $6 per day. We did not use the spa, felt it was a little expensive and found another resort down the road that had an outdoor couples massage tables that you could listen to the ocean, they were about 1/2 of what Aava was charging. Another thing that we liked is that you cannot hear the road noise- which is great because it is right on the road. I would not hesitate to stay here again.
We stayed at the Resort right after the typhoon had hit the area, there were hardly any tourists and it was so nice. The staff is working very hard to get things back to normal, lots of garbage on the beach and they had a little difficulty with a plumbing issue but resolved it quickly.
Staff is completely warm and welcoming!!!
Okay so the only thing I would say that I didn't care for was the beds, they seemed very hard and pillows were too soft. I did read the reviews from other people and they thought the beds were comfortable so maybe it was just us.
We visited in January just after severe storms had damaged the Khanom coast. Clearly our timing was unfortunate, and we didn’t, for example, get the benefit of the glorious 7km beach, as the sea was higher than normal and the beaches full of litter and debris. This isn’t the hotels fault, though it took the CC bar down the road to inform us that the local businesses were going to clear the mess (the day after we left!).
Our poolside room was bright and pleasant, though the bedside sockets didn’t work. The view was to the sea, and the sunrises were beautiful.
Luggage space was poor.
The bathroom............ the shower has no panel around it and the base is too high. This results in the floor being soaked after every shower.
Breakfasts were good, though the fruit was inconsistent. Benz and Tiia were always especially helpful and attentive. Likewise we enjoyed lunches. We only looked at the restaurant once for dinner, and felt uncomfortable so went elsewhere (a member of staff kindly gave us a lift).
The bar/restaurant area is pretty much dead and clear d away by 9pm; we preferred a glass of wine on our daybed.
There was building work next door, which disturbed my wife when she used the very good spa
The guy doing the stretch classes and yoga is very very good.
The pink dolphin trip was very good, with an excellent guide called Sa.
Checking out was hard work; the guy seemed flustered, tried to incorrectly charge us for our car to the west coast, and seemed very worried about any potential minibar use, even though we told him we hadn’t used it and the maid had already checked that. He might have done better by asking instead if we would like help carrying our bags from the room.