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
We loved our stay at Aava:
- amazing a la carte breakfast which was a huge plus since we don't like buffet breakfasts
- the resort is absolute beachfront and the beach is stunning and has white soft sand
- the pool has the perfect temperature, we jumped in from our terrace when we arrived with the moon above us and it was magical
- very friendly staff, especially Sa and Boo
- very family friendly, there are even nannys at the resort
We'll be beack - thanks for a great stay
The beautiful Aava resort and spa is situated on Nadan beach Khanom and boasts 9km of powdery white sand. The hotel is minimal and modern, Skandinavian in style. We had one of the superior rooms which was adequate in size and tastefully furnished with free tea and coffee facilities and free Wifi throughout the resort. We were unable however, to receive any English speaking channels on the satellite TV and the renting of a DVD player and movies was an unavailable option during our stay. On the plus side it was certainly a quiet, chillaxed break away from the stresses of London life.
The on site restaurant served beautiful breakfasts and amazing evening meals with a mixture of Asian and European dishes available. We were also treated to a wonderful romantic (BBQ) meal on the beach without additional cost and a display of traditional dance on the Thai evening. The on site pizzeria and bakery was also something we made use of serving splendid thin based stone baked pizzas.
The small infinity pool with views to the ocean was an inviting place to cool down and there was never a problem getting a sunbed.
Sadly Jak was on holiday when we visited so we were unable to make use of his expertise yoga and pilates classes on the beach.
Thank you Sa for the amazing pink dolphin tour where we saw several pink dolphins - yes they really do exist. Also we thank Sa for the visit to Monk island where we learnt something of Thai culture and religion which we shared with you in your tradition.
The best thing about Aava is the friendliness and welcome of the staff. Without exception they are attentive and wish to please making our dream become a reality.
Thank you Tia for your helpfulness and friendship.
And to Boo and whole team at Aava - thank you for your kindness and hospitality. You are deserving of your country's reputation of being the land of a thousand smiles.
Firstly, I would recommend this place as it is beautiful, relaxing and very friendly. We stayed for 2 weeks and enjoyed the hotel immensely, the beach is fabulous, great pool and the accommodation perfectly fine although the beds are way too hard for our liking.
The staff were very friendly and helpful without exception, however if you are looking for good service then you will be disappointed. We ate in the restaurant frequently as the food was very good but it seemed like the staff were more comfortable behind the counter than on the floor with their guests, so we frequently had to get up and ask for things after waiting for ages for some service. On one occasion, having been given the menu to choose from, none of the 4 waiting staff in attendance came to take our order and after half an hour I had to go and find one of them to do so, same again later when we wanted drinks.. we were the only guests in the restaurant at the time so no excuses. We were also overcharged on a couple of occasions for the ‘happy hour’ cocktails, being charged full price as opposed to 30% discount price as advertised, this is worth keeping an eye on as the drinks are not cheap.
Khanom town is a bit of a dump really, not much to see there but the pink dolphin tour was well run and great fun and very worthwhile.
So, all in all, a beautiful place, friendly and relaxing, good food,hard beds and iffy service that half a day of training could fix easily.
The resort is located directly on the beach. There are connected and separated villa's, some directly around the pool. I would not go for the latter, because although it seems nice to be able to slide into the pool directly from your terrace, it is a coomon pool and you have less privacy. For children these villa's are not suitable. Our room was halfway the recption and the beacht, spacious and with all the amenities. A large nice bathroom. Reception is friendly and good in English. Wifi works reasonably well but there are occasional dips. The bar/restaurant near the pool is nice but not quiet. Breakfast is served at the table from an a la carte menu, which makes it a a bit hard to determine what you will get. I could do without the music, I like to unwind quietly in the morning.
Great and attentive staff, especially Pla-dook!
Rooms are clean and nice.
the food is a bid expensive for Thai standard and room prices are overpriced with at least 50%. I had one of the rooms closest to the reception near the road and paid more then 5k. The resort was quiet and plenty of different room types available closer to pool and beach. A free tip: if there are many rooms available then give your guests an free upgrade. It's empty anyway and guests will be pleasantly surprised!The design is very nice and modern.
I'll be back if prices drop!