Very Good 370 Reviews
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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


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Contemporary Scandinavian-style villas and bungalows on an unspoiled stretch of white sand in southern Thailand

The Lowdown

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

Aava Resort And Spa
28/3 Moo 6 T Khanom
Khanom, 80210 Thailand


4.0 Very Good 370 Reviews
Very Good, But Could Have been Better!
Reviewed 3 days ago

Upon arrival we were greeted with a welcome drink by some very friendly staff. My family of 4 stayed in a 2 bedroom Family Villa. The room was nice but was in need of some updating. Ironically the villa next to ours was being updated so maybe ours was next. Our room did not have a view of the beach but it was very close to the sand. The ala carte breakfast was pretty good but not great. The beds were VERY HARD!!! There are only about 28 or so rooms in the whole place so it is like a boutique resort on the beach.

Even though there weren't many people staying at the resort the restaurant service, although pretty friendly, was slow. But then again it was pretty slow throughout Thailand.

The beach is beautiful! The pool area was very nice and clean and right on the beach!

The onsite wood burning pizza restaurant was amazing!

If your looking for a getaway with little to do and no interruptions this is the place.

Lovely Hotel and stay but not without a few issues .
Reviewed 6 days ago

Thank you Aava for an absolutely lovely stay .we had a great time at the hotel . All the staff at Aava were fantastic and we felt they couldn’t do enough for us whilst we were there . We enjoyed speaking to them all . It was my birthday whilst staying and the fact that I got a cake was out of this world . We shared it on the night we got back to the hotel with a few remaining staff , lovely . Our Pool Room 1 is fantastic too .
Now a little moan ;
The Hotel is looking a little tired around the edges , hey ho I’m sure you will be fixing these as time goes on .
The WiFi is a complete joke , I have never stayed in a hotel as bad a connection before . I was busy with work for those few days and was pulling my hair out with frustration . This would prevent me from re booking .
The sun lounges need looking at . The mixture of Polly Rattan low ones on the beach are OK but the fixed sponges need changing . You can’t move or adjust these sponges thru out the day and get under the shade . No one is on these during the mornings as it’s too hot .they are horrible and manky at the base of these , they are covered and have the old manky covers under neath new ones. I would change the lot to quality adjustable ones .
We do love the hotel and will be back next year to Khanom , the competition is getting strong on the beach now . I look forward to checking Ava’s details again , many thanks .

Very disappointed
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked 1 night in the best room of this resort, because of its exceptional location.

The welcome staff was not smiling, except a kind and professionnal young philippino woman, speaking english fluently.

Positive points: we can point out the care taken in the general decoration of the place, the direct access to the pool from the terrace of the room, and the direct access to the beach. Breakfast is served at the table and is hearty and well cooked. The breakfast service is professional. The room is well equipped: bathrobes, towels, hair dryer, etc ... Everything is there.

However, given the price, negative points are to be noted, relating to cleanliness. The bedding and cushions of the sofa were stained. There was a pile of dust and dead insects behind the big mirror of the toilet and even old pieces of newspapers behind the headboard. The household is obviously not done properly. Regarding the building itself, the ceiling had wet spots and paint fittings hid the lack of maintenance or construction deficiencies. As for the announced wifi, it was almost unusable.

The bath was out of order: no water and faucets were broken. We reported the problem and were promised to repair, but nothing was done and no one kept us informed. We had to go without the bathtub.

We left very disappointed. One can easily find a better value for money in Surat Thani or in nearby resorts.

Family friendly property at one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand
Reviewed 2 months ago

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

Beautiful Aava Resort & Spa
Reviewed 3 months ago

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.