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28 / 3 Moo 6, Nadan Beach, Khanom 80210 Thailand
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Aava Resort and Spa is spa resort in Khanom, southeast Thailand. Scandinavian influence can be seen in our unique architecture and design. Aava-design is created by Finland's top designers. Aava Resort and Spa combines traditional Thai friendliness and family values with Scandinavian quality and elegance. The values of Aava Resort and Spa evolved from the idea of serving our guests with traditional Thai friendliness without compromising high European standards. Rating 4 star.
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Sara Shipton wrote a review Apr 2022
Chalfont St Peter, United Kingdom80 contributions7 helpful votes
First of all I chose Khanom because of the pink dolphins that live there. The staff were all so kind and courteous and made us very welcome. It was a fine sandy white beach and the Andaman sea was so warm as was the pool. It wasn't a big hotel but actually I really like that because it made it a very personal experience. They threw in a complimentary half day trip to see the dolphins for good measure which I wasn't going to miss for the world. We did a few trips out and spent the rest of the time just relaxing on the beach and in the pool. Sa and Ae our driver (I apologise if I have the names wrong) were amazing and really looked after us. The pink dolphin tour which was on a longboat was wonderful. I loved seeing these beautiful pod of dolphins playing and swimming in their natural environment. I just hope that they are there forever. The City tour to Nakhon Si Thammarat was also very interesting and the high point of the trip was visiting The Shadow House of Suchat Sapsin which has a museum filled with puppets from different parts of the world. However it also has a puppet theatre which puts on about a 30 minute performance of a puppet show which they have an explanation for in English. It has a small cafe and some souvenirs such as shadow puppets that you can buy. Basically you look around the museum, you watch the show which is just magical and then a member of the family shows you how they make the puppets which are made out of cow skin. In fact her English is really good. We had a lovely lunch in the City and we went in a cave which had great stalactites and stalagmites and to top it all bats ( I belong to a bat group). To add to that because we ran out of time to go to the waterfall Sa and Ae took us to it the next morning where we stayed for an hour and then they picked us up. The rooms were very clean, the food was wonderful and it was lovely drinking a cocktail watching the ocean. We actually met the owner a couple of times at the hotel who was very keen to know our thoughts on his hotel. In fact he said that all the staff loved having the English visitors there especially as there were mainly a lot of Thai people staying there some with their families. He actually thanked me for letting him know that there was a leak around the bottom of the toilet when we left saying that he would make sure it was sorted out. The Thai massage I had on the last night was great because she did it on the beach so I could hear the ocean when she did it. Bliss. In fact I cried because I didn't want to leave and I got a hug from one of the restaurant staff. Khanom is perfect if you love wildlife, chilling, the beach, Thai massages and happy to do a couple of interesting trips.
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Date of stay: March 2022
Room Tip: Lovely clean room with a little terrace outside. A nice touch was that they left us a couple of...
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Thitiyaporn wrote a review Mar 2021
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I had the most wonderful time in my last COVID year with Aava. I and my family were warmly welcomed with helpful and polite staff. They friendly recommended the must-visit places in Khanom since this is our first time here. The design is unique and has a mix of Asian and European styles. I stayed in Superior Bungalow which is so spacious and fully furnished with high standard. The room offers all of what I need: a king-size bed, comfy sofa, private garden terrace, a beach bag and flip flop. I’m highly impressed with such a large bathroom. I love the options that I can choose showering with either a rain shower head or a bathtub where I could soak, sip a glass of wine, relax myself and see the moon and stars through the crystal clear window overhead. The decorations are also pretty: the traditional ladder for hanging the towels, etc. The views are so stunning! I spent all of my evenings enjoying the sea view and lying down on a beach bed near the pool and two-step to the sea. I got hundreds of nice photos ready to post from the sea view and every corner of the hotel. They are beautifully decorated and designed. I had breakfast at the lounge next to the beach. Aava offers not a buffet breakfast like others, but with a la carte with a variety of food: Thai, Westerns. The food is cooked to orders. I couldn’t remember how much I order, but when they were served, there was no area left to put my phone on. They also provide us with various kinds of bread/ croissants together with watermelon, pineapple, oranges and refreshing drinks. Unfortunately, some dishes might not suit my taste. A steak beef was quite tough and too salty. Side-dish vegetables were also uncooked and dried. However, the rest were quite good. The overall experience of my stay was great. My life is fulfilled with Aava. Hopefully, I could come back here so soon :)
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Date of stay: December 2020
MagnusBvi wrote a review Jan 2021
Paris, France166 contributions165 helpful votes
What an absolutely delightful retreat, in our case a babymoon... My wife in her seventh pregnancy month and our 3-year old daughter loved every moment of our weeklong stay at Aava and so did I. Clear highlights were the people, the setting and indeed the food. The very attentive, knowledgeable and sweet staff were consistently one step ahead; big thank you Ms Sa for a thrilling safari successfully “hunting” pink dolphins in a traditional long boat. The food both Thai and farang is of very high international standards and choices are well enough for seven days (wood pizza oven...!) at very reasonable prices. Note: small kids eat for free! Front office arranged for a very skillful pregnancy therapist. Owner Mr Atte was readily available and very helpful, thank you! We’ll be back.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Gavin B wrote a review Nov 2020
10 contributions1 helpful vote
We had an amazing time here at AAVA. The staff are beyond helpful and friendly. Food at the restaurant is high quality. The poolside villas are incredible. I will definitely stay here again! I want to thank Atte & his staff for their great hospitality. Many Thanks Gavin
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled
Seeing wrote a review Jul 2020
Aalborg, Denmark35 contributions23 helpful votes
10 adults and 8 children for two weeks - and we all had an amazing time. Pros and cons below: + Staff helpfulness and service level, food quality, facilities for relaxation - Food prices, heavy noise from aircondition
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled
Worldwide Travel wrote a review Apr 2020
Bangkok, Thailand4035 contributions758 helpful votes
I normally stay exclusively in hotels which are part of my regular hotel chains to maximize benefits but as far as I know, there are no hotel chains in Khanom except for Aava Resort which is part of Mr & Mrs Smith and soon to be in partnership with IHG (possible to earn / redeem points). We had a decent stay; unsurprisingly the value for the money might not be as stellar as when booking at hotel chains where we have elite status and generous room upgrades, but that was expected. Nonetheless I could see some strong points to this hotel and I can recommend it. In normal conditions Khanom is far quieter than Koh Samui and less known to foreign tourists. There is a beach several kilometers long and it is far cheaper to stay there than the overpriced Samui nearby so it can be a good choice for people who are cost-conscious and even more so for people without elite status in any hotel chain - in that case, booking at an independent hotel in Khanom might be comparatively more attractive than chain hotels in Samui. The lowest two room types at Aava Resort are the deluxe bungalow and the superior bungalow. I went with the poolside villa instead which has a view not only of the pool but also the sea, unlike the bungalows which are further back on the resort. Another advantage is that the poolside villas are a bit larger at 38 square meters (plus the terrace outside) compared to the bungalows which are 25 sq m and 34 sq m. We were close enough to the beach that in addition to the sea view, we could also hear the waves from our bedroom which was nice and probably the best aspect of this property. The exterior design of the villas was well thought out because the patio doors and windows looked like a partially tinted mirror from the outside so it was not very easy to see inside the villas especially during a sunny day, yet from the room you can see outside without any problem. The interior of our villa was well done and reminded me of the Design Hotel brand (part of Marriott). The villas are a bit aging but nothing that clearly required maintenance in my opinion. I liked the absence of carpet and several features were unique rather than standard boring hotel rooms, for example the angled roof with the rectangular window immediately underneath. The downside is that light would come through the room early morning as there were no curtains up there near the ceiling. There was a sliding panel behind the bed which is the separation to the bathroom. I guess it can be useful to have more light in the bathroom but then you end up with no privacy at all for the toilet so we kept it closed during our stay. The bathroom does not lack natural light anyway because there was a window on the ceiling above the toilet/shower area in addition to a small frosted window on the side of the shower, which combined with the stone wall it made that part of the bathroom visually pleasing. The shower had good water pressure but the way it was designed was probably the main oddity of the entire villa. I liked the wood beams on the floor for water drainage and the white pebbles all around, however not having any door or curtain meant that we flooded the bathroom every time we took our shower, which some people might see as a negative. Water from the shower would never get very warm so we had to take a moderately cool shower which was refreshing given the weather outside but a few degrees warmer might desirable. The air conditioning worked very well during our stay however it was not central AC: there was a wall unit above the main entrance door so it kept the bedroom cool but the bathroom remained a bit warmer and humid because of the placement of the AC. The main restaurant of the hotel was by the beach not far from the pool so all guests could enjoy their breakfast with the fresh sea breeze which was nice. While most hotels do not offer a breakfast buffet at the moment because of the virus outbreak, I think at Aava resort they offer a la carte year-round which is a nice luxury feature. The menu had some Scandinavian roots like the rest of the design of the hotel, but they had some Asian dishes as well. Overall the quality of the food was acceptable given the price point of this hotel. As mentioned above the beach is very long and perfect for jogging. I did not see trash floating in the water and there was only a modest amount of rubbish on the beach, depending which section of the beach it was (in front of a hotel or public beach). I am assuming that given the virus outbreak, trash pick-up might not be the most urgent task for hotel staff (some of which were closed), so I am not sure how the beach would look like in normal circumstances, but at this time of year it was ok. It was not as great as Chaweng beach in Koh Samui or some beaches in Phuket, but it was still decent and much better than the trash littered beaches I have seen in other places, Bali for example. As there were so few guests on the resort, service was good and attentive during our stay. Housekeeping was done always exactly at the time we requested during our breakfast which helped maximize our time in the villa which we appreciated. However the bed sheets were not always sparkling white and on occasion there were some spots; cleanliness standards were not perfect. Overall we had a nice stay and my main takeaway is that Aava resort is sort of like a poor man’s Library Hotel (Design) in Koh Samui: great location right on the beach, restaurant by the beach as well for a nice relaxing breakfast in a beautiful environment, well maintained common spaces, good food, and rooms interesting and unique despite some quirks. The main difference between Library and Aava is the price tag with Library being more upscale and luxurious all around, and Aava is 4-star (no room service, no gym) unlike Koh Samui which has plenty of 5-star hotels to be found if you want to pay for it. Upon returning to Khanom I would probably stay at Aava once again. During our stay I walked to the more recent resorts (Khanom Beach Resort, Wis Beach Resort) to have an idea and while they have good hardware, they did not seem to have rooms with sea view as close to the beach as Aava other than their most expensive room types, unlike Aava’s poolside villas. For the kind of money that Aava’s competitors want for a room by the beach, I would rather go to Koh Samui instead, but for a reasonable price tag I found the poolside villas at Aava to be a decent choice.
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Date of stay: April 2020
TeroLohja wrote a review Mar 2020
Lohja, Finland431 contributions127 helpful votes
We were here attending a wedding party which was brilliantly organized by the beach. And the food was splendid. The resort itself was sort of dissappointment, though. Not exactly luxury like tries to be - really nice, but a bit edgy. And the idea of being able to step into the pool from your room sounds ideal - except if it means that your "private" terrace is at the pool where kids jump and play. Nice place, but not worth the price.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled
Ken wrote a review Feb 2020
Sudbury, United Kingdom68 contributions67 helpful votes
It you are looking for somewhere to stay in Thailand, off the beaten track, you should definitely choose the AAVA Resort and Spa. My partner and I have just spent two wonderful weeks there and one word sums up our stay - Outstanding! The AAVA Resort and Spa is a small independently owned and run resort located on the spectacular Nadan Beach in Khanom. It is of Scandinavian design, but offers guests the highest standards of Thai hospitality and it is in our opinion 'paradise'. We stayed in a Superior Bungalow, which was spacious and furnished to a high standard. The room had plenty of storage space and in the wardrobe were dressing gowns, flip flops and a beach bag to use during our stay. Also, the room had large picture windows, which let in loads of natural light. The bathroom, again was spacious, with a bath and separate shower. The towels were changed daily and there were good quality toiletries available to use. Both the bedroom and bathroom were serviced daily and were left spotlessly clean. The room also had tea/coffee making facilities and each day four bottles of drinking water were supplied free of charge. As if things could not get any better, each evening a small plate of 'sweet treats' were left in your room. Instead of the usual buffet breakfast, the AAVA offers an 'al a carte' menu, so you know that the food is cooked fresh to order. Also, each day a different selection of fresh fruits were brought to our table, together with freshly squeezed orange juice, bread/croissants and the usual tea/coffee. All meals are served in the Aalto restaurant, which is positioned over looking the beach. We ate lunch and dinner there and found the quality of the food to be exceptional. It has to be the best Thai food we have ever eaten and it was very reasonably priced. Also each week the resort has themed events (beach BBQ with live music and Thai Night, with traditional Thai music and dancing). These events were always well attended. If you like treatments, then a visit to the AAVA Spa is a must, as they offer a wide range of massages, scrubs and wraps all at a very reasonable price. We had a total of eight treatments during our stay and all were excellent, especially the 90 minute traditional Thai Massage. The resort also cares about the environment and each Tuesday at 3pm they encourage guests to join their staff in a beach clean to collect any rubbish which might have washed up on the sand. The beach itself is very clean and not at all busy. It is a great place to walk along and soak up the sun. The best thing, however, about staying at the AAVA Resort and Spa are the staff. We have never stayed anywhere before where everyone was so friendly, where nothing was too much trouble and where everyone, without exception, greeted you with a smile. You can tell the staff really enjoy working at the resort and enjoy their jobs. We would also like to say a special thanks to the owner of the resort and his partner for their hospitality and generosity. They were both very approachable and took an interest in us and our stay. It is wonderful to see such a dedicated couple who have the wellbeing of their guests at heart. We will be definitely be returning to the AAVA Resort and Spa, as we have found our little piece of paradise in Thailand.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled
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Tero Salmén wrote a review Jan 2020
Bangkok, Thailand4 contributions5 helpful votes
I had very pleasant stay at Aava Resort. It's maybe a bit pricey but it's very good value for the money. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Room was clean, cosy and spacious. Restaurant was next to the beach and the food was delicous, especially the breakfast selection was absolutely great. The beach is wide but quite shallow. Not that great for swimming except for smaller children/teenagers. Overall the experience of the resort and surroundings was very great. Hopefully, I get a chance to visit there again.
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Date of stay: December 2019
GabeYoga wrote a review Jan 2020
28 contributions
Aava resort offers the most unique experiences, the largest and most diverse menu, and comfort in every room. Located in Khanom, possibly the most stunning beach in the country. Super calm and magical sunrises. Adventures such as pink dolphin excursions, waterfall hikes, temple visits and more.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled
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Frequently Asked Questions about Aava Resort & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Aava Resort & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Khanom Beach (2.0 miles), Khanom's Saturday Night, Walking Street Night Market (4.5 miles), and Ao Thong Yee (3.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Aava Resort & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Aava Resort & Spa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Aava Resort & Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Aava Resort & Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Aava Resort & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Khun Lee's Restaurant, Dusty Gecko, and Khanom Hill Resort Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Aava Resort & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Aava Resort & Spa have airport transportation?
Yes, Aava Resort & Spa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Aava Resort & Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.