My husband and I visited Khanom in November and spent 10 days in Aava before moving on to Bangkok. We stayed in a pool villa, one at the top of the pool (furthest from the beach) and I would definitely recommend one. I'm not sure I'd want to stay in a room that wasn't around the pool to be honest. Great to be able to roll out of bed and into the pool. Also the pool villas at the back are less overlooked by people sunbathing at the end of the pool and people on the beach (imho). Also in this villa I think you get enough sun to sunbath on your own deck though not all day but that's fine when it's baking hot.
Bed in room too hard for me but you can ask for a mattress topper. Staff attentive, helfpful and very friendly, including the manageress.
Restaurant really overpriced we thought which was a shame as it meant that it was mostly empty. Practically everyone went to CC's down the beach or to one of the other hotels (and free transport to and from) e.g Khanom Hill (which we really enjoyed... it wasn't busy but food was great and very well priced). Also there's a seafood restaurant overlooking the sea just up the hill (again they come and pick you up).
We were lucky to have good weather for about 8 days but rained on last 2. Not much to do when it rains, though we were happy to read our books. On the whole it's mostly the type of holiday/place where you get up early and go to bed early. Heaven for us.
Beach is lovely and sea good to swim in... fair bit of litter on the beach though which was a real shame and I wish the hotels along the beach would take the responsibility to clear it up, wouldn't take long.
On the whole would recommend Aava for a lovely, relaxing break away from it all. If you want a bit more life you can always take a day trip over to Samui (for the crowds).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aava Hotel Khanom
- Aava Resort And Spa