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Aava Resort & Spa

Tranquility, luxury - and pink dolphins

When you just need to get away from it all – this is the perfect place for you. Located in Khanom, a small country town on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand, this is one of Thailand’s last undiscovered tourist areas. Surrounded by quiet beaches, caves and waterfalls this is the perfect destination for anyone who is looking for a quiet holiday – off the regular tourist track.

It is located on Nadan beach – a nine kilometre stretch of pristine golden sands and clear azure waters, where you may be lucky enough to spot the rare pink dolphins who breed here.

The resort is owned by a Finnish family who have combined elegant, minimalist design with spectacular Thai hospitality – leaving an incredible fusion of the two cultures. There are only 28 rooms, and each one is romantic and cosy with a neutral décor. They are scattered around the peaceful resort, amongst the tropical gardens.

We would recommend including a visit to the spa during you stay – it’s a sanctuary ensuring perfect relaxation. All treatments are traditionally Thai, and there is a private outdoor space where yoga can be practised and taught.

Hayes & Jarvis Rating

Guide Price

 £1,499  per person
Hotel Category
Luxury
Location Type
Beach
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 420 Reviews

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    14:00
  • Check-out Time:
    11:00
  • 28 rooms

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities

Accommodation Type

  • Barefoot style
  • Boutique
  • Eco-friendly
  • H&J Recommended
  • Hidden gem
  • Luxury Collection
  • Off the beaten track

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
  • Half Board
  • Bed & Breakfast

For Families

  • Family Rooms

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Aava Resort & Spa

  • Beach
  • approx. 70 minutes drive from Surat Thani Airport
  • Aava Resort & Spa is located on Nadan Beach in Southeast Thailand. Khanom is a small, quiet, town with beautiful natural scenery.
420 Reviews 77% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 187
  • Very Good 135
  • Average 61
  • Poor 24
  • Terrible 13

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Mar 01, 2020

Bit of a dissappointment

Lohja, Finland

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.
Feb 18, 2020

OUTSTANDING!

Sudbury, United Kingdom

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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Aava Resort & Spa

Facilities

Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool

At the heart of the resort is the beautiful infinity swimming pools, sink into one of the large comfy loungers, and enjoy a cool refreshing drink from the pool bar.

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Aava Spa

Ensure wellness is a big part of your stay at Aava. Make a visit to the spa - where you can pamper your body and soul from the extensive list of therapeutic packages.

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Activities and classes

There are lots of activities to try - whether you want to try something new, or refine an existing interest. Classes include (but are not limited to): Tai Chi, various yoga, pilates and Muay Thai boxing

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Dolphins

Khanom is known for being home to these rare and shy mammals – the coastline is fiercely protected to ensure that conditions are kept pristine for them. The resort runs a half day dolphin tour which is complimentary for Hayes and Jarvis guests who stay at the hotel for 3 days or more.

Aava Resort & Spa

Room Types

Deluxe Bungalow

Deluxe Bungalows have a spacious and elegant feel, trendy and luxurious. The bathrooms are magazine worthy with style.

Available in either double or twin layout – and adjoining rooms are available to request.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Superior Bungalow

These rooms are a firm favourite of ours. They are extra spacious and have a wonderful terrace where you can relax on comfy chairs in private. The decor is bright and very modern, yet still feels homely and welcoming. Your bathroom has a luxurious bathtub where you can soak after a busy day at the beach. 

These rooms are available in either a double or twin layout.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Poolside Villa

Poolside Villa

Poolside Villas have direct access to the sparkling infinity pool, and are located  only steps away from the beach. They have a spacious  furnished terrace,  and stunning views of the sea.

These rooms are available with a king size bed only. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Family Villa

Family Villa

Family Villas a wonderfully large - ideal for families of small groups of friends who wish to stay together.

A real wow factor of this room type is the large sun terrace, furnished with a private Jacuzzi®- and spectacular sea views.  

There are two bedrooms, one with a king size bed and the other with twin beds. Each bedroom has its own luxurious en suite bathroom.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV
  • Whirlpool in room
Aava Resort & Spa

Food & Drink

Aalto

Aalto Restaurant

Aalto is the resorts signature restaurant. It offers you a romantic and stylish dining experience right on the beach – with a decadent menu inspired by both Thai and European flavours. Expect the freshest of seafood, colourful salads and a range of sweet treats to satisfy even the sweetest of palettes.

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Pizzeria & Bakery

For casual dining, the Pizzeria and bakery is a cosy restaurant, where you will find a huge choice of freshly baked breads and mouth-watering pastries. Only the highest quality, imported ingredients make it onto their wood-fired pizzas – so you can tuck in to an authentic Italian, thin crust pizza whenever you want.

Aava Resort & Spa

Special Offers

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Free night offer

5th Night Free

Stay 5 pay 4 for stays 01 November 2019 - 31 October 2020

Blackout dates apply 01 July - 31 August 2020

Travelling
Friday, November 1, 2019 to Saturday, October 31, 2020
Offer ends in 215 days
Swimming Pool

Early booking discount

Early Bird Promotion

Book six months in advance to receive an additional 10% discount on accommodation

Travelling
Friday, November 1, 2019 to Saturday, October 31, 2020
Offer ends in 215 days
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Special offer

Complimentary tour

Stay 3 nights to receive a complimentary half day Pink Dolphin tour for two people

Stay 5 nights or more to receive a complimentary full day Dolphin and Khanom Sightseeing Tour for two people

Valid for stays 01 November 2019 - 31 October 2020

Travelling
Friday, November 1, 2019 to Saturday, October 31, 2020
Offer ends in 215 days

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