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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 393 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.
393 Reviews 77% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 172
  • Very Good 133
  • Average 58
  • Poor 24
  • Terrible 13

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Oct 29, 2019

Peaceful and Cozy Beach Resort

Burlington, Ontario

I visited in mid-October so a quieter time of year for tourists. Only stayed one night as was visiting various places around Thailand. I was lucky enough to have a pool villa which gave direct access to the pool outside my room. The resort's design is quite unique - exterior is Asia based design but the interior is more a minimalist Finnish and Scandinavian design. The bathroom is large with more traditional European shower -- no walls/screens but with option of showering with rain shower head or by hand nozzle. There is also a large soaker tub to relax and lots of bathroom counter space. A ladder to hang towels, etc. The bed offers beautiful views of the pool and beyond that the beach. Sliding doors open up to private outdoor comfy couch, chair, table and ladder to get directly into the pool. Catering to leisure travellers the one thing I would have liked is a small desk/chair to do work on my laptop. Bed/pillows very comfortable, room temperature. Layout of the resort is good with nothing far away including the restaurant, spa, beach. Mixture of room types with some ideal for families. The area is lesser known and less touristy and about 90 minutes from Surat Thani airport. Ideal for those not needing the bustling noise/pace of Phuket or Bangkok. More leisurely pace. Friendly and helpful staff. Had one dinner -- excellent selection of various cuisines and dishes -- from European, Asian and American. Had spa treatment which was fine -- small facility but good therapists. Overall a great place to visit and chill for a few days with a less crowded beach (I was about the only person on it) and comfortable environment for those who prefer a more boutique and personalized resort stay.
Sep 28, 2019

One of the family

Florence, Italy

We visited here late August/early September after a 2 night stay in Bangkok. After the busyness and bustle of Bangkok this was the perfect place to relax. The staff are absolutely wonderful, my partner and I have been to many countries and hotels in the world and the staff here are some of the most attentive and genuinely friendly that we have ever encountered. They made us feel extremely welcome and nothing was too much trouble. From Sa’s interesting and excellent tourist knowledge and guidance, to Boo’s efficient and super friendly management, and Pla-dook and the other waiters and waitresses, everyone here is warm and approachable. The superior bungalow we stayed in, and complex itself is very clean and well maintained with plenty of privacy and extremely comfortable. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated. We have never seen a beach so empty in high season, the resort itself is quite isolated, but this adds to the charm and restful nature of the area. The beach is clean and the sea is bather friendly. The food is excellent, though a little on the expensive side for the area, but plenty of varied and interesting dishes made with care. The swimming pool is on the small side and there are not many beach loungers, so we can imagine when the place is full it could be a bit of a squeeze. However, when we visited we had plenty of space even when new people were arriving. The trips are well worth the money. All in all definitely recommended. Thank you everyone for making our time with you so special, with lots of happy memories of you all.
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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 347 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 347 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 347 days

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