Aava Resort & Spa
Aava Resort & Spa is a modern hotel situated directly on 9km-long white sand Nadan Beach in Khanom, a quiet, uncommercialised location on the mainland not far from Suratthani, the launch point for the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. 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.
As you can expect from its Scandinavian origins, design here is effortlessly stylish. Clean, minimalist, with simple slope-roofed villas, arrow-straight wooden walkways and louche four-poster sun-loungers, all softened with pretty pebble gardens and architectural plants. Step inside the hotel’s swish entrance and you’ll be greeted with sleek décor, elegant furnishings and monotone hues.
Aava Resort & Spa comprises of just 28 modern style bungalows and villas, each with a daybed that can be converted into an extra bed for a child. The 28 bungalows and villas have clean-lined furnishings, outdoor spaces (either a small terrace out front or a deck leading to the swimming pool) as well as large airy bathrooms with designer sinks, monsoon showers and bathtubs. The Superior Bungalows are slightly larger than the Deluxe Bungalows. The Poolside Villas have direct access into the main swimming pool and are situated right on the beach front. The Family Villas feature two bedrooms making them ideal for families.
For romantic fine dining, eat at the award-winning Aalto restaurant, which specialises in fusion Asian and European food. Here you can enjoy unusual and exciting flavours while sitting on the beach and admiring the beautiful sea views. Wellness is central to the ethos of Aalto and so a healthy menu is also available. If you’d prefer something more casual, Aava Pizzeria & Bakery serves an inviting selection of pizzas made in its traditional wood-fired oven. They also serve freshly baked bread and tasty pastries.
Apart from the exquisite beach and the fabulous snorkeling (particularly around nearby Tan and Raab Islands), guests can enjoy relaxing by the pool, exploring the local countryside, be pampered in the spa and take part in a daily programme of yoga, tai chi and pilates. The outdoor pool is the ideal refreshing retreat after a day in the sun. There is also a children’s pool for the little ones. Pamper yourself at the Aava Spa which is built to respect ancient Thai tradition of architecture as well as to deliver spa services that reflect the essence of Thai traditional therapeutic treatments. It promises to give your mind, body and soul the maximum relaxation and pampering it truly deservers. The hotel also offers cookery classes, where you can try your hand at whipping up your own delicious creations. Choose from a range of Thai recipes, and learn how to source ingredients from the local markets, and then prepare these lavish dishes. After all your hard work, you can tuck into your finished masterpiece by the beach.
When you just need to get away from it all, this is the perfect place for you. Located in Khanom, a 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. Well situated for those who want to relax and escape the crowds, Khanom is also known for its rare pink dolphins. For the adventurous, we highly recommend the guided 4km trek to the largest waterfall in southern Thailand, Krung Ching, and the chance to experience the astonishing flora and fauna of the Khao Luang National Park. On another day, embark you on a guided kayaking expedition down the river and enjoy the many sights and sounds of the majestic mangrove forest.
Aava Resort & Spa is located in Khanom, one of Thailand’s last pristine tourist locations. A paradise where swaying coconut palms, lush green landscape, limestone mountains and virtually untouched beaches still remain in their natural beauty. Aava Resort & Spa sits on beautiful Nadan beach, a 9km stretch of pristine golden sands and clear blue water. If you are lucky you can spot rare pink dolphins that are breeding in the coastline of Khanom. The closest airport, Surat Thani, is a 60 minute drive away. Koh Samui, Krabi and Phuket are also easily accessible with transfer times of 3 to 4 hours.
Value for Money
Double rooms are from just THB 4,200 (Euro 110,00) in low season; and from THB 5,184 (Euro 135,00) in high. These rates are per room and per day and include breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
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Khanom: a gem off the beaten track
Khanom is the ultimate destination for relaxation. This quiet, beachside town is located in the Nakhon Si Thammarat province on the Gulf of Thailand. Its enticing neighbors, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, lure the crowds and tourists away from this sleepy coastal area, making it the perfect place to unwind.
Khanom is a little town and a district of about 30.000 people. It sits right on the Gulf of Thailand coast, in Nakhon Si Thammarat province. Since the houses are spread all over the place among rice fields and palm plantations, the town feels more like a village. There is only the crossroad in the center (known to everyone as siyek, the Thai word for crossroad) which looks somehow urban. The locals are mostly into agriculture and fishing. If you drive around you will see rubber trees plantation, coconut trees, rice paddies, oil palm trees. Part of Khanom district is Ban Peng, a little village where almost 100% of the population is into the fishing business, the village is set on the Khanom river banks, a place where you can admire the beautiful colorful fishing boats going up and down to and from the sea.
Visitors of Khanom will find themselves surrounded by local fishermen as opposed to the usual swarm of longtail boats catered to bikini-clad tourists. The beaches are secluded and tranquil, with ample room along the coast to lounge and sunbathe in Thailand’s tropical climate. Some of the best beaches found in Khanom include Ao Thong Yee, Nai Phlao Beach and Nadan Beach (picture on top), which is one of the longest beaches in Thailand, coming in at about nine-kilometers long!
Special City Guide: Khanom
Pretty and placid Khanom, halfway between Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat, quietly sits along the blue gulf waters. Overlooked by tourists who flock to the jungle islands nearby, this pristine region, simply called Khanom, is a worthy choice for those seeking a serene beach setting unmarred by enterprising corporations. The waters are free of jet skis to protect the local pink dolphins, making the region quiet and undisturbed. Tours whisk visitors off to view the dolphins in their natural environment.
The beach area is long and comprises two beaches: the main, long Hat Nadan and the smaller and more remote Hat Nai Plao beyond. Beyond Hat Nai Plao is very quiet Hat Thong Yi at the end of the road, which is well worth a journey for its castaway feel. This area is also home to a variety of pristine geological features, including waterfalls and caves.
This spot is considered one of the most beautiful places in Thailand to escape to nature, serenity and relaxation. Here you will find fine white sand, coconut trees, clear water and hot and sunny days, perfect for swimming or lounging on the beach. There are not a lot of “attractions” in Khanom, the main draw of this destination is that it is quiet, peaceful and offers you a chance to relax in solitude.