Howdy! It’s been almost a year since I last updated my blog due to lack of material. But recently, when reading a post about the town of Khanom in Nakhon Si Thammarat, I realized that I have forgotten to write about our stay last year at Aava Resort & Spa situated at the beautiful Nadan Beach. And since Thailand is slowly opening up again as new coronavirus cases slow, I thought some people might be interested in new, quieter locations.
Aava Resort & Spa — owned and managed by two Finns — is the only resort in Khanom offering European standards and design making it quite popular among Northern European tourists. From the outside everything is gorgeous, but our room felt a bit worn out at places, and some new painting wouldn’t harm.
Rates start at around 3,000 baht for deluxe rooms and can go as high as 12,000 baht for a family villa. Since we brought my wife’s family with us to go see pink dolphins, we choose to stay one night in a family villa featuring a terrace and jacuzzi bathtub.
The family villa boasts a larger bedroom with its own bathroom, a small living room with a stair leading up to a second floor with two single beds, a shower, and a terrace.
A larger TV would give the living room a more luxurious feel. It’s almost standard with 40-plus inch TVs in hotels these days. But hey, I don’t watch much TV when vacationing in Thailand anyway.
Open second floor overlooking the living room. I like the idea.
And of course, there were some goodies too. As a Swede, I was happy to see a bottle of Absolut.
The terrace overlooking the turquoise sea.
Wifey enjoying a bubble bath.
View over the lovely pool area. Breakfast is served behind the pool, left in the picture, where you also can dine or just sipping some tasty cocktails.
For some reason I always order a mojito when in Thailand; they really know how to stir them up!
You can also dine on the beach and the staff will make any effort to give you an unforgettable stay.
Facing the Gulf of Thailand to the east, Nadan Beach is located three hours from Krabi facing the Andaman Sea to the west.
Wifey and her parents enjoying an evening dip. As you can see, some rooms have direct access to the pool, which is pretty cool.
The hotel doesn’t have a typical breakfast buffet, but a lovely à la carte, and that morning I felt for an egg Benedict with smoked salmon. Yum!
I can really recommend Aava Resort & Spa if you’re looking for a quiet vacation without the crowd. Khanom truly is a hidden gem and could be the next big thing in Thailand. If you want to know more about Khanom and what to see such as the rare pink dolphins, check out this post.