What an absolutely delightful retreat, in our case a babymoon... My wife in her seventh pregnancy month and our 3-year old daughter loved every moment of our weeklong stay at Aava and so did I. Clear highlights were the people, the setting and indeed the food. The very attentive, knowledgeable and sweet staff were consistently one step ahead; big thank you Ms Sa for a thrilling safari successfully “hunting” pink dolphins in a traditional long boat. The food both Thai and farang is of very high international standards and choices are well enough for seven days (wood pizza oven...!) at very reasonable prices. Note: small kids eat for free! Front office arranged for a very skillful pregnancy therapist. Owner Mr Atte was readily available and very helpful, thank you! We’ll be back.
We had an amazing time here at AAVA. The staff are beyond helpful and friendly. Food at the restaurant is high quality. The poolside villas are incredible. I will definitely stay here again! I want to thank Atte & his staff for their great hospitality. Many Thanks Gavin
10 adults and 8 children for two weeks - and we all had an amazing time. Pros and cons below: + Staff helpfulness and service level, food quality, facilities for relaxation - Food prices, heavy noise from aircondition
I normally stay exclusively in hotels which are part of my regular hotel chains to maximize benefits but as far as I know, there are no hotel chains in Khanom except for Aava Resort which is part of Mr & Mrs Smith and soon to be in partnership with IHG (possible to earn / redeem points). We had a decent stay; unsurprisingly the value for the money might not be as stellar as when booking at hotel chains where we have elite status and generous room upgrades, but that was expected. Nonetheless I could see some strong points to this hotel and I can recommend it. In normal conditions Khanom is far quieter than Koh Samui and less known to foreign tourists. There is a beach several kilometers long and it is far cheaper to stay there than the overpriced Samui nearby so it can be a good choice for people who are cost-conscious and even more so for people without elite status in any hotel chain - in that case, booking at an independent hotel in Khanom might be comparatively more attractive than chain hotels in Samui. The lowest two room types at Aava Resort are the deluxe bungalow and the superior bungalow. I went with the poolside villa instead which has a view not only of the pool but also the sea, unlike the bungalows which are further back on the resort. Another advantage is that the poolside villas are a bit larger at 38 square meters (plus the terrace outside) compared to the bungalows which are 25 sq m and 34 sq m. We were close enough to the beach that in addition to the sea view, we could also hear the waves from our bedroom which was nice and probably the best aspect of this property. The exterior design of the villas was well thought out because the patio doors and windows looked like a partially tinted mirror from the outside so it was not very easy to see inside the villas especially during a sunny day, yet from the room you can see outside without any problem. The interior of our villa was well done and reminded me of the Design Hotel brand (part of Marriott). The villas are a bit aging but nothing that clearly required maintenance in my opinion. I liked the absence of carpet and several features were unique rather than standard boring hotel rooms, for example the angled roof with the rectangular window immediately underneath. The downside is that light would come through the room early morning as there were no curtains up there near the ceiling. There was a sliding panel behind the bed which is the separation to the bathroom. I guess it can be useful to have more light in the bathroom but then you end up with no privacy at all for the toilet so we kept it closed during our stay. The bathroom does not lack natural light anyway because there was a window on the ceiling above the toilet/shower area in addition to a small frosted window on the side of the shower, which combined with the stone wall it made that part of the bathroom visually pleasing. The shower had good water pressure but the way it was designed was probably the main oddity of the entire villa. I liked the wood beams on the floor for water drainage and the white pebbles all around, however not having any door or curtain meant that we flooded the bathroom every time we took our shower, which some people might see as a negative. Water from the shower would never get very warm so we had to take a moderately cool shower which was refreshing given the weather outside but a few degrees warmer might desirable. The air conditioning worked very well during our stay however it was not central AC: there was a wall unit above the main entrance door so it kept the bedroom cool but the bathroom remained a bit warmer and humid because of the placement of the AC. The main restaurant of the hotel was by the beach not far from the pool so all guests could enjoy their breakfast with the fresh sea breeze which was nice. While most hotels do not offer a breakfast buffet at the moment because of the virus outbreak, I think at Aava resort they offer a la carte year-round which is a nice luxury feature. The menu had some Scandinavian roots like the rest of the design of the hotel, but they had some Asian dishes as well. Overall the quality of the food was acceptable given the price point of this hotel. As mentioned above the beach is very long and perfect for jogging. I did not see trash floating in the water and there was only a modest amount of rubbish on the beach, depending which section of the beach it was (in front of a hotel or public beach). I am assuming that given the virus outbreak, trash pick-up might not be the most urgent task for hotel staff (some of which were closed), so I am not sure how the beach would look like in normal circumstances, but at this time of year it was ok. It was not as great as Chaweng beach in Koh Samui or some beaches in Phuket, but it was still decent and much better than the trash littered beaches I have seen in other places, Bali for example. As there were so few guests on the resort, service was good and attentive during our stay. Housekeeping was done always exactly at the time we requested during our breakfast which helped maximize our time in the villa which we appreciated. However the bed sheets were not always sparkling white and on occasion there were some spots; cleanliness standards were not perfect. Overall we had a nice stay and my main takeaway is that Aava resort is sort of like a poor man’s Library Hotel (Design) in Koh Samui: great location right on the beach, restaurant by the beach as well for a nice relaxing breakfast in a beautiful environment, well maintained common spaces, good food, and rooms interesting and unique despite some quirks. The main difference between Library and Aava is the price tag with Library being more upscale and luxurious all around, and Aava is 4-star (no room service, no gym) unlike Koh Samui which has plenty of 5-star hotels to be found if you want to pay for it. Upon returning to Khanom I would probably stay at Aava once again. During our stay I walked to the more recent resorts (Khanom Beach Resort, Wis Beach Resort) to have an idea and while they have good hardware, they did not seem to have rooms with sea view as close to the beach as Aava other than their most expensive room types, unlike Aava’s poolside villas. For the kind of money that Aava’s competitors want for a room by the beach, I would rather go to Koh Samui instead, but for a reasonable price tag I found the poolside villas at Aava to be a decent choice.…
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.