Aava Resort & Spa

Khanom, Thailand

Superior bungalow

Superior bungalow

Poolside villas

Poolside villa

Poolside villas

Pink dolphins

A hidden beach retreat on Thailand's Central Gulf Coast, including breakfast, daily cocktails and a host of perks for longer stays

  • Set on the edge of endless white sands, the five-star Aava Resort is as idyllic as it gets. Finnish owned, the contemporary resort marries clean minimalism with Thai motifs - a concept that caught Tatler’s eye. The best rooms to plump for are the Poolside villas, which offer direct access to the pool, a private terrace and views of the turquoise Gulf.

  • A previous winner of a World Luxury Restaurants award, Aalto Restaurant serves up Asian, Italian and fusion dishes in a sultry space right on the beach. The ambience is romantic and upscale with a suitably well-chosen international wine list, but far from stuffy - head down to the sands on Fridays for sizzling beach barbecues.

  • Designed with respect for ancient Thai traditions, Aava Spa is home to a Finnish Sauna and relaxing beachfront tubs which can be scented with rose petals. In addition to knot-kneading massages, there are classes in Muay Thai, yoga and Pilates. Tailored holistic wellness programs can also be organised.

Highlights

Khanom is so tucked away in Southern Thailand, you’d be hard-pushed to find yourself able to point it out on a map. This rare remoteness comes with its perks too - an uncrowded white-sand beach that fringes the coastline for nine kilometres, with little more than the occasional fisherman for company. For a unique excursion, venture out on a traditional long-tailed boat to spot the region’s rare pink dolphins.

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