This week, we’re dreaming of pink dolphins and azure waters – better make the fantasy a reality with a trip to Aava Resort & Spa in beachy Khanom, whose powder-soft shores and looming limestone mountains guarantee holiday snaps worth bragging about. Just a ferry ride away from party-cool Koh Samui, Khanom’s waters are dotted with long-tail boats and the local fisherfolk, whose ancestors have traded here for around 800 years. Now it’s your turn.
Why this week? The local, but extremely rare pink dolphins are popping their candy-coloured heads up near Khanom, meaning there’s never been a better time to visit the stunningly stylish Aava Resort. Soak up the spring sun’s rays by the beachside pool or explore gorgeous Nadan Beach before the crowds roll in. As further inducement, we’ve an exclusive Smith offer: 10 nights for the price of seven for stays from now until 9 April 2015 – just be sure to book before 30 November 2014.
Our favourite bits We’d be keeping Aava a secret if we could – its eye-bogglingly beautiful beach, brilliant Finnish owners and Scandinavian styling are just three of the highlights. The Poolside Villas are perfectly positioned for direct access to the water; there’s a ladder from each one and a private sun-deck that hints at sunny lunches. The beach is just seconds away, meaning you can swap between the two with ease. The food is nothing to frown at, either: the hotel has a culinary mentor programme, which sees international chefs stay for a few months to refresh the menu and teach the resort’s staff their art. Open-air Aalto is an all-day affair – breakfast includes fruit and pastries from the bakery before a choice of main; lunch is a selection of nine amazing salads and dinner features ambitious fusion food. Then there’s the spa: stake out Aava’s single treatment room for a few hours – have a Thai or oil massage – and steam up in the Finnish sauna.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Of course, a hotel is more than its architecture and furnishings. At Aava, you’ll be charmed by the owners’ low-key brand of hospitality, you’ll be wowed by the chefs and the beachside dining, you’ll be seduced by Khanom’s serenity and you’ll be spoiled rotten in the spa. Even the resident dolphins are out of the ordinary, thanks to their rare baby-pink complexions…’ Read more about Aava Resort & Spa.*
* Copy compiled by Emily Jacobs