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With a wealth of beautiful hotels, villas and private houses to stay in, finding the perfect resting place can sometimes be testing. Providing a flawless hideaway for honeymooners and couples, Keemala is a sanctuary for those who wish to rebalance, rejuvenate and relax. Embracing traditional Thai culture and customs, guest experiences are designed to be enriching and everything at Keemala is done with care.


Situated in the cute coastal town of Kamala on the west coast of Phuket Island, the beautiful hotel is a 5-minute drive to Kamala beach and a 10-minute drive away from the lively Patong, yet far enough removed to enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Located 40 minutes from Phuket International Airport, the concept of Keemala has been inspired from the history of fictitious ancient Phuket settlers and incorporates the story of four different clans within the resort. The architecture of the four different villa types reflects the skills and way of life of each of the groups. An example of this is the ‘Khon-Jorn Clan’ (Wanderer Clan) who were an adventurous group consisting of foragers, herders, performers, traders and explorers, who spent their time trading goods with other tribes they encountered on their journeys. Due to their nomadic ways they’d prefer to construct semi-permanent homes, so they could easily move on, hence Keemala celebrate them with their design of the seven Tented Pool Villas. Inside these cosy homes (which is where we stayed), the space offer rainforest and resort views and includes a spacious bathroom with monsoon shower, outside shower and a stand-alone bathtub. As well as a private pool and outdoor lounging space, these villas offer the perfect Phuket sanctuary.

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Those looking for something a bit different at Keemala can opt for one of the seven two-storey ‘Tree Pool Houses’, all built to represent the ‘We-Ha’ people who worshipped the universe and chose to live suspended from the trees to be nearer to the sky. The tree houses are designed to seemingly be suspended from the trees like bird nests and the interiors incorporate furniture and fittings that are hung from the ceiling, complete with a private pool.

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Outside of the suites, Keemala and its grounds are designed as an expansion of the surrounding landscape, making use of natural features such as mature trees, streams and waterfalls, integrating them into the overall design to create a wonderland. Communal areas including the lobby, pool, restaurant and spa are airy and created to offer views of lush forest whilst the resort’s abundance of outdoor spaces give you the chance to pause, breathe and reflect. One of the many highlights of this magical hillside retreat is the cuisine. Offering food that is conscientious, wholesome and fresh to aid a healthy diet, the Thai Executive Chef ensures each and every dish is authentic in both presentation and flavour. With a firm belief in wholesome cooking, the team organically grow herbs and vegetables in their carefully cultivated garden that are harvested for the kitchen and spa daily. These include basil, chili, lemongrass, wing beans, morning glory, lettuces, mushrooms, bananas, papayas and more with the menus constantly changing depending on what is in season and fresh from the garden. With two restaurants, the Mala Restaurant and the Cha-La Pool Bar, the gastronomy offers everything from fresh juices, crispy salads to fine dining, world cuisine, Thai cooking and a fantastic wine list. Those looking to live on the healthy side of life can indulge in the range of ‘Healthy Living’ cuisine and those with allergies can enjoy the range of gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free or sugar-free food on offer. As well as growing their own fruit and vegetables, Keemala also has a resident water buffalo. Born in Phattalung Province in Southern Thailand, the buffalo was rescued from the slaughterhouse and now makes his permanent home at Keemala alongside baby goats, ducks and chickens, all rescued or donated to the resort.

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To add to the mystical zen of mountain life at Keemala, each visit should definitely entail a trip to the Mala spa, a sanctuary of sight, scent, sound and touch. Each spa treatment has been carefully curated to incorporate elements of traditional healing rituals from around the world as well as the resort’s own unique Keemala rituals, resulting in a profound internal experience to take away. Offering pampering spa treatments and massages as well as holistic or traditional therapies, signature healings include the raindrop healing therapy, integrative Thai bodywork, Reiki energy healing, and the VOYA seaweed hot stone massage. Additional onsite activities including yoga, meditation and fitness training all tie in beautifully with the wellness ethos of the resort.

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For more information, please visit www.keemala.com

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