The concept of Keemala is to offer experiences to guests that are ‘Beyond Enchanting’ and is very different to other resorts in Phuket in both style and ethos. Keemala harnesses 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.
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 and integrating these into the overall design and creating a wonderland for guests to enjoy. Keemala is the perfect place for honeymooners, couples and guests wishing to get away from it all.
CLAY POOL COTTAGES
The 16 ‘Clay Pool Cottages’ reflect the earthiness of the ‘Pa-Ta-Pea’ clan who believed in a strong connection to the earth and were leaders in agriculture at the time. They also excelled as fishermen, gardeners, carpenters, blacksmiths and miners. Not only would they build their homes on ground level, they’d also incorporate earth into their walls, roofs and furniture, even the beds they slept on were made from soil and clay. They’d build around life-giving rivers, on flat land; this was mainly to facilitate their strong agricultural skills and allowed them to fully live off their land.
TENT POOL VILLAS
The ‘Khon-Jorn Clan’ (Wanderer Clan) 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 we celebrate them with our design of the seven Tent Pool Villas. Inside the Tent Pool Villas you will see the forms of wildlife and textures have inspired the interiors, materials were also chosen to highlight their pursuant lifestyle.
TREE POOL HOUSES
The seven two-story ‘Tree Pool Houses’ are 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 clan included the talents of healers, creators, architects and inventors. The tree houses are designed to seemingly be suspended from the trees. The interiors incorporate furniture and fittings that are hung from the ceiling and are complete with a private pool.
BIRD’S NEST POOL VILLAS
The ‘Rung-Nok’ community inspired the design of the eight ‘Bird’s Nest Pool Villas’. This group enjoyed an opulent way of life compared to other clans. Thus the interwoven design of their homes was to aid protection and privacy. This clan was thought to be more superior in both intellect and spirituality and comprised of artists, poets, musicians, philosophers and astrologers. They believed that the future could be predicted from astrology. They would bathe under the moonlight believing that their souls would be replenished, thus the inspiration for these beautiful private pool villas.
Keemala is a sanctuary for those who wish to rebalance, rejuvenate and relax. Keemala embraces traditional Thai culture and customs in the service and overall guest experiences are designed to be enriching. Keemala does not encourage any guest interaction or excursions to attractions that use exploitative methods towards humans and animals.
The cuisine offered is conscientious, wholesome and fresh to aid a healthy diet with a Thai Executive Chef ensuring that each dish is authentic in both presentation and flavour. Additional physical activities including yoga, meditation, fitness training and spa treatments are all included in the ‘wellness’ concept as well as a visiting practitioner retreat programme to be announced in due course.
Communal areas including the lobby, pool, restaurant and spa are airy and created to offer views of lush forest and surrounded by the sounds of nature. Throughout the resort there are plenty of outdoor spaces for guests to pause, breathe and reflect including, waterfalls and a rope bridge. Keemala provides areas designed for activities including destination dining, private parties, meditation, and yoga.
Keemala, due to its tropical rainforest location is serene and is the ideal place to enjoy quiet time whilst immersing in the luxury of 5 star resort services. Keemala reflects an invigorated and healthy mindset, and an appreciation for nature and relaxation.
Situated in Kamala on the west coast of Phuket Island. Keemala is a 5 minute drive (via complimentary shuttle service) to Kamala beach and is a 10-minute drive away from the lively Patong beach, yet far enough removed to enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Keemala is located 40 minutes from Phuket International Airport.
Keemala’s design blends the indigenous stories of the clans with the decadence of an upscale resort. The architecture is a stark contrast to most hotel accommodation, and is designed by Thailand based talent Architect Space with Sermsuk Kitcharoenwong as Managing Director. Pisit Aongskultong from Pisud Design Company has designed the interiors and is managing the creative vision of the resort. Keemala’s fantastic cottages, tree houses and pool villas are designed around the unique topographical conditions. Set into the hillside and making use of slopes offering sea views, streams, waterfalls and indigenous trees. The mosaic murals at the welcome pavilion and lobby depict the story of Keemala and were installed by Chiang Mai native artist Surachai Sripaiboon.
Keemala believes in wholesome cooking and we organically grow herbs and vegetables in our garden that are harvested for our kitchen and spa daily. These include basil, chili, lemongrass, wing beans, morning glory, lettuces, mushrooms, bananas, papayas and more. The menus avoid artificial flavour enhancers and change often depending on availability. The gastronomy offers everything from fresh juices, crispy salads to fine dining, world cuisine, Thai cooking and a fantastic wine list.
There are two dining venues to enjoy cuisine. Mala Restaurant is the main dining area and serves all day dining; Cha-La Pool Bar is a great place for light refreshments, lunch, and cocktails. Additionally, Mala Bar offers an air-conditioned intimate space as well as an outdoor terrace to enjoy a coffee or sundowner. The lounge area in the pods are perfect for afternoon tea and there is a wine cellar that is ideal for small parties, intimate dinners or a meeting with a difference.
All villas offer a Villa Host to take personalized care of all Keemala guests. Keemala villas all feature outdoor terrace, sun loungers, a private pool, luxurious interiors, bathtubs, monsoon showers, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee, smart TV, blue tooth speakers, IDD telephone, well-stocked larder, personal safe, hair dryer, resort bag and umbrella, pampering natural bathroom products, bathrobe and slippers.
Fitness studio, holistic spa, shared pool, boutique, restaurant, wine cellar, bar, herb gardens, complimentary shuttle service to the Kamala beach, uniformed security, (24hrs) and jungle walkways. Upon request, excursions, in-villa dining, SCUBA diving, cooking classes, private chefs, yacht charters, personal trainers, destination dining, drivers, guides, massage therapists and event planners.