Promising a ‘beyond enchanting’ holiday experience, Keemala is a rainforest wonderland deep in the heart of Phuket, Thailand. Opening on the 1st October 2015 this original hotel concept has been designed as an expansion of the area’s natural surroundings including dense mature forest, streams and waterfalls to offer unrivalled aesthetics. A world apart from other resorts in Thailand in both style and ethos, Keemala is focused on the serenity and wellness of its guests, combining a healthy and invigorated mind set with an appreciation for relaxation and nature.
A sanctuary for those that wish to rebalance, rejuvenate and relax, Keemala is dedicated to embracing & cultivating traditional Thai culture and customs at every turn. Designed to enrich every guest’s experience of the resort, activities on offer include yoga, meditation, fitness training and treatments at the onsite spa which have been curated to incorporate healing rituals from bygone eras. A leading Thai chef is in residence at Keemala to ensure the wellness philosophy is extended to the decadent menu choices including dishes authentic in both presentation and flavor to the area. With four main dining venues located across the resort, dining with a difference is always on offer and due to the herbs and vegetables grown onsite and the avoidance of all artificial flavorings, the menu is constantly adapting and changing.
The key element setting Keemala apart from other luxury resorts are the four villa options each with private pools for a stay of a lifetime. Inspired by fictitious ancient Phuket settlers, the four villa types harness the fabricated yet magical history of four separate clans reflecting each group’s skills and way of life. The sixteen clay pool cottages are earthy retreats inspired by the ‘Pa-ta-Pea’ clan who had strong agricultural connection and incorporated earth into their walls, roofs and furniture. Building their homes on flat ground around life-giving rivers, they lived off of the land and the Keemala clay pool cottages mirror this earthy connection.
Keemala’s tent pool villas are a reflection of the ‘Khon-Jorn’ clan’s adventurous nature. Foragers, herders, traders, performers and explores were the historic professions of this clan and their nomadic ways saw them construct semi-permanent living spaces so they could move on with ease. The tent pool villas are filled with wildlife inspired forms and textures inspired by the group’s pursuant and exploratory lifestyle.
Perhaps the most striking of living spaces in the resort are the two storey tree pool houses which majestically survey the surrounding rainforest. Inspired by the ‘We-Ha’ people who worshipped the sky and the universe, these treetop abodes are seemingly suspended from above and the interiors incorporate ceiling hung furniture to celebrate the clan full of healers, architects and inventors. A breathtaking sight, they add an additional element of serenity as they perch above the rest of Keemala.
Last but certainly not least are the bird’s nest villas, the decadent abodes of the ‘Rung-Nok’ community. Known for a more opulent way of life than the clans mentioned previously, this group comprised of the spiritual professions including poets, artists, philosophers, musicians and astrologers who believed the future could be predicted from the stars. With a reputation for bathing in the moonlight – the bird’s nest villas open into the night sky allowing you to relax in your own secluded starlit pool.
Created by Thai architectural talent Architect Space, each of the resort’s buildings have been designed around the location’s topographical conditions and are set into the slopes of area’s hillsides which provides stunning sea and mountain views. The hotel’s interiors have been designed by Pisit Aongskultong of Pisud Deisgn, who managed the creative vision of Keemala to create a distinct fusion of classic Thai elegance with the enchanting magic of the fictitious clans’ history. The overall effect of the resort is a hidden escape to not only transport guests to a serene environment away from the stresses of daily life but also to another world never experienced before.
The Keemala Resort opens its doors for the first time on Thursday 1st October 2015 and more information on the unique retreat can be found on the resort website.