Christian Stan, at 24 Sep. 15, in Designer Hotels, Hotels, News, Where to go next

Nestled well away from the crowds and overlooking Kamala Village and the Andaman Sea, Keemala’s 38 sumptuous pool cottages, tree houses and villas will welcome guests for the first time on October 1st 2015.

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Located within the lush woodlands of Kamala in Phuket, Keemala embraces a Thai cultural philosophy and blends the fictional history of four indigenous clans with the decadence of an upscale resort. Designed by Thailand based talent Architect Space, with Pisit Aongskultong from Pisud Design Company managing the resort’s creative vision and interior designs, the 38 villas have been inspired by stories, cultures, traditions, and lifestyles of these Phuket settlers and is a stark contrast to most hotel accommodation.

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Keemala offers four avant-garde villa choices all complete with private pools and offer a range of both sea and mountain views. The sixteen ‘Clay Pool Cottages’ reflect the earthiness of the ‘Pa-Ta-Pea’ (earth) clan who believed in a strong connection to the earth and harnessed agriculture as their trade. With a selection of one and two-bedrooms, the cottages range in size from 126m2 to 180m2 and with rates starting from THB 19,050+++ and THB 26,640+++, respectively.

The seven imaginative ‘Tree Pool Houses’ use building techniques to give the impression that the structures are suspended from trees to represent the ‘We-Ha’ (sky) clan who worshipped the universe. This quirky two-floor villa design is 169m2 and can accommodate up to four guests. Rates start from THB 23,350+++.

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The ‘Rung-Nok’ (nest) community inspired the design of the eight ‘Bird’s Nest Pool Villas’. This group enjoyed an opulent way of life, thus the exclusive interwoven design of their homes. This villa offers the most exclusive experience of all the villa types, with a total space of 185m2 and with rates starting from THB 25,500+++.

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Keemala offers a range of carefully curated spa treatments, wellness activities and Holistic Living Retreats for those seeking to unwind from the stresses of modern day life. Mala Spa has eight treatment rooms alongside a Thai massage pavilion, steam and sauna rooms, fitness centre, and yoga and meditation spaces. Natural, paraben and cruelty free spa products by VOYA, Siam Botanicals, and Spa Ritual are used for all treatments.

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As an extension of the wholesome spirit of Keemala, ingredients used in the cuisine are locally sourced and organically grown where possible. The menu incorporates healthy, nutritious and above all delicious meals. Keemala has four outlets for dining, the main restaurant, a pool bar, a comfy lounge and a smaller wine cellar ideal for small parties and meetings, and destination dining will be offered to those guests who would like to enjoy the ambience of somewhere distinct, perhaps beside the waterfall, in a separate pavilion in the grounds or in the comfort of a villa or cottage.

Keemala is the perfect place for honeymooners, couples and guests wishing to get away from it all and welcomes young adults of 14 years upwards.

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