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Published on : Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Nestled well away from the crowds and overlooking Kamala Village and the Andaman Sea, Keemala, with its 38 splendid pool cottages, tree houses and villas is now officially open to guests to enjoy a resort experience that is beyond enchanting.
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 Architect Space, with Pisit Aongskultong from Pisud Design Company managing the resort’s creative vision and interior designs, the design is inspired by stories, cultures, traditions, and lifestyles of these early Phuket settlers and offers a truly unusual alternative to most hotel experiences in the region.
Keemala offers four avant-garde villa choices all complete with private pools and 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.
The tent-like structure and wildlife inspired prints and textures of the seven ‘Tent Pool Villas’ reflect the nomadic way of life of the ‘Khon-Jorn’ (wanderer) clan who consisted of foragers, performers and traders. With a master bedroom and separate living space, the villa size is 140m2.
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.
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.
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.
Those wishing to truly immerse themselves in Keemala’s wellness offerings can select from one of our four holistic living Retreats packages. Keemala’s Purify, Energise, Unwind, and Rejuvenate packages are available as a three-day and six-day retreat and are personalized to guests’ individual needs. Retreats typically include massages, wellness consultation and guidance, body enhancing exercises, and daily spa cuisine.
Renowned guest practitioners from around the world will take up residency throughout the year and offer truly specialised retreats. During December and January Keemala will welcome visits from Jenny Ostling who specialises in ‘Arvigo Therapy and Holistic Massage’, Andy Mack who will be in residence to offer ‘Dissolve Therapy’, ‘Tibetan Singing Bowl Healing’ with Akiko Igarashi, ‘Clinical Aromatherapy & Acupuncture’ with Victoria Kirkwood and ‘Arvigo Therapy & Acupuncture’ with Lisa Levine.
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.