Keemala harnesses the history of fictitious ancient Phuket settlers and incorporates the story of four different clans within the resort. Keemala’s style blends the indigenous stories of the clans with the decadence of an upscale resort.The architecture is a stark contrast to most hotel accommodation. 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.
A significant part of the Keemala ethos is to celebrate and cultivate Thai culture. This is strongly perceived in the spa. Treatments and wellness programs are being meticulously designed to utilize bygone techniques, natural herbs used as medicinal remedies in conjunction with old-fashioned pampering. The eight treatment rooms will offer a haven of renewal and the spa will also offer a Thai massage pavilion, steam and sauna rooms along with a fitness room with views of the sea and lush topography, yoga and meditation spaces making Keemala an ideal destination for retreats.
As an extension of the wholesome spirit of Keemala, cuisine offered will also be organic and locally sourced and grown where possible. The menus will incorporate healthy, nutritious and above all delicious meals. Keemala will offer three outlets for dining, the main restaurant, a pool bar, 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 sala in the grounds or in the comfort of the villa or cottage.
We went there in march during our trip to Thailand. It was amazing! The staff was super nice and the breakfast was soooo good. Hopefully we'll be back sometimes soon! The villas are very beautiful and the pools are great!
The best place I have ever stayed (and I have stayed in lots of places)!. The compound and rooms are absolutely dreamy- it honestly looks like its out of a Pinterest board. All the staff are so lovely and the food & drinks are absolutely delicious! So many small touches that we still cannot stop thinking about - like the lemongrass shower gel that they make on the compound (we have messaged Keemala to see if we could order this and get it delivered to Australia ahaha). Such a unique and beautiful stay- we were so upset to leave. Would highly recommend.
Keemala has no doubt a unique proposition to offer for its visitors seeking a thrilling stay beyond traditional hotels in a jungle like backdrop - the hotel reminds you a lot of Avatar the movie. This has led to an aggressive marketing strategy / promotion on instagram with a lot of visitors coming as traffic from the polish content. However, at $1000 a night and more for some of the villas - one of the most expensive in all of Phuket - one would expect a more 6* offering and a more personalized service, which wasn’t there at all from get go. Checkin and checkout is tedious, it is common to get your room late it seemed - mine was ready at 4pm, upon checkout i asked for 30 minutes more to leave 12.30 and the manager refused, very poor taste - the room itself lacked any sense of a $1000 a night hotel (no fruit basket, welcome drinks, personalized note, daily gift at turnover etc), little things when added up would leave a much better impression. The main pool is also short staffed and felt overall like hotel post covid is receiving more guests than it can handle. All in - unique place but should rethink its pricing.…
We spent our Honeymoon here as I’m a Hyatt Rewards member and had an absolutely fantastic stay! Every room has a private pool and the Staff was 2nd to nowhere I’ve ever stayed! Although from the USA, I have traveled the world and stayed in many 5-7 star hotels. This is my new favorite! Highly recommend this place!!
We stayed for one night in a Tree Pool House (room 305) at the lovely Keemala resort. We can definitely recommend staying here but probably not for more than one or two nights. Hotel staff have been nice and professional but this independent hotel does not match the standard of for example the InterContinental a few kilometres north. Then again, this is not a chain, staff were fine and this resort is all about experiencing its great rooms (villas) set in a beautiful lush environment (though as other reviewers noted, the resort is not that secluded - most pictures don’t include the built-up areas of Kamala you can see towards the sea). Our only two niggles are that the first hotel people we encountered were the security guys at the entrance and parking below, and that their main job clearly isn’t welcoming guests expecting a five star experience. The other is that the steep layout of the resort means it isn’t all that straightforward to walk around - and getting to our car was a bit of a pilgrimage (buggies help though). This is why we think this resort is great for a short stay but in our view does not lend itself equally well as a base for exploring the rest of Phuket. The non-refundable rate made our stay a good deal. Despite Covid (measures) still being in place in Phuket, the resort was full. The Tree Pool House layout and design is great, and comparable to villas in say the Maldives - although perhaps not entirely matching those in terms of finish and luxury (then again, this resort is more affordable). The pool is great and from our room offered an awesome view of the resort. This does mean that although the pool was kind of secluded, it did not offer full privacy (units 306 and 307 probably more so but this might in turn affect their view). We chose the Tree Pool House over the other units for the two-storey layout and design. The Bird’s Nest Pool villas looked nice as well but not all of them seem to be equally well located and the interior does not seem to have the same nice Robinson Crusoe vibe. As mentioned above, the resort looks great and the grounds are very lush. The place, although not very large, is great to explore. Needless to say that a resort located in what is essentially a tropical forest (on the fringes of Kamala town) comes with lots of tropical forest sounds and some mosquitos, all part of the experience. Overall we had a great time at the resort and would definitely recommend staying here.…