What We Love
- Bill, the resort’s resident pink buffalo
- The Tom Yum cocktail, a sumptuous blend of lemongrass and lime, at the hotel bar
- Alfresco bathtubs in the Bird’s Nest villas, which are fashioned from hollowed out rocks
- The lagoon that meanders through the entire resort
What To Know
- The coffee beans in your room (you’re also provided with a traditional grinder) come from the plantations of nearby Chiang Rai
- All the herbs used in the hotel kitchens are sourced from an “enchanted garden” onsite
- As part of its commitment to staying ethical, the hotel refuses to bring elephants onto the property
- During peak season (December-January), there is a three-night minimum
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
An imaginative mix of pods, bungalows, and thatched-roof cottages comprise the 38 dwellings at this meditative lair, where guests are constantly encouraged to mingle with nature. And though all the accommodations here, from glamorous, safari-style tents to bi-level tree-houses, are kitted out with private plunge pools, it’s the Bird’s Nest Villas (there are 8) that bag top billing: dressed in rich mahogany, the especially indulgent embellishments include a monsoon shower and a glass wall, with Andaman Sea views. Wake up and smell the bougainvillea: stroll jungle walkways, take respite in the meditation cave, indulge in a healing raindrop treatment at Mala, the resort’s indoor-outdoor spa, or simply stretch out on one of the sun loungers by the freeform pool—the relaxation options here are endless. The property houses just one restaurant, but the multifaceted menu—guests can choose from Thai, Indian, and even a Healthy Living category, which includes low calorie spins on traditional plates, satisfies even the pickiest diners. For the epicures, there are cheese-and-chocolate platters to complement an internationally sourced collection of biodynamic wines, enjoyed poolside.
In the Area
With free hourly shuttles to Kamala Beach (the site of a weekly night market, with stalls that hawk everything from banana pancakes to fried fish skewers) and the hedonistic havens of Patong, you’re not too far from civilization, even though your woodsy surroundings may suggest otherwise. If you’d prefer to stay local, your villa host can facilitate zip-lining adventures, traditional cooking lessons, or a trip to the nearby Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, which gets the hotel’s seal of approval for its conservation efforts. Phuket International Airport is a 45-minute drive away.
How to Get There
On arrival we were a bit surprised by how built up the villas were but then again we live in a time of good angles for picture taking.
Our disappointment was soon elevated with a drink and cold towel whilst we waited for our room. The room was beautiful the products in the room all smelt divine and all organic with one of the best bath tubs I gave ever seen.
There was a great attention to detail in the room and even being in a jungle there were no bugs in the room. The butler service was a great touch and nothing was too much to get. The main pool in the hotel was also beautiful including the swim up bar. The pool area was empty for most of our 3 night stay so we managed to make full use of it.
The spa was also incredible and I would highly recommend a treatment. Of course you can go elsewhere for cheaper but that is not the point in staying here.
Our absolute highlight of the trip was the food. I have never seen a menu so geared up to gluten free, dairy free and vegan food. The staff were also so knowledgable which put me at ease with my ordering of food.
I am still dreaming of the gluten free waffles that they served for breakfast. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel and special thanks to Mai our host and the restaurant staff who made us feel very welcome.
Don't be taken in by the hype or misled by the promotional photo's.
I guess we were expecting a setting similar to the beautiful place we stayed in Ubud, which gave on to unbroken greenery and river rapids below, and not another single rooftop visible from anywhere about the hotel.
The Keemala, by contrast, looks down on large, concrete, apartment blocks, car parks and the scruffy rooftops of Kamala.
When your initial impression is one of huge disappointment, you start to look for other things to moan about. We stayed in a Clay House, one of the four types of individual, quirky properties, with some bizarre design features.
There were two sets of doors and two sets of steps between the bedroom and bathroom, so you had to leave the light on to avoid breaking your neck when going to the loo during the night.
There were two showers, one indoor and one huge and redundant outdoor, but only one sunbed on the decking. There was no wardrobe or wall mirror in the bedroom, and no AC in the bathroom area. The only hanging space was an open rail in the bathroom, so by the time you'd dried your hair, dressed in slightly damp clothes and applied make-up, you were ready for another shower.
However, a nice touch was that all the soft drinks in the bedroom minibar were complimentary. The smart, modern gym was full of high-end equipment. The attractive, free-form infinity pool had a swim-up bar, and was fed by a fall of water. However, there was only space for seven pairs of sunbeds for fifty bungalows.
We did enjoy our stay here, but was glad it was only two days in the middle of our trip to Thailand. When you boil it down, the only issues that would stop returning would be the view and the price.
I booked the tree villa for 3 nights ! It is way more luxurious than it looks in the pictures ! Ask for Mr. K to be your host, he is amazing !
If you are starting your honey moon there you should have the roof top romantic dinner.
The private pool is really nice !
As any place in thailand ( even it is way less in keemala in comparison to other hotes ) you will see insects and geckos ! Get used to it !