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
- 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
Words can’t describe the amazing experience we had at Keemala. It truly is enchanting and unforgettable. Our personal jungle retreat was stunningly beautiful and spotlessly clean. The food is absolutely delicious. To top it off the hospitality and service is the best I have experienced in my life. They truly went above and beyond for us. For example, I left a hat at the hotel the day we left for Old Town Phuket. Within hours the front office manager Khun Aor personally drove the hat to our hotel across the island. Something like this shows you that they really are above and beyond any other place. They really care about you. Unforgettable experience and I can’t wait to return!!
Unbellievably beautiful setting. Outstanding service (in particular, Peach was wonderful). Jose/Joe, the fitness instructor, was probably the best yoga instructor I’ve ever had. Plus he taught Zumba, high interval training, etc. The man does it all and does it with knowledge, encouragement and wisdom. Our food and drinks were amazing. The actual bird’s nest was beyond beautiful, and having our own private infinity pool was a slice of heaven.
True to their words KEEMALA is beyond enchanting. They save us from having the worst vacation caused by almost one day delayed flight and lost baggage from a local airline. We almost missed the chance to check in at the hotel but they are kind enough to amend our booking dates and even offer an upgrade to Bird’s Nest Villa because the Tree Pool Villa that we reserved is not available anymore. Upon arrival to the hotel we were greeted and assisted by the most friendly staffs and butler. Standard check in time is 3pm but the room is ready by 1pm so we check in earlier than the usual. The villa is so stunning, all the people are friendly and they have great food selection. Been to different five star hotels and i can say that this one deserves the perfect rating. Everything here is wonderful . Looking forward on coming back with my whole family.
We stayed in the Birds Nest for 2 nights on our honeymoon. It was incredible, the whole resort is amazing. The staff are friendly and speak great English. The restaurant caters for all dietary requirements. We had a short, heavy downpour which made our bathroom smell a bit funny but the staff came immediately to sort it when we mentioned it. Great place.
We stayed in the Keemala for 5 nights in a birds nest villa # 708 very private and beautiful , large villa highest category room
Everything about this place was unreal from the atmosphere to the staff and the food all top quality
They offer a free mini bar alcohol not included but drinks and snacks free,
The spa was great and the main pool as well they have a cute little garden and live chickens ducks and a buffalo on the resort grounds which was so cool
This place is a must stay inn Phuket if you can swing the prices I will definitely be back shout out to our amazing host Jeab who took care of everything we needed also all the front desk and restaraunt staff were amazing and friendly