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.
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This place is amazing !!!
The staff were friendly, the food was very very good, the gym equipment is new and in a great condition
And the room.... outstanding! We took the Pool Clay Cottage and it was really perfect for us - big and so beautiful...
We will be back :)
This is by far one of the best holiday experiences that I have had. Stayed in the tree pool room for 4 nights and we wished we could stay here forever ! We still thought that our 7YO child will be bored by the stay but NO ! She was more excited than we were. Running up and down our villa and soaking in the villa pool all the time. She was always looking forward to head out to the resort pool to swim since it is a lot bigger. We were proven wrong......by Keemala.
Tree pool villa is amazingly big. With a double storey layout, the family gets to have our own personal space. Nestled amongst the rainforest, the only thing that you hear will be the sound of the crickets and cicada. If these are not what you want to hear, I suggest you DON’T come at all. This is like paradise for nature lovers.
The breakfast is to die for. The whole family looks forward to our breakfast/brunch. The spread is huge. The breakfast buffet main course is ala carte and hence food is cooked to your liking and piping hot.
The staff esp Golf was the most helpful person that we have come across. Always ready to lend a hand when you needed help. Always offering suggestions and ideas to make your stay comfortable and better.
We will definitely return to Keemala ! Forget about the sand, sun and sea! The rainforest beats it anytime !
Me and my wife stayed in Keemala just for a day, mainly due to being pretty expensive, but I was very glad that I did not miss out on a stay in this beautiful place.
I stayed in another hotel mainly during my stay in Phuket, and kept this as a surprise for my wife, and she absolutely loved it.
We stayed in the clay cottage, and the design and interior is just awesome.
The staff is amazing, everyone would greet you with a beautiful smile, and would cater to all your needs very quickly.
The breakfast was very very good.
The only downsides to staying here are;
1- There is not a lot of privacy due to the structure of rooms. Our villa bed room was mainly made of glass, and I could see right through it in the bedside of the adjacent villa.
2- If you plan on visiting patong beach, it would be better if you rent a car/bike, as taxi to/from patong beach would cost you 300-500 bahts for one side. The hotel does have complimentary shuttle service to Kamala beach though.
Overall, I would recommend to stay atleast one to two days whoever visits Phuket.