While Indians have gradually shown a strong impetus in the luxury travelling, destinations such as Phuket in Thailand are aggressively targeting the sector with unique properties like Keemala, an all pool villa wonderland set in the woodlands of Kamala, Phuket.
Receiving immense appreciation for the state-of-the-art design and architecture, the Keemala resort since its opening in December 2015, has proudly showcased Thai talents in all aspects of the resort including the hand-laid mosaic murals, custom designed furniture, textiles, and spa products and amenities. Keemala has seen itself growing in 2016 into an impressive and enchanting forest retreat for guests to enjoy. The resort has won the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2016, World Luxury Spa Awards 2016, as well as being included in the Condé Nast Traveller Hot List 2016, among other notable commendations.
As a Thai owned resort, one particular objective has been clear from the beginning for all involved: to preserve and showcase Thai culture to visitors. Guests staying in Keemala are enticed to step beyond the sumptuous settings of the romantic villas, delicious cuisine, and pampering spa treatments to immerse in a world of traditions, nature, and the basics of living. Whether it is to enjoy a morning stroll in the organic garden with rescued water buffalos, packing traditional compresses with freshly picked herbs, or blending a concoction of natural herbal toothpaste, guests leaving Keemala to appreciate for the local, natural lifestyle.
As the Phuket-based resort ventures into its second year, it promises to offer an even more enriching ‘Natural Lifestyle’ experience. Guests can learn to fold lotus flowers, extract herbs into fragrance oils, harvest and extract fresh aloe vera, fold fresh potpourri bouquets with pandan leaves, make pandan paper, and more. Through these complementary
holistic activities, guests will be introduced to Keemala’s sustainable and self-sufficient approach, and learn how the resort weaves this ethos into its luxurious experiences offered.
Keemala is rolling out a very own Heritage Walk tour that takes guests into the heart and soul of ‘Phuket Old Town’ to learn more about the history of this island. Travellers can delve into Sino-Portuguese shop houses with their dramatic emblems decorating the facades, and venture down alleyways long trodden by locals gathering for afternoon tea, trading amulets, or simply hanging out.
For a truly authentic experience, which the Indians have more or less imparted in their outbound trips nowadays, the cosy and welcoming Clay Pool Cottage is designed to highlight the lifestyle of farmers, fishermen and mine workers whose lives depended on the richness and abundance of the earth. With natural sunlight beaming down to brighten the spacious bathroom, fully equipped with a soaking tub, and indoor and outdoor monsoon showers, the Clay Pool Cottages are the perfect home base for this wonderful journey. The private plunge pool is especially inviting for a mid-afternoon dip to cool down, with the lush canopy of nearby trees providing welcome shade.
While at Keemala, feast on delightful and healthy cuisine at Mala Restaurant, with vegetables and herbs picked fresh from the resort’s organic garden. A visit to the award-winning Mala Spa is also a must, where guests can lie back and relax to the expert touch of therapists and let the body and mind be rejuvenated. Mala Spa uses 100 pc natural and ethical spa products by Siam Botanicals, VOYA and SpaRitual, so guests can be truly at ease.