Phuket, Thailand may be overrun by tourists in some areas, but there are still some sweet secluded spots to escape the crowds. The stunning Keemala Eco Resort is an exclusive retreat tucked into a lush hilly landscape overlooking the Andaman Sea that is infused with vibrant colors, earthy fabrics and natural materials that pay homage to the area’s pristine landscape. Hit the jump for a closer look at four different dwellings scattered throughout the resort.
The eco-resort‘s lodging options were inspired by the legend of four fictitious clans that, while originally settling in the area, began to form individual communities, “all the while being helpful and respectful of one another.” The guiding philosophy of the resort today is still one of peaceful communing with both the local community and surrounding nature.
Each of the resort’s four types of luxury villas represents one clan and the history of how they came to settle in the area. Newly-arriving guests are greeted by each clan’s history depicted on large murals at the entrance of each villa.
The Pa-Ta-Pea Clan (Earth) has a strong connection with earth, believing that a close connection to nature would bring good health. Accordingly, guests who stay in these villas will love the rainforest views as they soak in open-air pools, terraces, and stand-alone clay bathtubs.
The Khon-Jorn (Wanderer) clan consisted of foragers, herders, performers, traders and explorers, all with adventurous spirits. The Khon-Jorn guests stay in Tent Pool Villas, which are nature-inspired rooms with ample views of the ocean and rainforest.
The We-ha (Sky) Clan were connected to the sky through their advanced understanding of the universe. As such, these two-story villas are lifted off the ground and filled with “floating furniture” such as cocoon-like beds and loungers.
The Rung-Nok (Nest) were said to have lived an opulent lifestyle who craved exclusivity because of their superior intellect and creativity. Their isolation resulted in quiet nest-like structures of woven pods that are tucked into the resort’s lush hills.
In addition to the luxurious lodgings, guests can enjoy the resort’s locally-inspired cuisine, which comes straight from onsite organic garden as well as a selection of locally-made organic wines.
Photography by Brent Madison