Though it won’t open until later this summer, Keemala is already shaping up to be one of Phuket’s most imaginative retreats. Set in the hills above Kamala on the Thai island’s west coast, the resort takes its inspiration from a fictional narrative about four tribes of ancient settlers, with its 38 pool villas divided accordingly into a quartet of camps—clay cottages, tent villas, tree houses, and “bird’s nest” villas—centered on a main pool. But there’s nothing prehistoric about the amenities. Scattered across the forested grounds are a wine cellar, a cocktail bar, a restaurant with an organic garden, and a streamside spa where visiting practitioners will offer everything from traditional Maori healing and Mayan massage to vibrational attunement therapy (66/76 358-777; Keemala; four-night packages from US$1,710 until December 23).
This article originally appeared in the June/July print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Thai Tales”)