The Luxe List 2015

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The Bird's Nest Pool Bathroom at Keemala.

The Luxe List 2015: Keemala, Phuket, Thailand

Upon check-in at this intriguing new hillside resort above the west-coast town of Kamala, guests are assigned to one of four villa categories inspired by fictional “clans”—the earthily designed Clay Pool Cottages of the Pa-ta-Pea clan; the safari-styled Khon-Jorn Tent Pool Villas; the sleek Tree Pool Houses of the We-Ha people, which feature suspended furniture; and the cocoon-like Rung-Nok’s Bird’s Nest Pool Villas. It sounds like a concept that could go terribly wrong, but Keemala pulls it off with aplomb. Welcome touches include fabrics and textiles produced by hill tribes in northern Thailand, while meals at Su-Tha restaurant use chemical-free fruit and vegetables grown in its own garden. Crisscrossed by jungle walkways, the leafy, quiet landscape incorporates the site’s original trees and waterways, creating a rural atmosphere that is underscored by Keemala’s trio of resident water buffalo.

66-76/358-777; Keemala; doubles from US$540

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