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n an island famed for luxury resorts,

the recently opened Panacea Koh

Samui with its 5 spectacularly

spacious villa residences is set to become Koh

Samui’s ultimate destination. This retreat

perfectly balances unabashed luxury and

intuitive service with an unpretentious private-

estate ambience.

Perched on its own hilltop, within delicate

tropical landscaping with the island unfurling

like a map below, these ultra-sumptuous

residences, ranging from 4 to 6 bedrooms,

reflect an emphasis on regionally sourced,

handmade fixtures and furnishings.

Clearly space won’t be a concern whichever

villa one selects, but the most lavish of all is the

main residence Praana. This six-bedroom villa,

with a footprint of 4,000sq metres, is more like

its own resort with, among other things, two

infinity pools, a staff of 20, 75sq metre gym,

cinema, nightclub, games room, kids’ club,

tennis court and even a Muay Thai boxing ring.

The Ultimate Villa Retreat

Grand entertaining spaces fit for a “once-in-a-lifetime” house party at Panacea Koh Samui, Thailand



he Northern Lights are one of nature’s great displays:

a mysterious, multicoloured show in which the night

sky is suddenly lit up with a wondrous glow that twists

and swirls like a heavenly lava lamp.

Elusive and ethereal, it is one of the great, timeless thrills of

travel and occurs in the Northern Hemisphere throughout

the Arctic Circle between October and April.

For a truly unforgettable trip in search of this phenomena,

combine the experience with a unique stay at the Icehotel

in Jukkasjärvi, Northern Sweden. Icehotel is the world’s first

and largest hotel built from snow and ice. It’s made up from

over 1,000 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of ‘snice’ (icy snow)

and the hotel stays open between December and April. Over

100 designers and artists are constantly working on the hotel

and it is always evolving and being resigned as sections melt

and new areas are created. Each room is -5 degrees C but

you will stay cosy with fur throws and the compulsory

Icehotel Survival Course. Opt for a Northern Lights Room for

a special view of the sky.

Trips of a lifetime

Ice & Northern Lights

Shimmering displays with Nordic Experience