Named after the Greek goddess of healing and meaning ‘a remedy to cure all ills’, Panacea is an inspired moniker for this delightful retreat in the Bo Phut hills. Among the tranquil gardens and harmonious interiors at this haven of holistic living, it’s hard not to unwind. A private yoga instructor will flex and tone you every day, and a complimentary one-hour massage will ease your way to total relaxation. Spa-like bathrooms, with locally produced amenities, fluffy white towels and rain showers, add to the indulgent experience. A 20m infinity swimming pool forms the focus of the villa’s outdoor living spaces, flanked by plenty of cushioned sun loungers and a cuddle couch. When respite from the sun is needed, pull up a seat in the spacious dining sala. This is a great spot to enjoy lunch or a delicious seafood barbecue on a balmy evening. Villa Purana is a great option for families or groups of friends. There’s a choice of elegant indoor and outdoor areas for socialising, while the luxurious bedrooms make relaxing havens when peace and quiet are sought. No one will feel hard done by either, as all bedrooms are very spacious – the master suite being only slightly larger than the other rooms. Enjoy the tranquillity of the jungle surroundings and spectacular ocean views knowing that, should you seek them, a choice of sandy beaches and the hustle and bustle of Fisherman’s Village with its assortment of Thai and Western restaurants are only a few minutes away. That said, the culinary talents of Panacea’s kitchen team (trained by Italian chef Alessandro Verdenelli) are considerable and should be generously sampled during your stay (fun Thai cookery lessons are also available on request). Delicious meals, selected from the villa’s priced menu (with plenty of healthy options), are prepared in Panacea’s professional kitchen and enjoyed at the villa’s dining room table, or alfresco in the sala by the pool, while daily continental or cooked breakfast is prepared and served at the villa and included in your rate.
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