What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast, free use of beach equipment and welcome drinks are included in the Jetsetter rate
- The location on Hat Chaweng, Samui's most beautiful beach
- Swimming in the crimson-tiled pool while staring at the Gulf of Thailand's translucent turquoise water just beyond
What To Know
- Intimate size, with just 26 suites and studios
- Rooms come with iMacs hooked up to the Internet
- Only Suites have Jacuzzi tubs, rain showers and open-air living areas; Studios have rain showers and balconies
- There will be a compulsory New Year's Eve Gala dinner on 31 December 2014 for all guests at a charge of $361 per person. Payment will be collected by the hotel at checkout.
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
On a strip of beach overwhelmed by hotels of all shapes and sizes, the Library stands out. With black-trimmed stark white buildings, a blood-red swimming pool and life-size sculptures, the minimalist design is both in-your-face and unobtrusive. Inside, the focus is on the art; outside (with the exception of the pool tiles) it’s on the sublime natural paradise that is Koh Samui. Suites and studios are housed in 13 cabins scattered across expansive, lushly manicured grounds dotted with old-growth trees purposefully spared during development to enhance this eco-friendly hotel’s blend-into-the-environment vibe.
Bed and Bath
With just 26 guestrooms, housed in 13 freestanding structures, the Library’s intimate size is a refreshing change from the monolithic hotels that are so prolific in Koh Samui. Suites are on the ground floor of each unit and feature indoor-outdoor living rooms with slatted shutters that can be thrown open or closed depending on the weather. Studios are on the second floor and offer stunning ocean views, from balconies rather than the open-air living rooms. Beds have silky soft linens, and a pillow menu is on offer. Bathrooms in both feature rain showers, and the Suites have separate Jacuzzi tubs.
Set amid towering tropical almond trees, the Page restaurant overlooks Chaweng Beach and provides an ambience as good as the Western-Thai fusion fare it serves. Don’t skip the appetizers: The Page 5 Alive (cheese flavored with herbs and citrus and wrapped in pancetta) is one of the signature dishes. The excellent wine selection (not always easy to find in Thailand) features more than 60 bottles from around the globe. The resort is also home to a gym (the Fit), and the clean white library is crammed full of glossy art and design books. The crimson-tiled pool provides a unique, postmodern contrast to the clear turquoise sea beyond.
How to Get There
Too many frivolous superficial design foibles with little thought given to comfort and practicality. Staff are polite but inconsistently trained so the service quality is patchy. If you find a genuinely comfortable chair in the entire hotel keep it through your stay. We booked via the Marriott Bonvoy site. If you are a Marriott Elite customer expect to be disappointed both by the hotel and by Marriott Bonvoy when you complain to them. This Design Hotel should not be marketed to loyal Marriott customers. Look elsewhere in Ko Samui for better combinations of class comfort and cost.
We had a very good time here.. it is a great place for vacation. We received warm welcome and good recommendation from hotel staff. Special thank to Tik for friendliness and hospitality make us feel like visit to our close friend. We will never forget her warm heart felt service and sweet smile to us. Excellent location in Samui island. Despite clean beauty beach, there is shopping mall located nearby. Clean room and comfy bed. Love the swimming pool & atmosphere, will surely come back!
We were recommended to eat here. A group of friends had something to celebrate, so we thought this was the ideal place.
We weren't disappointed, very friendly staff, all very well presented.
Our table on the deck overlooking the beach was perfect. The food & cocktails were excellent. In between course there was a palate cleanser at no charge.
We had a celebration and they supplied a beautiful cake for our desert FOC. Very nice.
It is up there in price, but worth every cent.