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
The resort occupies the best beach along Chaweng with no rock and seaweed, and the hotel staff obviously keep the beach clean compared with nearby hotels.
The staff was very polite. Everyone greets you everywhere. They offered to help with checking in for my return Bangkok Airways which is welcome as I had difficulty doing so online and via its App.
The ground preserves many of the older trees which provides a lot of shade for sunny Samui.
The white statues in various reading poses are good for Instagram.
The room is spacious with a minimalist feel. But everything and more is there. In the coffee table there are actually free snacks including cashews and peanuts. Turndown is done discreetly.
The restaurant serves excellent Thai food although at twice the price on the Main Street. You can try Malee Thai and Khaw Glong which serve excellent Thai food.
The buffet breakfast is from an ala carte menu. The food is high quality and delicious. You can reorder at the risk of overeating.
Happy hour at the beach is excellent with music and DJ.
If you are seated at the sun deck they serve complimentary water, fruit squash, fruits and snack!
The gym is small but the dumbbells are up to 30kg good enough for a decent workout.
Highly recommended to stay. I will come back.
The location is perfect, right on a beuatiful beach and within walking distance to all the restuarants, high end shops, and nightlife. The minute we arrived we were greeted by riendly staff who all of them are prompt and attentive. The overall decor is modern, white clean builidng in contrast to the dark red pool in the middle. The room design is very temporary without feeling cold but very cozy. The electronic control for lighting and shades are very up to date. You can change the color of the lighting to match your mood. The service is excellent. When we called for room service, they arrived in less than 5 minutes. We only had breakfast there at the Page. The selection is expanded and the quality of food is superb. We will definitely go back and stay at the Library again.
Decided to go back for some Tapas at the Library after an excellent dining experience the day before.
Ordered salsa n chips, soft shelled crabs and a glass noodles and shrimp tapa which we had eaten before.
This time they came with bacon as well.Which is an issue for us as we dont eat bacon or pork for religious reasons.
On bringing this up, the staff was apologetic.We continued with the remainder of the meal and left after dessert.The remaining food was good as usual.
But the sore point is-
The chef cannot adhoc add any protein not mentioned in the description of the dish in the menu.And it was clearly not mentioned.The dish contained only shrimp as per the menu.
Secondly-They didn't offer to replace the dish and charged us for the same which we paid and left.It was after all at a great price point of 99 THB but the management needs to really pull up its socks and the team needs to learn how to do damage control because sometimes a sorry won't cut it.
We arrived to The Library and were warmly welcomed by Zil and Tik. They provided us with information about available excursions/trips and were very helpful!
The next day we took a drive around the island with Tont, who was very nice and sweet. He was always there ready to take a photo of us,provide cold refreshments and towels. Highly recommended!
Rooms are modern, spacious and feel like an Oasis coming back from the beach or town. Super cool! Shower is very nice and overall room is very clean!
The paige (restaurant on the beach) is really good for breakfast and lunch. Food is delicious, service is impeccable and you get to sit on the beach....what can be better.
Restaurant in the front of the resort serves small tapas and they are scrumptious! Drinks are amazing! Highly recommend!
The service around the pool/beach are is top notch. Chai and Rock took care of everything for us. Also they offer complimentary drinks/little bites that are refreshing and delicious (photo attached).
Overall very good resort with great attention to small details that made our stay very enjoyable!
Super stylish, relaxing hotel set in tranquil grounds in a fabulous location right on the beach. The infamous red swimming pool is very cool. Great outside bar and restaurant area (the 'breakfast on the beach' option was wonderfully indulgent) and excellent cocktails and wine list. Staff friendly and professional, especially the reception staff. Hotel manager came to introduce herself and check we were enjoying our stay, which was a nice touch. All in all, feels like a rather unique and special experience. Would very happily stay there again.