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
- 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
Attention to detail ! In their branding and most importantly in their service. The personal feel and the warmth of the Thai people made this an experience we won’t forget. They were gracious at every turn.
The atmosphere on the evening was amazing. Sitting on the beach with ambient lighting.
Their attention to detail was slightly lacking in some of the paint. It seemed tired in areas.
Cleanliness was exceptional in the rooms.
Great location as well. Walk to area bars and restaurants and shops.
DJ, Ana, Tim, Baw,Tong ,Pho and all the pool staff were exceptional. Thanks for making this a wonderful experience
Incredible Thailand experience and a staff that is focused on service and attention to detail. They made every effort to go out of their way to create a once in a lifetime vacation. Although the main dining area could use a refresh, it’s the best hotel on the beach, and at night it transforms into uniquely illuminated grounds that look like an art installation. The food, beach and mountain views are extraordinary. All about the gracious staff the evoke the kindness of the Thai culture - Tim, Lynn, Poh, DJ, Rock; I could go on. If you really want to treat yourself, The Library is the place to be!
We couldn't find a room to stay there however, we came a few times for food and sunset drinks. It's located at one of the best beaches to swim in Samui, so next time in Samui we'd definitely stay at The Library.
Food, drinks, vibe... everything works well at The Library. Great services and live music for sunset drinks too.
I'm a little late in writing and submitting this review (sorry) but that doesn't diminish the fondness I had for this lovely lovely hotel and the people that we met during our stay. As you may see from my profile me and my partner are fortunate to be able to travel fairly extensively and be able to stay in a variety of lovely places.
This is without doubt the best hotel I have ever stayed in... Big call but one I'm happy to make.
We stayed in the "secret" villa part of property (not cheap by any means but we were celebrating a few things and this was a BIG pressie to our selves).
Not one bad word to say about the resort of the people that worked in and around it and we had a truly memorable time.
A VERY special mention to Earn who was the young lady that looked after us during our stay and nothing was too much trouble for her - her beautiful smile and lovely personality were certainly a thing that we'll always remember about our time at the Library.
The name and theme of this hotel was what drew us immediately.
I stayed for four days with my sister and nephew and it felt great to take a break from the phones & iPads to enjoy the books from the elegant library. The restaurant and staff were amazing and extremely nice. Lyn (from the Drink Gallery) Tik and Por were very helpful and attentive.
The rooms are spacious, each with unique characteristics. Our room (Page 6) had some minor plumbing issues which the staff took care of promptly.
Overall, it was one of the most pleasant and memorable experiences and we plan to revisit the hotel next year.