Introduction:Against the seductive backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach, The Library reads like an elegant monograph. Owned by Samui native Kasemtham Sornsong and created with designer Tirawan Songsawat, the beachfront hotel—an elegant minimalist structure—is a refreshing and subtle play on the notion of the book. The expansive grounds provide ample space for guests to flourish, each area representing a blank page on which to write their story. Divided into 26 suite/studio cabins, the complex avoids the monolithic hotel-complex look, scattering discreet buildings in lush vegetation. With its restrained yet sophisticated design, the conceptual resort is unique to the island. Understated and peaceful, The Library narrates a story in which genuine harmony with the neighboring landscape is a tangible achievement. The hotel’s library binds the property; its collection of over 1,300 books, available to borrow or purchase, provides a satisfying alternative to modern distractions.
Above information is how the hotel presents itself on Designhotels.com.
Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.
My arrival experience: Warm welcome with a drink and towel before being escorted to the restaurant for dinner. After the dinner I was escorted to the room.
What I loved: The unique and contemporary design.
What about the food: Much better than expected. Great western in South East Asian resorts are rare, but my dinner was very really good. I also had a pizza for lunch which was quite average. I recommend pasta and mushroom soup for dinner as they know how to do it properly.
What about the service: Great and attentive service from the friendly and smiling staff. Was very impressed with the service both at front-desk and in the restaurant. Certainly among the better independent properties in South East Asia when it comes to service.
What about the rooms: Beautiful contemporary rooms with a unique design. Comfortable bed and separate rain shower from a jacuzzi tub was some of the highlights of my room.
Number of rooms: 26.
Type of property: Resort.
Location: Koh Samui, Thailand.
Facilities: Gym swimming pool and obviously a library.
Complimentary internet: Yes and fast.
Affiliations: Design Hotels.
My overall impression: Great+ experience.