A boutique hotel for bibliophiles? A pool with red tiles? Why not! The Library goes against the grain, turning the standard ideas of a beach hotel upside down. It is certainly one of the most interesting hotels in Thailand—set in a beautiful part of the popular Samui island.
The Library departs from the norm also in that it does not belong to a big hotel chain, but to a Thai family. Perhaps paradoxically, the architecture departs from the local style, more resembling a contemporary creation of architects from Japan or Sweden.
Designed by Tirawa Songsawata, The Library stands out thanks to its simple design and a touch of eccentricity, expressed by the hotel’s concept (its name is not random: it really is about books) and a bit of humour, visible in numbered ‘pages’ on the lawns, ceramic sculptures of ‘readers’—or the red pool tiles.
Red in the pool
Few hotels could boast a pool of a blood-red colour. It’s just not normally associated with the cool ambience of infinity pools—but at The Library convention is not in vogue—and the pool simply follows the logic.
Main buildings are set along the beach, where this extraordinary pool occupies a central place.
On the pool’s one side is a restaurant and adjacent is the bar called The Page (of a book of course), serving European and Thai menu. The air-conditioned restaurant pavilion with huge floor-to-ceiling windows opens to a stylish wooden terrace, right on the beach. It’s the perfect place to watch the sunset.
On the other side, there is a white, glass-fronted building. It’s the hotel’s ultra-modern library—the library—the place from which the hotel takes its name. Inside, there is a café, iMac computers with free internet access and a wide selection of DVDs, music CDs and discs—and the books.
Two-storey buildings hosting the guest rooms are scattered among green lawns are located along a wooden bridge leading to the beach. There are two types of rooms. The Suite is on the ground floor with direct access to the garden and the Studio on the second floor, with a balcony.
Decorated with simplicity and elegance, the rooms are equipped with iMac computers with internet access and a plasma TV with DVD player. The interiors are perfectly white, spacious and strikingly minimalist, with splashes of contrasting red, black and grey.