Koh Sa­mui

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Escape - – Alexan­dra Rush­ton the­li­brarysamui.com

DRINK Sip Thai cock­tails at Drink Gallery, fac­ing Chaweng Beach Road. EAT The Page of­fers a de­li­cious mod­ern take on lo­cal food, right on Chaweng beach. DO Browse the se­lec­tion of more than 1400 books in the re­sort’s li­brary. EX­PLORE Take a day trip around the is­land and try lo­cally caught fish, be­fore fin­ish­ing the day high in the moun­tains toast­ing a Koh Sa­mui sun­set. RE­LAX En­joy the pri­vacy of the main pool (with but­ler ser­vice) in the Se­cret Chap­ters.

THE LI­BRARY, nes­tled against busy Chaweng beach, one of Koh Sa­mui, Thai­land’s most fa­mous stretches of sand, is a hon­ey­moon­ers’ de­light. In­spired by time­less tomes, it em­bod­ies a sim­ple life­style phi­los­o­phy im­por­tant to its lo­cal owner.there is an ac­tual li­brary, next to the re­sort’s sig­na­ture red pool. So grab a good book, sit back and re­lax.

The re­sort’s seamless de­sign is in har­mony with the nat­u­ral land­scape: care­fully pre­served an­cient trees, white sand and crys­tal blue wa­ter. Its min­i­mal­ist in­te­ri­ors and black, white and red pal­ette are ac­cented with fig­u­ra­tive sculp­tures dot­ted around the grounds, en­joy­ing a book. There are 26 spa­cious stu­dios and suites, plus the Se­cret Chap­ters: 20 vil­las with pri­vate pools, the fi­nal two of which — the ex­pan­sive, adults-only The Ed­i­tor and The Writer — open this month. After en­ter­ing through a se­cret door, you are wel­comed by me­an­der­ing walk­ways and high slate walls that dis­guise your own se­cret door to your mys­te­ri­ous pri­vate hide­away.each Se­cret Poolvilla wraps around its own emer­ald-hued salt­wa­ter pool; the in­te­rior fea­tures fur­ni­ture by the re­sort’s de­signer, tirawan Song­sawat; and the bed­room has a triple-king bed. The vil­las are made even more ap­peal­ing by their pri­vate grounds — fea­tur­ing a 31-me­tre lap pool — ac­ces­si­ble only to Se­cret Chap­ters guests.the seren­ity is end­less.

From a sun­rise ‘break­fast in bed’ on a mat­tress on the beach to lunch on the bustling street at the ho­tel’s front door, to din­ner on the wa­ter’s edge, the abun­dance of de­li­cious culi­nary choices will leave you want­ing to book an­other week so you can dis­cover it all.

Cook­ing classes with chef Eric Ad­nan teach tra­di­tional Thai dishes, or, for some­thing more ro­man­tic, a pri­vate sun­set cata­ma­ran cruise guides you to some of Koh Sa­mui’s un­touched beaches to en­joy pad­dle­board­ing and a glass of wine against a fairy­tale sun­set.the sto­ry­book world The Li­brary de­liv­ers is a world away from Koh Sa­mui’s tourist hotspot beyond the front gates.

From top: an Ex­otic Suite at The Li­brary; a two-bed­room Se­cret Pool Villa; the re­sort’s sig­na­ture red pool.

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