Against the seductive backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach, a member of Designs Hotels, The Library reads like an elegant monograph. The beachfront hotel is a refreshing and subtle play on the book. The hotel’s library binds the property; its collection of more than 1400 books available to borrow or purchase provides a satisfying alternative to modern distractions. With just 46 studios, suites and fabulous Secret Pool Villas (scheduled opening November 2017), spread over 12,800 square metres, this minimalist resort provides ample space to read, roam and reflect. From The Page restaurant holding fort on the beachfront and Drink Gallery by the roadside to the 270-degree sea views from the glass-enclosed gym, The Library seals the chasm between nature and modern life.