For some serious tropical island R&R, The Library in Koh Samui is the place to go. Situated on an exquisite Thai island, this boutique hotel spoils guests with its minimalist Oriental design, fine dining and world-class service. You need never leave the tranquillity of its red pool, as you sip cocktails or nibble fresh coconut and watch the turquoise and emerald waves lap the powder-white shore. Visit the hotel’s incredible library (which includes DVDs), before retreating to your Jacuzzi bath before dinner on a moonlit beach, transformed into a magical fairground speckled with fire-dancers, lanterns and restaurants. The Library offers both a secluded five-star haven or all the action and adventure the Chaweng region has to offer, right on its doorstep.
Haadtien Beach Resort on Koh Tao (known as the Turtle Island in Thailand) is definitely one for the bucket list. Divers and snorkellers from around the world flock here in hopes of seeing the illusive whale shark, turtles, spotted rays and other tropical fish. The prolific marine life, healthy coral reefs and translucent, emerald sea make it possible to spot schools of colourful species while simply standing knee-deep in the water.
When you’re not enjoying the many ocean expeditions the island and hotel have to offer, you can chill at Haadtien Beach Resort & Spa. (Haadtien means “shark bay”, named after the harmless little black-tipped sharks in the area). Stay in its castaway luxury villas right on the beach or in the Haadtien Beach Club Hotel. Swim in the black pool, nestled under palm trees, from where you can watch a breathtaking sunset over the sea and you’ll be wondering why you ever have to leave.