The 58-room hotel features several amenities, including a Koan Float (which involves floating in saltwater in a stimuli-free capsule) and massage facilities. More interestingly to book lovers, the library includes hundreds of books signed by authors who have stayed at the hotel -- Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison and Umberto Eco, to name a few. Guests can request to look at the books and read the inscriptions that often praise the hotel.
If it's too chilly or wet for a beach day, the chic, modern library has comfy white couches and fibre optic lighting that changes throughout the evening. Its several stocked bookshelves are curated by Philip Blackwell of Blackwell's, a British academic bookshop chain.
If you're stuck indoors on one of those drab London days, the library is a snug spot to spend some time; it's styled like a traditional living room, boasting an Edwardian fireplace complete with intricate period woodwork.
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The intimate, lovely library has an impressive collection of vintage hardcovers (Writings of Thomas Paine, The Age of Voltaire, Encyclopedia Americana), a cozy fireplace, and even a magnifying glass -- you know, if you've been reading for so long your eyes begin to strain.
Each of the 10 floors is assigned a category of the Dewey Decimal System, and rooms are decorated in accordance. The Love Room has books about love, and the Fairy Tale Room has fairy tales. Take one onto the “poetry terrace” for a quiet read in a busy city.
This hotel’s historic vibe is one that makes even non-readers want to pick up a book. An ancient monastery’s vaulted pre-Incan halls lead to the library, where oversized candles will lend a mystic air to your Don Quixote session.
A bevy of encyclopedias and a renowned Quran collection are just some of the Palace Library‘s treasures. When your brain can’t take any more intellectual awesomeness, order a puffy one from the resort’s pillow menu.
If the poolside foot massage doesn’t woo you, then this ultra-luxe property’s reading room certainly will. Nods to colonial Africa include an intricate chess set and gold-bound books. You can try to focus on your novel, but nearby Victoria Falls might be a distraction.
Hop off this hotel’s helipad into one of its seven luxury villas, and you’ll also gain access to the cozy downstairs library. Stocked with both books and magazines, it offers views of the terraced Guatemalan hillside from couches covered in tribal-looking textiles.