One of the first things that stand out about this cosy indoor restaurant in Choengmon is the warm smile and personal service from the manager, Sergei. Chances are that he’ll remember your face, greet you warmly with each visit and strike up a conversation. This kind of service is quite rare in Koh Samui, so when you stumble upon it, you’ll find yourself returning time and time again.
I’m yet to eat Mediterranean or Thai meal here that doesn’t taste really delicious. I’ve tried chicken salads, Thai curries and espresso-based coffee and each one was well worth the affordable prices. The cheesecakes and sweet treats masterfully created by the Israeli owner, Dalia, will change your life, so when visiting make sure you try the white chocolate, oreo or fruity baked cheesecake served with cream. I am willing to bet that you won’t find cheesecake anywhere like this in Asia or even the world at large. If you get the chance to chat to Dalia, you’ll find she has the most wonderful stories to share.
Dalia has ensured that Magnolia is a café where families, singles and young couples can feel at home whilst enjoying a dinner, coffee or cake. Board games are provided in the corner, the music always sets an uplifting and relaxed atmosphere and the aircon is always there to keep you cool in the humidity. We’ve discovered it’s a peaceful place to get some writing done.
One of the best parts about Magnolia Café is that there’s a spa right next door. Every possible treatment and massage is available here. You can choose between a vast array of massages such as Hot Oil, Thai Herbal Ball, Aromatherapy, Hot Stone, Aloe Vera or Sarawak Deep Tissue Massage. This last one is precisely the one I tried and the special techniques derived from ancient Indonesia and Malaysia out me into a blissful coma. For 90 minutes, every knot and ball of tension was coaxed out of me. Their unique Dead Sea treatments come highly recommended and better still they have a free pick up service.
Address: North Chaweng, Next to Kanda buri Hotel, Koh Samui.
Our massages at Magnolia Spar were sponsored, but all views are my own.