Ringed by eight volcanoes, MesaStila hotel’s isolated mountain setting near Yogyakarta is inspiring. Its antique-filled villas are set in 25 hectares of loving tended gardens, coffee plants and authentic Dutch colonial buildings. You won’t be surprised to hear that the coffee is a highlight, as is the award-winning spa, which boasts one of Indonesia’s only Turkish hammam baths and makes exclusive uses of estate-grown and processed products.
As you step through the gates of MesaStila (previously known as Losari Spa Retreat and Coffee Plantation) you enter into a realm of history dating back two hundred years which connects Dutch and Javanese history together. The aroma of a rich elegant past is carried on the breeze, as the scent of the robusta coffee bean from the roasting house wafts past. The rich volcanic fertile islands of Indonesia produce some of the world’s finest coffee however, when Indonesia gained independence in 1945, numerous coffee plantations fell into disrepair and neglect.
This magnificent colonial coffee plantation has been fully restored to its former glory. The manor house stands elegantly against a backdrop of eight volcanoes. It has a formal dining room which is richly decorated reflecting its historic past, along with a well-stocked stately library and ornate tastefully furnished drawing room.
The twenty-two individual villas and cottages that sprawl across the enormous grounds of MesaStila reflect a regal Javanese history, with antique treasures complementing each villa. The outstanding private collection of antique fixtures and fittings truly enhance the historic feel of MesaStila.
Life at MesaStila and the local village blend together. Guests are encouraged to take a stroll down to the village for a glimpse of rural Javanese life. Mothers maintain the continuum practice of swaddling their babies while field workers tend their crops with traditional tools and a vast array of blackened pots simmer on open fires. To observe the pace of village life as it blends with rural activities is to glance into a culture that lives in harmony and rhythm with its own natural setting.
Along with the natural stone bath (one only), many products used at the resort are directly from the natural environment. The massage and body products used at the spa are naturally grown and sourced on site and all the salad vegetables used at the restaurant are from the plantation’s organic garden.
When visitors stay at MesaStila, the Bahasa phrase ‘semuanya bisa diatur’, ’anything can be arranged’, is certainly true. If baking bread has always been of interest to you, why not take a baking lesson in the kitchen? Fancy painting? There are watercolours and estles available for those who are so inclined. Just about anything you can think of is offered at the resort. You just have to ask. It is the sort of place that simply inspires people. A place where synchronicity can appear.
When it comes to children, the resort has a dedicated kids club and babysitters on call. Children’s cooking lessons are offered as well as traditional games, with a focus on music and lots of singing. Teenagers are catered for and encouraged to take a guide and go hiking for the day. All 8 volcanoes can be climbed.
Adventurous pursuits include river rafting or you might fancy a sunrise elephant trek at Borobodur – one of Asia’s greatest Buddhist relics. Borobodur was built in 850AD and is located only 70 kms from MesaStila. Alternatively, a trip to visit the Monastery can be arranged by guest services, as can the hiring of bicycles to undertake the 15km scenic cycle route around the local villages and out to the nearby picturesque terraced rice fields. Java is full of temples and ruins, and only 20 minutes from the resort you can reach Gedung Songo, a Hindu complex, which consists of nine temples and ruins. A secluded and relatively unknown waterfall is only 15 minutes away by car or bike whilst hiking trails provide access to the several volcanoes in the area.
The resort’s courtesy car is also available to take guests to and from the Abarawa Train Station for a ride on the historic steam train. The journey on the train is a delightfully scenic one, following a route through rural villages and valleys.
Indonesia’s first Hamam Turkish Spa is an experience not to be missed offering steam baths, massage and other types of healthful pampering. A Hamam is essentially a steam bath house. The three level spa complex features a separate male and female clay domed Hamam. The 3rd level features a never-ending swimming pool, which flows into the valley below. The water is sourced directly on site from a fresh underground spring located 120 meters deep below the earth.
Whether you prefer to indulge in a massage at the Turkish Hamam Spa, visit the local village, undertake one of the numerous adventures offered or just relax quietly with a cup of Java coffee, a unique experience awaits you in the picturesque coffee fields and surrounds of MesaStila. This is truly an opportunity to pamper the soul and discover harmony within a natural Javanese paradise.
Garuda Airways: Daily flights from Jakarta to Yogyakarta or Semerang Courtesy Car Pick up from Airport from both airports.
Direct flights from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to Yogyakarta and Semerang with Air Asia.
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