MesaStila Resort and Spa
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes breakfast, an afternoon snack and a choice of wellness activity each day
- Javanese cuisine with a healthy, organic twist at Java Red
- Being surrounded by volcanoes and villages
- Mother Nature at her best: wildflowers, singing birds, fresh air
- Every guest is invited on a plantation tour, which includes a cup of rich, dark coffee served with palm sugar
What To Know
- The huge villas start at 861 square feet
- This is a secluded area close to the Borobudur temple
- The restaurant, yoga pavilion, clubhouse and bar are linked by stone walkways that are lit at night
- Best for those looking for a quiet stay focused on wellness
- MesaStila is 75 minutes from the Semarang airport; the hotel can arrange transfers for an additional fee
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
In serene central Java you’ll find the secret to Indonesia’s restorative powers. Set in the middle of a 55-acre coffee plantation, MesaStila is completely committed to wellness, healthy eating and mindful relaxation. Begin the day in the top-notch spa, which has its own Turkish hammam, and end it with a mocktail of local watermelon, pear and carrot juices. In between, you can experience boot camp–style sessions of cycling, martial arts, aerobics and more in an idyllic tropical setting.
Bed and Bath
The 23 Javanese guest villas dotted about the estate have an unmistakably colonial feel, with romantic, spacious interiors of cool tile, four-poster beds, antiques, Indonesian artworks and engraved wood furniture. Each has a vast balcony or terrace with views of the surrounding mountains and coffee plantation. The guestrooms are huge, starting at 861 square feet, with mod cons including TVs, DVD players and free WiFi.
There’s much to do here. Morning yoga is a highlight, and wellness retreats include fitness, destressing and cleansing programs. A coffee soap and hammam scrub is essential, as are such spa therapies as traditional Javanese massage, ideal for fatigue. There are mountain-biking trails leading to hot springs, or you can work out in the jungle gym, hike to the top of one of the eight surrounding volcanoes or join locals in the nearby fields. Guests are fueled by the wholesome spa cuisine at Java Red, where the specialties include prawn crackers cooked in heated volcanic sand. The traditional Javanese herbal drink jamu is on offer at breakfast (you can learn how to make your own with the local tabib, or village healer).
In the Area
The hotel staff can arrange a hike to the summit of the nearby volcano, Mount Andong. Or you can spend the day exploring the Borobudur temple complex, the largest Buddhist monument in the world. After your stay at MesaStila, consider seeing other parts of up-and-coming Java, like Yogyakarta, the country’s center for culture (ballet, batik, puppet shows) and shopping. Don’t miss a trip to the Kraton, a walled city built for the sultans of Yogya; today it’s home to a bustling market and around 25,000 people (around 1,000 of whom work directly for the sultans).
How to Get There
There are so many positives to say about this resort which was surprisingly sparsely occupied during our two night visit in high season. It is set in a beautiful tranquil location with lush tropical gardens and great views.
Both our room and terrace were huge with a similarly sized bath plus separate shower. Mineral water, fruit and free efficient wifi made the accommodation perfect.
The food both at breakfast and dinner was delicious although the price of wine was prohibitive. The staff, without exception, were smiling, gracious and ever ready to please.
The only quirk was the extra charge (c.£3 inc tax and service) at breakfast for a cappuccino or latte made from the coffee grown on the resort's own plantation - poor marketing and uncharacteristically mean spirited.
Otherwise truly excellent.
We stayed at MesaStila as a family of 6. MesaStila team was very helpful since the beginning of the booking process until our arrival. When we arrived, we were amazed by the scenery and how peaceful the resort was.
Our experience was pleasant and we will definitely come back for a longer stay. However, as a local, I was surprised when one the staff told me that the pool is only for the in house guest. My suggestion for the management is to keep everyone equally regardless where they come from :)
We just stopped by on our way to Yogyakarta. This is a very nice resort, very peaceful with swimming pool and bungalows. Beautiful gardens and local architecture. They have a tea plantation. The restaurant is open and has very good views on the gardens. It is decorated in Yogyakarta style and a bit colonial. Great service. The menu has local and western dishes. The food is fresh and well presented.
We stayed at the Mesa Stila for 3 day as a family of 4 with 2 teenagers. The grounds are spectacular. The resort is in the middle of the jungle. Each day there is a list of about 6 activities that are included. We enjoyed the coffee plantation tour, yoga, herbal tea, afternoon tea and swimming. The food is delicious and the staff are so welcoming. My daughter and I enjoyed our relaxing spa treatment while my husband and son went horse back riding. Mesa Stila can arrange tours to Borobudur, too. It is a long drive from the airport, but well worth it. Thank you Mesa Stila for a wonderful visit.
We stayed in MesaStila for 2 nights, on the way to Borobadur. We had a large and very comfortable villa. with lots of seating, a large and comfortable bed and an indoor spa bath.
The hotel comprises the original coffee planter's plantation house and a series of period houses which have been moved and rebuilt on the site. It is set in beautiful and extensive grounds, and all the villas feel very private.
Service was professional but friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed the complimentary afternoon tea served every afternoon on the shaded verandah of the main house. Breakfast was excellent and there are beautiful views from the restaurant and from the pool area.
We took a half day trip to walk in rice fields in Selegriyo, organised by our travel agent, which was well worth the drive.
You could easily visit Borabadur from here, as it's only an hour or so away by car.