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
Parking on site
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Restorative retreat on a 55-acre coffee plantation in central Java, with huge wood villas and an award-winning spa
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).