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Ringed by eight volcanoes, MesaStila hotel's isolated mountain setting near Borobudur is inspiring. Its antique-filled villas are set in 25 hectares of loving tended gardens, coffee plants and authentic Dutch colonial buildings. You wont be surprised to hear that the coffee is a highlight, as is the award-winning spa, which boasts one of Indonesias only Turkish hammam baths and makes exclusive uses of estate-grown and processed products.
MesaStila offers a distinct Javanese flavor in activities and programs that include healthy eating; focused exercise; planned relaxation; stress management; cultural and educational programs; limitations on smoking; moderation in alcohol consumption and a variety of exceptional wellness inclusions and specially designed packages that will support a stay of wellness.
Daily yoga classes will be held in the morning from 08:00-09:00 at the Sasana Yoga Pavilion and focuses on precise alignment and posture to make your body strong, flexible and focused. Our in house instructor is available for individual classes and why not try Pencak Silat to create energy and control of your body.
The retreat will take place at Mesa Hotels and Resorts' Arum Villas. Arum Villas are spacious one bedroom villas that are lavishly furnish with traditional Javanese dcor and antiquities. All villas are non-smoking. They are available for single, double or triple occupancy and are equipped or has the following features:
large Mediterranean bathroom
large balcony overlooking the spectacular views of Central Java's mountains
coffee and tea maker
slippers and bathrobes
custom made amenities
Spa with Turkish hammam, gym, tennis court, yoga pavilion, billiard table, giant outdoor chess set, croquet, library, Wi-Fi throughout. In rooms: TV, DVD player, and minibar.
The emerald-sheened octagonal infinity pool beside the restaurant is fed with fresh spring water and overlooks the surrounding mountains and forests.
Depending on the day of your stay, the following program will be applied, subject to change on the day.
Hidden-away in twenty-two hectares of gardens and pristine coffee plantation, MesaStila has supported nearly 200 years of habitation in its various forms - from plantation owners to resort guests. This heritage site blends Colonial, Javanese and Contemporary architecture in a property that is nine hundred meters above the plains of Central Java - where all the private villas and public spaces are surrounded by lush vegetation, amazing views and immersed in exotic warmth. Located in Losari village - Grabag - Magelang - Central Java.
MesaStila is conveniently located between Semarang Airport, Jogjakarta Airport and Solo Airport. It takes 45 minutes by plane from Jakarta to Semarang Airport, 60 minutes from Jakarta to Jogjakarta or Solo Airport and 60 minutes from Bali to Jogjakarta or Solo Airport.
It takes about one and a half hour by car from Semarang Airport and two hours by car from Jogjakarta Airport or Solo Airport to MesaStila.
"In short – this is a very enjoyable, lovely and peaceful resort with an amazing Hammam and spa, however it is not a ‘retreat’ (with a ‘retreat atmosphere’ joined by like minded) and it is not really recommendable if you are a solo traveller..."
"MesaStila is a truly unique place, set among lush green hills in Central Java. The resort has 23 traditional old Javanese villas with great rustic touches combined with old colonial buildings, and a magnificent Hammam and Spa. The place embraces you with calmness and serenity and the staff is very helpful, professional, and attentive. "
"The Hammam and spa is a highlight of the place. The staff are all very nice and professional. I had several massages and treatments and I was generally happy with them all. "
"The restaurant serves good food - both Indonesian and International, and there is a reasonable wine list. Don't miss out on the star fruit salad - yummy!!! "
"I enjoyed my stay at MesaStila, but - and unfortunately there is a but, a package of 5 nights retreat as I had booked (i.e. Indulgence and de-stress retreat) is expensive and for which I also expect something extraordinary i.e. I do not expect to pay for my coffee just because I prefer cappuccino instead of the traditional powder coffee (especially not as the 22ha resort includes a small coffee plantation!!), and I do expect the fitness instructor to be a trained instructor - and unfortunately it was obvious that the guy I met was not; in fact he seemed to have no idea what so ever of what he was doing and I quickly skipped those classes. Instead, I grabbed a bike and explored the surroundings – which I can happily recommend! "
"I travelled alone and for the majority of my stay I was the only guest at the resort and for sure the only one doing a retreat, which felt slightly odd. I would NOT recommend this place for solo travelers - as a solo traveler you will anyhow be paying for 2 persons as all prices are fixed for two so bring your friend or your partner!! And really, you only get value for money if you travel two. "
"I have given this place 4 stars, but I'm inclined to say it is 3,5 - primarily because I feel MesaStila sold me something they really didn't have (i.e. a retreat programme such as the 5 nights yoga, detox, de-stress retreats which are advertised on their homepage). In fact when I checked out the staff told me that most package guests are honeymooners staying for 3 nights (some guidance when booking the retreat would probably have been in order!). If you are looking for a retreat (as I was) then I would recommend finding something else."
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"I came on a group retreat so my experience might not be the same as a general tourist, but had the most lovely stay with such friendly, attentive and thorough service. Our every need was catered for with such politeness and efficiency. We were in a big group with multiple events throughout our stay and complex logistical needs, and everything was made so easy thanks to the staff. "
"The rooms themselves are very traditional and rustic, but beautifully fitted out. I had a huge four poster bed with a glorious bathroom complete with a big stone bathtub (and fresh rose petals everyday). The property is HUGE and is absolutely beautiful to explore - so much greenery, beautiful mountain views, a stunning infinite pool and comfortable common areas. The wifi is fairly reliable which was quite important for us - it would fall out every now and then but not take long to reconnect. The food on offer was traditional - quite a lot of options and always delicious. My only comment would be that it was generally quite flavoursome and heavy - there were generally options for dietary intolerances but in terms of plain "clean eating" it was a bit harder. Similarly, the place has gym facilities but they are very basic. Although when you come to MesaStila there is enough other physical activity to do without equipment - just go for a hike around the property! "
"It's about 2 hours from the airport which was quite a trek, but the seclusion makes it worth it. About an hour from Borobudur but easy to organise transport through the hotel. Would definitely recommend a stay for a secluded, relaxing, retreat style holiday. The one thing that would be worth noting in advance - it is a Muslim area with many mosques surrounding it and at prayer times very early in the morning and again in the evening chanting can be heard quite loudly through amplified speakers. I didn't wake up to it overnight, but a lighter sleeper might need to invest in earplugs. It's part of the cultural immersion though, so we quite enjoyed it."
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"Truly magnificent. Not fake luxury - not spa'd out (they do not threaten to "awaken your sense" nor to arouse your Kundalini - they are content to offer warm, attentive service, huge and well appointed rooms, with 11 acres of grounds with a beautifully landscaped coffee plantation to wander around) but a true haven of peace up in the hills, away from the heat. "
"The MesaStila Resort is something exceedingly rare in the age of corporate hotels - totally authentic. It has a distinctly colonial feel to it - manicured grounds, a large pool and excellent facilities - a 19th century teak train station which was saved from the wrecker's ball and moved to the hotel grounds. A club-house with pool table and bar. A large infinity pool with a kids area. Hammam and sports center. Tennis. What more could you ask for?"
"The staff could not possibly be more attentive or well-intentioned. They care deeply for the wellbeing of their guests, and do everything possible to make it comfortable. The rooms are huge and tranquil. We shall be back - soon!"
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"We stayed at MesaStila for 4 nights and it was overall outstanding, with two small let downs (at of the review). "
"The staff are excellent, probably the most helpful and friendly that we've encountered anywhere. They really made use feel comfortable and welcome. The hotel and grounds are beautiful and well maintained, the entire time we were in the resort we felt at peace and a sense of wonder from the ambience. The resort has great complimentary activities in-resort, and we tried many of them and enjoyed them all. The coffee plantation tour was particularly interesting. The food in the restaurant was fantastic, we each tried different food from the Indonesian section of the menu and enjoyed everything we had."
"The issues we had were the airport transfer and the hotel organised excursions. Both were significantly overpriced. The airport transfer was about 300,000 IDR more than it would have cost us to organise ourselves, but we decided to use it as we were staying for a special occasion and thought that for that price it would be a special service; it wasn't. We probably would have had better service going with a random taxi tout. Despite being sent by the hotel the driver did not seem to know where the hotel was. "
"Looking at the excursions you could book through the hotel, we found them overpriced. We organised an excursion ourselves to Borobudur and Prambanan together and our driver was excellent. Everything included it was about 1 million IDR cheaper than it would have been to take the hotel organised excursion that went to Borobudur ALONE. What was especially bothersome about this, was we spoke to some other hotel guests who were wondering whether visiting Borobudur was worth what the hotel was charging. Given how impressive Borobudur is, I think it's a shame that visitors might not get the opportunity to visit simply because of overcharging."
"Having said all that, if you stay at MesaStila you won't regret it, it's a fantastic resort and the staff are outstanding. Staying there is worth every penny. Just organise your excursions and transfers yourself unless you want to pay through the nose."
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