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Hotel Highlights

  • Luxury Javanese villas on a working coffee plantation
  • Award-winning Turkish hammam spa, unique to Java
  • Ornate Dutch-colonial architecture in a stunning mountain-top setting

Overview

Encirlced by eight volcanoes and situated near Yogyakarta, hotel MesaStila’s 25 hectares are dotted with groomed gardens, coffee plants and authentic Dutch colonial buildings. The delicious coffee is an unsurprising highlight of this former coffee plantation, and the award-winning spa – boasting one of Indonesia’s only Turkish hammams – makes exquisite use of products grown and processed onsite.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking MesaStila with us:

20 per cent discount on a spa treatment (GoldSmiths get the same discount on a second treatment) and a bag of coffee on departure

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

22 villas.

Check–out

Midday, but possibly later, depending on availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $160.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast and snacks; choice of wellness activities and classes; and use of the hammam from 6pm to 7pm.

Also

Five choices of herbal-healing Jamu drinks are served at breakfast and a Jamu-Master is available for private consultations, offering personal healing remedies.

At the hotel

Spa with Turkish hammam, beauty salon, gym, tennis court, yoga pavilion, billiard table, entertainment stage, giant outdoor chess set, croquet, library, DVD/CD selection, WiFi throughout ($5 an hour). In rooms: TV, DVD player, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

The undisputed honeymooner’s hot spot, Arum Villa Four immediately seduced us with its vast private balcony looking out onto the untouched forest, and the quaint round water fountain by the whimsical entrance. The grand and imposing Bella Vista Villa comprises two freestanding and three adjoining villas that were once part of nearby Solo’s royal court, and includes a private plunge pool.

Poolside

The emerald-sheened octagonal infinity pool beside the restaurant is fed with fresh spring water and overlooks the surrounding mountains and forests.

Packing tips

Central Java is prime trekking country so suitable jungle-rambling attire is essential if you plan on roaming around. Don’t forget to leave space in your suitcase for the home-grown coffee – it’s not available anywhere else.

Also

All villas are non-smoking. Transfers to Yogyakarta or Semarang airports cost US$50 each way.

Children

Baby cribs are provided free of charge. Beds for older children cost US$25 a night, including breakfast. As this is a health retreat, parents are asked to keep an eye on their kids, and some parts of the resort are off-limits to youngsters.

Eco‐friendly

Not just the coffee, but also the sugar, vegetables, herbs and ingredients for spa products are grown and processed on site.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Java Red and the Sunset Lounge make up MesaStila's brace of eateries. The Sunset Lounge offers a casual spot for tea, mocktails and wine, with a selection of salads and soups; Java Red serves Indonesian cuisine with a healthy twist and some unique Javanese dishes.

Hotel Bar

MesaStila has a selection of more than 600 bottles of premium wine, which in keeping with the healthy living concept are available in the Sunset Lounge after 5pm. A selection of juices, herbal teas, thirst-quenching coconut water and home-grown java coffee are served throughout the day. 

Last orders

The restaurant theoretically closes at 11pm, but will stay open until you finish your meal. The bar opens from 3pm until late.

Room service

Room service is available from 7am to 10pm, but for late or early travellers the kitchen staff will specially prepare dishes if you’re hankering for something after hours.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Chic and cheerful.

Top table

Grab a seat beside the deck by the pool so you can enjoy the forest views.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…
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Volcano-ringed plantation fields

MesaStila

Desa Losari Kec Grabag, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 59100

Planes

Fly to Yogyakarta Airport via Bali, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, to Solo via Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, or to Semarang via Singapore. Yogyakarta is an hour and a half from the hotel, Solo is two hours away, and Semarang is an hour and 15 minutes.

Trains

The nearest train stations are in Semarang and Solo.

Automobiles

The drive from the city of Semarang will take an hour and a quarter; from Yogyakarta, it’ll take an hour and a half. The hotel has free parking and a valet service.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Rachel Everett , Travel addict

Ever fantasised about staying in a real Jungle Book? Peering out over lush foliage and vast volcanoes, as vivid butterflies flutter past and a soundtrack of birds shrills from the canopy. Well, here Mr Smith and I stand, soaking up the totally tropical setting that is MesaStila in central Java. This luxury spa may be ringed by eight volcanoes, including Mt Merapi, one of the most active in the wor…
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MesaStila

Anonymous review by Rachel Everett, Travel addict

Ever fantasised about staying in a real Jungle Book? Peering out over lush foliage and vast volcanoes, as vivid butterflies flutter past and a soundtrack of birds shrills from the canopy. Well, here Mr Smith and I stand, soaking up the totally tropical setting that is MesaStila in central Java. This luxury spa may be ringed by eight volcanoes, including Mt Merapi, one of the most active in the world, but just because Bear Grylls would relish the environment, there’s no need to rough it.

Earlier this afternoon we wove our way past schoolchildren chattering in front of Buddhist stone-art shops, coconut-scented nasi lemak stalls and rainbow-bright batik stores. Elderly ladies hung their washing outside mint-coloured houses as men languished in the shade, smoking cigarettes. We drove by the spectacular Borobudur temple, lime-green rice paddies and fields of grazing oxen on our way to MesaStila, where a tree-lined driveway leads to a lovingly restored railway station. It’s now MesaStila's reception and about 10 people, smiling warmly, usher us onto the terrace for coffee and Indonesian cakes. Perching on cream day-beds, we sip Java in Java.

MesaStila is a labour of love. A coffee plantation since Dutch colonial times, each building is reminiscent of a bygone era, with furnishings selected with an eye for Javanese style. Our colossal Arum Villa has a four-poster bed fit for the king of the jungle, a petite guestroom and a spacious terrace that is overlooked by several volcanoes. The noise of banging drums comes from nearby Magelang village and smoke rises in whorls, as locals burn offerings to appease their gods. Unperturbed, Mr Smith and I jump on the bed and have a cat-nap. We wake to the soothing call to prayer and the distant, hypnotic sound of gamelan music.

After strolling to the nearby village, we return to soak in a gold, sunken bath of regal proportions and tuck into dinner on the romantic terrace at the resort’s more formal restaurant, Java Red. Mr Smith chows down on a subtly-spiced beef redang and I choose the lemon chicken nusantara, served with a divine ginger, lemon and lime sauce. In what could pass for an edible homage to Mt Merapi, both come prettily plated with a cone of rice topped with a banana leaf hat.

We finish the evening with a glass of wine in the Sunset Lounge, reading novels until the rain starts to pour down. Gigantic, alien-like insects fly in for cover and frogs hop hurriedly across the paths. The intense storm is all the excuse we need for a cosy evening holed up in the villa.

The next day we rise early to crystal-clear views and the sound of crowing cockerels. Summoning the motivation to leave MesaStila, we take a tour of the coffee plantation. Not only are four different types of coffee grown here, but also organic vegetables, palm sugar and cotton trees which provide cotton for bed linen. Now that’s self-sufficiency, Java-style. A visit to the immense Borobudur temple can be added to the transfer to or from Yogyakarta airport – at sunrise or sunset – which is what we’d recommend.

Tour completed, we wander the grounds in the sunshine watching young girls practising for their gamelan performance later, hands and heads weaving. Mr Smith sets off to the gym, but is distracted by the glassy pool and loungers. I have a massage and herbal steam in the Turkish hammam, nearly falling asleep in a cloud of tranquillity. The sound of cicadas in the jungle outside rouses me at the end of the treatment.

Realising we have to be up at an unearthly hour, we opt for an early dinner. The attentive waitress asks detailed questions about how we would like our takeaway sandwiches in the morning but, snuggled in our villa, sarnies are the last thing on our minds.

Departure day dawns for us at 4am with the energetic jungle beats remixed with the mystical call to prayer. Bleary-eyed, we totter in darkness past frangipani trees to the reception where, to our delight, a tiny table with a huge pot of coffee and croissants is waiting for us. Casting one last look over the grounds, with the throb of the drums insistent, we agree that MesaStila has the bare necessities to make anybody feel like a jungle VIP.

 

The Guestbook

Reviews of MesaStila from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The setting is beautiful, I love the old colonial club house, the authentic Indonesian villas, the beautiful Indonesian paintings and furniture. The staff are lovely. There's a very relaxed atmosphere. The yoga teacher was excellent, and the spa was amazing.

Don’t expect

They could improve the yoga clothes in the room (as encouraged to be worn on their website). Seeing as you spend a lot of time in the resort itself, some more books and variety of games in the club house would be great. Nothing much to complain about though!

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

A fantastic relaxing long weekend getaway, this place is a bit difficult to get to as it's a bit out of the way but it's absolutely worth it! Beautiful grounds, great spa and restaurant and attentive staff will make you feel special and relaxed.

Rating: 10/10 stars