- Style Red-hot coffee plot
- Setting Volcano-ringed plantation fields
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.
Need to know
- Rooms 22 villas.
- Rates Double rooms from $249.00, 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.
- Facilities 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.
- Poolside The emerald-sheened octagonal infinity pool beside the restaurant is fed with fresh spring water and overlooks the surrounding mountains and forests.
- Check–out Midday, but possibly later, depending on availability.
Children Baby cots 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.
- Also All villas are non-smoking. Transfers to Yogyakarta or Semarang airports cost US$50 each way.
In the know
- 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.
- 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 Five choices of herbal-healing Jamu drinks are served at breakfast and a Jamu-Master is available for private consultations, offering personal healing remedies.
Food and drink at MesaStila
- 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.
- Dress code Chic and cheerful.
- Top table Grab a seat beside the deck by the pool so you can enjoy the forest views.
- 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.
- 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.