A Royal Retreat At MesaStila Resort And Spa - Updated 2023

Review of MesaStila Resort and Spa | Desa Losari, Kecamatan Grabag, Magelang, Central Java
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MesaStila Resort and Spa is located in Magelang, Central Java about 1.5 hours’ drive from Semarang Airport or two hours from Yogyakarta Airport or Solo Airport. Magelang is rich in natural beauty of hot springs, lush hills, and volcanoes which make it a varied and interesting place to visit aside from historical sites. Previously called Losari Coffee Plantation, the resort offers tranquility in verdant green, cooler mountain air at 600 metres/1,968 feet above sea level, and beautiful scenery of eight mountains encircling the 22 hectare/54 acre property. Initially started as a coffee plantation, it was due to an Italian entrepreneur from Rome, Gabriella Teggia, who developed and expanded the estate into a luxury boutique resort in Indonesia. The property later was sold to one of Indonesia’s richest men, Sandiaga Uno, and currently is managed by Mesa Hotels and Resort.

Collection from colonial time

The 1928 Club House

You will admire colonial buildings left behind from the Dutch period. Firstly, the building that welcomes as you walk into the property was a ticket office of one of the oldest train stations in Indonesia. Secondly, as you walk up to the highest point, a 1928 Club House awaits you. This is where Dutchman Gustav Van der Swan lived, the original owner of the coffee plantation. The Club House is filled with exquisite Javanese antiques and pieces of furniture, a grand book collection in the library, and eye-catching awards displayed on the wall. Lounging on the comfy daybed on its wide veranda for sunset viewing overlooking Mount Sindoro and Sumbing is a must do. Or, you can linger around Plantation Lounge (once a coffee plantation warehouse) with a pool table and magazines.

Distinctive villas with timeless beauty

Arum Villa

There are 23 villas on the property. Each is individual, unique and different depending on its originality and interiors. Teggia searched for traditional Javanese wooden houses from Limasan, Joglo, or Kudus, which were then brought to the property for rebuilding and repurposing.

Arum Villas (spacious 100 square metres/1,076 square feet) are decorated with arts and antique pieces of furniture such as a daybed, an extra-large double four-poster bed, round dining table, and a work desk. Also showcased are a lavish turquoise sunken tiled bath, copper sink, and a separate shower. For large families or big groups, stay in Bella Vista Villa (once a Javanese prince residence) that fits 8 to 10 guests. From a private swimming pool to personal butler service, this is the ultimate resort experience. The Plantation Villa at 80 square metres/861 square feet is an entry level. Ambar Villas at 135 square metres/1,453 square feet, are similar to the Arum Villas but with an extra single bed.

Coffee and jamu

Semi-ripe coffee berries

Join a complimentary tour where you will learn about the claimed to be world’s second most valuable commodity: coffee. Learn about the types of coffee plants, pick fresh berries, as well as the drying, roasting and grinding of the beans. You can taste coffee beans grown at MesaStila, which you sample with palm sugar at the coffee shed. Also, don’t leave without sipping complimentary jamu or herbal tonic, which is guaranteed to restore health and prevent disease.

Culture, fitness, wellness, and spa indulgence

Infinity pool

There’s a lot of other complimentary in-house activities to recommend you do: from yoga, aqua-fit, jungle gym, power walk, circuit training to cultural immersion such as pencak silat, (Indonesia Martial Art), Javanese dance, janur (origami using coconut leaves), and gamelan (traditional Indonesian music). A good dip in the infinity pool, complimentary bike hire to ride around the village, or play a game of tennis (equipment provided) will certainly re-energize you.

And when you want to retreat, Mesastila offers an award-winning Turkish hammam (so you don’t have to travel far to the Middle East’s famous steam rooms) and variety of luxury spa treatments. You can enjoy MesaStila’s signature treatment such as a coffee body scrub, or coffee and pandan body wrap. The Eastern healing treatments will leave you balanced with zen, retrieve chakra energy, and return to beauty from the inside out. Experience the Tui Na acupressure points facial, jade facial, Chinese dry body massage, Harmonic Healing’s Buddhist singing bowl massage, or Chi Nei Tsang’s Taoist massage.

Discover beyond

Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Gunawan Kartapranata used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Attractions can be arranged with MesaStila including the world renowned Borobudur Temple and Prambanan Temple. Other closer sights are Gedong Songo Temple, Umbul Temple, Grabag traditional market, and Dieng Plateau. For adventure seekers, the options are endless: hiking (start with the nearest, Mount Andong), horse-riding, cycling to the royal baths, and a waterfall. MesaStila also organises trail running events and cycling camps for those with this special interest.

Healthy and wholesome food

Red rice congee for breakfast

There are plenty of options to choose from the menu, either Javanese or Western meals are provided both at Java Green (breakfast) and Java Red (lunch and dinner), so you won’t be left hungry. Executive Chef Arya Kusumaatmaja stated MesaStila’s commitment on sustainable, local, organic, and wholesome food. For instance, the typical Javanese meal such nasi goreng and bubur (congee) are made of red rice for a low in glycemic index. You will also be looked after well during complimentary afternoon tea on the veranda of the Club House.

Eco Resort — luxury without pretentiousness (from USD 250)

Luxury mountain view

MesaStila is conscious towards the environment and people. It’s evident from the buildings being reused and repurposed, chemical free coffee plantation using traditional techniques, the coffee produced is used in spa and restaurants, and bounty from organic vegetable gardens being utilized in the restaurants. About 172 staff from surrounding villages are employed in the property to which your stay with MesaStila contribute towards sustaining the employment.

MesaStila Resort and Spa

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Address: Desa Losari, Kecamatan Grabag, Magelang, Central Java
Accommodates: 3

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Hard to say goodbye

You will feel like a Javanese royal from the luxury of spaciousness, the tranquility of the mountain view, charming staff in rendering wholeheartedly service, the uniqueness of Javanese heritage, and cultural experience. It’s hard to say goodbye to the magical MesaStila. This is a must stay resort when in Central Java, but also a place that you’ll be longing to return to.

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