Property spotlight / Java

    MesaStila - Indonesia

    Located on a former coffee plantation in lush central Java, MesaStila is surrounded by no less than eight volcanoes and offers a glimpse into traditional and authentic Javanese life.

    Rural Bliss and Historic Architecture

    Within encircling verdant palm trees and coffee plantations are scattered antique wooden Javanese houses filled with carved artifacts that make for an atmospheric stay.

    Jungle Living

    The lowdown

    • How to Get There

      It’s around 90 minutes’ drive from Semarang airport, and around two to three hours north of Borobudur and Yogyakarta.

    • Insider Tip

      With the only hammam in Indonesia, MesaStila is a great spot for spa pampering, and recommended is the body scrub with coffee grains from the hotel’s own plantation.

    • Combine With

      A longer itinerary within Java including UNESCO World Heritage temple Borobudur and Yogyakarta, finishing at MesaStila for a relaxed few days before heading home.

    Surrounded by volcanoes, verdant forests and mist-swirled coffee plantations, MesaStila’s location is dramatic. But on arrival, you’ll find a resort that’s warmly welcoming and filled with quirky touches that hark back to Dutch colonial rule and ancient Javanese traditions. One of your first sights could well be the colonial railway station which acts as a reception hub.

    Scattered around the twenty-two hectares of greenery-filled tropical gardens are the authentic Javanese buildings which are the spacious villas for families and couples. Inside is a mix of modern comforts paired with antique carved screens, teak four-poster beds and sunken copper tubs. One of the resort’s most stunning sights is the sleek octagonal swimming pool which overlooks a gorgeous patchwork of green that stretches to the mountains.

    You’ll find it easy to relax here, particularly if you’re at the end of a tour of Java, as many guests use MesaStila for a restful end to their holiday after visiting the awe-inspiring temple complexes of Borobudur and Yogyakarta.  However, we recommend a tour around the coffee plantations of MesaStila to learn about the process of growing coffee, before a freshly brewed cup of the resort’s own coffee. A hike to the nearby waterfall will allow you to walk around rice terraces and through dense jungle and even better, you can cool off in a natural pool.  Spa-seekers will enjoy the wellness offerings at MesaStila and you even experience a full Hammam – the first of its kind in Indonesia plus massages, Javanese steam baths and coffee body scrubs.

    Whether you have an active day or not, spend your evening having drinks at the 1920s style Plantation Lounge followed by Indonesian fare at the resort’s restaurant Java Red, accompanied by the calls and squawks of jungle life.


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