If anyone asks me where to head to in Asia for a real holistic escape and retreat, the MesaStila hotel in Central Java, Indonesia, is the first place that springs to my mind. I visited on a short press trip last year, and it truly blew me away. The journey to MesaStila from Semarang airport (a convenient short flight from Singapore with SilkAir) takes just an hour by car.
The resort (it feels strange to even call it a resort, because of the way it is so seamlessly set into the landscape!) is spread over twenty two acres on a working, thriving coffee plantation. You’re completely surrounded by tropical vegetation, greenery and spectacular views of eight mountains. It all feels very “back to nature”.
|A nature view of the resorts infinity pool
One of the most beautiful things about staying at MesaStila is the accommodation. The property has 23 different villas, all traditional Javanese structures and architecture, but all with modern facilities and decorated with different antique art. I must admit, my villa and four poster bed were so huge I could barely sleep, I was so excited! Other unique touches include different bath tubs (mine was a huge stone construction) but others were made of beautiful tiling (picture below) or brass.
|An infinity pool at their largest villa (just where the Indonesia president hangs out, you know)|
|A pond view from the coffee plantation|
|Selfie! A happy me in my villa’s gorgeous bathroom|