MesaStila - Wellness Retreat
About the spa
Imagine a world where there is no such thing as stress, pollution, or crowds, and where you need never feel guilty about anything you eat, and you will be somewhere close to MesaStila in Java. A world away from the daily grind, the concept offers sustainable wellness inherent to the surrounding culture, with fundamental elements including the lush vegetation, awe inspiring views, and welcoming local community.
Dispensing with the idea of a gym, activities include yoga, circuit training, power walking, Javanese dance, aqua fit, TRX training, martial arts, and tours of the coffee plantation. For those of us more familiar with the coffee brand than the location, more relaxed pursuits range from Java coffee scrubs, to hammam and head-to-toe body treatments using Indonesian healing techniques and products.
About the accommodation
Nine hundred metres above sea level, the MesaStila retreat that exists today is a cumulative labour of love that has developed over 80 years from plantation to resort. A collection of 22 villas built on the top of a hill in the middle of a coffee plantation, each abode includes a large living area and outdoor verandah with views of the mountains. The grounds themselves reference the location’s history with remaining relics such as a Colonial-era railway station and the original owner’s house dating back to 1928.
Using local and organic produce, the cuisine focuses on Javanese-fusion food with a healthy twist, designed by Corporate Executive Chef, Darren Lauder, who uses traditional flavours and cooking styles favoured by local chefs to create a menu that is sustainable, wholesome, and imbued with immense nutritional integrity.