“Our party of 19 stayed at this amazing resort on the last leg of our trip.

The MesaStila is housed on a vast area that was once a coffee plantation. Imagine lush greenery, manicured lawns and beautifully landscaped plants. These grounds are peppered with bungalows of varying sizes with some having connecting doors. This proved useful for all the kids in the party to visit each others’ rooms.

We also had the privilege of staying at the Bellavista (also referred to as the Presidential Suite). This palatial residence has a living room large enough to house all 19 of us for dinner without feeling cramped. The amazing staff obliged to our request to have room service served there because of the kids were too tired to head to the restaurant for dinner. The living area also proved useful for group discussion sessions and a good game of hide and seek.

The bedrooms were equally mind blowing with the ornate four poster beds and sunken baths. A beautiful blend of antiques and modern requirements – copper sinks and faucets, flat screen TV, wooden bar locks, electric kettle and a bar fridge. The resort kindly obliged to our request for extra beds as some of us had 3 in a group. The rooms were large enough to accommodate the bed without it feeling like space was compromised, The other villas has a variety of bedding combinations including one with a loft bed!

Within the Resort, the Hammam Spa was a wonderful escape as I opted for the 90min Intensive Massage Therapy. My therapist managed to work through my knots from the previous day’s hike and left me feeling so refreshed, I was tempted to add another 90 minutes!

Breakfast is served daily at Java Green. There is a decent selection of local and international food (try to chicken porridge!) but the one thing you must not miss is the daily dose of Jamu (Indonesian Traditional Herbal Drink) served by the loveliest little lady at the entrance of the restaurant. There are several concoctions to choose from – be warned, some taste better than others – but they’re all good for the system. And if the lady’s appearance is anything to go by, I’d be happy to drink the stuff daily!

If you’re wondering what to do at the resort, here’s a list of stuff we tried:
Cycling through the Padi fields and taking a soak at the local “”hot spring”” at the end of the ride
The Coffee Plantation tour – very educational with more than just coffee to see
Take a swim in the lovely pool
Relax at the SPA
Play pool at the bar
Read a nice book at the clubhouse
Ask about the Jeep tour to Merapi (Indonesia’s most active volcano)
Visit the amazing Borobudur

Plenty to see and do! There’s also stuffwe didn’t have time to try, like batik painting, learning to play the Gamelan, morning Yoga sessions, pony rides, etc. Check with the Reception for the daily activity schedules.

While the 8 parents on the trip were quite awestruck by the place, I also have to add that we had 11 boys with us – all aged 12 and some were slightly spooked by the ornate architecture and furnishings when we arrived on the first night. The city boys having just left a rather modern upmarket hotel did take a while to get used to the antiquated outlook of the place. That said, they were very happy to run around once the sun came up and once familiarity set in, they were a bit sad to leave after 3 nights there.

I would recommend the establishment for couples, anyone in need of peace and quiet, people who appreciate old architecture or just someone in need of a slightly different holiday.”

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