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“Relaxing Losari”

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MesaStila Resort and Spa
Ranked #5 of 22 Hotels in Magelang
Certificate of Excellence
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Relaxing Losari”
Reviewed August 26, 2008

Beautiful location up in the hills surrounded by 8 volcanoes (which all behaved themselves when we were there!). Although it was fairly expensive, we had a huge villa for the 2 of us and the staff were all very friendly and helpful. It was a perfect place for relaxing, apart from some late night noise from the nearby village on both nights we were there. The spa was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the coffee plantation with the very knowledgable guide. It was good to see that Losari was taking eco-tourism seriously - very little plastic in use - even the swizzle sticks were lemongrass and much of the salad and herbs used in the restuarants are grown on the plantation. I hope the new owners don't alter the character of the place too much.

  • Liked — Beautiful setting
  • Disliked — Noise at night
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed May 21, 2008

The mixed reviews that Losari gets on TripAdvisor left me booking just two nights. But within a few minutes of arriving we decided that we should add an extra night to the stay.

The great appeal is the setting; a small working coffee plantation strewn with renovated and salvaged buildings. The estate has colonial buildings; now the club house and the billiard bar and the rescued station building that serves as the reception. The villas are found all over the estate beside moss-covered sunken roads.

The main buildings and the infinity swimming pool look down a valley, where the canopy has been cut away, and towards two towering volcanoes. These eluded us for much of the time behind haze and cloud (the rains have been a little late in departing this year) but cannot fail to impress when they appear.

The grounds are heavily groomed and fall away to the plantations themselves where you can tour the coffee varieties, sample the crop, visit the vegetable garden or wander further afield into the local villages and down to the paddies in the valley.

I don't think I've ever been to such a picturesque hotel. The website really under-sells this.

We'd booked an Arum Villa (best price we found was UKP140 B&B on Asia Rooms). We got a large main room, tables and day bed separated from a massive bed by a beautiful carved and painted screen. There was a dressing area, a toilet and a long bathroom (all wood, two copper sinks, and a double mosaic bath with massive sunflower shower head above). The outdoor terrace had a table and a day bed, and a view over the plantation towards cloud-shrouded volcanoes. Overall the fittings were quite stunning. Flowers were changed as they began to wilt, and a new mound of petals appeared for the bath every morning. The only downside was the rumble of heavy traffic from the main Jogja-Semarang road that runs unseen through the valley below and to the west of the plantation.

I didn't see inside any other villa so we may just have been lucky in what we got. The website is pretty unhelpful in helping you decide which are the nice ones. From the outside they varied immensely in their design, in their views and the level of isolation. Only the main villa had its own pool.

The food was a bit pedestrian - but that was our experience at almost all the hotels we ate in, including Amanjiwo. The spicing seemed massively toned-down for visitors, though one of the waiters suggested that we join him for some real Indonesian food in the staff canteen. That said, the breakfast buffet was good; enlivened by the early morning yoga session and the volcanic views, and the evening meals came with quite a variety of live music. Afternoon tea was free, a bit basic but sumptuously comfortable on the day beds.

I cannot fault the staff; I think every single person I meet, including those weeding the coffee shrubs, greeted me.

The hamman in the spa was authentic and impressive. And the treatments we had were competent, friendly and professional. Not cheap though.

Liked:
The setting
The buildings
The spa
The staff

Disliked:
The road noise

  • Stayed May 2008
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UrbanVoyageur
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2008

The 3-hour trip from Solo was uninspiring made worse by a particularly sullen driver. Twilight soon descended but our spirits lifted as we approached the property. The old station, the misty lantern lighted path leading to the grand clubhouse were indeed spectacular. We gleefully anticipated 3 magical nights with the resort (10th-13th August 2007). Alas …

ACE
A gem of a concept; an actual coffee plantation doted with antique buildings sourced from all over Java. The perfect location for pure poetry in motion; a brush with a forgotten era while having coffee/
aperitif in the colonial clubhouse, a chance encounter with the jamu lady as she entices you with her elixirs or a discovery of the vegetable and herb garden. A soothing agenda amidst a ring of awesome volcanoes, which one is afforded a glimpse of from time to time. Tip: try an early morning jog within the compound. The fresh mountain air truly invigorates.

2 members stand out among an otherwise banal staff. Santo at reception grew up within the Borobudur compound and we were lucky enough to have him as our guide. Brought up with a different religion, yet one senses his pride and reverence for the monument. A second vouch for Martin at the spa recommended by a prior reviewer.

AVERAGE
Service on the whole was rather nondescript. Our package included an Arum Villa and had we not insisted at check-in, we would have gotten one from a lower category. We specifically requested for any other driver but the one who brought us from Solo. Departing for Borobudur at 0430 hours the next morning, guess whom we had as our driver for the entire day?

ANNOYANCE
It is unfathomable how one could conceive a pool area this minuscule in such sprawling grounds. It is also comes with possibly the world’s only calf high infinity pool.

ABYSMAL
Charming as the villas maybe, one draws the line when basic plumbing is defective. It took 5 hours and 3 calls before engineering finally came. Merapi 1 was in desperate need of a good scrub, it was dank and when sanitation problems persist, the perpetual stench is etched into the wooden structure.

Tip: Be very very tired; the traffic can be heard in bed and oh yes … prayer calls start at 0430 hours.

Unless a daytrip is planned, guests at the resort are obliged to have all 3 meals there. We have tried the buffet, ordered ala-carte from both the Java Red and Java Green restaurants and have concluded that the one thing Losari excels is in serving food cold including the resort-grown breakfast coffee!

In the hands of a true blue hotelier this property could outshine any project designed by Ed TUTTLE or grounds manicured by Bill MENSLEY, but until then it remains an amateur’s pathetic attempt in passing this off as a luxury resort.

  • Liked — The Concept
  • Disliked — Unacceptable standards of Accommodation and sub-average Food
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank UrbanVoyageur
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Singapore
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2008

First of all, I'd like to agree about some things that many people who have waxed lyrical over Losari have already said. It is true that the grounds are spectacular, the service impeccable & the food at Java Red is delectable. Plus, the Hamam is probably the best spa in the whole area. It is beautifully decked and the therapists are first rate. Also, they have a monthly promotion which gets you 2hrs of treatments at a reasonable price. But I have to say something about the rooms, especially for those of you who are not getting the higher tier accomodation. If possible, check with the hotel or the booking agent the room name. For those of you getting a Plantation room, if you can help it, do not stay in room Sumbing 4. We paid over USD$200 per nite for it. The room was located around a dark semi-dingy corner, the front door at the end of a narrow aisle. Even though it had a nice facing, not much light came through so the room remains dark throughout the day. The room itself was mediocre. But the worst part was the bathroom. It looked more like a USD$30 room rather than a $200 one.The wall tiles were dirty & yellow with age & improper cleaning, the shower area base had been painted over but the paint was flaking & actually the flakes came off while we there. There were also alot of dusty areas as well as undisturbed cobwebs. In the middle of the room, there is a narrow area which has the shelves for the coffee/ tea, etc, but there was nowhere to hang our clothes. Ironically, there is a larger area next to it which has a study table which we never used. I was wondering why they didn't just convert that area to be the wardrobe area instead. Anyway, the moral of the story is, as someone else said in an earlier review, if you can afford it, get a more expensive room. I'm not sure if the bathrooms are much better but at least the rooms themselves should be nicer. For the sake of other guests, I hope the other Plantation rooms are better than the one I stayed in. It needs a serious renovation & it seems a shame that a property which obviously pays so much attention to detail could have allowed this room to deteriorate in this fashion.

  • Liked — The beautiful Clubhouse, restaurant & pool
  • Disliked — My room unfortunately
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank chocfudge
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Singapore
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2008

We just got back from a 4 day stay at Losari Plantation. The location is unbeatable, the old charm of wooden, creaking floor, outdoor bathroom, fabulous mountains and lush greenery are just a few memories we will keep with us for a long time. I find myself thinking and wish that we get up early morning greeted by the majestic Sindora Mountain right outside our veranda. I just can't wait to get up at sunrise drag Michael out of bed for a refreshing walk around the peaceful compound. On the flip side, the traffic sound and sound from the neighbouring blasting prayers sessions are at time irritating but hey we are a guest in a country with predominantly muslim population. That's when my yoga and mediation training kicks in. We went on a steam train ride, it was very pleasant, the spa was good. On a whole we enjoyed the trip very much. Price is on the higher sider but the experience is second to none. We will consider coming back sometime again.

  • Liked — The landscape
  • Disliked — Bugs, mouse
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank YNotNow
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Asia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2008

We spent two days at Losari in January 2008. The grounds are absolutely beautiful, with the resort set atop a valley in a working coffee plantation. The old Dutch plantation house, lovingly restored and now the "club-house" lends colonial grandeur to the property. The extensive landscaped gardens are immaculately kept.

However, the accommodation we stayed in was dark and a tad run-down. While this could be regard this as part of the place's charm, the villa was also quite dirty - not so charming. At around US$400 a night with extra charges for airport pick-up and even cookies in the room we thought it overpriced. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the property is stunning but we won't be rushing back.

  • Stayed January 2008
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2 Thank GandTonArrival
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Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed November 17, 2007

We stayed two nights on Thursday and Friday and enjoyed the whole relaxing and social experience. The airport pick-up in Solo was efficient and the driver spoke good English and stopped whenver we wanted. In the car, we had bottled water and two small jars of cheese sticks and cookies to tide us through a ride lasting almost three hours.
My husband and I had been to Java decades earlier. In fact, he had photographed and written the first Apa Guide to Java in the early 1970s so it was a significant drive to Losari to witness that not much has improved on the two-lane heavily trafficked road to Semarang.
The nicest part on arrival is passing the wrought iron gate and up the driveway flanked by tall palm trees to a railway station. It is the reception house. An original Dutch-built station with the slatted window for buying tickets saved from the wrecker's ball to be sold as firewood! We were led to the verandah of the Clubhouse, a planter's house and focal point of the estate and were impressed by the flowering plants, the fountain and the mature trees beyond.
The good thing about Losari is the concerted effort of the owner to save the indigenous houses of central Java and install them as unique suites.
Our room was the Merapi 1 with a view to a volcano peak, not the Merapi though. It is large with bamboo tiled flooring and a large four-poster bed. There is a small room adjacent for single occupancy with an outdoor bathroom and toilet standing on the wide verandah. An oddity but should serve this extra room.
The main bathroom and toilet is large with a copper bathtub and shower. Hot water ran copiously. And the rooms had fragrant potpourri made from pandan leaves, grated lime and flowers. There is a kettle, complimentary sugar, tea and in-house coffee powder for your convenience plus bottles of tamarind candy, cheese biscuits and cookies with a price tag.
For lunch, we were joined by our friends and we had spinach soup, fried noodle and chicken soto soup beautifully arranged with condiments on a platter.
I went for a steam bath in the Hamam styled after a Turkish bath with a cold water tub. The massage was done in a room overlooking the garden and as it was a breezy cloudy afternoon, it was comfortable temperature and I did not feel the mosquitos buzzing as dusk approached.
On leaving, it rained very hard but I was lucky to have brought an umbrella though not happy that lightning was striking relentlessly.
The rain softened shortly after and though we had to walk over the pebbled path, it was well-lit and easy without deep puddles or slippery walkways.
For drinks, we went to the standalone Billiard Bar to order and were served promptly in the Clubhouse indoor lounge.
We ate at the verandah of the dining area while other tables were filled in the main dining hall. We were told of the excellent Italian food in the menu and had the best freshly made pumpkin and spinach stuffed raviolis. We ordered the same dishes for the next meal!
There was a birthday celebration at the next table for a family of Indonesians and I shared the congratulations. The musicians played at a safe distant and later the family members took over the mike for their amusement.
We met up with Gabriella the Italian owner who is a tireless woman running the hotel and a foundation to promote the local culture and batik cottage industry. She was constantly talking to the guests and buying rounds of drinks at the bar, hosting dinners and taking the guests personally on a tour through the estate nurseries and Kudus houses. One can sense the genuine love she has for the country and its people.
We enjoyed the jamu drinks, the coffee tour, the stories behind the stately bungalows and the carvings. Workmen were constantly around tending the vegetable patches, repairing and preparing the rooms but never intrusive. In the afternoons, there were gamelan performances and dance exercises involving the village folks and youngsters.
The gift shop yielded some nice buys including hand-drawn batkis, coffee beans and powder, toiletries and books originating from the area. You could say that every detail is seen to. The staff is helpful and speak good English. One managed to purchase two bottles of the local honey flavoured coffee flowers and longan flowers to take home something I will savour to the very last drop. Indeed my stay at Losari Coffee Plantation was short but sweet .

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — It is spread over a large area 25 hectare and hard to look for the wandering spouse or friend.
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank ApaVillasGalle
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Property: MesaStila Resort and Spa
Address: Desa Losari, Grabag, Magelang 56196, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Java > Central Java > Magelang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Magelang
#3 Luxury Hotel in Magelang
#4 Family Hotel in Magelang
#4 Spa Hotel in Magelang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — MesaStila Resort and Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
MesaStila is a luxury five star resort & spa that incorporates an unparalleled collection of remarkable antiques and enchanting buildings; including Central Java icons such as a Colonial railway station and historic Joglo-villas. The property has twenty-three unique villas set within an area of twenty-two hectares of outstanding natural beauty; surrounded by cooling highland-air, eight mountains, tropical gardens and lush vegetation. Built within a charming coffee plantation, MesaStila offers distinctly Javanese experiences both cultural and fitness activities. The true magnificence of MesaStila is in its spectacular setting and its Hammam Turkish Spa. At MesaStila the focus is on luxury yet keeping the traditional, local and wholesome experiences intact, which accentuate the magnificence of the environment, the people, the culture and facilitate a healthy lifestyle- full of wonderful experience. ... more   less 
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Losari Spa Retreat And Coffee Plantation
Losari Spa Retreat & Coffee Plantation Hotel Magelang
Losari Coffee Plantation Magelang
Losari Coffee Plantation Hotel
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