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MesaStila Yoga Retreat

Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia

Luxury Yoga Retreats and Meditation Holidays in Asia

If you’re looking for Yoga Retreat away from it all, in the heart of rural Asia then MesaStila is the perfect hideaway. Nestled in the heart of Central Java, this retreat oozes  ‘Colonial Coffee Plantation’ chic. The coffee plantation dates back to 1828 when a Dutch plantation owner lived in what now is a reception area. Original resort owner, Gabriella Teggia, found the plantation and spent a decade of her life passionately sourcing antique Javanese nobleman’s houses and interiors to create Losari Coffee Plantation. Set on 22 hectares of thick bamboo jungle, each of the 22 Joglo style villas is unique.  The five bedroom complex Bellavista evens boast an original Sultan’s palace!

Yoga Retreat programs take place in a semi open Yoga Shala with a local Indonesian teacher. He has a solid Hatha Yoga practice and we enjoyed a morning meditation in the privacy of our own villa followed by yoga and a light breakfast. You must get out and see the outstanding nature surrounding the resort with a biking and hiking trip. We loved the spa facilities, complete with an authentic Turkish Hammam. Can you believe it? Traditional Turkish cleanses in the middle of the Javanese jungle! Organic meals, healthy juices, morning yoga and outdoor fitness activities all provide a relaxing escape from daily life. MesaStila offers an opportunity for personal growth, together with cultural and historical encounters to remember.

If you’re in Java, we highly recommend either taking a day out from your program at MesaStila, getting up super early and traveling down to see Borobudur or moving on after that portion of your trip to somewhere nearer to the world’s largest Buddhist monument. Of course we can organize a joint destination trip so please inquire.

 

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Location

MesaStila is set within the heart of central Java, ringed by eight volcanoes. There are several local airports which connect with the resort, depending on where you’re arriving from. Yogyakarta International airport is 65km (approx 90mins) away and local airports Semarang and Solo are 60km away. Private car transfer to the resort is available (air conditioned with refreshments and snacks for the journey). We think its well worth the journey!

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Why is it a Sanctuary

The rich Javanese plantation history and expansive grassy lawns with lush bamboo thickets provoke an atmosphere of a long forgotten colonial era, where time seems to slow down. Organic tasty cuisine, decent basic Hatha yoga classes and an enticing spa menu, qualify MesaStila as a wellness sanctuary. But it’s the surrounding coffee plantation tours and the Turkish Hammam treatments that set this apart as a luxury escape.

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Treatments

If you're doing an individual Yoga holiday, expect a wellness appraisal and a daily choice of activities. You can practice Yoga with your teacher in the Yoga Shala, learn traditional martial arts or take a hike and bike trail. This regular program is more for those who want to incorporate a little yoga into their holiday. If you'd like more yoga daily just let us know and we'll magic that up for you!

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Soul Food

The resort cuisine is all inclusive and they focus on calorie efficient meals incorporating organic home grown produce. Flavored in the traditional Javanese manner, we found the meals really satisfying as well as healthy. An array of soups and salads are perfect for detoxing/vegetarians and, if you're feeling really athletic, you can order a protein recovery meal post workout. The restaurant Java Red is an old Javanese nobleman's house overlooking the jungle and its surrounding volcanoes.

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Who is it for

If you're joining a regular Yoga program at MesaStila, you'll be the type of person who wants to get away from it all and experience a bit of colonial elegance, healthy food and yoga with other forms of fitness outdoors too. If you want to focus your entire break on yoga and meditation then maybe one of our own Soul Retreats is in order.