Above: a pool with a view at Losari.
Ringed by volcanic peaks in the lush highlands of Central Java, the Losari Spa Retreat & Coffee Plantation (Magelang; 62-298/596-333; losaricoffeeplantation.com), a collection of antique joglo houses set around a colonial-era planterâ€™s mansion, has never been short on allure. Come November, though, the 24-hectare property plans to recast itself as a package-only wellness retreat–which should come as good news to the holistic-minded traveler. The landscape alone, says manager Bryan Hoare, offers an excellent environment for healing. But it is Losariâ€™s well-being and fitness programs–pencak silat classes, detox regimens, spiritual counseling, sessions with the resident yoga master–that are designed to bring the most benefit. The cuisine here, naturally, emphasizes organic produce, and activities range from mountain biking and jungle trekking to turns in the spaâ€™s hammam bath. For guests in search of something further to meditate upon, Borobudur temple, the worldâ€™s largest Buddhist monument, is a scenic two-hour drive away. —Angela Leenhouts
Originally appeared in the August/September 2011 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“All Well and Good”)
UDPATE: The resort’s new name is MesaStila, and the company behind it is now called Mesa Hotels and Resorts.