Bali’s secret beachfront oasis
As far as memorable first impressions go, The Mulia – Nusa Dua, Bali dazzles. After going through the grand entrance and past the magnificent Eternity Chapel surrounded by reflecting pools, the dramatic view of hills blanketed with more than a hundred elegant villas looks like a secret desert oasis.
The Mulia is the epitome of elegance and sophistication, as one would expect from a property whose name means “noble” in the Indonesian language. Located in the tropical haven of Bali and within 74 acres of land shared with sister properties Mulia Resort and Mulia Villas, the all-suite Mulia gives you access to four exquisite restaurants, five bars and six pools across the three resorts. Add to that the ultra-luxurious accommodations and 24-hour butler service, and don’t be surprised if you want to spend the majority of your stay in Bali within the confines of this beachfront escape.
The Mulia’s 111 suites come in three categories, Baron, Earl and Marquess. All are exquisite in their own right, featuring interiors accented with gold, plush beds with up to 1,000-thread-count bedding, Oriental art on the walls and a glass sliding door that opens up to a spacious patio with numerous cozy nooks and a Jacuzzi.
Two-bedroom suites come with all of the above, plus a luxurious living room and a dining area. As for the bathrooms, expect marble double sink vanities, high-tech toilets and top-notch amenities. You will feel like royalty in one of these suites, the majority of which faces the shimmering Indian Ocean, while the remainder looks out over splendid gardens.
The Food and Drinks
At the Mulia Bali hotel, choose among four restaurants: The Cafe, Soleil, Table8 and Edogin. The Cafe offers a lavish buffet of international dishes with live cooking stations and a separate area for desserts. Asian cuisine enthusiasts have the option of Cantonese and Szechuan fare at Table8 or Japanese delicacies at Edogin, both served in simply elegant surroundings. Soleil focuses on a Mediterranean and pan-Asian menu featuring handmade pasta, top-notch meats and seafood, and more.
The quality of the cuisine prepared at these restaurants is well known throughout the island, and locals regularly snap up reservations, particularly at Soleil’s Sunday brunch.
Not too hungry? Sip on stylish cocktails and socialize at one of five bars — try afternoon drinks overlooking the Indian Ocean at Sky Bar or head to the handsome ZJ’s Bar & Lounge for live music and a nightclub atmosphere.
Mulia Spa is perhaps the most reminiscent of a desert oasis, with its sandy color palette and serene atmosphere. There are 20 rooms available for rejuvenating treatments that incorporate Balinese, Asian and Western techniques. Highlights include the Coco Cup Massage, which uses warmed hands and smooth coconut shells to release deep-seated tension, and the Crystal Healing Ritual for rebalancing energy channels. Take advantage of the Wellness Suite equipped with a Finnish sauna, an aroma steam room, a chromatherapy system of gentle light therapy, and Asia Pacific’s first ice room with a crystal ice fountain.
Nusa Dua is known as the area for luxury accommodations in Bali, and there could not be a better address for The Mulia. Geger Temple is just a stone’s throw away, and a bit further out, perched on the southern cliffs, is the majestic Uluwatu Temple. Venturing outside of Nusa Dua to go to popular areas such as Seminyak (known for shopping and fine dining) or Ubud (Bali’s cultural center) is as easy as hiring a taxi or private car and making use of the newly built Mandara toll road that stretches over the Gulf of Benoa and cuts down on travel time significantly.