The striking seaside property of The Mulia Resort & Villas in Bali, opened in December 2012, offers the latest in five-star amenities and expansive grounds
It’s hard to say no at The Mulia Resort & Villas in Bali. From dripping chocolate fountains at the craving-inducing international buffet, to the endless array of multilevel infinity pools, enticements can be found around every corner. In fact, hotel management maintains that guests tend to stay put upon arrival to the Mulia, begging the question: why go anywhere else?
From first step into the airy lobby decked in marble and plush seating, your senses are piqued by the displays of fine art from around the globe. Nature-inspired blown glass works hang from the ceiling and fresh flowers adorn a French antique table. Most common spaces display dramatic art pieces, doubling the area as a thoroughfare and a well-manicured art gallery.
The resort continues the splendor of the entry with 526 rooms and 111 suites. The rooms maintain the same sandy color pallet of the lobby with strokes of cool greens and blues, creating a luxe beach vibe. Beds are made with fine Egyptian cotton sheets and throw blankets, with paintings featuring comical monks on the walls. Even the toilet is hyper-attentive to guests, with motion sensing technology that raises the lid at your presence. Suites feature Jacuzzi hot tubs on terraces that overlook the expansive coastline.
Much of the Mulia’s furnishings are custom made, at the direction of the Mulia Group’s central design unit. From custom bed frames with gold detailing to imported Azul Bahia granite, no detail is overlooked.
Included in the Mulia’s starting room rate of US$380 is an extravagant daily buffet at The Café, the resort’s all-day international food hall. Counters are apportioned by country of origin, featuring fresh sushi, fine pastas, and savory curries. The crown jewel of the brunch service is the revolving ice cream dispensary with shiny chrome details and a space-age style of serving. The Mulia’s brunch is something to write home about.
Beyond The Café, the Mulia has three other dining venues including Soleil, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, Edogin, a Japanese restaurant, and the Mulia Deli, serving fresh French macaroons and gourmet meals for on-the-go guests. Service is, of course, available poolside at the Mulia’s four swimming pools and various lagoons for sun-seekers.
For post-sun cures, head to the Mulia Spa, a free-standing spa at the heart of the 30-hectare property. For those who can’t be bothered with the trek, a Mulia-branded buggy can drop guests right at the spa’s front door.
The spa is a destination in its own right with 20 treatment rooms and unique wellness suite features, from aroma-steam chambers to ice-fountain rooms. The spa even offers a soothing treatment just for bathing beauties who fall victim to the sun’s rays.
Further afield in the Mulia landscape lies the private lobby for guests of the 111 villas. Meandering pathways reveal hydrotherapy pools and well-kept gardens built in the gently sloping hill. The private villas each include a pool starting from 45 square meters and view of the sprawling grounds. Deep, cream-colored bathtubs rest at the center of the bathroom with spacious rain showers. The Presidential Villa houses three bedrooms and the Mulia Mansion holds six. Each comes equipped with an entourage of private butlers and lavish entertaining spaces, but these properties are not for mere mortals, with starting rates akin to the price of a family car.
With more than 745 rooms to choose from and arguably one of the best food selections of resorts on the island, The Mulia Resort & Villas is ground zero for any visitor looking for a sumptuous stay. Though The Mulia verges on a bastion of gluttony, it’s the kind of bastion that you will never want to leave.
Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan; 62-361/3027777; themulia.com; doubles from US$380