Best Luxury Resort in Bali - The Mulia
The Mulia is a luxury spa located in Bali. Our wellness experts travelled to this destination spa and tell you everything about their experinece here.
This swish resort has three distinct areas: The Mulia - a suite only hotel, The Mulia Villas - a collection of hill top villas with spectacular views over the ocean, and The Mulia Resort - which would be my home for the next four nights.
I stayed in the Signature Ocean Court, a spacious 55sqm room complete with private balcony overlooking the resort and out to the ocean. The highlight had to be the bathroom – with little touches of luxury that included a huge bathtub with free-standing taps and a separate glass and marble shower, not to mention the technologically advanced toilet you would usually expect to find only in Japan.
The hotel is vast, with every facility you could wish for, yet it still manages to get the personal touches right. You are greeted with a smile and a hello from each member of staff and service is of the highest standard. The open plan design of the resort makes the most of the sea breeze and there are several swimming pools to cool off in, including a beach front infinity pool which leads directly onto the sand.
During my stay I enjoyed an afternoon of bliss at The Mulia Spa. A buggy collected me from the hotel and transported me through the beautifully manicured gardens to the open plan Spa, where I was greeted by the soothing aroma of ginger and lemon grass tea.
There are a total of 20 treatment rooms and a Wellness Suite which houses a hammam, sauna, steam room (with an inbuilt computer to personalise your steam), as well as the first and only Ice Room in South East Asia. Even though the temperature becomes unbearable after three minutes, rubbing the crushed ice onto the skin was surprisingly soothing and the perfect natural exfoliant. The hydrotherapy area is split into two sides: one pool is set at a pleasant 17Ëš, while the second pool is like floating in a hot bath – with a water temperature of about 40Ëš.
I opted to keep things traditional with a Balinese Massage. I took a seat in the large chair and placed my feet in a bowl filled with warm water and rose petals. My feet and calves were given a full scrubbing and I was gently put to ease before moving on to the table for a full head-to-toe massage. Every limb was taken care of by my therapist’s expert hands and all those irritating knots were pushed away.
Foodies are spoilt for choice with several dining options. The Soleil Restaurant serves modern Italian cuisine – I opted for the signature five course dinner and was spoilt with delicacies that included yellow-bellied tuna with foie gras, 28 day matured beef and panna cotta. The newly opened Table8 allows diners to sample the finest Chinese fare with some of the best dim-sum I’ve ever tasted. Then there’s the Japanese option – Edogin Restaurant. I sampled their seven course menu and despite being someone who has always sat on the fence when it comes to Japanese cuisine – I’m now a convert.
The Bottom Line:
My experience at The Mulia was five star from beginning to end. Its peaceful location in Nusa Dua gave me the sense of really getting away from it all. I would recommend The Mulia for those seeking a pampering Spa experience - their ultra-modern facilities with melt-your-body massages will keep you going back for more. Add to this the great food and vast choice of activities (morning yoga, aqua aerobics and a total body workout to name but a few) and you can choose to be as indulgent or active as you like. My top tip is to give the paddle boarding a try. I had a go one afternoon and it was a great work out, working every muscle in my body to balance and paddle. The most fun I’ve had exercising in a long time.