This sprawling resort features three luxury properties on one Nusa Dua site—the Mulia, the Mulia Resort, and the top-tier Mulia Villas. Together, they offer the all-inclusive type of experience one might find in Cancun, complete with nine different dining venues, beach-level pools (one of them resembling a statue-lined Roman bath), and rows of umbrellas on the eastern Bali shores. The villas have a more Balinese flavor; each is laid out like a traditional home. Indoor-outdoor living rooms offer a hydrotherapy pool as well as colorful gardens and head-on views of the Indian Ocean. The majority of villa furniture is custom-made and imported from around the world.
The spa is one of the most over-the-top wellness temples in Bali, featuring a Finnish wood sauna, aroma steam room, and the island’s only ice fountain. The Mulia also offers great shopping, especially with the addition of a John Hardy jewelry store.
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A popular resort area on the east side of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, Nusa Dua is the local hub for beachgoing, dining, and museum-hopping. Geger Beach is one of the more pristine shores around these parts, and locals and visitors flock to the hip Nusa Dua Beach Grill for post-surf grub. Traditional warungs (roadside cafés) are peppered throughout the district. Warung Dobil is one of the best for Bali’s ubiquitous babi guling (roast suckling pig). Surfers won’t want to miss the epic rides at Mushroom Rock, and culture buffs will appreciate the historic overview of Asian-Pacific art found at the Pasifika Museum.
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Rooms: 677 rooms and suites, 108 villas. From $380 for rooms, and from $980 for villas. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:Nine restaurants and bars range from the boulangerie-style Mulia Deli to the Café, which features live cooking stations churning out cuisine from around the globe. The macaroon display is particularly tempting. The beachfront restaurant, Soleil, is lauded for its generous Sunday brunch, and Table 8 is a Cantonese and Szechuan concept with dishes like whole abalone braised with wild mushrooms and roast suckling pig. ZJ’s Bar and Lounge and the upper-level Sky Bar are the best bets for sunset and late-night drinks. Spa and gym details:The Mulia Spa provides unique wellness experiences, includinga Chromatherapy Chakra Cleansing, which stimulates body circulation through extreme temperature changes. Such shocks are said to boost metabolism, heal aching joints, and detoxify the immune system. The fitness center runs a roster of classes from circuit running to water aerobics. Personal training, tennis, beach soccer, volleyball, and kayaking are also on offer.
Who's it best for: Fans of the all-inclusive resort, and brides and grooms thrilled by the prospect of saying “I do” in a floating chapel. Our favorite rooms: Suites at the property known simply as the Mulia have pools on the terrace, 24-hour butler service, and sea vistas from the oval-shaped soaking tubs. Those looking for a bit more privacy should book a Mulia Villa. The pitched-roof accommodations, tucked higher up the hill, blend marble and wood and are adorned with ornate sculptures and wall installations. Tea ceremony:In one corner of Table 8 restaurant, guests can join the Art of Tea experience, during which a Kung Fu Tea Master serves tea in between martial arts moves.