Six star serenity at The Mulia, Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua is a renowned hot spot for five-star resorts in the leading holiday destination, Bali, Indonesia. Kris Madden checks out The Mulia, the latest award winning six-star resort to land in Nusa Dua, and finds out just what makes it so special.
Nusa Dua has been renowned as an enclave of large international five-star resorts since the 1980s. But another shining star was added when The Mulia recently opened its doors.
Overlooking the tranquil waters of Nusa Dua Bay, the expansive complex consists of three separate hotels and resorts: The Mulia, Mulia Resort, and the Mulia Villas.
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The first thing you notice is how the hotel’s sleek design and furnishings blend harmoniously with the outdoor environment. When the giant natural timber shutters are pulled back; the panorama from the reception area is simply stunning. The infinity pool appears to seamlessly flow to the beach and continues to the ocean, providing a very welcoming feeling.
The three ‘resorts within a resort’ all cater for different styles and wishes. The Mulia hotel complex has 111 decadent beach-front and lagoon suites, each serviced by a personal butler. The largest room in the hotel is the 296 square metres Marques Suite which has dual chambers and a lavish décor befitting its regal name.
The Mulia Resort is the best for families with 526 spacious and guest rooms and suites. Five pools, including a children’s pool, offer a wide range of private areas to retreat and unwind. The Mulia Kidz Club caters for children from 3 to 8 years, and provides complimentary services to ensure younger guests have a memorable holiday of their own.
The third complex within the resort is the Mulia Villas which are also great for families. There are 108 villas, ranging from one bedroom through to the opulent six-bedroom, two-storey Mulia Mansion. These lavishly appointed villas have their own distinct personalities and décor – all the way through to their private gardens and hydrotherapy pools.
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The Mulia Spa is a temple of unrelenting relaxation and pampering offering a range of healing therapies and rituals to leave you in a state of bliss. First stop is the ‘emotional shower’, which is the only one in Indonesia. We’re told Georgio Armani has one in his house. Imagine being massaged by gentle jets of water, while mood lights change colour with scented aromas and essences filling the air. The Mulia Spa also boasts Asia Pacific’s only ‘ice fountain’ room. Next, I am massaged by the skilful hands of an expert Balinese therapist; before finishing at the Spa Bar, with a deliciously refreshing concoction of locally grown fruits and herbs.
The Mulia complex has many dining choices that will appeal to all appetites and desires. The Café serves such an extraordinary range of international fair, that you’ll hardly know where to start. There is an entire room reserved for desserts. Other quality restaurants include the Japanese-style Edogin; and the Mediterranean-influenced signature restaurant, Soleil. The Sky Bar is a stunning place for pre-dinner drinks as you watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean.
Meticulous attention to detail and service that truly exceeds expectations are a given here.