Though certainly feasible, it’s difficult to find a compelling enough reason to actually leave the grounds while staying at the Mulia, Bali a colossal beachside paradise in Indonesia.
The property, which spans three stays (private villas for large parties; ultra-luxurious suites, each complete with its own butler and jacuzzi; and, for families, a central resort), is nestled into a secluded 1 kilometer area of white sand on the island’s pristine Nusa Dua beach. But while massive in scale, the details of each space—like the state of the art spa, which is outfitted with high-tech sauna and steam rooms that allow guests to control their detoxing experience, or the customary afternoon tea service, which updates its small bites offering daily—make the experience entirely personal.
The feeling is a mix of uninterrupted bliss and an overwhelming need to see everything the Mulia has to offer—especially when it comes to dining. Between the 10 different venues on site, all bases are covered. One of the finest Chinese restaurants in Bali, Table8 presents authentic Cantonese and Szechuan delicacies in a elegant, Chinoiserie-designed space inspired by China’s Dynasty era with porcelain pagodas and imperial furnishing. While, next door, Edogin offers exceptional sushi and shabu-shabu (traditional Japanese hotpot) in an overtly modern dining room. The visual contrast between the two is only heightened by the sensation of flavors.
Like most resorts there is a buffet, too but Mulia’s version of the vacation staple, the Cafe, is stocked with a collection of popular and niche cuisines from literally all around the world. Oh, and it changes every day: one night the chefs at the Korean counter might prepare glazed duck with glass noodles and the next they could be replaced with spicy fried chicken and spicy kimchi. From Asia to America, the offering is seemingly endless, with an impressive focus on Bali’s own local cuisine, of course, and a separate dessert room that has everything from fresh crêpes and cotton candy to Thai poached eggs in coconut milk.
Downstairs by the Ocean Pool (one of four at the Mulia), the Soleil serves up Mediterranean and Italian fares with hints of exotic inspirations from Vietnam and Thailand before a beautiful view of the beach. Now, for a limited time, the restaurant has introduced a new dining program to celebrate the seasonal full moon every month—an important part of Balinese tradition as the yearly calendars is based on lunar phases. Named La La Lune, the special invites guests to dine on the Mulia’s stunning ocean pier for a seven-course romantic dinner under the moonlight. Prepared by the Soleil’s chefs, the experience might just be as romantic as the Mulia’s three on-site chapels.
Beside an Instagram-worthy backdrop the La La Lune private menu is emblematic of the international hotel as a whole: an unparalleled luxurious experience with something to bite on at every turn.END
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