by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 1, 2019
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The Mulia Resort & Villas – Opulent and extravagant, with massive grounds facing a faultless beach.
Hundreds of apartments, suites, and villas are spread across three distinct sections within implausibly vast grounds. Most suites face the pools; the best ones are in a building that directly faces the sea, and offer terrific ocean views. A five-minute buggy ride from the sea, the villas also boast wonderful (but distant) ocean views, and many feature a private pool. The resort complex faces the glorious Geger Beach, with water calmed by distant reefs, and the main pools must be seen to be believed. Adding to the immense appeal are the tennis courts, kids club offering all sorts of activities, and affordable seaside cafés nearby. Its remote location is serviced by free hotel shuttle buses.
The Mulia Resort & Villas – The Location
- Address: Along Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, the main road between Nusa Dua (a gated complex of 4 and 5-star resorts) and Bukit Peninsula to the south, about 1km south of Nusa Dua’s Southern Gate – in one of the most popular tourist regions in southern Bali. The entrance for vehicles is about 500m further south along the hilly road from the smaller and more convenient entrance that faces The Balé resort over the road.
- Area: Isolated region, with little more than a couple of resorts in the immediate area. It’s often quicker – and certainly nicer – to reach facilities in Nusa Dua along the beachside path rather than the main road. The resort beach is among the finest in Bali.
- How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 25 minutes (15km via the tollway), depending on traffic.
- Handy to: Golf course.
The Mulia Resort & Villas – The Basics
- Guests: Caters very well to all types of guests, with suites that are ideal for families, and secluded and tranquil villas that are perfect for couples.
- Kids Club: Mulia Kidz is only for those aged 3 to 8. The indoor facility is somewhat uninspiring, but the packed daily activity sheet (until 8 pm) includes lessons in Indonesian arts, crafts, and dance, as well as movie nights and yoga classes.
- Beach: Faces Geger Beach, a superb curved bay of white sand. Shaded and well-groomed, and unlike at neighboring resorts, the water is calm because it’s protected by a reef.
- Views: Villas and some suites feature gorgeous ocean views, while the rest face the gardens and/or pools. Some overlook the access street along the side.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Some suites feature a jacuzzi; a few villas boast private pools.
- Extras: Free shuttle service to Nusa Dua.
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort for all guests.
- Parking: There are plenty of free and secure spots, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (0)361 301 7777
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: themulia.com
The Mulia Resort & Villas – Amenities
- Pool: 4 gigantic pools. The 2 main pools alongside the beach are dominated by extraordinarily massive statues, and provide little shade. The other pools are for the exclusive use of guests at the villas and suites.
- Spa: Mulia Spa already boasts a reputation as one of Bali’s finest and has won international awards. Features the region’s only Ice Room.
- For Families: Kids club. 2-bedroom suites. Family villas.
- Fitness Center: The truly impressive Mulia Fitness Center is loaded with state-of-the-art equipment.
- Activities: Classes in yoga, dance, and aerobics. Kayaking and paddle-boarding available at the beach. Tennis courts and lessons.
- Other Facilities: Boutiques. Gift shop. Minimart.
The Mulia Resort & Villas – Food and Drink
Note: These are spread all over the massive resort. Some are really only accessible by hotel buggy, and a couple are not open to all guests (nor the public).
- Restaurants: The Café – Stylish indoor décor. Substantial breakfasts and themed buffets at lunch and dinner. • Soleil – Mostly outdoors, alongside the pool and facing the sea. Casual meals with Mediterranean flair. Award-wining and popular among expats for Sunday brunches. • Table8 – Super-swish décor for Chinese food. Packed for lunch and dinner buffets, and dim sum on Sunday mornings. • Edogin – Very popular for all-day a la carte fine-dining. Focuses on Japanese cuisine. • Mulia Deli – Open from early to late, serving tasty pastries, cakes, and coffee. • The Lounge – Comfortable and chic, for cocktails, views, afternoon tea, and live music.
- Bars: Cascade – Raised area at the lobby providing views, breezes, and cocktails. Also, all-day dining and afternoon teas. • Living Room – For exclusive use of villa guests, serving breakfast, afternoon tea, and light meals all day. • The Bar – Indoors (and a bit dark). Busy during happy hours and afternoon teas. • Sky Bar – On the rooftop, offering views, cocktails, and tapas. • ZJ’s Bar – Very ritzy. Open from 9 pm until the early hours.
- Breakfast: Most rates include an extraordinary buffet breakfast, served at the Café, but this does depend on the type of room and method of booking.
- Room Service: Available 24/7. Villas have access to a butler at all hours.
The Mulia Resort & Villas – Rooms
- Room Types: The Marquess Suites • The Earl Suites • The Baron Suites • The Duke Suites • Premier Suites • Royal Suites • Mulia Signature Suites • Mulia Grandeur • Mulia Mansions • Presidential Villas • One Bedroom Villas • Two Bedroom Villas • Family Villas
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or most public areas, but OK elsewhere.
- Best Room: The One Bedroom Villas may not sound as tempting as the others but are possibly the largest of their kind in Bali. Secluded, with private hydrotherapy pool, 24-hour butler service, and access to exclusive facilities.
- For Families: All suites can accommodate an extra 1 or 2 single beds, and some also have 2 bedrooms. The Family Villas feature several bedrooms.
The Mulia Resort & Villas – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: The isolated location ensures that guests will probably need to walk a lot to facilities nearby. Cycling around Nusa Dua is pleasant, especially along the beachside path, but less so along nearby roads which are hilly. Ask the reception about bike rentals.
- Public Transport: In lieu of any public transport or shuttle buses around Bali, the Kura-Kura Bus company links Nusa Dua with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali. Schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing, but buses do stop outside The Balé resort, opposite the smaller entrance to The Mulia.
- Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: To go anywhere within southern Bali, metered taxis are abundant, cheap, and comfortable. For longer distances, charter a car with a driver for a negotiable fare. Driving a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali; however, motorbikes are a fun and easy way to get around Nusa Dua and neighboring Tanjung Benoa but not elsewhere in southern Bali. All transport options can be arranged at the resort.
- Local Shuttle Buses: Free shuttle buses link major hotels in Nusa Dua with the Bali Collection mall (see below). The closest the bus comes is outside the St. Regis resort, about 300m northeast up the road. This is a great way to reach other resorts, beaches, and facilities in Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa.
The Mulia Resort & Villas – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- There’s a cluster of cheap cafes at the northern edge of the resort, where the side-street meets the beach. These are popular and all are pretty much the same, with welcome breezes, fabulous views, and prices a fraction of those charged at the resort.
- At The Balé resort on the other side of the main road from the Mulia’s smaller entrance are Faces Restaurant (Balinese specialties) and Tapa Bistro (tapas, cocktails, and occasional live music). 2-minute walk (200m).
- Only a few minutes’ walk northeast along the beachside path, the St Regis resort also offers a number of ritzy places to eat and drink. 6-minute walk (500m).
- The only other place within walking distance is Bubu Seafood and Chinese Restaurant, about 600m north up the road from the smaller entrance. Live seafood from tanks and likeable old-style seating. 7-minute walk.
Otherwise, get a free hotel transfer to the Bali Collection mall (10-minute drive, 3.5km). Among oodles of cafés and bars are:
- Bebek Tepi Sawah – Renowned across the island for crispy duck.
- Verdant Organic & True Food Kitchen – Charming décor and healthy cuisine from across Indonesia.
- The Paon Restaurant (0)361 771 662 – Always popular for the happy hours, seafood, and shady setting.