I’ve just returned from Indonesia, specifically the island of Bali. It was my second trip to the country and while it wasn’t my first time on Bali, it was my first time really getting to experience Bali. My prior visit only included dinner, a visit to a temple and a short stay in a hotel in Denpasar. Far too short to see or understand very much!
During this trip, which was made possible by The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas, I felt I was able to gain a much better understanding of what makes Bali so special and different from the other islands in the country of Indonesia.
The trip included a stay at The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas as well as day trips to Ubud, Seminyak and Uluwatu.
Mulia is a collection of three spectacular properties: 1) The Mulia, 2) Mulia Resort & the 3) Villas. I stayed at Mulia Resort. I enjoyed my experience there very much and would definitely recommend it to others visiting Bali with only one caveat: it is on the Nusa Dua peninsula which is a bit removed from the rest of Bali so if you want to see other parts of the island, it will include more driving than if you stayed elsewhere.
The dining was incredible at the resort and I truly loved being able to dine in “The Café” where a seemingly never-ending buffet allowed me to indulge in almost anything my heart desired. This isn’t normally my preference, but this was the most well done buffet I’ve ever encountered anywhere in the world. After that, their onsite restaurant Soleil was my favorite specifically for Sunday Brunch and their ala carte dinner menu.
For pre-dinner drinks at sunset, their Sky Bar has such a nice view and the cocktails were truly delectable. I recommend the Basilico Vito.
The pool at The Mulia was my favorite on the entire property and in fact, it was seeing it in advance of my trip that caused me to want to visit the property in the first place!
But it was the spa, THE SPA (!!!!!!!) that made me really fall in love with Mulia. I enjoyed a 4-handed 2-therapist 90 minute massage that just CHANGED MY LIFE and afterward used their steam room, sauna and outdoor hot/cold jacuzzi pools, basking in the sun and enjoy the slight breeze off the ocean. I didn’t take very many photos but I was more relaxed than I have been in longer than I can remember. It’s ruined me for all other massage experiences I fear.
We also visited the town of Ubud which I will talk about in my next post and Single Fin, not too far from Uluwatu, for dinner and drinks. When you go to Single Fin, try their Chicken Pesto Pasta and order a cocktail with Sailor Jerry Rum over their special “ice ball.” It was something else!! Try to arrive before dark because the views are difficult to beat anywhere else. Of course I had so much fun there, I neglected my job and forgot to even take more than one photo that didn’t come out great. #FAIL
Speaking of Uluwatu, this was my second time visiting and it was even better than the first. It is more touristy place than other places in Bali but there’s a reason it has become so popular. It’s a temple and monkey habitat where you can catch the unusual “Kecak Dance” and fire show. I highly recommend the show. It’s not like anything else I’ve seen elsewhere in the world and is difficult to explain. That’s why I wanted to show you in photos…
For even more of the adventures: check out my Instagram photos from the trip or search the #MuliaBali hashtag online.
My trip concluded with a fantastic airport pickup from Blacklane Limousines, and since I had to take 3 flights to get back home, some of which were delayed — this was a very welcome relief! It was a great experience that I would repeat on my own.
My trip to Bali was sponsored by The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas. As always, all opinions are my own.