After a few years of absence we (family of 3 adults) decided to check out the Bali of 2014 and booked a Royal Suite Ocean Court at the Mulia Resorts which has been open for appr. 1.5 yrs. New airport, pretty efficient immigration, Mulia pickup in BMW 5 and best of all - a 4 lane freeway with another motorcycle lane which connects Kuta to Nusa Dua and slashes the travel time from the airport to around 25 minutes!
After this more than positive welcome the Mulia reception was warm and efficient and we found ourselves in probably the nicest hotel room we had seen in a long time (see pics). One really needs to compliment the designers on the room design (separate store room and lobby, huge bathroom), the furniture (excellent bedding), the quietness of the room setup (with bathrooms betweens suites so you do not hear a thing at night), and the more than generous supply of towels, robes, tea making equipment...Also, most rooms face the sea and the inner courtyard which is nicely designed around an ancient temple.
The hotel itself is a marvel of architecture, blending tradition with the modern, and while it is big, it is fairly easy to navigate; the hotel was fully booked (no small feat at 500+ rooms), but it never gave us the impression that it was too full - ample of free lounge chairs, beach beds, towels for everyone who showed interest. We consequently had an excellent time at the beach enjoying the breeze and the views (see pics again). Also the various bars in the hotel are extremely inviting just to hang out there in the comfortable lounge furniture and see the world and its people walk by (whilst having a drink of course).
Obviously no hotel operation is ever perfect enough to be beyond improvement; for us, it took us a few days to learn how to actually get the food we wanted. This is because most of the visitors are Asian and seemingly on deals which include breakfast buffet and/or dinner which mostly caters to Asian tastes. When going a la carte in search for European fare, it was sometimes difficult to get through the communication barrier as staff had a hard time to understand what we wanted and also get us what we ordered. Tip: leave the hotel once in a while and visit the "Bali collection" - an assembly of shops, restaurants and supermarket to address your cravings!
Internet is also a challenge as it is limited to two simultaneous users per room and on top is frustratingly slow (probably a provider problem) which is certainly not enough to keep half a dozen appliances connected and the family happy. Tip: get Sim cards at the airport (directly after customs is a Telekomsel stand - they have the widest coverage in Bali) and have them cut to the "mini" format many tablets these days need (the staff there will do it for you). The data limit is 5GB which should carry you through your Bali vacation and is usually even faster than the Mulia internet.
Lastly, I was surprised not to find a power plug at the work desk - there is a charging station for cellphones with various adapters and two USB connectors which may be used to charge your appliances. The nearest power plug however is at the TV set and is European standard; we worked around the limitation by charging the laptop at night before using it during the day at the desk.
In summary, we had an excellent vacation at the Mulia and will be eager to get back - many thanks for the good service and the otherwise fantastic stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the majestic coastline of Nusa Dua, The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas evoke a relaxed yet polished sensibility. Cutting edge design throughout, the resort comprises three signature experiences; The Mulia is a boutique all-suite resort with 111 suites. Mulia Resort has 526 accommodations including lagoon pool rooms and suites and Mulia Villas is nestled on the hills of Nusa Dua with private pools and tropical gardens enjoying views of the Indian Ocean, offering total privacy and relaxation. The Mulia – Nusa Dua, Bali is a member of Leading Hotels of The World and offers a selection of one and two bedroom suites. Each has a patio with a Jacuzzi, spacious living area, state-of-the-art entertainment system and indulgent oversized bedrooms. The interior and outdoor spaces intertwine effortlessly, offering views of the vast pool decorated with beautifully crafted Balinese statues and the infinity pool seamlessly flows to the beach and continues to the ocean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Mulia Bali/Nusa Dua