A Heavenly Honeymoon in BaliWords by Kathy Till
Photos courtesy of The Mulia Bali
True, it’s a far journey, but don’t be apprehensive about a wedding or honeymoon in Bali. This somewhat primitive island is exotic, but more importantly, it fosters emotional and physical well-being, centered in tradition and community.
Your destination on the island, The Mulia Bali, is where you will discover the ultimate in attentiveness. It comes as no surprise it made the 2016 “Gold List” of Favorite Hotels in the World by Condé Nast Traveler. As you explore acres of prodigious green lawns and groomed gardens, experience a true 5-star hotel where the staff caters to your every need.
The Mulia Bali is not your typical cookie-cutter wedding venue. Here you experience 24/7 butler service, along with a variety of choices that begin with deciding which of the properties best suits you. The Mulia and Mulia Villas (one to six bedrooms) both overlook the Indian Ocean and were inspired by the terraced Balinese rice paddy fields that stretch out over the sandy beach of Nusa Dua.
You can customize your wedding (nothing is too big or too small) with countless choices, beginning with the first-of-its-kind, floating glass Eternity Chapel, a private white sand beach or the Harmony Chapel that is nestled high on a hilltop overlooking the Indian Ocean. Investigate and choose from any of the ten restaurants and bars while you take pleasure in the delicious cuisines from seven different regions, which is nothing short of pure delight. Don’t forget to end your culinary experience by indulging your sweet tooth with desserts like you have never seen or tasted before.
Design a wellness day and spa experience that offer all the amenity “must haves” – including a one-of-a-kind ice grotto. The outdoor pools are reminiscent of a luxurious Roman bathhouse and The Mulia Bali offers a complete variety of signature massages, which will deliver a day of blissful calm.
If the movie “Eat Pray Love” is a favorite, then plan a travel day to Ubud, which is considered the cultural center of Bali. Take a 15-minute, must-see adventure through rice fields to Sari Organik where you will partake in and appreciate an unusual open café that provides you with organic dishes designed especially for the truly health-conscious. It will become an immediate favorite.
Visit the cliffside religious site of Uluwatu Temple and be enlightened by the traditional Kecak Dance or choose to stop for a photo-op and explore the famous popular landscape scenes of the Tegalalang Rice Terrace. It’s here that a revered holy man passes down traditional stories.
It is Balinese tradition to believe that everything that happens in life, both happiness and sorrow, always comes from and should return back to the gods. Once upon a time, those gods smiled down and blessed the Tirta Empul Temple where Hindus give offerings and bathe in the healing, natural spring water. This is where self-contentment and the beauty of Bali become synonymous.
Staying at The Mulia Bali is like catching up with old friends. Explore new adventures, discover who you really are and who you will be as a couple. It is nothing less than an enlightening adventure where you will gain a deep spiritual love for total togetherness.
This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2017 issue. You can order a copy here.
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