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slmag.net 43 Having arrived around dinnertime but too exhausted to change out of my plush robe and into something more presentable in order to take advantage of one of the eight dining destinations on property, I summoned my butler to help me design a Balinese buffet for one; the resulting feast proved to be almost too much for the dining table in my room to accommodate, and definitely way too much for me to eat at one sitting. It did, however, serve as a fantastic and flavory introduction to a succession of outstanding dining experiences I would enjoy on subsequent days. I've had the luxury of staying at other properties with butler service and never really knew how best to take advantage of such an exclusive amenity; while it's no big deal to some people, I'm not entirely comfortable with someone I don't know unpacking my suitcase while I sit idly by. It was different at e Mulia and Mulia Villas; after just a few days, my butler had an intuitive understanding of my schedule and took the initiative to have a warm, muscle-soothing bubble bath waiting for me after my trip to the Mulia gym, a sprawling haven of cardio and weight equipment that proved to be heaven-on-earth for a workout junkie like me. e four-year-old resort is quite contemporary in its design with high-end, atypical finishes such as nubby silk upholstery, ample amounts of stone, glass and original fine artwork converging to create a distinct sense of place without veering into the theatrical. e Mulia and Mulia Villa guests have exclusive access to the Oasis pool and cabanas, "The Lounge" at The Mulia, and the "Living Room" at the Mulia Villas for dining and complimentary high tea. A short(ish) uphill stroll from e Mulia (or a shuttle ride away), the 108 Mulia Villas, ranging in size from one-to-six bedrooms, provide the ultimate in on-property exclusivity and luxury. My one-bedroom villa boasted a private hydrotherapy pool and cabana, outdoor garden shower, oversized Jacuzzi tub, and the most high-tech toilet I've ever seen (a giggle-inducing remote control was needed to access its myriad functions). In re l a t i v e l y s h o r t o rd e r, t h e p r o p e r t y h a s b e c o m e renowned worldwide for staging weddings of distinction. A trio of chapels, each with strikingly unique architecture, as well as a beachfront ceremony site, an oceanfront Unity Garden and two ballrooms on property can accommodate everything from intimate nuptials to large-scale, no-holds-barred celebrations. Comprised largely of glass, the Eternity Chapel seems to float in the center of a blue-tiled lagoon. Betrothed couples looking for the ultimate immersion in the local culture can opt for the Royal Balinese wedding, complete with traditional attire, music, dancers and blessing. A dedicated on-site team is at the ready to personalize every detail.