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slmag.net 45 for The Mulia and Mulia Villa guests. Both The Lounge and e Living Room also offer cocktails and hors d'oeuvres during afternoon tea time, accompanied by live acoustic music. Hoping to detox after several days of overindulgence, I signed on for a full-day wellness program at The Mulia Spa, which included three meals pre-chosen from the Healthy Living Menu that each contain 300 or less calories (believe it or not they were quite satisfying!). e day kicked off with a spirited but gentle early morning workout, followed by time in the sauna, aroma steam room, and Bali's first and only Ice Fountain room before heading on to customized facial and body treatments. I left with glowing skin, freshly painted nails and a stomach that was grateful for being spared another day of being stuffed to capacity. A team of professional concierge is at guests' discretion to make the most of off-property excursions. Regarded as the cultural center of Bali, Ubud is a must-visit to see artists' workshops and galleries, temples, the Tegalang rice paddy fields and Ubud Monkey Forest (my personal favorite), where scores of mischievous monkeys freely frolic on temples and in trees and seem to relish pillaging items from unsuspecting tourists. Jewelry aficionados should be certain to make an appointment to visit the John Hardy Workshop and Showroom (johnhardy. com/visit-us-in-bali), established in Ubud in 1975. Observing the intricate handiwork and multiple steps involved in creating a single piece from the collection gave me a whole new appreciation for the craft. Each day the workshop's more than 600 workers (and lucky visitors), sit down for a communal lunch prepared with the harvest from the on-site organic farm. At the heart of the island in general, and The Mulia in particular, is its people – gentle and genuine with a strong pride of place and the ability to put an artistic flair into their everyday activities. Never have I felt so at home when I was so very far removed from it. Room rates at e Mulia from $750/night and from $980/ night at the Mulia Villas. For more information or reservations, visit themulia.com. sl Showroom at the John Hardy Workshop. Nearly 700 monkeys call Ubud's Monkey Forest home. An artisan at work in the John Hardy Workshop.