Plan a Magical Honeymoon in Bali

Our contributing travel editor falls under the spell of this fantasy island.

First Resort

The sprawling oceanfront The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas in Nusa Dua has 745 rooms and villas, extensive gardens, six pools and multiple restaurants and cafés, plus a long curving stretch of beach and a sea temple at the top of a nearby cliff. (It’s an easy walk in the early morning for great vistas of the blue-green ocean and shoreline beyond the resort.) But you’ll still feel like you have the place all to yourself, especially in the stand-alone villas above the resort that have tantalizing views of the white cliffs of Penida Island 25 miles offshore, lush landscaping and staggered walls for complete privacy. So go ahead and take a skinny dip in the private plunge pool. The beach suites all have outsized terraces, just steps from the ocean, with outdoor Jacuzzi tubs, while the zen spa has hot and cold hydrotonic pools, plus a sizzling sauna that can be offset by stepping into the 30-degree “ice room.” Follow all that with a mineral mud wrap and Balinese massage and your stay in paradise will be complete. Room rates start at $380 a night.

Photo courtesy of the Mulia Bali

Photo courtesy of the Mulia Bali