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August 15, 2014

Total Wellness in Bali

By Alia Akkam | Spa

Total Wellness in Bali: The Mulia
Photo courtesy of Mulia Spa

Dotted with ornate temples and surrounded by calming waters, Bali signified spiritual awakening long before Eat, Pray, Love made it a haven for sarong-clad women seeking enlightenment. But the Mulia Spa—a respite for guests of the suite-only The Mulia, Mulia Resort and Villas, in beach-strewn Nusa Dua—takes rejuvenation to new heights with the recent debut of its Lifestyle Wellness program.

The airy spa, which resembles a majestic shrine from the outside, greets guests with uplifting artwork and a red-ginger elixir—a soothing preface to the program’s delightfully intense four or six hours of body treatments, which embrace natural and organic ingredients like turmeric, chile and tree bark.

Those who choose the Spa Buffet, the most extravagant of the customized options, might first be rubbed down with an almond scrub and painted with a sea-salt-and-marine-mud wrap. Penetrating oil is blissfully poured onto the scalp for an Ayurvedic shirodhara session, and an upper-back massage summons sleep. You’ll want to resist a nap, though.

A well-balanced lunch (300 calories or less), such as a bright Asian chicken salad followed by a scoop of heavenly house-made mango sorbet, is part of the ritual (as are breakfast and dinner). Sated, it’s back to the treatment room, this time for a deep, ultra-relaxing Balinese oil massage. The finale? An extraction-free white-crystal lymphatic facial.

It might appear that things couldn’t get headier, but the day is rounded out with two fitness classes, say sunrise yoga overlooking the garden (the early rise is worth the cooler temperatures) and aqua aerobics. Sustain the invigoration with ample time in the wellness suite, tricked out with an aroma steam room offering a selection of soothing and calming smells, a eucalyptus-scented sauna and a “Chromatherapy Chakra” ice room, where LED lights offer a warm contrast to the bracingly restorative 30-degree chill. Half-day (four-hour) packages start at $465; full-day (six-hour) packages start at $625; 62-361/302-7777; themulia.com.