Mary-Frances, Karley, and Abby spent months dreaming about every detail of Marry at the Mulia, and yet nothing compared to the real-life experiences that The Mulia Bali had in store for our Destination EnSite team and the 40+ guests from around the globe who attended this unforgettable familiarity trip!
graphics: DFW Events + Destination EnSite | event photographer: Brian Leahy Photography
From enjoying fabulous cuisine, to relaxing poolside in private cabanas, to experiencing a Royal Balinese wedding ceremony, our itinerary was jam-packed with moments and activities meant to introduce leading event professionals to the heartbeat of Bali and the superior services offered by our host resort. Oh, and by the way…our attendees hailed from So Cal to Singapore, meaning no matter where you’re based it’s now easier than ever to find a fully-accredited expert on planning a destination wedding, honeymoon, or vacation in Bali!
If you’re traveling from the United States, there are international flights to Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport from major hubs across the country. The time you spend in the air will soon be forgotten thanks to the seamless airport transfer service provided by The Mulia Bali and the relaxing welcome ceremony waiting for you upon arrival at the resort!
MARRY AT THE MULIA
Each day of Marry at the Mulia began with an optional sunrise exercise session. From Vinyasa Yoga in view of Nusa Dua Bay to indoor Zumba and Pilates classes, early risers benefited from the expertise of the Mulia’s in-house team of trainers all week long!
DAY 1: EAT
Day 1 officially began with an incredible breakfast – think chocolate croissants, miniature iced doughnuts, steaming lattes, and a “build your own parfait” tray. After enjoying a bit of free time our group arrived at Edogin, the Mulia’s on-property Japanese restaurant, for a Teppanyaki style lunch. Our evening welcome event at Eden Garden began with delicious cocktails and an incredible Kecak Fire Dance performance. We loved watching the story of the Ramayana, a Hindu epic, unfold through the dancers’ flawless presentation. An Indonesian dinner and dancing beneath the stars concluded our first evening in Bali!
DAY 2: PRAY
A Chinese-style breakfast complete with an artistic “Tea Kung Fu” presentation at the Mulia’s Table8 restaurant began Day 2. Afterward, we familiarized ourselves with the Mulia’s three property divisions during a resort tour (which also gave us the chance to “ooh” and “ahh” over the view from The Mulia Villas). For lunch we enjoyed handmade pastas and delicious seafood at the Mulia’s Mediterranean restaurant, Soleil, followed by an afternoon of relaxation. Tapas, barbecue, dry-ice confections, and ocean breezes were readily available for our evening event at Sky Bar.
additional detail + evening event images: Taylor Kiker
DAY 3: LOVE
On Day 3 we ventured off-resort and got up close and personal with the local residents of Ubud’s Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. We made quite the entrance thanks to our caravan of vintage Volkswagen safari cars, each of which was festively arrayed with balloons, soda cans, and stickers – an adorable concept for a wedding getaway car! After walking the grounds of the sanctuary’s Pura Beji temple, we enjoyed a picnic lunch in view of Ubud’s stunning rice terraces. Packaged in custom-made beaded Besek Boxes by the Mulia, the presentation of our lunch was as perfect as the contents inside were delicious! We returned to The Mulia Villas for the evening’s dinner via another not-so-typical mode of transportation – golf carts decorated with lights and balloons!
DAY 4: CELEBRATE
The final day of Marry at the Mulia joined each previous event theme – Eat, Pray, and Love – together in a breathtaking celebration of art, music, and culture. At a private art market staged by the Mulia, guests browsed intricate silk and cotton saris on display from a renowned local artisan and learned more about the process of preparing an offering. That evening we accented our bright white attire with colorful sarongs and had the opportunity to observe a Balinese wedding show, learn the local style of wedding dancing, and participate in a blessing ceremony at Unity Garden. Following a breezy cocktail hour we transitioned to dinner inside Harmony Chapel, where lush floral runners, translucent candelabras, and beaded place settings comprised the stunning design produced in-house by the Mulia. A “Purple Rain” themed evening at ZJ’s Bar & Lounge officially closed out our itinerary, but prior to that, we enjoyed one final ceremony.
After the conclusion of our nine-course dinner, we stepped outside of Harmony Chapel to write down our wishes, tie them to faux lanterns, and release our heartfelt hopes into the night sky. We can’t speak for the rest of the attendees, but our collective (not-so-secret) wish is the same: to return to this magical island in Indonesia as soon as possible. A thousand thanks to The Mulia Bali for hosting this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Learn more about hosting a wedding or event in the destination of your dreams by clicking here, and be sure to take a peek at the hashtag #MarryAtTheMulia on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to see more from this incredible familiarity trip!
Host Resort: The Mulia Bali
Event Decor, Floral, and Branding: The Mulia Bali
Event Host: DFW Events + Destination EnSite
Event Photographer: Brian Leahy Photography
Media Partner: Inside Weddings
Event Partner: Jackson Durham Events
Event Graphics: DFW Events + Destination EnSite
Social Media + Detail Photography: Taylor Kiker for DFW Events + Destination EnSite
Stop by event attendee + Engage Speaker Lindsay Landman’s post here!