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Jungle Buggies

Jungle Buggies!

Jungle Buggies

Start your engines and get ready to embark on a journey into the jungle to experience Bali’s first and only ‘purpose-built ATV track’. This thrilling new course, spanning 4.5 km over each lap, was crafted with the hardiest adventure seekers in mind to provide an exciting and intense driving experience like no other on the island.

Utilizing Polaris Buggies, guests have the option of choosing between single-seated ACE models or to ride tandem with a friend or guide in double-seated RZR models, as well as deciding the amount of laps to complete. The challenging and varied trail will make you feel like a rally driver, testing your capabilities and leaving you yearning for more.

Your adventure starts at Koko Bambu Restaurant, a beautiful natural structure comprised of bamboo. A safety video and demonstration will be shown outlining the necessary precautions and procedures involved with handling the buggies, before helmets with visors are distributed. Then, you’ll get in your vehicle and after a brief warm up session; you’re ready to tear up the track!

Afterwards, you can choose to take some time to relax and enjoy a drink or meal by the pool, overlooking scenic rice paddies and the jungle’s edge.

  • Drivers must be 18 – 65 years old and have a valid driving licence
  • Passengers between 12 and 65 years old do not need a driving licence.
  • Tandem passenger must be 12 years or over
  • Don’t do it if you suffer from epilepsy or a chronic heart condition
  • Closed footwear recommended
  • Bring swimmers if you want to take a dip in the pool
  • Morning: 08.30 – 09.00
  • Afternoon: 13.30 – 14.00

Including lunch you’ll spend about 2 hours there.





(1 Person)

Pick Up and Drop back to Murni’s Houses.

Pay them direct.

Book as much in advance as possible.

Email: murni at or tell Reception.

We will check availability and reserve the places.

Jungle Buggies

Bali Swing

Bali Swing

Bali-Swing   Have you ever swung over the abyss…? Bali Swing have five single swings (5m, 10m, 15m, 20m and 78m!!!), tandem swing, two cute nests and amazing stone over the edge above the valley with an amazing view of the canyon and waterfall.

Enjoy those thrilling feelings, adrenaline rush, unforgettable experiences and unique pictures. Package includes open bar with soft drinks and Balinese buffet.

Bali SwingSwinging time and amount of use are unlimited.

8.00 am – 5 pm (the latest entrance) every day.

5 – 75 years old.

Price includes entrance fee, all activities, open bar and lunch buffet.

Pay them direct.

We can arrange a Pick Up and Drop back to Murni’s Houses

About 30 minutes to get there.

Pay them direct.

Book at least the day before and as much in advance as possible.

Email: murni at or tell Reception.

We will check availability and reserve the places.

Bali Swing

Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Tour

Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Tour

Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Tour

Love Chocolate?

The Gourmet Chocolate Factory is located inside the stunning Koko Bambu Restaurant, overlooking scenic rice fields just 3 kilometres from the famous Elephant Safari Park & Lodge, near Ubud.

Within this ‘state of the art’ factory, using only the latest Italian chocolate making machinery, you can watch the chocolate making process, starting from the cocoa bean through to an exotic range of deluxe chocolates, all available in a modern showroom, where you can watch, taste and purchase from a large selection of pralines, truffles, super thins, chocolate coated nuts and bars of dark, milk or white chocolate, using only the best hand-picked cocoa beans sourced throughout the Indonesian archipelago.


  • Behind the Scenes Factory Tour
  • Gourmet Chocolate Tasting

Tour & Tasting:        approx. 30mins

 Minimum 1 person,  Maximum 6 people.

Book as much in advance as possible – they get booked up and the factory needs to make arrangements. They will specify the time.

Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Tour

Walking Tour of Cheltenham

Look Inside


Walking Tour of Cheltenham WALKING TOUR OF CHELTENHAM

The Most Beautiful Regency Town in England

by Jonathan Copeland

Ebook: US$4.99

This book is a guide to walking through the streets of Cheltenham. It is a delightful town, full of wonderful architectural gems, all of which have interesting stories to tell. It was a fashionable place to visit in Georgian and Regency England at a time of momentous change, when foreign kings ruled the country. It was when Britain successfully fought to be the leading player on the world stage, becoming modern and global in the process.

Fortunately the most interesting places to see can be covered on foot in a day or two. Don’t rush. It is a town full of history, buildings, shops and many fine restaurants. You will find the locals are friendly and happy to chat.

I hope you enjoy the book and the photographs and most of all the town of Cheltenham.

151 pages
Colour photographs
What they said about Walking Tour of Cheltenham, The Most Beautiful Regency Town in England

“Jonathan Copeland takes us on a lucid and enlightening stroll through the streets of Cheltenham. Whatever your pace – and whatever your distance – this wonderful guide gives context and depth to the city’s rich history and architecture.”

Peter Stark, adventure writer, author of Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire

“A sublime account of 18th century British history when the country changed out of all recognition and the kings were foreign and sometimes mad.”

Ni Wayan Murni, owner of Murni’s Warung, Murni’s Warung Shop and Murni’s Houses and Spa, Ubud, Bali

“The architecture, the history, what to look for, all simply explained.”

Queens Hotel, Cheltenham, since 1838


Petit Futé 2018 sur Murni’s Houses

Petit Futé 2018 sur Murni’s Houses

Petit Fute 2018Murni’s Houses and Spa appartenait au célèbre pionnier local Murni qui a fondé Murni’s Warung, le premier restaurant international d’Ubud en 1974 ainsi que le magasin Murni’s shop, le premier magasin d’arts tribaux et d’antiquités à Ubud. Cet établissement possède sept maisons confortables à la décoration traditionnelle balinaise. Chaque maison comporte deux chambres, un salon, une véranda et deux baignoires extérieures. Le salon possède également un lit. Les objets d’art ornent les murs et font de ce lieu un véritable musée. A seulement trois minutes de la rue principale d’Ubud, vous pouvez profiter du calme de ce lieu devenu une institution. Aux maisons, au restaurant et à la boutique s’ajoute un Spa (Tamarind) où le personnel qualifié vous accueille dans une ambiance propice à la détente.

Petit Futé 2018 sur Murni’s Houses

Murni’s Warung Shop

Murni’s Warung Shop

Periplus Guide to BaliMurni’s Warung Shop  “Traditional arts and crafts from all over the archipelago assiduously collected by Murni who has formidable fine arts credentials and seasoned and sophisticated taste.”

Periplus Guide to Bali, the Island of the Gods, 2005



Murni’s Warung Shop


Interview with Ubud’s Leading Lady

Interview with Ubud’s Leading LadyInterview with Ubud’s Leading Lady

Published 27 November 2017

Interview with Ubud’s Leading Lady
Murni in the garden of Murni’s Houses.

Interview with Ubud’s Leading Lady:  Murni is a unique and fast moving Balinese lady who knows how to get things done. She has a contagious smile and a genuine passion for life. FRV had a chat recently while staying at Murni’s Houses in her home town of Ubud.

FRV: They call you the ‘Ibu of Ubud’ … What does ‘Ibu of Ubud’ mean?

Murni: It actually means ‘Mother of Ubud’. There are in fact many Ibus of Ubud and I’m just one of them.

If you had all the money and time in the world, what would you be doing right now?

I’d probably be doing the same things that I’m doing now.

What is that?

I try to create beautiful spaces filled with beautiful objects. After moving from Sanur in 1974 where I had four shops on the beach, I set up Ubud’s first real restaurant just beside the bridge in Campuhan. That was 43 years ago and I’m still running it! I’ve filled it with Asian tribal art pieces I’ve collected over the years, especially in the Lounge Bar, where people often have a drink before dinner or liqueurs afterwards.

Have you always been a collector?

It’s very difficult to be just a collector as the pieces are increasingly rare and expensive, so inevitably you end up being a dealer as well. You try and get better and better examples and sell the others. It’s been very helpful having a tribal art and textiles shop as part of the restaurant.

Why did you build your boutique hotel ‘Murni’s Houses’?

That was in the early 1980s because there was so little guest accommodation available. There was hardly any giving a good degree of comfort and convenience. I was very lucky to get the land, which is only five minutes walk from the centre of Ubud, but set back above the road, so it’s a bit like being in the countryside but still in the middle of Ubud. I like it so much I live there myself. The guests are from all over the world and invariably really interesting and we often have breakfast together. It’s a great way to start the day. Murni’s Warung and the Shop are only a few minutes walk so it suits me fine.

And the spa?

Tamarind Spa happened by chance on the suggestion from a friend. I had a spare building and turned it into spa rooms and employed the very best therapists I could find. I tested them all myself. My plan was to have a massage every day, and now I can’t get in because it’s so busy!

Is that the Tamarind Spa that won the UK Luxury Travel Guide Awards 2017 Contemporary Spa of the Year INDONESIA?

That was an incredible surprise, and of course, we’re all delighted, especially the therapists. They’ve done very well.

I hear you’ve written or co-written books on Balinese culture. Any tips on … Writing books?

Yes, something incomprehensible is what I recommend. The thing about comprehensible books is they are too difficult! Leave that to other people.

You have a website, a Facebook site, a Twitter account, a blog and you’re on Instagram … tell me about your experience with social networking and what advice you would give.

Concentrate on the widgets.

You seem to have a lot on your plate already and we haven’t even talked about Balinese culture. Do you have any current projects?

Well, yes. I seem to have got into long-stay accommodation. There are more and more people staying longer and longer in the Ubud area. I think many of them are digital nomads as they always ask about the internet. I’ve finished two Villas for long-term rentals in Katik Lantang, South Penestanan, where I was born, just 10 minutes away, and right now I’m finishing a large building at Murni’s Houses which will have rooms with and without kitchens, a gallery and a pool – and maybe, if I can squeeze it in, a shop!

As we haven’t talked about Balinese culture, and I know that you are steeped in it, would you like to write a regular column for the magazine on Balinese life and culture?

I’d be delighted and for you I’ll make it comprehensible.

Thank you. Well, Murni. You’ve had an incredible life so far. I’d like to ask you one final question. How would you like to be remembered?

I’m too short at five foot four. I’d like to be remembered as five foot eleven!

Murni is a well-known and much loved personality on the Bali scene and a pioneer of Balinese tourism. During her extraordinary life Murni has lived in Sanur and Ubud and has travelled widely. Everything you could want to know is on her web site.

Interview with Ubud’s Leading Lady

Christmas Rijsttafel

Christmas Rijsttafel

Christmas RijsttafelChristmas Rijsttafel

Our Christmas Rijsttafel consists of yellow or red rice surrounded by side dishes prepared in various different ways. Rijsttafels feature a range of flavours, colours and textures and degrees of spiciness. The Dutch introduced the rice table so that they could enjoy a wide array of dishes at a single sitting and impress their visitors with an exotic abundance of food.


Pumpkin Soup


Rijsttafel Carnivore: Steamed Yellow Rice, Balinese Sayur Urab, Zoodles, Smoked Duck, Smoked Chicken, Prawns, Saté Fish Lilit, Perkedel, Sambal Matah, Sambal Hijau


Rijsttafel Vegetarian: Steamed Red Rice, Balinese Sayur Urab, Zoodles, Sautéed Tofu and Tempe, Potato Perkedel, Tofu Saté Lilit, Sambal Matah


Home-made Mango or Coconut Ice Cream


Carnivores:  Rp 165,000                                Vegetarians:   Rp 139,000


We add the standard 10% government tax and 5% service charge



By email: murni at
Tel: +62 361 975233

Christmas Rijsttafel

Murni’s Warung, Ubud – Smile Inflight Magazine

Smile Inflight Magazine Murni’s Warung, Ubud – Smile inflight magazine for Cebu Pacific Airways  November 2017

“The countryside is all around Ubud if you just know where to look: get out there with the Bali Bird Walk (US$37). Curious travellers will find the tour worth every dollar: as you stroll through the rice fields you’ll spot egrets, herons, kingfishers and amphibians, and learn about the traditions that have shaped these ancient landscapes. The tour includes an Indonesian lunch at Murni’s Warung (Jalan Raya Campuhan), Ubud’s first real restaurant, dating all the way back to 1974; the nasi campur (rice with a range of vegetables and curries) is a classic choice. ”

Murni's Warung Ubud Smile Magazine