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Murni - A Tourism Pioneer
"Ni Wayan Murniís remarkable story began at the very dawn of the age of mass tourism in Bali at a time when Ubud was a sleepy backcountry village."
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"Planning a trip to Bali arouses expectations of achieving nirvana or, at least, of escaping from the mundane. And those who visit usually arenít disappointed."
Charles and Mary
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"Bali & Beyond recently sat down with the namesake owner of Murni's Warung, one of the restaurants hailing from the early days of Ubud's tourism growth that has endured and progressed until now, to talk about her recollections on Ubud's development."
Luh Dian Purniawati
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Back with a Song to Sing
"There are so many stories of Ubud waiting to be told." I was sitting next to the legendary Ibu Murni of Murni's Warung in Ubud.
Janet De Neefe
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Murni's Warung, Ubud, Bali
"The story of my life is a long and complicated one" she said softly. And thus began my interview with the legendary Murni of Murni's Warung in Ubud.
Janet De Neefe
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Murni! The Matriarch of Bali
"22 years ago this month I made my first trip to Asia. The first place that I landed was Bali. Frankly, I was a little skeptical and afraid but I got lucky and found the world of Murni. The world of Murni is very special..."
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Warna-Warna Kehidupan Ni Wayan Murni
"Kolektor barang seni dan pusaka serta perintis pariwisata di Ubud ini mengenang masa hidupnya yang susah sebagai pengalaman yang sangat berharga...."
Rani R. Moediarta
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Meeting Ni Wayan Murni
"I arrived early for my meeting with Ni Wayan Murni. Ni Wayan Murni tells us four things..."
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Ni Wayan Murni: Balinese entrepreneur and traveler
"From a very small enterprise, Murni has moved on to become one of Ubud's most successful entrepreneurs and the restaurant is one of the most famous on the island....."
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The Interview: An Ubud Original
"I am an Ubud original. I was born in Penestanan, about 5 minutes walk from Murni's Warung..."
Suanda, Hello Bali, April 2006
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Ni Wayan Murni: Ubud's First Restaurateur
"Ni Wayan Murni is a pioneer of tourism in Bali....."
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Ni Wayan Murni
"Ibu Murni is a well-known character in Ubud as owner of Murni's Warung, Murni's Villas and many other enterprises but it wasn't always like this...."
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"I was having
dinner with an international businesswoman based in Singapore. I asked
if she knew Murni's Warung in Bali. Without blinking she said, "Know
Murni? Of course I know Murni! Everyone knows Murni.
She is a legend. Travelers to Bali call her 'the Ibu (mother) of Ubud'.
In October this year I traveled to Ubud to meet this living legend."
Warung is justly famous. It was the first warung to cater for the tourist
trade, and since then has maintained its standards and trade. Murni
has an uncanny eye for beautiful and rare objects and she has established
her own signature shop at the top of the hill from the Campuhan bridge
(where her warung is located). The shop is a museum in itself, each
object with a history and a provenance. Her textiles are first rate,
as are the old Javanese gold ornaments, now rare indeed. Murni loves
to travel, and has friends all over the world. Ask for her, but she
may well be up the Nile, in Brazil, or at the opera in London."
a wonderful surprise to meet such a dear old friend on the web! Ni Wayan
Murni is an international treasure! Murni's kindness, warmth, gracious
hospitality and genuine caring for her community, family, guests and
friends around the world have endeared her to all of us who have had
the great pleasure of knowing her."
ďI am a photo-journalist based in San Francisco and travel. I have stayed in many places around the World from straw huts in Tibet to Maharajasí palaces in Rajastan but Murniís Villas is at the top of my list. Why?"
Read the full article - Staying at Murni's Villas, Ubud, Bali
ďI never thought it would be like this!Ē Julie shrieked. ďI love itĒ. I had taken Julie to Murniís Villas..."
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more luxury, hide yourself in Villa Kunang-Kunang, set in three hectares
of beautifully landscaped gardens above the valley. The elegantly-furnished
villas are divided into two independent storeys, with a jacuzzi upstairs.
The saltwater pool merges with breathtaking views of rice terraces.
Walk around the peaceful surroundings and ask the owners for an introduction
to Ubud and its culture. Transportation is available at reasonable
"Paradise is a vastly overused word in Bali but Villa Kunang-Kunang is genuinely a little slice of paradise all by itself, set in three hectares of beautifully landscaped tropical gardens and overlooking one of the sources of the dramatically scenic Ayung River..."
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"Once upon a time, deep in the heart of Bali where two rivers meet, there was an abandoned rice paddy..."
Read the full article - Rapture Among the Rice Fields
"High in the cool, central highlands of the Island of Bali, far from the troubles of this world, is a small piece of paradise that has not been lost. The sun rises through the layers of mist that hang like white lace against the gold of the ripening harvest. It is sometime mid-morning and breakfast is served."
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"Murni has built an unbelievable hideaway outside of Ubud overlooking the rice terraces and within view of the sacred volcanic mountains of Mount Batur and Mount Agung...
On the night
of our arrival, we drove along a path filled with firefies, for which
the name of the place, Villa Kunang-Kunang, is derived. The lava stone
Buddha, carved in Java near Borobodur, nodded a knowing greeting. Murni
greeted us with a hug, as a chorus of frogs began a jungle symphony
that lasted through the night. Murni said that they were welcoming us
latest venture is the creation of Villa Kunang-Kunang. This is about
15 minutes outside Ubud, on the road up to the landmark Mount Batur.
Kunang-Kunang means "firefly" in the Indonesian language. Here Ibu Murni
has built two fabulous villas, which are said to have the best views
in Bali. The Villas look out over the ancient rice fields and are set
in 3 hectares of beautifully landscaped tropical gardens"
unspoilt views of a small valley await guests at Villa Kunang Kunang,
situated 20 minutes drive north of Ubud, transportation is therefore
essential. Accommodation is luxurious and extremely homely, traditional
furnishings blend effortlessly with modern conveniences, there are only
two villas so guests can enjoy total privacy and exceptional personalised
service. This includes traditional Balinese food, taken in your villa,
and beautiful guided walks and tours of the surrounding area. The newly
completed infinity pool provides a beautiful addition to this secluded
hide-away. Recommended for those who want nothing more to escape to
peace and quiet."
"Luxe tropical à Villa Kunang-Kunang. Ces villas dues à Ibu Murni se cachent dans trois hectares de jardin tropical au-dessus de la vallée. Décorées avec goût, elles se divisent en deux niveaux independents avec jacuzzi à l'étage. La piscine d'eau salée se fond dans une vue extraordinaire des rizières en terrasses. Demandez à vos hôtes de vous aider à découvrir les paysages et la culture des environs. Des véhicules sont disponsibles à prix raisonables. Des repas à la carte sont préparés par la cuisinière personnelle de Ibu Murni."
Naturale de Bali, 2005
"As I stood outside my room at Murni's Houses and said to myself, ďeveryone should see a place like this before they die...Ē
Read the full article -- Trip to Bali a dream come true for reporter
"Lovers of old Ubud will relish the four guest-houses of Murni's, hidden in the nice garden of a cosy Balinese compound on the edge of rice fields - there is no signboard, so you may need to ask for directions. Everything is made to make guests feel at home in peaceful seclusion, yet it is within walking distance from Ubud's main street. Gourmets will appreciate the great breakfasts, with Murni's famous home-made yoghurt."
The Natural Guide to Bali, 2005
decide to go, be forewarned, people become hopelessly lazy here listening
to serenading geckos and crowing roosters. Breakfast turns into lunch
and you're still sitting in the restaurant, surrounded by gardens, eating,
talking, thinking. But at Murni's you always have tomorrow."
a favorite of Jakarta-based expats, Murni's Houses lies below the restaurant
by the same name... maid service and helpful staff. Each accommodation
is whimsically decorated with Balinese paintings and hanging winged
gods. From your veranda contemplate some of the area's most impressive
examples of agricultural engineering."
"Murni's Houses: ostlich von Murni's Warung, die Treppen hinauf nach Andangan. Blick auf die Reisfielder. Ideal fur einem langeren Aufenthalt. Alle Zimmer mit Warmwasser und Ventilator. Babysitter sind zu bekommen."
Bali Polyglott Apa Guide, 2002
"À la balinaise chez Murni's Houses: Les amoureux du vieil Ubud appreciéront les quatre guest houses de Ibu Murni, 'la mère d'Ubud', dans le beau jardin d'une accueillante demeure balinaise en bord de rizière. Il n'y a pas de panneau, il faut donc demander votre chemin pour trouver l'endroit. C'est le lieu idéal pour se sentir chez soi au calme, à quelques pas de la grand-rue d'Ubud. Le site internet regorge d'informations sur Bali."
Guide Naturale de Bali, 2005
Located under the shade of a Tamarind tree in the tourist hotspot of Ubud, Tamarind Spa at Murniís Houses is one of Baliís most consistently top rated spas.
Just Luxe, May 2012
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You can't visit Ubud without going to Murni's Warung, its most romantic restaurant at the Campuan bridge. The food is simply excellent and very reasonably priced. The setting above the Campuan River is stunning...
Ubud & Beyond, 2008
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"Murni's Warung: Follow the stairs all the way down to the lowest level of this multi-tiered restaurant and you'll approach the setting for it's built into the wall of the steep-sided Wos River valley. This restaurant is an Ubud institution and serves curries, home-made soups and Indonesian specialties as well as serving things, such as strawberry cheesecake and banana caramel cake. Also free WiFi."
Rough Guide, Bali, September 2008
"I remember a time when you were lucky to find anything more than fried bananas on local restaurant menus. Then came Murni's Warung..."
Read the full article -- Ubud News
All roads lead to Murni's Warung
Mary, Martha, Murni's Warung and Me
"Mary is my wife, Martha is my mistress, Murni’s Warung is a famous restaurant and I am myself...."
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"Renowned antique collector Ibu Murni founded the first real restaurant in Ubud in 1974, and still manages it actively..."
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"As you approach through the highly-carved Balinese doors, you know you are in a place dedicated to the finer things of life..."
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Eat in the Gorge at Murni's
"In 1974, Ni Wayan Murni opened Ubud's first restaurant, where she served a mix of Western and Balnese food. Since then, generations of travellers have enjoyed the quality of her cuisine. Despite increasing road traffic, the four open-air levels facing the splendid river gorge offer absolute tranquility in a totally out-of-this-world atmosphere. It's a most pleasant place for a great healthy breakfast (Rp 45,000) or dinner (Rp 75,000). Vegetarian meals, home-made yoghurts, fantastic fruit juices, cakes, and pies are also on the MSG-free menu. "
The Natural Guide to Bali, 2005
"Since 1977 Murni's Warung has been an Ubud favourite. The setting is beautiful and a four level dining room overlooks the lush river valley. Indonesian dishes, curries and Western options are available. There's a cosy bar on the second level down. One quibble: the gift shop gets bigger every year!"
[Note from Murni: Actually, it's since 1974]
Lonely Planet Guide, Bali, 2005
Where to Eat: Murni's Warung
"This three-level restaurant is an Ubud institution. The freshly baked breads are delicious, especially in a chilli club sandwich, and you can sit on the top terrace for curries, burgers, hot dogs, steaks and more. For dessert, you'll want to stay for the cakes and the homemade yoghurt and ice cream."
Warung: An old favourite, on the Ubud side of Campuhan Bridge overlooking
the Wos river. This multi-storied restaurant is where the eclectic mix
of American and Balinese favourites got its start in the late 1970s.
The hamburger has stood the test of time, and the satay, gado-gado and
grilled fish are delectable. The lower dining areas offer tranquility,
with only the sound of the river to disturb the peace. Outstanding deserts
and freshly-squeezed fruit juices."
"Murni's Warung, In-spot for a meat fix; ribs earn local raves. Under $10."
Miami Herald, 11 September 2005
(tel: 975233) located over the Campuhan River can't be beaten - there
are now three levels of seating, the grill is open for scrumptious barbecues
of fish, prawns and chicken." [Now four levels]
Warung down by the Campuhan Bridge is one of just a few places which
have been catering for travellers since they began to come to Ubud in
the 1960s. The warung is actually a restaurant with an excellent menu
of traditional and Western-style food, including mouth-watering delicacies
such as frozen banana cheesecake."
Beside a small ravine just outside Ubud, this multi-level restaurant
is spacious yet intimate. The street level dining room has terrific
views (particularly of a nearby waterfall), as does the downstairs bar.
Throughout the shadowy wood interior is complemented by simple bamboo
furniture and Indonesian art, creating a rustic and very Balinese feel.
Both Indonesian and Western dishes are served, and special buffets are
available on Western holidays. The Balinese duck - stuffed with spices
and baked so thoroughly that the meat falls off the bones - is tried
and true. The friendly, cheerful staff are ready to offer advice on
local activities or simply rock babies while parents eat. A shop on
the upper floor is a veritable gallery of Balinese items. Murni's also
has some accommodation, including two rooms, a bungalow and a house
- all moderately priced."
"Murni's Warung: Sur Jalan Raya Ubud juste avant le pont. Tel: 975233. Bien indiquée de la route. Pleusieurs niveaux, une boutique, un bar-salon… terasse dominant la rivière et l'épaisse vegetation. Superbe addresse où curries, poisson, viande et desserts sont realisés avec brio. Également cuisses de grenouilles, gaspacho et d'autres choses originales et raffinées. "
Le Guide du Routard, Indonésie, 2002-3
"Murni's Warung: Das bekannteste und schönste Restaurant Ubuds findet sich am Ortsausgang (Campuan) an einer alten Hängebrücke (parallel verläuft die neue Strassenbrücke nach Kedewatan). Das Restaurant ist in den Abhang einer Sclucht gebaut und bietet Sitzmöglichkeiten auf drei Etagen. Die seit langem etablierte Gaststätte hat sich dem westlichen Essensgeschmack angepasst: Auf der Karte stehen neben indonesischen Speisen auch joghurt und Sago-Pudding, Guacamole und Lasagne, ebenso eine grosse Auswahl von hausgemachten Torten und Kuchen."
Merian Live! Bali Reisen mit Erlebnis-Garantie, 2002
"Murni's Warung: Jalan Raya v. Wos-floden pa gransen til Campuhan. Righoldigt menukort og hyggelig atmosfaere."
Gar Til Bali Lombok, Af Jens Erik Ramussen, 2001
"Face à la gorge à Murni's Warung: En 1974, Ni Wayan Murni ouvrait le premier restaurant d'Ubud, où elle servait un mélange de recettes occidentales et balinaises. Depuis, des generations de touristes ont savouré la qualité de sa cuisine. Face aux rochers coverts de mousse de la gorge entroite de Campuhan, les quatres étages en terrasses semblent hors de ce monde. Les petits déjeuners sont extraordinaires, et à toute heure vous apprécierez les spécialités locales, les plats végétariens, les yaourts maison, les jus de fruits et les gâteaux inoubliables."
Guide Naturale de Bali, 2005
Note from Murni: My collection is in Murni's Warung Shop, which is part of the restaurant.
Murni's Warung Shop
"I feel as if I grew up in Bali, as I went there so often as a teenager and young woman. Murni's is a veritable Aladdin's cave of luscious Asian objets d'art, furniture and textiles. It's a wonderful place to shop and there is a great restaurant attached."
Jane Rutter is Australia's best-known flautist and one of the most versatile; she performs in the classical, jazz and pop arenas.
Favourite Places in the World
"Murni was the first person to have a proper gallery of antiques, textiles, costumes, old beads, tribal jewelry, stone carvings, masks and other ethnic pieces in Ubud..."
Read the full article -- Treasures of Bali
Murni's Warung Shop
"Ibu Murni is the grande dame of Ubud antique and handicraft dealers, as well as a legendary local restauranteur..."
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Murni's Warung Shop
arts and crafts from all over the archipelago assiduously collected
by Murni who has formidable fine arts credentials and seasoned and sophisticated
"Ubud armed Murni with formidable fine arts credentials and an exquisite, seasoned, sophisticated sense of taste. Murni's knowledge of and ability to select and scout out collector-quality antiques have made her both personally famous and professionally trusted around the globe as a leading art buyer. Each piece of original artwork in her outlets has been personally smiled on and chosen by Murni to please and excite her customers. "
Read the full article -- Art Treasures of Ubud
in Campuhan is one of the most fashionable antique shops in the Ubud
"As to quality, if youíre not sure of your ability to judge and you care about getting the best, visit Murniís Warung Shop ... Youíll get honest answers, fair fixed prices, and a selection of the best textiles from throughout Indonesia and elsewhere. These are the only stores recommended for geringsing."
Read the full article - Buying Textiles in Bali
shops are fabulous. Her taste is exquisite and her sources are the best.
For jewelry, textiles, tribal art and antiques and some furniture she
is the best. "
"Through the years, I continued to dream, hopelessly I thought, of owning a piece of this mythical cloth. So this spring I was stunned to see several examples of genuine geringsing available for about $100 and up, at Murniís Warung Shop in Ubud, Bali."
Read the full article - Weaving a Spell
"I was lucky
enough to spend 14 of my 18 days in Ubud at Murni's Houses...Aside from
running one of the area's best-known restaurants, the enterprising Murni
(in Bali, last names are considered sacred and never used) is also the
proprietor of a group of stylish boutiques in Campuhan called Kunang-Kunang
that sell Indonesian goods in a sedate atmosphere tailored to Western
"Murni's Warung ... sell quality Indonesian antiques..."
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