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Articles by Murni

There are many Articles by Murni: she has written numerous articles, mainly on Asian arts and crafts, book reviews and Ubud. She is also a published author.

 

Book Review: Looking for BorneoBook Review Ni Wayan Murni The Jakarta Globe, 13 October 2014 Explore the Sights and Sounds of Kalimantan in ‘Looking for Borneo’ Mark Heyward, David Metcalf and Khan Wilson Creatavision Publishing, 2014 “Looking for Borneo” by Mark Heyward, David Metcalf and Khan Wilson is not just a book; it’s an event, a multimedia extravaganza. Tasmanian … Continue reading Book Review: Looking for Borneo
Food of the GodsIn Bali, Religious festivals begin with elaborate culinary sculptures by Ni Wayan Murni Saveur, 13 March 2012   Like every girl in Bali, I was taught how to make banten, food offerings, at an early age. We make thousands of different offerings; it’s a key practice of Balinese Hinduism, which is influenced by veneration for … Continue reading Food of the Gods
The Palaces of BaliThe Palaces of Bali Introduction to Palaces of Bali by Richard Mann Gateway Books International, 2012 “A Secret Worth Sharing” It is a big surprise to discover that the small island of Bali has so many kingdoms. The plethora of palaces encouraged an intense rivalry between them as they competed to produce the best buildings, … Continue reading The Palaces of Bali
Mads Lange, the Bali Trader and PeacemakerBOOK REVIEW: Mads Lange, the Bali Trader and Peacemaker   Mads Lange The Bali Trader and Peacemaker Produced by Peter Bloch Bali Purnati Center, 2007 Hardback, 176 pages Ni Wayan Murni The Jakarta Post, 6 January 2008 A Danish expat living in Lombok and Bali in the 19th century has been almost completely forgotten, yet … Continue reading Mads Lange, the Bali Trader and Peacemaker
The Art of Chewing Betel  Ni Wayan Murni The Art of Chewing Betel The Times, Lombok November – December 2007 When I went to London I saw South Pacific. I loved Bali Hai but was really surprised when the men sang: Bloody Mary is the girl I love. Bloody Mary is the girl I love. Bloody Mary is the … Continue reading The Art of Chewing Betel
What to Look for in Balinese Shadow Puppets Ni Wayan Murni What to Look for in Balinese Shadow Puppets The Times, Lombok October – November 2007   One of my earliest memories is of watching a shadow puppet performance in our village temple in Ubud at night. I must have been about five years old and was totally mesmerized. That was a long … Continue reading What to Look for in Balinese Shadow Puppets
How to make Batik  Ni Wayan Murni How to make Batik The Times, Lombok September – October 2007   How is batik made? I wrote in last month’s Murni’s Corner about Calligraphy Batik, which is an outstanding example of one of the many styles of beautiful batik made in Indonesia. I have been collecting batik for decades and … Continue reading How to make Batik
Appreciating Calligraphy BatikNi Wayan Murni Appreciating Calligraphy Batik The Times, Lombok August – September 2007 Calligraphy batiks do not get much press. The beautiful books on batik and the exhibitions abroad concentrate on Javanese batik, especially from the north coast of Java and the courts of Yogyakarta and Solo in central Java. The batiks from these areas … Continue reading Appreciating Calligraphy Batik
Revolt in ParadiseBook Review Ni Wayan Murni The Times, Lombok, July – August 2007 Revolt in Paradise K’tut Tantri Reprinted Gramedia, Jakarta, 2006 Revolt in Paradise is a classic and it is good to see it in print again after a long absence. It is rather hard to classify this book: maybe autobiography, perhaps historical novel, possibly … Continue reading Revolt in Paradise
Balians: Traditional Healers of BaliBook Review Ni Wayan Murni Hello Bali, December 2006 Balians: Traditional Healers of Bali Edited by Bradford Keeney, PhD Ringing Rocks Press, 2004   Balians, dukuns, traditional healers, shamans or witch doctors, whichever name you like to use, are a subject that never fails to arouse interest. This new book looks at some of Bali’s … Continue reading Balians: Traditional Healers of Bali
Shop Smart Bali & LombokBook Review Ni Wayan Murni Hello Bali, November 2006 Shop Smart: Bali & Lombok, edited by Jane Marsden, 2006   I often get asked by people writing books if I would be happy for my restaurant and shops to be reviewed. Of course I say I’d be delighted. Shortly after that I’m told that the … Continue reading Shop Smart Bali & Lombok
The Ethnomusicologists’ Cookbook Complete Meals from around the WorldBook Review Ni Wayan Murni Hello Bali, October 2006 The Ethnomusicologists’ Cookbook Complete Meals from around the World Sean Williams Routledge, 2006   The Ethnomusicologists’ Cookbook Complete Meals from around the World. You will make friends and influence people with this book. You will be able to invite friends to amazing dinner parties at which … Continue reading The Ethnomusicologists’ Cookbook Complete Meals from around the World
Perfect Order Recognizing Complexity in BaliPerfect Order Recognizing Complexity in Bali Book Review Ni Wayan Murni Hello Bali, September 2006 Perfect Order Recognizing Order in Complexity J. Stephen Lansing Princeton University Press   Perfect Order Recognizing Complexity in Bali. If someone mentions ‘Bali’ one of the first images that will come into your mind will probably be rice terraces. The … Continue reading Perfect Order Recognizing Complexity in Bali
Dancing Out of Bali and Dancers of Bali: Gamelan of Peliatan, 1952CD Review: Dancing Out of Bali and Dancers of Bali: Gamelan of Peliatan, 1952 Dancing Out of Bali and Dancers of Bali: Gamelan of Peliatan, 1952 Ni Wayan Murni Hello Bali, August 2006 Dancing Out of Bali and Dancers of Bali: Gamelan of Peliatan, 1952. Laura Rosenberg has done it again. First, the book, which … Continue reading Dancing Out of Bali and Dancers of Bali: Gamelan of Peliatan, 1952
Healing Performances of BaliBook Review: Healing Performances of Bali Book Review Ni Wayan Murni Hello Bali, July 2006 Healing Performances of Bali Angela Hobart Berghahn Books, 2005   As far as I know this is the first book of its kind. It is a study of the traditional healers whom we in Bali do not often speak about … Continue reading Healing Performances of Bali
Treasures of Bali  Treasures of Bali, A Guide to Museums in Bali written and edited by Richard Mann Gateway Books International, 2006 Murni’s in Bali 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. She started her shop at … Continue reading Treasures of Bali
Buddhas in BaliBuddhas in Bali Buddhas in Bali Ni Wayan Murni Hello Bali, February 2005 Visitors to Bali see Buddha images everywhere. They are often moved and inspired by them but wonder what they mean. They all look alike, but are subtly different. Bali is predominantly Hindu but has long had a connection with Buddhism and, following … Continue reading Buddhas in Bali
Another Day Another DanceAnother Day Another Dance Ni Wayan Murni Natural Guide to Bali, 2005 Balinese dances – and indeed the other performing arts in Bali – have a religious background. Dances are offerings to the gods and ancestors – staged to please and entertain the deities at religious ceremonies to which they have been invited by the … Continue reading Another Day Another Dance
Ubud is Just Getting Better and BetterUbud is Just Getting Better and Better Ubud is Just Getting Better and Better A look at Bali’s Artistic centre, past, present and future. Ni Wayan Murni Hello Bali, January 2005 In the early Thirties, Miguel Covarrubias came to Bali, and said, “Undoubtedly Bali will soon enough be spoiled for those fastidious travellers who abhor … Continue reading Ubud is Just Getting Better and Better

 

Articles about Murni

There are many Articles about Murni. Having created Murni’s Warung, Murni’s Warung Shop, Murni’s Houses and Tamarind Spa, she has been  interviewed often.

Interview with Ubud’s Leading LadyInterview with Ubud’s Leading Lady Published 27 November 2017 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 … Continue reading Interview with Ubud’s Leading Lady
Murni is an international treasureMurni is an international treasure Mary Letterii, San Francisco 6 December 2000 “What 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 … Continue reading Murni is an international treasure
Bali Gods CryingBali Gods Crying Bali Gods Crying Richard Mann Gateway Books International, 2013 The novel is based on true events in which unscrupulous criminals are threatening Bali’s Hindu religion and civilization. The heroine lives in Ubud. “Maybe something romantic will happen to you,” said Oz wickedly. Celine was silent, looking around her. They had a late … Continue reading Bali Gods Crying
Murni and Murni’s Warung in LiteratureMurni and Murni’s Warung in Literature Golton Island Douglas Gellatly Smashwords, 2013 The novel is the second of an ebook trilogy following the lives of two gay guys called Richard and Max, who live on Golton Island, Australia.   “Being much nearer to the equator than their own Golton Island, the sun set at about … Continue reading Murni and Murni’s Warung in Literature
Ubud is a MoodUbud is a Mood James Murdoch, Sayan, Bali Ubud is a Mood, 2004 “Murni’s 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 … Continue reading Ubud is a Mood
Murni, The Ibu of UbudMurni, the Ibu of Ubud The Jakarta Post, 11 January 2001 Rob Goodfellow   UBUD, Bali (JP): 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 … Continue reading Murni, The Ibu of Ubud
Ni Wayan MurniNi Wayan Murni Andrew Charles Editor, Hello Bali, April 2005   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. Murni Back in the 1950s, life was hard. Murni’s parents split up and at the age of 6 or … Continue reading Ni Wayan Murni
Ni Wayan Murni: Ubud’s First RestaurateurSiapa…? Al Hickey Bali Advertiser May 2005   Ni Wayan Murni: Ubud’s First Restaurateur. Ni Wayan Murni is a pioneer of tourism in Bali. She is the owner of Murni’s Warung, the Kunang-Kunang shops, Murni’s Villas and Murni’s Houses. Murni opened Ubud’s first restaurant in 1974 and it remains first in the hearts of many … Continue reading Ni Wayan Murni: Ubud’s First Restaurateur
The Interview: An Ubud OriginalThe Interview: An Ubud Original The Interview: An Ubud Original Suanda Hello Bali, April 2006   The Interview: An Ubud Original. Comprised of 4 levels and situated on a lush ravine overlooking the sacred Campuan River in Ubud, Murni’s Warung is an institution that has been serving the best in traditional Balinese cuisine for over … Continue reading The Interview: An Ubud Original
Ni Wayan Murni: Balinese entrepreneur and travelerNi Wayan Murni: Balinese entrepreneur and traveler Andrew Charles Jakarta Post 21 July 2006   Ni Wayan Murni is a revered character in Ubud as owner of Murni’s Warung, Murni’s Villas and many other enterprises, but it wasn’t always like this. Back in the 1950s, life was hard. Murni’s parents split up and, at the … Continue reading Ni Wayan Murni: Balinese entrepreneur and traveler
Meeting Ni Wayan MurniMeeting Ni Wayan Murni John Braine The Times, Lombok, July – August 2007   Meeting Ni Wayan Murni. I arrived early for my meeting with Ni Wayan Murni. Ni Wayan Murni tells us four things. ‘Ni’ that she is female, ‘Wayan’ that she is the first-born, ‘Murni’ that she has been given the name ‘pure’ … Continue reading Meeting Ni Wayan Murni
Warna-Warni Pengalaman Hidup Ni Wayan MurniWarna-Warni Pengalaman Hidup 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, Pesona, November 2007   Warna-Warni Pengalaman Hidup Ni Wayan Murni. Siapa pun yang berkunjung ke Ubud, Bali, tentu pernah melewati Murni’s Warung. Warung ini menempati … Continue reading Warna-Warni Pengalaman Hidup Ni Wayan Murni
Murni! The Matriarch of BaliMurni! The Matriarch of Bali Dallas Hall  The World of Dalilambchop, 26 January 2009   The Matriarch of Ubud. 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 … Continue reading Murni! The Matriarch of Bali
Murni’s Warung, Ubud, BaliMurni’s Warung, Ubud, Bali Janet De Neefe Garuda, The Magazine of Garuda Indonesia, July 2009   “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. Many of my fondest memories of Ubud in the eighties are … Continue reading Murni’s Warung, Ubud, Bali
Back with a Song to Sing and so many Tales to TellBack with a Song to Sing and so many Tales to Tell Janet de Neefe Jakarta Post 1 August 2009 Back at my writing desk. It feels a little strange as I step into my pre-loved Jakarta Post dancing shoes once again. The buckles are rusty, the toes are tight and the leather lacks that … Continue reading Back with a Song to Sing and so many Tales to Tell
Murni’s Story   Murni’s Story Ni Luh Dian Purniawati Bali & Beyond March 2010 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. To the … Continue reading Murni’s Story
Magical BaliMagical Bali Charles and Mary Love Charleston Style & Design, October 2010 Planning a trip to Bali arouses expectations of achieving nirvana or, at least, of escaping from the mundane. And those who visit usually aren’t disappointed. Consider the current movie based on the popular memoir, Eat, Pray, Love by American writer Elizabeth Gilbert. The … Continue reading Magical Bali
Murni: A Tourism PioneerMurni: A Tourism Pioneer Murni – A Tourism Pioneer Al Hickey Bali Advertiser, 28 December 2011   Ni Wayan Murni’s 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. Hers is the story of a woman’s drive to succeed … Continue reading Murni: A Tourism Pioneer
The Making of UbudThe Making of Ubud Bali’s Art, Culture, And Heritage Village Richard Mann, Gateway Books International, 2013   The Making of Ubud. Ni Wayan Murni is another example of what happened when new elements began to appear in Ubud. Generations of Murni’s family had worked as farmers on land around Ubud, obedient to the seasons, fulfilling … Continue reading The Making of Ubud
Murni’s Success SecretsMurni’s Success Secrets Murni’€™s success secrets Intan Tanjung The Jakarta Post 21 August 2013   She has hosted top celebrities from David Copperfield, Richard Gere to Richard Branson  but Ni Wayan Murni finds comfort outside the spotlight simply by being herself. Her hair is mostly grey now but it’€™s hard to miss the grace and … Continue reading Murni’s Success Secrets
Bali Soul JournalsBali Soul Journals Bali Soul Journals Clare McAlaney and Trish McNeill Creatavision Publishing, 2015 I imagine Murni in 1960, pigtails flying as she squeals with excitement dodging dogs and other bicycles on her travels through Bali. A farmer turns and smiles as she holds up a golden hand that stretches upwards to a cloudless, sapphire … Continue reading Bali Soul Journals
Ubud Icon Murni’s Warung Turns FortyUbud Icon Murni’s Warung Turns Forty Katrin Figge Jakarta Globe 4 April 2014 Murni’s Warung remains an Ubud icon 40 years since it was established, with fans crediting its founder as the heart of the place and even of Ubud. (Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Copeland) She is often referred to as the “mother of Ubud,” … Continue reading Ubud Icon Murni’s Warung Turns Forty
IBU MURNI entrepreneurIBU MURNI entrepreneur The 20th anniversary issue of Hello Bali brings 20 inspiring stories and Murni’s is one of them. The Inspirators Meet the Interesting, the Intriguing, the Inspiring People in Bali who make the island a better place in their own ways. Hello Bali May 2015 Ibu Murni is a living legend in Bali. … Continue reading IBU MURNI entrepreneur
Bill Dalton, Toko BukuMurni’s Bali Tours, Murni’s Very Personal Guide to Ubud, Forty Delicious Years, Secrets of Bali and From Tattoos to Textile It’s not unusual that Ni Wayan Murni – hotelier, restaurateur, art collector, textile expert, blogger – has just published her 5th book. Everything about Murni and her wide range of interests is unusual. All of this woman’s activities … Continue reading Bill Dalton, Toko Buku

About Murni

About Murni
Murni is often called The Mother of Ubud. She pioneered tourism in Ubud and is still extremely active in her restaurant, shop, accommodations and spa.

Murni was born in Penestanan, Bali and is a well-known and much loved personality on the Bali scene and a pioneer of Balinese tourism. Her personal YouTube video, Murni’s Ubud, Bali, is here.

Shops and Restaurant
During her extraordinary life Murni has lived in Sanur and Ubud and has travelled widely. By the early 1970s she owned 4 shops on Sanur beach and had opened Ubud’s first real restaurant, Murni’s Warung, overlooking the Campuan River. Since then thousands of people have enjoyed her food and hospitality. She is still very active in the restaurant. There are YouTube videos on Murni’s Warung here.

Asian Antiques and Textiles

During her adult life Murni has been busy collecting and becoming an expert on Asian antiques and textiles and many of them are to be found in Murni’s Warung Shop beside the restaurant. She was the first person in Ubud to have a proper gallery of antiques, textiles, costumes, old beads, tribal jewelry, stone carvings, masks and other ethnic pieces. Many of her pieces are museum quality and her fine arts credentials are impeccable. Murni is a member of the Thai Textile Society.

Exhibitions

In 2007 and 2009 Murni exhibited part of her collection at the prestigious shows, Arts of Pacific Asia and Tribal Arts & Textiles, in San Francisco and gave a lecture on Balinese textiles to the Textile Arts Council at the de Young Museum. Murni understands and participates in Balinese culture on a daily basis and plays in a women’s gamelan group at important religious ceremonies.

Articles and Books

Murni has written numerous articles on Balinese art and culture and the book Secrets of Bali, Fresh Light on the Morning of the World by Jonathan Copeland and Ni Wayan Murni published by Orchid Press in 2010 is in its second print run. It is also available as an ebook on its own web site: www.secretsofbali.com and here.

Murni’s Very Personal Guide to Ubud by Ni Wayan Murni and photographs by Jonathan Copeland was published in October 2011 and is available as an ebook here and all online retailers.

Ni Wayan Murni and Jonathan Copeland wrote From Tattoos to Textiles, Murni’s Guide to Asian Textiles, All You Need to Know … And More, which is an ebook available here and all online retailers.

Murni’s Bali Tours, Where to go, What to Do and How to Do It is an ebook of 7 special tours was written and designed for guests staying at Murni’s Houses to bring with them on the tours It is an ebook available here and all online retailers.

Murni’s Houses

In the early 1980s Murni started to construct Murni’s Houses in Ubud, a complex of seven extraordinary residences and open-air pavilions amid a garden full of flowers, statues, fountains, trees and shrubs lying all by itself next to open fields. It is a wonderful introduction for first timers to Bali and a dependable refuge for her many guests who return each year. Just 5 minutes walk from the main road and accessed through a traditional Balinese roofed gate, it’s a place of tranquility. Residential photography tours and Spa packages are available. There are YouTube videos here.

Tamarind Spa at Murni’s Houses

Murni’s latest venture is the creation of Tamarind Spa at Murni’s Houses, which was listed as the top spa in Ubud on Trip Advisor within 3 months of its opening. Tamarind Spa brings all these aspects of Balinese art, luxury, and culture together in one healing experience. There is a YouTube video here

Houses

She also has houses in Penestanan for long-term rent.

Anniversary of Murni’s Warung

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Murni’s Warung, Forty Delicious Years, Murni’s Warung, Ubud, Bali, 1974–2014, From Toasted Sandwiches to Balinese Smoked Duck was published in 2014. It has its own web site: www.fortydeliciousyears.com and YouTube video here. It is also available as an ebook here and all online retailers.

Blog

Murni and Jonathan Copeland have a joint blog here.

Social Media

Murni’s Warung, Murni’s Warung Shop, Murni’s Houses and Tamarind Spa are on Trip Advisor, Facebook and Google+ and Murni is on Twitter and Linkedin.

Books and Ebooks

Murni

Murni’s Bali Tours, Murni’s Very Personal Guide to Ubud, Forty Delicious Years, Secrets of Bali and From Tattoos to Textiles

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It’s not unusual that Ni Wayan Murni – hotelier, restaurateur, art collector, textile expert, blogger – has just published her 5th book. Everything about Murni and her wide range of interests is unusual.

All of this woman’s activities link together, each emerging out of one another. Her literary output is no exception. Murni has written and co-authored five books as well as numerous articles on Balinese art and culture. The majority of photographs in her books were contributed by the accomplished, well known Bali photographer Jonathan Copeland.

Ni Wayan Murni, born in Penestanan, 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 over the globe. By the early 1970s she owned four shops on Sanur beach and had opened Ubud’s first real restaurant, Murni’s Warung, overlooking the Campuan River. Many thousands of people have enjoyed her food and hospitality. Both amateurs and professionals have learned from her experience collecting and writing about the Southeast Asian arts. But far from letting all her notoriety go to her head, Murni has shown a longstanding dedication to her community, family and local temples. She actively participates in banjar activities, plays in a women’s gamelan group at important religious ceremonies and takes part in cultural events.

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When guests asked Murni for advice on where to go or what to do in Ubud or on what to buy, those inquiries gave birth to Murni’s Very Personal Guide to Ubud. Written by a native Ubud resident – the village of her birth – this eBook selling for only around Rp25,000 is kept up to date more easily than a printed guidebook. Being digital, it can easily be carried around on your portable iPhone, iPad, Android or Kindle. In a sense, Murni has been researching this eGuide all her life, confiding with her guests what businesses she likes to patronize; what arts and crafts, courses, cultural sites and secret places she recommends and what galleries she supports.

This 120-page guide, with its detailed descriptions and insightful observations, is all you need to experience the very best of what Ubud has to offer.

40delicious years cover2-smallForty Delicious Years, Murni’s Warung 1974–2014: From Toasted Sandwiches to Balinese Smoked Duck, published in 2014, was a natural outcome of the 40th anniversary of Murni’s Warung when Murni presided over the book’s launch, spoke and signed copies. This book tells the story of one of Bali’s most enduring culinary landmarks from its beginnings as a humble roadside stall on the side of a river gorge to become an institution. Narrated by some of the warung’s eclectic and most intriguing patrons, with a preface by Murni herself, the collection of vignettes, anecdotes and testimonials makes easy and immensely enjoyable reading.

It applauds all that is worthwhile in life – good food, gracious hospitality, shared laughter and the warm company of friends. The reminisces are especially compelling from the perspective of its 40 famous contributing authors, artists, scholars, adventurers and notable long-time Bali expats. The book was edited by Jonathan Copeland, Rob Goodfellow and Peter O’Neill. Bring your copy to the restaurant, or get it there, and Murni will sign it.

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Murni’s fine arts credentials are impeccable. During her adult life she has passionately dedicated herself to collecting Asian antiques and textiles. Munri was the first person in Ubud to establish a proper gallery of antiques, textiles, costumes, old beads, tribal jewelry, stone carvings, masks and other ethnic pieces. Many of these unique museum quality artifacts are to be found in Murni’s Warung Shop beside her restaurant. In the course of pursuing her hobby, she has become an acknowledged authority.

The idea for From Tattoos to Textiles, Murni’s Guide to Asian Textiles, All You Need to Know … And More, was conceived during the course of an exhibition of Murni’s collection of Asian antiques and textiles in San Francisco in 2007 at the prestigious Arts of Pacific Asia and Tribal Arts & Textiles shows. In 2009, the textile curator at the de Young Museum invited her to come back to San Francisco to lecture on Balinese textiles before the Textile Arts Council at the museum, which she did following her second exhibition in San Francisco. This gave rise to a much-expanded and more wide-ranging written version of the lecture that includes many additional photographs of selected pieces from Murni’s personal collection.

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Her latest publication Murni’s Bali Tours, Where to go, What to Do and How to Do It is an eBook of seven tours written and designed for guests staying at Murni’s Houses. Tours of Bali routinely offered by travel agents and drivers haven’t really changed for decades, even though there are now numerous exciting new places to visit. Again, this book sprang out of a need to serve her many guests who expressed an interest in going to unusual off the beaten track places, more preferable than the run of the mill destinations that drivers often recommend. Guests also wanted clear, helpful and accurate information about both classic and untouristed places, which many drivers aren’t able to do. This new must-take eBook (Rp100,000 or free for guests staying at Murni’s Houses who book a tour) focuses on a whole set of fresh destinations away from the mainstream such as the Sukarno Center, Pura Gunung Raung and the rice terraces at Ceking that are less overrun than the ones at Tegalallang.

Each tour covers a range of interests, so whether you are a temple lover, an art aficionado or a history buff there is something for you. Some wonderful short walks, scenic treks, selected art galleries, chocolate and ceramic factories, a strawberry farm and a visit to Bali’s youngest priestess have also been included. Stunning slideshows and photographs of each tour, taken by Jonathan Copeland, are viewable on YouTube

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Secrets of Bali, Fresh Light on the Morning of the World, co-authored with Jonathan Copeland, was published by Orchid Press in 2010. This comprehensive account of Bali’s history and culture arose from questions that guests staying at Murni’s Houses asked her to explain. The persistence of inquiries gave her the idea of researching specific subjects in more detail and putting it all down on paper so that it was available for everyone.

The book offers succinct and wide ranging information about Balinese life, religion, festivals and offerings, architecture, music, dance, textiles, dress, carvings and paintings, manuscripts and food. Secrets of Bali is not a guidebook per se, but a valuable and authoritative reference source as well as an entertaining read for the visitor, scholar and Bali aficionado. Encyclopedic in its coverage, the result of prodigious research, difficult subjects from the sublime to the arcane are simply explained in this well written and up to date work which will reveal a great number of facts and misconceptions that are little known to even long-term residents of Bali.

Bill Dalton, Toko Buku
Bali Advertiser 17 February 2016- 2 March 2016

To Buy

Grand Nikko Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali

Grand Nikko Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali.

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Grand Nikko Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali certainly has a ring to it. We had to go down to Nusa Dua for a wine-tasting and it was just too far, after all that wine, to drive back to Ubud, so we picked a hotel that had a grand sounding name.  Grand Nikko Hotel fitted the bill perfectly and is part of the worldwide Nikko Group of hotels. It’s the only one in the group called Grand. It’s also a grand place for families and kids.

 

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We drove up to the entrance and were met by smiling staff. A nice Balinese man with glasses took our cases. First impressions are so important. We both felt good immediately and went through a smooth and efficient check in and were escorted to our room. There is a wide choice of rooms, suites and villas.

 

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We had an Ocean View room. As you can see, it was spacious, clean and comfortable. I was pleased to see a traditional Kamasan painting hanging on the wall. There was a television with all the international channels, an electronic safe, which could fit a laptop, and complimentary water in the mini-bar.

 

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We didn’t need a buggy, but if your villa is far away, they will actually take you by buggy, driven by a wonderful, smiling girl called Yeni. It’s almost worth booking a villa just for the fun of riding in the buggy.

 

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It’s a big hotel with two wings, built on a 40-meter cliff. The central core of the hotel has an incredibly dramatic view of the Indian Ocean. My jaw just dropped gazing out at the view.

 

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We immediately went down to explore. There’s a really imposing staircase from the entrance down to beach level. They also have elevators.

 

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We saw a very impressive buffet being set up in the garden. They were getting ready for Balinese Night and we felt beautiful, soft breezes on our cheeks wafting off the Indian Ocean.

 

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They had a sucking pig, babi guling, still untouched, but I’m sure not for long, as that’s one of the island’s most famous dishes. There was a vast array of food and there were drinks too.

 

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I’ve got a small hotel in Ubud, Murni’s Houses, grand in its own way, and I know a good hotel when I see one. A good hotel has good energy and the Grand Nikko has lots of energy.

 

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The staff are incredibly helpful – if you look lost, they come up to you and offer to bring you to where you are going. When you pass them in the corridor or meet them in the lift, they say hello and give you a big smile. How nice is that?

 

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The hotel is large. I’m sure I haven’t seen it all, in fact, I know I haven’t seen it all. It has interesting statues and structures all over the place.

 

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Balinese stonecarvers and sculptors are talented and I’m delighted that their works are on display. I particularly liked the three fishermen, back to back, with their shared catch on their heads. It was very appropriate for the ocean setting.

 

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There are many comfortable places to sit and chill out. Tastefully decorated. Of course the whole place has wifi, which is vital these days.

 

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There are eight restaurants, yes, eight, including a Japanese one called Benkay and one called Olooloos. Don’t ask me what that means! They serve Mediterranean food, but outside a Balinese couple welcome you in.

 

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Breakfast is served in The Brasserie. It was very good indeed, regally and lovingly supervised by the charming Balinese sous-chef, Luh Sibang. She has worked there for eighteen years and is still loving it.

 

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There are freshly baked breads, croissants, bagels, muffins, and doughnuts. Orange, tomato, watermelon, papaya and carrot juices. Scrambled, sunny side up, omelettes, poached and boiled eggs. Really whatever you want.

 

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Western, Chinese and Japanese food. Indonesian fried rice, Indonesian fried noodles, chicken or pork congee and Soto Ayam (the famous spicy chicken broth). Unlimited smoked salmon too. Service was impeccable: lots of helpful staff helping you within seconds.

 

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After breakfast there are a whole range of activities – the wonderful beach, of course, but also a fun jungle camp for children, a camel safari ride, fitness centre, tennis courts and sauna. There are probably even more things that I haven’t yet discovered.

 

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There are four, maybe more than four, amazing inter-connected swimming pools, that just have to be seen to be believed, and a 30 metre water slide into one of them. One of them actually has sand coming up to it, which is a genius and safe way of keeping an eye on young childen at the beach.

 

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Just wandering around I came across a wedding in the grounds. Not surprising as it’s a perfect place to get married with the well-kept beautiful lawns, pools and beach. I am sure that the wedding photographs were stunning. Grand Nikko has it all.

 

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The Shore restaurant is ideally situated, yes, on the shore. We had lunch there and Komang, our kindly waitress, suggested that we join One Harmony for free and have 10% off all meals and future stays in the hotel group. We joined straightaway.

 

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I love spas, and in fact, I have one in Ubud, Tamarind Spa at Murni’s Houses, so I am always keen to try them out. It was a real pleasure going to Mandara Spa. I had an excellent therapist, Oka Astini, and enjoyed the experience in a private villa immensely. I can certainty recommend it and have become a member of Mandara Spa.

 

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The only bad thing was leaving, but, for sure I will return soon.

 

There are more photos in the Gallery.

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