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Murni’s Houses – Contented Traveller

Murni’s Houses –  Contented Traveller

Murni and Murni’s Ubud, Bali

Murni's Houses, Contented Traveller26 February, 2015
Contented Traveller
Paula McInerney

It was by great fortune that we found Murni’s Houses, Ubud, Bali through FlipKey by tripadvisor who had given us carte blanche to pick wherever we wanted to stay in Bali and we chose 6 nights at Murni’s Houses. This is all part of our Travel Series, Bali for Baby Boomers. We found Murni’s Houses but also found out that Murni is a living legend in not just Ubud, her hometown, but in all of Bali.

Straight away our interest was piqued about both the lady and the many businesses that she owns throughout Ubud and the reverence that she is held in. We quickly booked with Flipkey knowing that we were on to something unique and we were right. We also had read that Richard Gere, Richard Branson and David Copperfield the magician have visited Murni’s, so we thought that Gordon and I might just join this illustrious cast.

About Ubud

Ubud is Eat. Pray. Love territory and a book that I have yet to read, though I did see the movie and discussed whether Ubud had changed since that book and that movie. We have been here before and we have noticed the increase in visitors. That actually takes nothing away from this amazing place. Ubud is an artistic and culturally rich regency with its own king and royal family. Many tourists come here as do many expats seeking the alternative lifestyle. Food abounds and you would be hard pressed to find better foods than dining at streetside warungs. It is the home of art and you cannot avoid the skill of the Balinese artisans. It is also home to yoga, massages and all things alternative. You should head to the Sacred Monkey Forest at the end of Monkey Forest Rd. This is a magnificent jungle sanctuary, that is full of mysticism and lots of monkeys. The best way to see Ubud is to walk. Walk a lot, have a meal at a local warung and then treat yourself to a massage. It works.

Our first impressions on arriving at Murni’s Houses

This is a traditional Balinese compound where the houses are set in amazing gardens. Often referred to as the Villas of the 33 statues, there are waterfalls, and lush gardens and you hear the sounds in the distance of village life. There is Balinese art everywhere and there is serenity about this compound. There is also seclusion despite being a couple of minutes from the main road of Ubud.

Our traditional Balinese rooms, and we did have a number of rooms, and our outdoor areas overlooked the gardens yet protected us from the occasional Ubud rain storms. We loved it. We had Wi-Fi and were well taken care of, being given ginger tea to help a cough I had developed in the snow in Japan. This is a Balinese cure all and these herbal medicines known are known as ‘jamu’. (Turmeric and lemon grass also work).

This gave us a very real local experience meeting with the people who work here and getting to know a little more about the real way of life for the Balinese.

More About Murni’s Houses

In the early 1980s Murni started to build these open-air pavilions amongst the lush gardens and next to open fields. It is here that you can attest to her eye for tradition and art with the fountains and the statues everywhere you look.

About Murni the Lady

Ni Wayan Murni was born in Penestanan, Bali about 9 kms from Ubud to a farming family so it is no wonder that hard work comes naturally to her. During the early 1970s she owned 4 shops on Sanur beach. It was here, selling sarongs, that she actually sold some to president Sukarno and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones. This was not to be her first brush with fame, and Mick has some serious street cred.

She returned to Ubud and opened a shop and here she used to make her husband soup and a sandwich for lunch. Tourists stopped and wanted to have some too and that is how Ubud’s first real restaurant, Murni’s Warung, came into being. This institution has seen its fair share of celebs and tourists coming to savor her signature dishes. Try the famous Balinese smoked duck. Murni’s Warung is like her style in all of her ventures – traditional Balinese. There are four levels that cascade down a steep hillside overlooking the Wos River. The thatched roofs, traditional open wooden architecture, and a vast collection of stone carvings gives you a very Balinese experience. Talk to Ketut and he will share with you what it is like living in Bali.

She was also the first person in Ubud to open two antiques shops in the 80s and 90s. These galleries showcased many antiques, textiles and costumes and other pieces that she knew were special. Nowadays, many of the prized pieces are in Murni’s Warung,

Murni is active in the arts and culture scene of Ubud, and has lectured in the US on Balinese textiles.

She also plays in a women’s gamelan group at important religious ceremonies.

Tamarind Spa

Murni has also created Tamarind Spa at Murni’s Houses and this spa was listed as the top spa in Ubud on Trip Advisor within 3 months of its opening. It is here that she continues with her ethos of everything Balinese, with traditional Balinese massages located within the stunning and serene gardens and waterfall. It is not the cheapest massage that you can get, but the staff are trained and located as it is in the art garden, it is a total experience.

Thank You to FlipKey by trip advisor for making this property available to us for 6 great nights. Great find, highly recommended and a perfect inclusion for our Travel Series.

Murni’s Houses – Contented Traveller

Bali – Green Utopia – Ubud

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Stephanie Brookes

iFly – KLM in flight magazine

July 2016

The ultimate palms and paradise destination? There are many, and Bali is definitely on the shortlist. But there’s more to the Indonesian island besides white-sand beaches and clear blue water…

For me, the town of Ubud is the best place to base myself. I find myself among the tranquil, terraced rice fields and beautiful mountain scenery …  my adventurous week … aimed at exploring and experiencing Bali’s local way of life.

Rejuvenation treatment 

The next day, my body tells me it is time to take a rest. I book a three-hour relaxation and rejuvenation treatment at Murni’s Tamarind Spa in Ubud. Locally, Murni is affectionately known as ‘the Mother of Ubud’. She pioneered tourism in Ubud in the 1970s by setting up her legendary restaurant, Murni’s Warung, where artists, adventurers and academics hung out, drinking mango lassies. 42 years later, Murni still lovingly presides over her dream creation on the jungle-clad Campuan Gorge above the Wos River. The stellar-rated Tamarind Spa is the latest addition to Murni’s business. Under a beautiful tamarind tree, I find out that my massage therapist, Kartini, was the former personal therapist of the President of the Seychelles.

After a welcome drink, cold towel and foot ritual, Kartini starts to weave her therapeutic magic on me. She begins with an hour-long traditional massage, deeply relaxing, mind- soothing and muscle-relieving. A full-body exfoliation follows, with a fragrant green-tea scrub and a yoghurt rub down. After that heavenly treatment, my skin feels softer than that of a baby. I end up soaking in a warm bath with multi-coloured flower petals floating on the water’s surface. Finally, after a pot of organic herbal tea and fresh tropical fruit, I leave feeling relaxed as can be.

Places to eat 

Murni’s Warung

This four-level open-air restaurant overlooks a jungle- clad ravine and raging river. Not only does the restaurant serve excellent Indonesian and western dishes, it also houses a shop with textiles, jewellery, tribal artefacts and collectables. Try their famous apple pie.

Things to do 

Murni’s Tamarind Spa

Located in the heart of Ubud, this beautiful spa in quiet tropical gardens offers aromatherapy massages, traditional Balinese boreh herbal scrubs and more.

Bali – Green Utopia – Ubud

The Best Spas in Bali for Your Money

The Best Spas in Bali for Your Money

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By: Jon | Posted on May 24, 2012

The Best Spas in Bali for Your Money

For many travelers, a trip to the spa for some pampering is one of the highlights of any trip. A few hours spent in a tranquil environment, getting massaged, cleansed and relaxed can do wonders for any stressed out globetrotter.

In the tropical paradise of Bali, the spa experience goes to a new level. Nestled in lush gardens or along sandy shores, the spas in Bali are legendary and thousands of travelers book flights to this tiny nation every year for rest and rejuvenation. From full service spa resorts to simple day spas, these are some of the best bets for your money in this paradise. All prices are in Australian dollars.

Tamarind Spa at Murni’s Houses

Located under the shade of a Tamarind tree in the tourist hotspot of Ubud, Tamarind Spa at Murni’s Houses is one of Bali’s most consistently top rated spas. With trademark Balinese hospitality, the spa is surrounded by tranquil gardens and fountains, and offers a full range of spa services from massages and rubs to manicures and pedicures. Tamarind Spa is also unique in that it is an artistic as well as relaxing experience. Murni, the owner of the spa and adjacent guest houses and villas, has a background in fine art and has filled the spa with Balinese and Indonesian art, offering a glimpse into the local heritage. Prices for such luxury are surprisingly reasonable, with full day packages average about $100.

The Best Spas in Bali for Your Money

The Ultimate Guide to the World’s Most Spectacular Tropical Island

Tamarind Spa at Murni’s Houses

tamarind spa-bali-ultimate-guideTamarind Spa at Murni’s Houses, Jalan Raya (up the ramp opposite Pura Dalem on the main street, left at the top, 2nd gate on the right). Murni’s extremely popular new spa shot to the top of Trip Advisor within weeks of its opening. Rave reviews. Many repeat guests, including masseurs, say it’s the best they’ve ever experienced. Well-kept gardens, fountains, sounds of running water, soothing music, healthy lunches, reasonably priced.”

Bali, The Ultimate Guide to the World’s Most Spectacular Tropical Island, Linda Hoffman, Tuttle Publishing, 2012

Tamarind Spa at Murni’s Houses

Tamarind Spa – Destination Bali

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India Currents, The Complete Indian American Magazine, 12 July 2015

Vivienne Kruger

“A relaxing, rejuvenating day spa indulgence is another integral element in Ubud’s arsenal of healing, happiness, and wellness choices. I recommend the Tamarind Spa at Murni’s Houses in Ubud for the ultimate in luxurious, body-pampering bliss. It lives up to its beautiful name—a place for magical caretaking, delicious scents, and the ultimate in body and soul rejuvenation. Most spa products in Bali are natural and contain local Balinese herbs, plants, flowers, and spices grown in Ubud’s equatorial, tropical highland Garden of Eden. The native plants used in the Tamarind Spa all grow in rich, local volcanic soil. The village of Ubud (obad means “medicine” in Balinese) is the source of many of the Tamarind Spa’s superior concoctions—a naturally fertile area lush with emerald green leaves, roots, barks, and herbs.

In Bali, spiritual income is as important as physical income: the use of raw, organic spa ingredients benefits the local farmers. Honeycomb may come from area bee keepers, and seaweed is brought over from Bali’s pristine sister island, Nusa Lembongan. The high quality of the fragrant ingredients enhances the Spa’s body and bath treatments, scrubs, facials, massages, and exfoliants. You will stare—with love and longing, and anticipation—at your beautiful, fragrant bar of soap sitting on the treatment room ledge. It awaits your every pleasure. This is the type of soap that you bond with—that you build an intimate relationship with—an indulgent delight! You may find yourself lingering in the gorgeous hot shower in a fragrant haze. Your skin feels soft, silky, smooth, and relaxed—like everyone and everything else in Bali.

Tamarind Spa, Murni's Houses, Ubud, Bali

For the ultimate Balinese spa experience, you must take the famous, flower-filled, mandi lulur bathtub extravaganza—which originated in the sumptuous royal palaces of Java to preserve the beauty of the pampered royal princesses. You will luxuriate for an hour in a warm, gleaming tub filled with fresh flower petals, red hibiscus blossoms, and vivid marigold flowers and sip hot ginger tea from small, elegant, celadon-green stoneware cups. It does not get any better than this.”

Tamarind Spa – Destination Bali

Tamarind Spa Promotions

Tamarind Spa Promotions

We have Tamarind Spa Promotions every month.

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January

Bring in the New Year at Tamarind Spa!

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Balinese Massage (90 minutes)
Green Tea Scrub and Yoghurt Rubdown (45 minutes)
Relaxing in a Flower Bath with Tulsi or Lemongrass tea and cookies (15 minutes)

2.5 hours       Rp 650,000

February

We celebrate Valentine’s Day every day of the month!

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Aromatherapy Massage (90 minutes)
Balinese Boreh Scrub (45 minutes)
Relaxing in a Herbal Bath with Tulsi or Lemongrass tea and cookies (15 minutes)

2.5 hours       Rp 650,000

March

Get Ready for Nyepi, the Balinese New Year.

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Balinese Massage and Reflexology – Foot Massage (90 minutes)
Honey Seed Scrub (45 minutes)
Relaxing in a Flower Bath with Tulsi or Lemongrass tea (15 minutes)

2.5 hours    Rp.650,000

April

Get into the spirit for Galungan, one of the big Balinese Festivals.

Tamarind Spa Promotion Galungan

Hot Stone Massage (90 minutes)
Traditional or Modern Facial (60 minutes)

2.5 hours     Rp. 700,000

May

Make it Mother’s Month, not just Mother’s Day!

mothers-day

Balinese Massage (60 minutes)
Traditional or Modern Facial (60 minutes)
Tamarind Spa Manicure or Pedicure (60 minutes)

3 hours   Rp 650,000

June

Celebrate fathers all month, and not just on Father’s Day!

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Balinese Massage (60 minutes)
Honey Seed Scrub (45 minutes)
Relaxing in Flower Bath and Tulsi or Lemongrass tea and cookies (15 minutes)
Traditional or Modern Facial (60 minutes)

3 hours    Rp 750,000

July

It’s Tamarind Spa’s Birthday!

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Balinese Massage (60 minutes)
Salt Scrub (45 minutes)
Relaxing in Flower Bath and Tulsi or Lemongrass tea and cookies (15 minutes)
Tamarind Spa Manicure or Pedicure (60 minutes)

3 hours    Rp 650,000

August

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Before a night of Jazz at the Ubud Village Jazz Festival, get in the mood with our August Pakage.

Relaxing Massage and Reflexology – Foot Massage (90 minutes)
Traditional or Modern Facial (60 minutes)

2.5 hours   Rp 650,000

September

Enjoy September, enjoy Tamarind Spa!

september

Aromatherapy Massage (90 minutes)
Traditional or Modern Facial (60 minutes)

2.5 hours   Rp 650,000

October

Take time off from all that writing and reading at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and luxuriate in the Spa.

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Hot Stone Massage (90 minutes)
Green Tea Scrub and Yoghurt Rubdown (45 minutes)
Relaxing in a Flower Bath with Tulsi or Lemongrass tea and cookies (15 minutes)

2.5 hours   Rp 700,000

November

It’s the month to celebrate Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving

Aromatherapy Massage (90 minutes)
Traditional or Modern Facial (60 minutes)
Tamarind Spa Manicure or Pedicure (60 minutes)

3.5 hours    Rp 650,000

December

Every day is Christmas Day at Tamarind Spa!

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Balinese Massage (60 minutes)
Balinese Boreh Scrub (45 minutes)
Relaxing in a Herbal Bath with Tulsi or Lemongrass tea and cookies (15 minutes)
Tamarind Spa Manicure or Pedicure (60 minutes)

3 hours     Rp 650,000

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For Tamarind Spa Promotions: Email: murni (at) murnis.com

Spa Gift Vouchers

Tamarind Spa Gift Vouchers are the perfect present for every occasion.

Whether it’s for a birthday, wedding or to reward someone – everyone is pleased to receive a Gift Voucher, especially of course for Christmas.

You can pay using PayPal by going to their web site (https://www.paypal.com).

We will be happy to write a special message in the Gift Voucher and email it for you.

For Spa Gift Vouchers: Email: murni (at) murnis.com

Map to Tamarind Spa

Map to Tamarind Spa

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Murni’s Houses is about 5 minutes walk from the town centre.

From the town centre, start on the side of the main road where the market is, opposite the palace, and go towards Murni’s Warung.

Go past Jalan Bisma and we are the next on the left.

Go up the ramp at the aqueduct on the main road opposite the temple – there’s a sign at the top – left at the top and 2nd gate on the right.

Murni’s Houses telephone number is 975165.

Tamarind Spa telephone number is 970923.

Here’s the Map to Tamarind Spa:

Map of Ubud

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Map of Ubud in Chinese