RESIDENTIAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND SPA PACKAGES


Murni has created a very special package at Murni’s Houses.

  • Stay at Murni’s Houses with its lovely garden full of sculptures and tribal art objects, which the New York Times said is one of the best small hotels in the world and that was even before Murni improved it!
  • Join David and Nyoman and explore the best photographic areas of Ubud and the surrounding mountains away from the tourist trail. You will be shooting in stunning locations and guided with practical photographic tips to enhance your photography skills. They cater for all levels, from beginner to advanced.
  • Relax at the popular Tamarind Spa at Murni’s Houses which many say is the best spa in Bali and a spa enthusiast even said was the best spa in the world (and she should know).
  • Dine at the historic Murni’s Warung which was first real international restaurant in Ubud, now celebrating 4i years, in its stunning, riverside gorge, a real photogenic location, and try Bali’s most famous local dishes!

What you get on the Photography Tours

Hands-on photo tips whilst photographing including use of filters, shooting on manual, landscape photography, capturing light, understanding depth of field, aperture, composition, the use of light meters and engaging with your subject.

You will be taken to different locations capturing the best light to optimize your shots – remote locations, which have been sourced after years of research.

 David is very passionate about photography and leads tours throughout Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and the USA.

He is a skilled and patient teacher.

Nyoman is a local Balinese photographer born and raised in Ubud.
Nyoman’s special connection with the local villages means you will be exploring places and witnessing ceremonies that very few tourists get to.

What to bring?

Any type of camera from point and shoot to DSLR. i-Phone and i-Pad are fine.

Group Size

We aim to limit the groups to a maximum of 6 people to ensure individual attention.

Taksu Photo Gallery

You will visit Taksu Gallery, David’s new photography gallery in Ubud to review your photos and where you can have quality prints made on the spot. Take home spectacular images of Bali.

David is a professional photographer with an in depth knowledge of Nikon equipment. Nyoman has extensive knowledge of Canon functionality. David’s photography is widely published in airline magazines, newspapers and several leading lifestyle magazines.

You will gain a deeper understanding of your camera and how to maximize it for the best results.

David’s Gallery is something very different from normal photo galleries. He is very passionate about the beautiful Island of Borneo and has many programs and projects to support the Dayak people and preserve their forests.

When you order your print or any prints in Taksu Photo Gallery 100% of the profits go to support these projects including an education program in poor villages, a Dayak dance academy and a film he is making. David will explain more about this when you visit the Gallery.

Published Authors

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Both David and Murni, the owner of Murni’s Houses, Murni’s Warung and Tamarind Spa, are published authors.

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. There are details on its own web site www.secretsofbali.com and Murni’s web site here.

David is the main photographer for three books, the latest being Bali Essence with Clare McAlaney and Nyoman Pujawan, published by Creatavision Publishing in 2015, which contains beautiful, evocative photographs of Bali.

Signed copies

We will be happy to give you signed copies of both these books:

  • Secrets of Bali, Fresh Light on the Morning of the World:        Rp 325,000
  • Bali Essence:                       Rp 250,000

Please let us know when you reserve your place.

Bring extras if you have them

Bring your tripod and lenses if you have them.
Nikon and Canon lenses and some filters are available for use.
Bring your laptop, external hard drives, batteries, battery charger, flash cards and card reader.

Two Packages

There are 2 packages:

  • the full package – 3 nights and 2 days, and
  • a mini-package for those who don’t have much time of 2 nights and 1 day.

FULL PACKAGE

3 nights, 2 days

Day 1

  • Choose 2 of the following photography tour options:

A. Sunrises over Mount Agung and the rice fields

B. Rural traditional Balinese life and attending Balinese ceremonies

C. Ancient temples and market

D. Rivers, waterfalls and dramatic landscapes

  • Pick up at the airport in an air-conditioned car with an English-speaking driver and go directly to Murni’s Houses using the new quicker and scenic toll road.
  • Check in and welcome drink.
  • Enjoy our special spa package designed to help you unwind and relax from top to toe after your flight and get you ready for a great photography tour in Bali.
  • The Tamarind Spa Special Photography Package
    • Welcome drink (Iced Tamarind or Ginger Tea)
    • Relaxing Massage (60 minutes)
    • Foot Reflexology (60 minutes)
    • Green Tea Scrub (30 minutes)
    • Yoghurt Rubdown (15 minutes)
    • Relaxing in a Flower Bath with organic herbal tea and cookies (15 minutes)
    • Refresher Facial (30 minutes)

3.5 hours

  • Stroll down to Murni’s Warung (5 minutes walk) and have a 3 course Balinese Dinner at Murni’s Warung with your photography teacher to discuss the tour (food included, drinks will be charged).
  • Make sure that your batteries are charged and your flash cards are formatted and empty. Have a good night’s sleep in the tranquillity of Murni’s Houses ready for the next day.

Day 2

  • 5 – 5.30 am Pick up at Murni’s Houses in air-conditioned transport and go on the first of your exciting photography tour options.
  • Balinese lunch included (except if the shorter tour is requested as mentioned below).
  • Drop back to Murni’s Houses to go through your photos on your own at leisure.
  • Stroll down to Taksu Photo Gallery (5 minutes walk). Evening review of the day’s photographs with your photography teacher at Taksu Gallery, where you can also order prints for delivery the next day at Murni’s Houses.

Day 3

  • The same program as Day 2 except that you go on the other exciting photography tour option.

Day 4

  • Murni’s Big Breakfast and the rest of the day is your own.
  • Check out is at 12 noon and drop back to the airport in an air-conditioned car with an English-speaking driver.

MINI PACKAGE

2 nights, 1 day

Day 1

  • Choose 1 of the following photography tour options:

A. Sunrises over Mount Agung and the rice fields

B. Rural traditional Balinese life and attending Balinese ceremonies

C. Ancient temples and markets

D. Rivers, waterfalls and dramatic landscapes

  • Pick up at the airport in an air-conditioned car with an English-speaking driver and go directly to Murni’s Houses using the new quicker and scenic toll road.
  • Check in and welcome drink.
  • Enjoy our special spa package designed to help you unwind and relax from top to toe after your flight and get you ready for a great photography tour in Bali.
  • The Tamarind Spa Special Photography Package
    • Welcome drink (Iced Tamarind or Ginger Tea)
    • Relaxing Massage (60 minutes)
    • Foot Reflexology (60 minutes)
    • Green Tea Scrub (30 minutes)
    • Yoghurt Rubdown (15 minutes)
    • Relaxing in a Flower Bath with organic herbal tea and cookies (15 minutes)
    • Refresher Facial (30 minutes)

3.5 hours

  • Stroll down to Murni’s Warung (5 minutes walk) and have a 3 course Balinese Dinner at Murni’s Warung with your photography teacher to discuss the tour (food included, drinks will be charged).
  • Make sure that your batteries are charged and your flash cards are formatted and empty. Have a good night’s sleep in the tranquillity of Murni’s Houses ready for the next day.

Day 2

  • 5 – 5.30 am Pick up at Murni’s Houses in air-conditioned transport and go on your exciting photography tour option.
  • Balinese lunch included (except if the shorter tour is requested as mentioned below).
  • Drop back to Murni’s Houses to go through your photos on your own at leisure.
  • Stroll down to Taksu Photo Gallery (5 minutes walk). Evening review of the day’s photographs with your photography teacher at Taksu Gallery, where you can also order prints for delivery the next day to Murni’s Houses.

Day 3

  • Murni’s Big Breakfast and the rest of the day is your own.
  • Check out is at 12 noon and drop back to the airport in an air-conditioned car with an English-speaking driver.

Free

  • If you have a partner who does not want to do the photography tour, he or she can stay free at Murni’s Houses with you and also have Murni’s Big Breakfast free. Note that the other activities are not included.

Prices

  • Full Package (3 nights, 2 days):                 US$1,195 per person
  • Mini Package (2 nights, 1 day):                  US$795 per person

Shorter Tour

The photography tours return to Murni’s Houses about 3 pm. If you wanted to return earlier about 10.30 am, this will reduce the cost of the package by US$150 per tour and lunch would not be included. Please specify if you want the shorter tour at the time of booking.

Note that prices can change.

We recommend travel insurance against cancellation (as we cannot give refunds) and medical expenses if you don’t have it.

We are flexible.

Please let us know if:

  • you need a pick up or drop anywhere else
  • you would like to do more than two days’ photography tours
  • you are a vegetarian – we have many vegetarian dishes
  • you would like to stay longer
  • you have any special requests

Book as much in advance as possible – we get booked up and there are limited spaces.

Please let us know:

  • how many people
  • check in and check out dates
  • if you want the shorter tour
  • if you would like signed copies of our books

Email Murni at murni at murnis.com  and mention the Residential Photography and Spa Package.