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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.

SINGLE PERSON

or

2 PEOPLE

or

TANDEM PASSENGER – YOU WILL BE THE PASSENGER AND THEIR STAFF WILL DRIVE
(1 Person)

Pick Up and Drop back to Murni’s Houses.

Pay them direct.

Book as much in advance as possible.

Email: murni at murnis.com 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 murnis.com 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.

BACKSTAGE TOUR includes

  • 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

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 – Epicure – Bali Guide

Murni’s Warung – Epicure – Bali Guide

murni's warung, epicure, baliBali Special

Famed for its pristine beaches, striking sunsets and rich culture, the sought-after Indonesian destination also boasts a burgeoning number of highly lauded hotels, restaurants and bars. Meredith Woo goes on a gastronomic eight-day journey to the Island of the Gods.

An Ubud Invitation

An hour from the closest beach town, inland Ubud offers other attractions: art and culture, serenity and some of Mother Nature’s best views.

A day trip to the central foothills of Gianyar regency will not suffice. Ubud has so much more to offer – from meditative sunrise mountain peak views to villages known for intricate silver-smithing and the delicate craft of egg painting.

SHOP AND SAVOUR

If you seek museum quality relics, visit Murni’s Warung Shop. A plethora of rare pieces such as a Balinese comb bearing green and red carnellians (Rp 5,750,000) and intricate batik stamps (from Rp 385,000) feature in this 41-year-old establishment, which is part gallery.

The adjoining four-storey restaurant offers daily specials such as stir-fried duck (Rp 79,000) and beef rendang. Beyond Murni’s expertise in Asian antiques, textiles and food, she has expanded her portfolio to include a spa and guest houses in downtown Ubud.

Murni’s Warung – Epicure – Bali Guide

 

 

 

 

 

Murni’s Warung – Epicure – Bali Guide

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

Murni’s Houses – Guide Naturale de Bali

Murni’s Houses – Guide Naturale de Bali

Murni's Warung, Guide Naturale de Bali“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

Murni’s Houses – Guide Naturale de Bali

Murni’s Houses – Travel and Leisure

Murni’s Houses – Travel and Leisure

Murni's Houses - Travel and LeisureMurni’s Houses – Travel and Leisure

“If you 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.

Kathy Cox
Travel and Leisure

Murni’s Houses – Travel and Leisure