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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 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.

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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

Murni’s Houses – Bali Handbook

Murni’s Houses – Bali Handbook

“Long 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.”

Bill Dalton
Bali Handbook

Murni’s Houses – Bali Handbook

Booking Activities

Booking Activities

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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

Murni’s Houses Activities

Murni’s Houses Activities

white water rafting activity from Murni's Houses Ubud Bali

Murni’s Houses Activities are for guests staying at Murni’s Houses. We are constantly adding to them.

We will be happy to help with booking tours, classes and activities.

We recommend booking them as soon as possible, as many of them get booked up well in advance, or have limited places.

Tarot readings at Murni’s HousesTarot readings at Murni’s Houses only for guests staying at Murni’s Houses are very special and highly recommended. This special opportunity of taot readings is for guests staying at Murni’s Houses. Novi will visit you in privacy at Murni’s Houses for the tarot readings. You will be surprised by her warmth and accuracy. She is … Continue reading Tarot readings at Murni’s Houses
Mount Batur Volcano Sunrise TrekThe Mount Batur Volcano Sunrise Trek   Join us for this amazing trek on the active volcano, Mount Batur.  Starting in the dark of the early morning, ascend to the highest peak and crater for a glorious sunrise and stunning morning views. From the beautiful lake of Mount Batur, climbing up to its summit, witnessing … Continue reading Mount Batur Volcano Sunrise Trek
White Water RaftingWhite Water Rafting is an exhilarating rafting adventure on the beautiful Ayung River. The river stretch is 8 km through 27 class II and III rapids in a wild unspoiled rainforest, towering gorges and magnificent rice paddy terraces. Professionally trained and experienced guides pilot safety-equipped Avon rafts through the best river runs, dramatic drops and … Continue reading White Water Rafting
Elephant Safari Park Rafting Trekking and CyclingElephant Safari Park Rafting Trekking and Cycling can be booked in any combination. Enjoy an incredible experience riding and even bathing with the elephants as they take their morning bath, and that includes the babies. It’s also possible to combine this with other activities, such as cycling and/or white water rafting. Bathe and Breakfast with … Continue reading Elephant Safari Park Rafting Trekking and Cycling
Bicycle Drive through the VillagesBicycle Drive through the Villages explores Bali by cycling downhill  – you see genuine Balinese traditional life and the unique culture of Bali while taking in the beauty of its exotic panoramas. We begin our tour by taking you to the spectacular beauty of Kintamani and on the way there, we are going to have … Continue reading Bicycle Drive through the Villages
Bali Bird WalksBali Bird Walks will take you on a variety of trails around the countryside of Ubud. Following a brief introductory talk, we set off on our walk, for about 3 1/2 hours, 5 or 6 kilometres, and returning for lunch about 12.30 pm. Over 100 species of birds are found around Ubud, of which you … Continue reading Bali Bird Walks
Bali Herbal WalksBali Herbal Walks take you on a walk amid the rice paddies of Ubud. Bali Herbal Walks starts at 8.30 am and takes about 3 – 4 hours, with time out to stop at an organic restaurant. You will discover herbs that grow along the edges of the rice paddies. You will see turmeric and … Continue reading Bali Herbal Walks
Rice Paddy TrekRice Paddy Trek A guided walk along a paved pathway with places to rest along the way through Bali’s famed green rice paddies, meet the locals and see Balinese daily life and customs. Great photo opportunities. Enjoy magnificent panoramas, lush rice paddies, fresh rural air, farmers working at their paddy fields, looking after their ducks, … Continue reading Rice Paddy Trek
Cruises, snorkeling or scuba diving or a boat trip to a deserted islandCruises, snorkeling or scuba diving or a boat trip to a deserted island are all on offer. Lembongan Island Reef Cruise Pick up time: 7.15 am – 7.30 am. 9.15 am – 4.15 pm. Morning/afternoon tea, coffee and snacks International Buffet Lunch, Guided Village Tour, Unlimited Banana Boat Rides, Snorkelling Equipment and Instruction, Semi-Submersible Coral Viewer … Continue reading Cruises, snorkeling or scuba diving or a boat trip to a deserted island
Half Day and Full Day Photography ToursHalf Day and Full Day Photography Tours with two of Bali’s best photographers Join David and/or Nyoman (and Jonathan if he’s around) 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 … Continue reading Half Day and Full Day Photography Tours
Helicopter Sky ToursHelicopter Sky Tours     Murni’s Houses guests can now enjoy an incredible helicopter experience flying over Bali with Helicopter Sky Tours. Perfect for an unforgettable wedding proposal! The Kintamani Volcano and Bedugul Lakes Sky Tours are stunning and a ‘must do’ while in Bali. Prices are per flight (not per person). It will just … Continue reading Helicopter Sky Tours
My Tarot Card Reading in Ubud, BaliMy Tarot Card Reading in Ubud, Bali 20 April 2015 By Paula McInerney, Contented Traveller. I had not seen Eat. Pray. Love. when I had this interesting experience, though I did know the basic premise of the story. It was when we decided to stay at Murni’s, an institution in Ubud, that I was asked … Continue reading My Tarot Card Reading in Ubud, Bali
Gourmet Chocolate Tasting TourGourmet 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 … Continue reading Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Tour
Bali SwingBali 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 … Continue reading Bali Swing
Jungle BuggiesJungle 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 … Continue reading Jungle Buggies

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