Seminyak is in the heart of the most popular tourist destinations in Bali. People gravitate here for that little bit of luxury and relaxation that lacks in it’s neighbours Kuta and Legian. It is renowned for its boutique shopping, luxury spas, range of dining options, and busy beach bars.
Located on Bali’s west coast, just north of Kuta and Legian.
Seminyak is a close neighbour to Kuta and Legian, therefore has quite a central locaton. Accommodation here is predominantly mid-range to luxury hotels and villa’s. It has a huge variety of shops, including boutique clothing stores, furniture stores, markets and art galleries. There is something to suit everyones taste of food, with local warungs and fine dining, and a variety of international cuisines.
One thing you shouldn’t miss is watching a beautiful sunset with a Bintang or cocktail in hand at one of the many beach bars. Seminyak really has something for everyone and is a great crowd pleaser. If you’re only in Bali for a short time this area is probably a great base. But if you have longer, venture out to Ubud, Uluwatu, the north of Bali or the east coast.
The Ugly Truth
- If you came to Bali for rice fields and tranquility, it’s still busy and not overly cultural.
- Traffic can get quite congested.
The Silver Lining
- It’s a perfect medium, and a nice change of pace from Kuta.
- Although it is still busy and lacks some culture, you can easily day trip to other areas of Bali, or combine your stay here with a stay in another area of Bali.
There is plenty to do in Seminyak. From the local markets (The flea market in Oberoi – near Seminyak Square is a great one) to having a drink at one of the bars lining the beach. Or unwind and pamper yourself in a luxury spa after a day of shopping at the boutique clothing stores.
Seminyak is just north of Legian and Kuta, so it’s easy to incorporate activities in these areas into part of your day. Or if you head north to Canggu, you could try horseriding on the beach, take a swing at the nearby golf course or keep going to Tanah Lot, a coastal Balinese temple.
- Kuta and Legian are right next door, you can even walk if you have the time
- Jimbaran is 30 mins – 1 hr south
- Uluwatu is 45 mins (depending on traffic) south
- Ubud is about 1 – 1.5 hrs away
A Day In Seminyak
Morning: Enjoy breakfast in a local cafe to get your energy up for hitting the boutique clothing stores.
Lunch: Have some lunch at one of the many cafes in Bali. Try Mades Warung for some casual Indonesian food or Watercress for a less touristy/more expat-y feel with delicious food.
Afternoon: Relax and unwind at the beach.
Sunset: Have a cocktail whilst watching a beautiful Balinese sunset at one of Seminyak’s beach clubs or bars. Try Potato Head, Ku De Ta, La Plancha or Moonlite Kitchen and Bar.
Dinner: Splurge on a nice dinner at one of Seminyak’s ever growing fancy restaurant scene. One of our favourites which will also give you a taste of Indonesian food is Merah Putih.
Things To Do
Seminyak is buzzing with people and things to do. You could easily spend an entire day at the beach. Or getting massages and other spa treatments. Or shopping. Or eating. Or a little bit of all the above.
And it’s close enough to easily explore Kuta and Legian. Or you could do a day trip to Ubud or Jimbaran.
- Beach Bars
- Fine dining
- Local dining
- Boutique shopping
- Art gallery’s
- Luxury Spa’s
- Family Holidays
- Romantic getaway