Seminyak Travel Guide

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.

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Location

Located on Bali’s west coast, just north of Kuta and Legian.

Seminyak

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.

What’s Nearby?

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

Seminyak Bali Map

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.

Best For…

  • Beaches
  • Sunsets
  • Beach Bars
  • Fine dining
  • Local dining
  • Boutique shopping
  • Art gallery’s
  • Luxury Spa’s
  • Family Holidays
  • Weddings
  • Honeymoons
  • Romantic getaway

Accommodations Highlights

See Our Seminyak Accommodation Guide Here

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16 Comments

  • Emily says:

    Hi! Your blog has saved me! My partner and I are traveling to Bali on Wednesday for my first visit, not his, and this has covered so many of my questions!! Thanks a million! 🙂

  • Ning says:

    Mandy and Chris, your website is great! It saved me a lot of time in researching Bali. I’ll definitely recommend every friend to browse the website before going to Bali! I love your travel guides, brief and to the point.

  • Lais says:

    Mandy and Chris, your blog is amazing!! Congrats!! we are going to Bali on December for our honeymoon and you guys covered everything that I was looking for!! 🙂
    Do you have any special tip (a really romantic spot or a romantic restaurant.. anything that would suit honeymooners?) it would be great to hear it…
    Thank you very much!

    • Hi Lais,

      Thanks so much, so happy to hear that!

      In terms of Romantic restaurants, here’s a few:

      Seminyak: Merah Putih, Breeze at Samaya, Metis, Chandi
      Ubud: Locavore (must book)
      Jimbaran: Cuca (one of our faves), seafood dinner on the beach, Rock Bar for sunset cocktails
      Uluwatu: Some beautiful restaurants at hotels in Uluwatu
      Nusa Dua: Bumbu Bali, Magnifique Brunch at Sofitel

      For things to do try a luxury spa or some of the many beautiful places to watch a Bali sunset… we should have a post coming up soon on this 🙂
      Spending the night on Nusa Lembongan is amazing or going to one of the beautiful beaches in Bali’s south like Bingin, Padang Padang, Pandawa.

      Hope this helps, if you have any other questions let us know.
      Have a fabulous honeymoon in Bali 🙂

  • Björn says:

    hi,
    we are going to bali next week. It´s our honeymoon and we are quit not sure if the the anantara seminyak resort is the right hotel for a honeymoon.
    i really like the style of the hotel and the near to the beach. but what about the pool? is it big enough to swim if swimming in the ocean is not allowed?
    what hotel would you prefer for a honeymoon. is seminyak the right spot?
    thank you very much for your request.
    best regards
    björn

    • Hi Bjorn,
      We loved our stay at Anantara Seminyak. The rooms are huge and very luxurious, the pool is smaller than some in big resorts, but it’s still great for swimming in. Anantara is a boutique hotel and I think it would be great hotel for a honeymoon 🙂

      Is Seminyak the right spot? This is a harder question… it depends on so much and is pretty individual. Seminyak is quite touristy, but it also has some amazing restaurants, lot’s of boutique shops, the beach, beautiful hotels etc. What I liked about staying at Anantara is that it was on the beach, which is a little away from the main section of shops/restaurants. Although there is pro’s and con’s of this, I felt much more relaxed at Anantara.
      If you are going for 1 week or more, I’d suggest staying in two locations, e.g. Seminyak and Ubud. That way, you get the beach, food, natural scenery and culture.

      Hope this helps, if you have any more questions let us know.
      Have a fabulous honeymoon and time in Bali 🙂

  • Victoria says:

    Thanks for this excellent site – we’re heading to Bali soon on business (mixed with some down-time) and are loving all the great tips. Very practical and insightful!

  • Jeanette says:

    Hi guys,
    Great blog!
    We are going to Bali for 18 days next summer, but I am unsure of where to start the vacation and in which order to travel.
    We want to experience the culture, food, snorkeling and adventure (trekking, rafting etc)

    I was thinking of something like this:
    Seminyak (7 days)
    Gili T (3 days)
    Ubud (6 days)
    Amed (2 days)

    Any thoughts? would you reccommend other places? or more/less days in some places? We are not Beach “people”, but would like to to do some surfing and snorkeling.

    Thank you! 🙂

    • Thanks Jeanette, how exciting sounds like a great plan. Only minor things, Amed is known for good diving, but as you only mentioned snorkelling and there will be plenty of this on Gili T, it might not be worth the extra drive for 2 days in Amed, although it will give you a different look at Bali. Amed is also a little far from the Airport, if you had an early flight I wouldn’t finish here. When in Seminyak, I’d try and venture to Canggu for some surfing. Otherwise all looks great, even if you didn’t change a thing 🙂 Have a great time in Bali!
      Mandy and Chris

  • Ben says:

    I’ll be heading to Bali for the first time for a get away with my girlfriend and your recommendation of U Paasha Seminyak Hotel seems pretty good. Do you have other recommendation of similar price range as U Paasha?

    • Hi Ben, we loved U Paasha, especially the 24hr check-in/check out (so if you check in at midnight, you can check out at midnight). Other options are Courtyard By Marriott in Seminyak, which we just stayed at and loved. Otherwise there is the IZE hotel, in similar location to U Paasha, that looks good but we’ve never stayed there.

      Have a great time in Bali 🙂

  • Carmel Mann says:

    Hi
    Really enjoying your great blog!!
    My husband two daughters and a son in law are going to Bali , Seminyak next week for 14 days…. You have given us lots of ideas thanks
    If we take a tour up to Ubud or up in the hills is it safe to eat at most restaurants ?

    • Hi Carmel,
      Thanks so much! Ubud is full of great restaurants, so you won’t have any trouble there. As for stopping along the way, if you are going with a private driver, he should know some good warungs and restaurants to stop off at. We have never really had any trouble in Bali 🙂 Have a great trip!

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