Seminyak is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bali. People gravitate here for that little bit of luxury and relaxation that lacks in its neighbours Kuta and Legian. Think boutique shopping, luxury spas, a range of dining options, and beach bars.
It has a huge variety of shops, including boutique clothing stores, furniture stores, markets and art galleries. There is something to suit everyone’s taste of food, with local warungs and fine dining, and a variety of international cuisines.
Seminyak is buzzing with people and things to do. You could easily spend an entire day at the beach. Or getting Balinese massages and other spa treatments. Or shopping. Or eating. Or a little bit of all the above. We particularly love Seminyak’s breakfast and brunch offerings.
One thing you shouldn’t miss is watching a beautiful sunset either on the beach or at one of the many beach bars. Seminyak has something for everyone, but we would definitely recommend combining your trip to Bali with another area. 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.
Kuta and Legian (walk or taxi). Depending on traffic… Canggu is 20 minutes by taxi. Jimbaran is 30 mins – 1 hr south. Uluwatu is 45 mins – 1 hr south. Ubud is about 1 – 1.5 hrs away.
Seminyak is just north of Legian and Kuta, so it’s easy to explore these areas into part of your day. You could also head north to Canggu for the delicious food, beaches, or bike rides through the rice terraces (although this is probably best done when staying in Canggu). Another option is visiting Tanah Lot, a Balinese Temple on the coast. You could do a day trip to Ubud although I think staying there would be much more enjoyable. And then there is always a tasty seafood dinner on the beach in Jimbaran.
FEEL // Sophisticated beach vibes.
BEST FOR // Sunsets, Beach Bars, Dining Options, Boutique Shops, Spas.
LOCATION // On Bali’s west coast, Seminyak is just north of Kuta and Legian.
GET THERE // Seminyak is about 30 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic. You can get a taxi from the official airport stand at the airport when you arrive, or arrange a transfer with your hotel. If you’re coming from another area in Bali, you can take a taxi or a private driver if you want to stop off along the way.
GET AROUND // The best way to get around Seminyak when you’re not going far and in the cooler moments is walking. Otherwise, Bluebird taxi’s are the way to go.
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 // Although Seminyak is 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. The food options here are delicious, albeit less local.
ACCOMMODATION // Predominantly mid-range to luxury hotels and villas, although there are definitely budget options too. Read More.
TYPE OF HOLIDAY // Fun, Friends, Family, Couples, Luxury, Romantic, Honeymoons
READ MORE // Find all of our Seminyak Blog Posts here.
A Day In Seminyak
Morning: Enjoy breakfast in one of the many delicious cafes in Seminyak. Relax, explore the streets or do some shopping.
Lunch: Try Warung Sulawesi 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.