SEMINYAK – OVERVIEW

Seminyak is known for…

  • Outstanding Hotels & Private Villas
  • Sunset Beach and easy surf
  • Tons of culinary options
  • Vibrant nightlife & beach clubs
  • Great shopping
  • Spa & Wellness 

How is Seminyak in general?

Shop, dine and relax at Seminyak!

Seminyak is located at the southern west coast of Bali, and is beside Ubud and Kuta the most famous holiday destination. Seminyak is Bali’s hippest beach town and very popular among travelers who are looking for a more upscale and sophisticated alternative to Kuta when it comes to dining, party, and shopping. It has beautiful beaches famous for its magical sunsets, with dozens of beach bars and some of famous beach clubs. Seminyak offers everything that you could expect from an upbeat holiday destination. However, if you are looking for Bali’s culture and natural beauty, you would have to take some daytrips away from Seminyak.

Seminyak – Must Know Insights

Seminyak - Where to stay

There is often no real definite border between the different tourism destinations in Bali (such as Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta, Legian etc) because even though these areas are based on real locations and villages, usually now locals and tourists refer to a larger area. Seminyak is somewhat located between Legian (north of Jalan Nakula) and Canggu (Berawa). Petitenget, which is somewhat regarded as part of Seminyak, is becoming more and more a destination in its own right.
If you want to stay at or near the beach, you usually have to book a 4*+ accommodation. Otherwise the hotels, guest-houses and villas are mostly located within a range of a 10min walk to the beach. Therefore it’s important to understand how to get around in Seminyak. If you are able to rent a scooter, that would provide you with the best flexibility. 
The heart of Seminyak is somewhat the area between the streets Jl Camplung Tanduk and Jl. Kayu Aya and further up north Jl. Petitenget, where many restaurants, clubs, shops, and bars are located.

Beaches and Surf

The beaches in Seminyak are fairly wide and flat, making them great for a walk, an early-morning run, or just a lazy day swimming and lounging in the sun. There are several good surf breaks in the area as well.Surf schools, surf shop and boards rental are plenty. Most of them offer surf tours to great surf spots all over the island.

Culinary

Of the many international chefs who have settled in Bali to open restaurants, most have done so in Seminyak. The centre of the food scene is on Jalan Laksmana, also known as “Eat Street,” where standards are high even when prices are not. Great restaurants of all types can be found throughout Seminyak, including a few local warungs that have managed to stay as busy as their international neighbours. Seminyak is the ideal location for food enthusiasts.

Nightlife

Seminyak is home to many trendy bars and clubs that stay start at sunset and stay open late, inviting international bands and DJs to play for clued up and fashionable crowds. New places are always opening, and the entertainment changes from night to night. Check around for updates, or hop from place to place, enjoying the atmosphere. Be aware that unlike elsewhere in Bali, some of the places here have a cover charge for entry.

Transportation

Most of the upscale hotels and villas in Seminyak provide transportation service for their guests. Some shopping centres, spas, restaurants and boutiques offer return shuttle service for their VIP guests. Be noted, free shuttle is not always applied, some business will charge you extra, or sometime you will need to spend a specific amount of money to get free transport. If you prefer more privacy, hiring a car rental with a driver is the perfect choice. Renting a scooter from a rental, also a great idea; but only if you have an experience to ride two-wheelers.

Culture/History

Seminyak was, until recently, a fairly quiet little area, except for 66-Double Six Beach. Many of the street names here are derived from hotels and restaurants that were the first and only businesses on those streets. As tourism and development spread through Kuta and Legian, Seminyak became a popular place for expatriates to enjoy a more peaceful and quiet atmosphere. In recent years, massive and rapid development has made Seminyak almost as busy as Kuta, although it has kept its unique character. Not much, cultural sites you can find here in Seminyak, except the sea-temple Pura Petitenget near Petitenget beach.

Activities

Seminyak is all about shop, relax and dine. Local and international designers have set up their affordable boutiques that sell creative takes on the latest fashions. Watching sunset over drinking a glass of wine or coconut can also be a great idea for any season. If you plan to visit beach clubs, beach bar or restaurants by the beach, it is recommended for you to make a reservation before your arrival, as most of the places are usually full during sunset hours. 

Accommodation

Seminyak has a few cheaper hotels and guest houses, but it is not the ideal location for travelers on a budget. However, those who are willing to pay a little more for their accommodation will find many fantastic mid-range 3 to 4 star hotels and villas that offer great comfort, style, and sophistication . And of course, in Seminyak you can find a nice range of luxurious five-star hotels and beautiful serviced villas with private pools.

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