Last Updated on August 25, 2020 by queenie mak
If you have never been to Bali before, you might want to make Seminyak your first stop in Bali. It is an excellent introduction to Bali and a central place to use as a home base for visiting other parts of Bali like Canggu, Ubud, Uluwatu and all the Nusa islands (Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida).
Seminyak an upscale area on the west side of the island. It has a long stretch of beach for sunbathing and surfing, and excellent local and western restaurants. Moreover, it has many shops where you can buy all your souvenirs like coffee, colourful sarongs, etc. And not to mention all the world-class beach resorts for a very reasonable price. There are so many things to do in Seminyak that it is quite easy to spend 3 days in Seminyak.
The first time I went to Bali I stayed in Seminyak. I immediately fell in love with the island. I love the laidback feel, the friendly locals and everything else about it. There is such a good vibe about Bali and there is nothing else like that anywhere else.
Let me show you all the best things to do in Seminyak in Bali, Indonesia.
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How to get to Seminyak
Seminyak is about 10km north of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia.
The distance is not far, but it will take anywhere between 30 to 60 minutes to get to Seminyak depending on the time of day and the specific area of Seminyak you are going to.
You can arrange with your hotel or Airbnb for transportation from the airport. It might be the easiest (but not the cheapest) option. Pre-arranged transportation costs about 200K IDR.
Or you can hire transportation at the airport. It might feel chaotic because there will be a ton of people approaching you to offer you a ride to Seminyak. And you must haggle with the drivers to get the best price. To avoid chaos, I always pre-arrange a pick-up with my hotel or Airbnb.
How to get around in Seminyak
My go-to answer is always to walk! Ha! But Seminyak is quite a big area, and typically the weather is quite hot so walking might not always be the answer.
You can rent a scooter and scoot around yourself. There are many scooter rentals along Jalan Kaya Aya and Jalan Petitenget, the main shopping streets. Renting a scooter costs about 60K IDR per day (not including petrol).
Or you can order a Go-jek bike or car. Go-jek is similar to Uber or Grab where you can order a car. But in Bali, you can order a scooter as well. The simplest way to order a Go-jek bike or car is to download Go-jek on your smartphone. A ride within Seminyak is really cheap and you can pay cash after your ride.
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Where to stay in Seminyak
- Hotel Taum Resort Bali ($) – A mid-size hotel with a spacious guest room that includes a king bed, a sitting area, a bathroom, a kitchenette and a balcony. You certainly get a lot of value with this budget hotel option. The hotel has a restaurant on-site, a rooftop bar and a beautiful outdoor swimming pool. And they have their spa facilities on the hotel premise as well.
- Check prices & reviews: Agoda
- Lloyd’s Inn Bali ($) – Probably one of my favourite places to stay in Seminyak. Initially, I chose to stay at Lloyd’s Inn Bali because of the minimalistic design aesthetics. I was immediately attracted to the simple design and decor. But what I like most about the hotel is the guest room. The room is airy and functional. The bed is comfortable. The semi-outdoor bathroom is well-designed. While you are there, check out the pool on the second level or sip cocktails on one of the swings by the bar. Read my full review on Lloyd’s Inn Bali and see why I love this hotel!
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- Dash Hotel Seminyak ($) – Located on Jalan Petitinget, Dash Hotel Seminyak is centrally located where you can walk to many cafes, restaurants and boutique shops nearby. The bold design aesthetics can be seen everywhere, and they even have a red swimming pool. The guest room is designed with bold finishes and modern touches. The bed is comfortable and plenty of storage in the room. I would stay here again because of the location and price.
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- Alila Seminyak ($$$) – If you want to go all-out and splurge on a hotel, you will want to spend a night (or few nights) at Alila Seminyak. Alila is my favourite hotel brand in Asia. The brand focuses on the best modern design and superior hospitality. The brand is consistent throughout all their locations. During my stay at Alila Seminyak, I noticed all the personal touches and the details throughout my entire stay. I spent my big birthday at Alila, and they curated the most unique and delicious dinner I ever had. And the spa facilities is one of the best in Bali. The dimly lit decor with the signature Alila fragrance and along with the skilled therapist providing the best massage is what I called heaven!
- Check prices & reviews: Agoda
- There is an excellent selection of Airbnb private villas in Seminyak ranging from budget options to the most luxurious villa.
- I have to say that staying at one of the private villas in Seminyak is such a great experience that everyone should do that at least once in their lives.
- I stayed in a two bedroom private villa near Sisterfields and Jalan Kaya Aya, and it was everything I imagined it to be. The space is modern and clean. The living quarters are open and are directly in front of the swimming pool. Both bedrooms have their own ensuite bathroom. I felt like I was living in a dream!
- There are many options on the Airbnb website. Look for villas that are close to the main streets if you don’t rent a scooter. Before you book, read over the reviews and look through the photos.
- And if you are not part of Airbnb yet, please use this code to claim your $35 Airbnb discount.
Where to eat in Seminyak
- Sisterfields Cafe ($) – The modern Australian cafe serves the most appetizing brunch food. Just look at the photo above! I’ve tried almost everything on the menu. And there isn’t anything I don’t like. It is my go-to cafe in Seminyak!
- Warung Kultur ($) – Warung Kultur is a small restaurant opened and run by locals. They serve breakfast, western food and typical Balinese food like soto ayam (Indonesia chicken soup), beef rendang (slow-cooked beef in rich coconut milk and spices), and more. Warung Kultur is one of the best cheap eats in Seminyak, and all the locals eat here.
- Nook ($) – I went several times and had the rendang, special babi guling (Balinese roasting suckling pig) and other western breakfast food options. The food is delicious and the price is right. All the tables in the restaurants are placed strategically to face the lush green rice fields. It is one of the most relaxing places for good food in Seminyak.
- Shelter Cafe Bali ($) – They have the best breakfast in Seminyak, and I especially love the Shelter Breakfast Salad and Medi Bowl. And they have many types of fresh juices and vegan smoothies. It is a great spot for lunch or even if you want to work for a few hours.
- Breeze at The Samaya Seminyak Hotel ($$) – Breeze is an al fresco restaurant at The Samaya Seminyak Hotel in the heart of Seminyak. The restaurant serves western food and Balinese food as well. But by far, the best part of the restaurant is the view. It sits right at the edge of Petitinget Beach which is an ideal spot for watching the sunset. Call ahead and book a table on the lawn so you can watch the sunset while having dinner. The sun sets around 6:30 pm in Bali so arrive early.
Where to have coffee or work remotely
- Titik Temu Coffee ($) – Tucked away from the busy streets of Seminyak, you will find Titik Temu Coffee. The coffee shop has an indoor space as well as outdoor seating just above the shop. Coffee in Bali is always good, and Titik Temu is no exception. They make a strong cappuccino! Try one of their cakes, or the coffee-rubbed fries while you work there.
- Pison Coffee ($) – I really like Pison Coffee for their coffee and food. And I’m not the only one who thinks that. Many people go to Pison Coffee for their delicious food. And people also go there to work. The upstairs space is quiet and usually full of people and laptops.
- The Coffee Library ($) – There are a few coffee shops in Seminyak great for working and The Coffee Library is one of them. Even though the space is small and there isn’t a lot of tables, many people come here to work. The staff doesn’t really mind that you are spending a long time there as long as you are ordering food. So if you are thinking of eating lunch and working for a few hours, check out The Coffee Library.
What to do in Seminyak
Whether you are backpacking in Bali or taking a luxury vacation, Seminyak is a great introductory place for first-timers going to Bali. It has shops along the main avenues, long stretch of beaches, the most delicious food at the most reasonable prices and the most unbelievable and relaxing hotels and resorts.
Check out the map above for all the activities in Seminyak mentioned in this blog. I provided quite a bit of information and different options so pick and choose!
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Shop to your heart’s content
Jalan Kaya Aya
The main avenue of Seminyak has retail stores on both sides of the street between Jalan Drupadi to the east and Jalan Sari Dewi to the west. Shops sell anything from clothing, leather goods, accessories, and lots and lots of souvenirs. If you like boutique shopping, then you must browse through the shops on Jalan Kaya Aya. I’m not someone who shops a lot, but if I were to browse and shop around, I would go to Jalan Kaya Aya.
Monsieur Blonde Jewels
Monsieur Blonde Jewels have to be my favourite store in Bali. They sell the most unique silver and brass-gold plated earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. I bought two rings a few years ago and I still wear them. I love the eclectic design! If you are already shopping on Jalan Kaya Aya, pop in the retail store and take a look at their jewellery. And oh, they also sell sexy lingerie!
Just off of Jalan Kaya Aya on the west side, Seminyak Village is a two-storey indoor shopping centre. Retail stores carry mostly clothing, jewellery and souvenirs. The new H&M opened in Seminyak Village recently, making it the second shop for the giant retailer. On the upper level, there are few coffee shops, more retail stores. And if you go up further to the roof level, you will find Spring Spa. The spa has many locations in Bali including my favourite spa in Canggu.
Talk about modern interior decorations. Kim Soo sells eclectic homeware in matching monochromatic colour schemes. They sell everything from home decorations, homeware and furniture. You can find anything you want to decor your home where it will remind you of the beautiful island of Bali. I would buy almost everything in the store but I practically live on the road and I will need a home first. Ha!
The retail store also has a cafe on-site where they serve delicious coffee, smoothie bowls and other breakfast items.
When Jalan Kaya Ayu ends on the west end, it becomes Jalan Petitenget. The long and bendy street is full of boutique clothing shops, souvenir shops and stands, spas, cafes, restaurants, etc.
However, the street is quite long. It extends as far as Jalan Batubelig. And typically, the weather in Bali is quite hot and humid, so walking the entire length of the street might be hot and sweaty. You can map out precisely what you want to see and target part of the road if you don’t feel like walking the entire street.
Enjoy a treatment at a day spa in Seminyak
Jari Menari is one of the most unique massage centres in Seminyak. Their “dancing fingers” massaging technique differs slightly from the traditional Balinese massage where the method focuses on the flow and rhythm.
The award-winning massage centre has male masseuse only, and the price is on the higher end of the spectrum. But I can say without a doubt that it is really worth trying as it was one of the best massages I’ve ever had (and I’ve tried a fair share of massages in Bali).
The Shampoo Lounge Bali
The Shampoo Lounge is more than just a hair salon. It is a full-service salon where you can get manicure, pedicure, massage and a whole lot of other treatments.
Most of all, their prices are very reasonable. So ladies, if you are going to do, what I call “maintenance” like a haircut, facial, manicure, pedicure, etc., this is the place to do everything!
There are two locations: Seminyak Village and on Jalan Petitenget. The day spa is decorated in a light and airy aesthetics where you will feel very comfortable and relaxed. The Balinese massage by their skilled therapists is one of the best in Bali.
They offer other services like other types of massage, hair cut, eyelash extension, etc.
Re Day Spa
I came across Re Day Spa randomly as I was walking along Jalan Petitienget. I was probably trying to escape from the heat and found the day spa. Ha!
The interior is decorated in the most soothing and relaxing palette. I was able to get a Balinese massage right away and didn’t have to book ahead. The massage treatment space is upstairs. Even though the massage therapists are small and petite in size, they are extremely strong!
Bodyworks is one of the best day spa and one of the oldest as well. Since the inception of the spa twenty years ago, the day spa is still very popular today.
And the space is spectacular! Each treatment room is different in terms of decor. It reminds me of a modern Moroccan interior aesthetics with a very elaborate tilework design. Visiting the treatment room is quite an experience on its own.
Bodyworks is a popular day spa so call ahead to book your appointment. They provide different massage treatments and other spa treatments as well.
Sundari Day Spa
Sundari Day Spa is an award-winning day spa with a modern interior. Each treatment room has a massage bed and shower facilities.
And the best part is, of course, the massage! I had a 60-minute head, neck and back treatment and it was heavenly!
Sundari is a popular place so book an appointment ahead of time.
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Relaxing at the beach (or beach club)
Double Six Beach
Double Six Beach is probably the best beach along Seminyak because it is an excellent spot to learn surfing and a premium spot to watch the sunset. If you just want to chill for a few hours, hang out at one of the beachfront restaurants, like La Plancha.
However, the beach is a bit crowded, and it is quite polluted. There is garbage on the beach which is a persistent problem in Bali.
As much as I do like Seminyak, I seldom visit Double Six Beach due to these reasons mentioned above. However, I still think it is worthwhile to see especially if you have never been to Bali before.
While you are on Double Six Beach, sit in one of the colourful beanbags under an umbrella and spend a few hours either sipping a fresh coconut and people watching. The beachfront restaurant has a casual and laidback atmosphere. It is also the perfect spot to read a book or watch the Seminyak sunset.
Potato Head Beach Club
And if you want more than just hanging on a beach, visit one of the beach clubs in Seminyak like Potato Head Beach Club.
The beach club has three restaurants and three bars on the premise and a huge infinity pool for those of you who like to sip drinks while being in the pool. They also have nightly events where local and international DJs and musicians are featured.
If you are travelling solo and would enjoy meeting others during your time in Bali, Potato Head Beach Club is an excellent place to socialize and meet other travellers.
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Recommended 3-day itinerary for Seminyak
Day 1 – full day in Seminyak
Spend your day browsing around the streets of Seminyak. It is an excellent introduction to the island.
Seminyak is also known for good day spas. While you are there, you may want to indulge in one or two massage treatments at any of the spa locations I mentioned above. If you know exactly which treatments you want, book ahead so you will not be disappointed.
After all the pampering, spend some time at the beach or beach club and see what the beaches in Seminyak are like.
End the day with a delicious meal by the beach at Breeze. Call ahead to reserve one the tables on the lawn, so you get a front-row seat facing the beach.
After a long day, check into the accommodation of your choice. No matter which hotel you choose, you won’t be disappointed.
Day 2 – visit Canggu
If you really like Seminyak, spend more time shopping, eating and beaching in Seminyak. I listed many options above.
Otherwise, venture into Canggu, which is just north of Seminyak.
In Canggu, you can visit Canggu beaches and learn to surf.
Eat at one of the many western cafes in Canggu which serves delicious, healthy food. I have many recommendations for cheap, healthy eats in Canggu. Food prices are lower in Canggu.
If you want to have more spa time, then you are in the right place. Canggu has many affordable day spas. Get a Balinese massage, facial, manicure or pedicure. Whatever you want to do to pamper yourself, you will find it in Canggu at a very affordable price. The prices are lower in Seminyak.
You can get to Canggu via scooter or order a Go-Jek scooter or car.
Day 3 – day trip to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan
The little islands are just off the coast of Bali near Sanur, on the east side of the island.
Going to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan is pretty easy. First, purchase your high-speed boat ticket online through Scoot Cruise. Scoot is a popular and reliable choice. They pick you up from Seminyak, shuttle you to Sanur harbour where you catch your high-speed boat to Nusa Lembongan.
Catch the 9:30 am the fast boat to Nusa Lembongan.
Once you are on the island, hire a scooter for the day.
While you are there, check out the Devil’s Tear, and Dream Beach on Nusa Lembongan. And then cross the Yellow Bridge to visit Blue Lagoon on Nusa Ceningan.
Make sure you catch the last ferry back to Bali at 4:30 pm. There’s enough time to experience all the highlights of both islands.
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