Last Updated on December 3, 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 ($) – A mid-size budget hotel with a spacious guest room that includes a king bed, a sitting area, a bathroom, a kitchenette and a balcony.
- Check prices & reviews: Agoda
- Lloyd’s Inn Bali ($) – I love the minimalist aesthetics at Lloyd’s Inn Bali and it’s become one of my favourite places to stay in Seminyak! Read my full review on Lloyd’s Inn Bali and see why I love this hotel!
- Check prices & reviews: Agoda
- Dash Hotel Seminyak ($) – You don’t need a scooter when you stay at this centrally-located hotel.
- Check prices & reviews: Agoda
- Alila Seminyak ($$$) – If you want to go all-out and splurge on a hotel, then you will want to spend a night (or few nights) at Alila Seminyak, one of the best hotel brands in Asia.
- 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.
What to do in Seminyak in Bali
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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1. Relaxing at the beach (or beach club)
- Double Six Beach – 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.
- La Plancha – 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 – 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.
2. Cafe hop
- Sisterfields Cafe ($) – A modern Australian cafe serves the most appetizing brunch food
- Warung Kultur ($) – A small local restaurant serving 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. One of the best cheap eats in Seminyak, and all the locals eat here.
- Nook ($) – You can have brunch or eat traditional Balinese food while overlooking the lush green rice fields
- Shelter Cafe Bali ($) – Excellent vegan restaurant for good wholesome food and a great place to work
- Breeze at The Samaya Seminyak Hotel ($$) – An al fresco restaurant that serves western food and Balinese food. But the best part of the restaurant is the sunset view. 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.
3. 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. 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 – This is my favourite store in Bali. They sell the most unique silver and brass-gold plated earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. And oh, they also sell sexy lingerie!
- Seminyak Village – 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. 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.
- Kim Soo – The store sells eclectic homeware in matching monochromatic colour schemes. You can find anything you want to decor your home where it will remind you of the beautiful island of Bali. The retail store also has a cafe on-site where they serve delicious coffee, smoothie bowls and other breakfast items.
- Jalan Petitenget – 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, 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.
4. Enjoy a treatment at a day spa in Seminyak
- Jari Menari – Try their “dancing fingers” massaging technique
- The Shampoo Lounge Bali – The full-service hair salon offers many services including manicure, pedicure, massage and a whole lot of other treatments.
- Spring Spa – They have 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.
- Re Day Spa – Enjoy a Balinese massage in this light and airy day spa
- Bodyworks Bali – One of the oldest and best day spa in Seminyak. But they are relocating but will open after August 2020.
- Sundari Day Spa – An award-winning day spa with a modern interior. Each treatment room has a massage bed and shower facilities.
5. Work remotely at local cafe
- 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.
6. Watch the sunset at the beach
Since Seminyak is on the west side of the island and the beach lines the edge of the town, perhaps watching the sunset is one of the best things to do in Seminyak.
7. Learn to surf and cafe hop in Canggu
Canggu is a coastal town known for surfing, black sand beach, wonderful cafes and affordable Airbnbs. It is located just north of Seminyak where you can easily scoot over or you can order a Go-Jek scooter or car.
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.
8. Take a day trip to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan
It is easy to take a day trip to a nearby island and spend the day scootering around 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.
Click here for more information about all the details of your day trip to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.
And you can extend your day trip and get on a ferry and explore Nusa Penida as a one day tour
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