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Seminyak is the colourful, laidback tourist destination in Bali where the beach front resorts and shops capture any one warmheartedly. The overwhelming location which is filled with a huge number of tourists is considered to the most fashionable destination. The flamboyant beach is the main reason behind the flow of people toward the city. Alluring beach restaurants and boutiques add to the existing beauty of the location completely. The beach promises a secluded, relaxed ambience compared to other famous beaches in Indonesia.
The nightlife of the beach is the ultimate highlight. Those who come to witness the bewitching sunset will extend till the darkness starts sprawling across the beach since the whole region will be lit up in the glittering lights emitted by the beach side spas, boutiques, hotels, resorts and restaurants.
Activities: Horse riding, surfing, leisure walk, snorkeling, scuba diving etc are the main activities tourists love to do when they come to Seminyak beach. Since the peaceful beach is incomparably beautiful, one can come simply relax by lying down on the clean seashore looking at the sky, especially after the sunset, it would be depicting an alluring picture.
Location: It will take around 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach Seminyak from Bali International Airport.
For a quick shopping in Seminyak, you can run into the vast arena of multiple items ranging from clothes to leather bags to shoes. Among the menagerie of shopping that can be seen in Bali, selecting the flea market is a choice to be made out of a dice but it is worth spending some time before you return to your native. You can stroll around and find the colourful designs printed on clothes and similar items.
The shops are arrayed in a beautiful way so that you will feel at ease to cover all of them in one go. You are free to bargain and grab the best summer and beach fashion collections from here.
Highlights: Though the price of the items may become higher related to what you get in Kuta, the quality of the product is competitive and the difference in designs would make you fall for the items displayed. Those who would love to spend some relaxed time before your flight, this small market with a lot of stuff will help you.
Timing: The market is open on all days of the week during day and night so that the visitors will feel free to roam around and find something unique at every stall at any time.
Location: Kayu Aya Square Oberoi, Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
For those who love to see endless shopping options, bars and a lot of energy among people, you may love to devour Eat Street in Seminyak. This is a throbbing tourist location in Bali where day to day commuters and travelers clogging up the streets and it is always awaken and welcomes groups of people seamlessly. Every time, there would be a new shop or restaurant open letting people try out something new rather than what they tasted last time of their visit.
You are invited to spend ample time with your friends or family or all alone and relax watching at the swinging vehicles on the streets. Though the drinks available here are costly but they are worth sipping.
Highlights: If you want to try different tastes, you are free to do so. There is a modern bistro style café that gives you burgers, steaks and similar items at a fair price. A champagne bar which is called Red Carpet Champagne Bar will let you enjoy a glass of bubbling up drink. The multiple colourful boutiques will let you immerse into the joy of shopping and free time in Seminyak.
Location: Starts from Ku-De-Ta and the Oberoi hotel up to Raya Kerobokan.
To escape to the grandeur of nature, to rejuvenate into the unseen persona of your inner self, a day you will spend at the famous Double Six Beach will help you. A mesmerizing beach location where a number of activities to keep you exhilarated is Double Six Beach. The extended sandy beach is located on the west coast of Bali and the peaceful ambience here will not leave you bewitched.
People come here to relax and spend some time at utmost peace. The shore is friendly, giving the visitors many opportunities to indulge in a leisurely beach walk or to experience an authentic Balinese massage.
Activities: For those who would love to be active on the beach, there are horse riding, surfing, snorkeling, swimming, beach volleyball, football and other similar activities. Anyone who comes to the beach will not return with disappointment. Moreover, try sampling the best selling beer in Bali that is Bintang from any hotel on the shore and while you sip it, enjoy the Bali Sea’s waves crashing against the beautiful beach. Watch the darling sunset when the total surrounding becomes alluring.
Location: Double Six Beach is located in the village of Seminyak and the end of Jalan Double Six. It lies about 30 minutes away from Ngurah Rai International Airport and also about 15 minutes away from Kuta.
The first and the biggest reality room escape game in Indonesia is Totem Room Escape and within a short span of time it brought laurels to Indonesia after competing with the best escape games in the world. It started in Jakarta in 2014 and now it has branches in other cities like Badung, Semarang, and Bali.
The peculiarity of Totem Room Escape is the perfect collaboration of high quality puzzles with proper tech gadgets. The rooms will be decorated thematically which in turn promises the participants an awesome time to solve the puzzles and escape from the room. You are free to book any themed room through the website and thus the procedures become hassle-free.
Highlights: Locked in dark land, Egyptian Secret, Kidnapped, Mission Impossible and Chocolate Factory only for kids are the rooms you will be locked in and have to escape from. You have 50-60 minutes to escape and normally a group of 5-6 people will be participating and it will vary according to the room.
Entry fee: USD 20 per person is the entry fee.
Timings: From 10:00 am to 10:00 pm on all days. You can choose the convenient slot for one hour game.
Location: Jalan Kayu Aya No.27, Near Seminyak Square, Across Starbucks, Seminyak, Bali.
If you are a lover of retail shopping, then you must visit Seminyak Square in Bali which is an attractive shopping complex filled with small boutiques and designer shops. It is located in the heart of Seminyak where you can get the unleashed views of the resort village clearly. The shops in the complex array an attractive range of clothes, jewelry, accessories, books, artworks, souvenirs etc.
There are international brands as well where you can purchase from. This is the best option in Bali to grab some exciting items like designer swim and surf wear, batik clothing, Balinese furniture, English books, statues of Buddha etc. The cafes and restaurants opened will let you relaxed for some time after the extensive stroll of yours around the complex.
Highlights: Indulge in some luxurious spa therapies at one of the spas and feel authentically rejuvenated. The beach is very close to the complex as you can walk down to watch the mesmerizing sunset. Enjoy the cocktails at one of the beach restaurants while you look at the beautiful sea in front of you. A free car parking service at the complex makes its name spread across the city.
Timing: The square is open from mid-morning to late night but according to the shops, the opening time may vary.
Location: It is located at a distance that would take around 30 minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. A 15 minute drive by car from Kuta will also take you to Seminyak Square.
A different theme inside a bar and restaurant in Bali gives it a wide acclaim across the globe. I am talking about La Favela Bar and Restaurant that welcomes the customers with a differing interior and dining scene. It was opened in 2013 and within a limited time it became very popular among the tourists and natives for its unfamiliar vintage design which had inspiration from the urban scenes of Rio.
It is usually open only for lunch and dinner but the tourists love to be here late and stay back for enjoying the cozy vibes inside. Antiques, themed interiors, different ambience and decorations make the dining just flamboyant.
Highlights: The semi indoor gardens with artificial waterfalls and ponds, al fresco tables and chairs and a mini bridge exhibit an unmatched beauty. The bar and lounge are made enormously beautiful with adorable old cocks and picture frames. The tropical theme portrayed beautifully inside the bar and restaurant completely agrees with the visitors’ concepts of favelas.
You can try the Peruvian ceviche mixed with seafood, mahi mahi or red snapper or you can enjoy their tartare and carpaccio. If you would like to try something heavy, then tenderloins, rib-eyes and barramundi steaks are available. There are more of sea foods, internationally famed cuisines to try out.
Timing: 12:00 noon to 03:00 am on all days.
Location: Jalan Laksamana Oboroi No.177X, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80561, Indonesia.
Though Bali has n number of surfing spots, Echo Beach was started considered to be an important spot for surfing very recently. The local name is Pantai Batu Mejan and the location is famous because of a significant Balinese Hindu sea temple. The advanced reef breaks, the extensive black crystals on the shore, beautiful sunset views from the beach and a number of lip-smacking sea food delicacies available at the beach cafes etc bring the beach to a vantage point from where everything looks amazing.
The black beach is extended up to 35 kms northwest of Kuta and Seminyak. The beach shares space with the verdant green fields of Canggu and other locations liks Berawa, Pererenan, Seseh etc.
Activities: The beach is famous for surfing, sunbathing, swimming, wake boarding, relaxed strolls etc. It is the best choice to have a leisure time with your family or a garden of miracles to capture some amazing photographs.
Location: Jalan Pantai Batu Mejan, Canggu
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It is a tourist friendly destination with no crime incidences taking place but still, you are advised to take care of your cash and expensive belongings.
There are many luxury resorts in Seminyak and all of them are excellent, but you are advised to check your stay accommodation before you pay for it.
Enjoy the night life in Seminyak but at the same time, stay out of drug related situations.
Beware of scammers who might try to sell things to you claiming those to be original, like jewelry, tour packages and water sports facilities.
Take care of your own safety while enjoying adventure and water sports.
Carry your passport copy and identity proofs wherever you go.
Do not visit any spa unless you completely review it and are sure of the services it promises to provide.
Pre-decide the fare for public transport and try to book transport through an authorized public transport agency.
Seminyak is a naturally beautiful destination and hence, do not litter and spoil the nature’ serenity and purity.
According to the law of the country of Indonesia, the legal age to consume all types of alcoholic drinks is 21 years.
According to the law of the country of Indonesia, the legal age to consume all types of alcoholic drinks is 21 years.
This beautiful architectural icon in Seminyak will leave you awestruck. The patterns made on stained glass, the fairy light decoration and artistic structures all over the church will give you an entirely divine feeling. If you thought Seminyak is only about beaches, resorts and spas, you get it totally wrong. SuperHero Factory Bali, opened in 2015 is a fun gym with indoor adventure facilities, just like the place where you imagine your favourite super heroes practicing their stunts. The best part of this themed hangout is the Leap of Faith-a 5 meter high jump which leads you to a soft sponge bath. La Laguna is a themed café in Seminyak which is too vibrant and colorful and it is impossible for one to not fall in love with this place. You will be overwhelmed to see the décor of this place, which is natural, colorful, aesthetic and artistic at the same time. This place also serves some of the best sea food dishes in the entire town. The W-hotel entrance is a lush green tree tunnel of tall leafy bamboos inside which you can click some of the best pictures. Apart from this, a stroll through this path will make you feel easily rejuvenated. A calm and peaceful stroll of the Seminyak beach, with the backdrop of luxurious resorts and themed shacks on one side and a blue sea on the other side will leave you mesmerized. It is a way better experience than most of the sight-seeing trips at this destination as this fashionable beach will show you locals having fun flying kites and playing beach soccer and if you are lucky, you might even see a turtle on the beach. One of the most exotic spas here which offers you exquisite luxury, Prana is a combined Indian and Moroccan themed spa. There are tended ceilings, hand paintings, luxuriously decorated therapy rooms and a lot more, where you can get the best pampering possible and feel like you are living in a live paradise.
Santo Mikael Church
W-Hotel Forest Entrance
This beautiful architectural icon in Seminyak will leave you awestruck. The patterns made on stained glass, the fairy light decoration and artistic structures all over the church will give you an entirely divine feeling.
If you thought Seminyak is only about beaches, resorts and spas, you get it totally wrong. SuperHero Factory Bali, opened in 2015 is a fun gym with indoor adventure facilities, just like the place where you imagine your favourite super heroes practicing their stunts. The best part of this themed hangout is the Leap of Faith-a 5 meter high jump which leads you to a soft sponge bath.
La Laguna is a themed café in Seminyak which is too vibrant and colorful and it is impossible for one to not fall in love with this place. You will be overwhelmed to see the décor of this place, which is natural, colorful, aesthetic and artistic at the same time. This place also serves some of the best sea food dishes in the entire town.
The W-hotel entrance is a lush green tree tunnel of tall leafy bamboos inside which you can click some of the best pictures. Apart from this, a stroll through this path will make you feel easily rejuvenated.
A calm and peaceful stroll of the Seminyak beach, with the backdrop of luxurious resorts and themed shacks on one side and a blue sea on the other side will leave you mesmerized. It is a way better experience than most of the sight-seeing trips at this destination as this fashionable beach will show you locals having fun flying kites and playing beach soccer and if you are lucky, you might even see a turtle on the beach.
One of the most exotic spas here which offers you exquisite luxury, Prana is a combined Indian and Moroccan themed spa. There are tended ceilings, hand paintings, luxuriously decorated therapy rooms and a lot more, where you can get the best pampering possible and feel like you are living in a live paradise.
The beaches in Indonesia are indeed famous all over the world but the seashore of Seminyak is nothing less to a paradise. The blue crystal clear beaches decked up with luxury resorts will give you a complete heavenly feel and you will not get enough of the natural luxury, no matter how much you enjoy. Though it seems to be a laid back place with only luxury spas and resorts, you will find some of the most glamourous clothing and accessory brand stores here from where you can shop till you drop. Seminyak is a hub for luxury spas and resorts. There are many spas which will pamper each and every soul of you with the relaxation facilities they provide and you will never forget this experience. The luxury resorts and restaurants located here will glamour up your vacation to this beach land altogether.
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Adventure and Night lifeYou can experience some of the most adventurous water sports activities like surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling here. Along with this, you can also unwind yourself have chill in some of the best themed night clubs in Seminyak, where you will have the time of your life.
The beaches in Indonesia are indeed famous all over the world but the seashore of Seminyak is nothing less to a paradise. The blue crystal clear beaches decked up with luxury resorts will give you a complete heavenly feel and you will not get enough of the natural luxury, no matter how much you enjoy.
Though it seems to be a laid back place with only luxury spas and resorts, you will find some of the most glamourous clothing and accessory brand stores here from where you can shop till you drop.
Seminyak is a hub for luxury spas and resorts. There are many spas which will pamper each and every soul of you with the relaxation facilities they provide and you will never forget this experience. The luxury resorts and restaurants located here will glamour up your vacation to this beach land altogether.
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The Denpasar International Airport is located south of Bali and is the gateway to the country. To reach Seminyak, you will have to hire a taxi and the journey of about 10 kilometers will cost you about US$4.5. Other means of transfers include public buses and other private shuttles. You might even want to get a rental vehicle, depending on your plans for Bali.
Public transport to Seminyak is offered by city buses. However, they run on fixed schedules and depending on the time you reach the bus stop, you might have to wait for some time before catching a bus. Another option is to hop into a minivan – they too run frequently but they are not regularized.
The experience of Bali can be overwhelming. Depending on where you choose to stay and what kind of activities you are looking to do, your luggage will differ.
However, here are some essentials that you must carry:
The general daytime temperature in Seminyak is about 27 degree Celsius, all round the year. Nights are a bit cooler when the temperature might come down to 20 degree Celsius. However, don’t expect to get a chill. There’s a lot of humidity in the air and it is dehydrating all day.
It’s a beach destination and you need all the light cotton clothing you have. Beachwear, shorts, skirts, dresses, trousers, cotton shirts, cotton tops is vital to your existing and that perfect photo. However, do ensure that there is something that can cover you decently when you visit a temple or go to the market.
While Seminyak holds many historical and sightseeing gems, a trip also accompanies a fair share of risks. The most common complaint from tourists is about finicky monkeys and dogs. While monkeys will always try to snatch and steal, the dogs too can be a problem and there’s a high chance to get bitten. Some even believe that the monkeys have been trained to steal jewelry and bags from tourists!
Secondly, there is a problem of hygiene. It is always recommended that you carry your own water bottles and not drink it locally. Purchase sealed bottles from the supermarket since dehydration in this part of the world is common. Good travel insurance might be able to take care of the eventualities if they arise.
The local language in Seminyak is Indonesian. However, most establishments will have people conversing in English.
Seminyak is more of an upscale part of the Bali Islands. There will be a lot of resorts, luxury villas and high end hotels available. However, if you look hard, you might also find something in the budget range. For hostels, dormitories and cheaper accommodations, you will have to go a little further from the heart of Seminyak.
Renting a motorbike/bicycle is probably the best way to get around Bali. There will be several rental service providers around Seminyak. However, ensure that you are renting from an authorized business. You will need to show proper papers for your international driving license to get a vehicle.
Seminyak is the preferable place to stay and revel if you are traveling with your partner or are on a honeymoon. The city offers several upscale accommodations and other luxury and romantic opportunities. It’s a perfect vacation where you can spend time with your partner and not worry about anything else.
Some of the activities suitable for couples are:
Visit the Santo Mikael Church – Bali’s own fairytale church
Visit the SuperHero Factory Bali
The Totem Room Escape challenge with your partner
Live like a gypsy for a day at La Laguna
Enjoy the simple life at Nook
An exotic pampering session at Prana Spa
Experience the fire show at Nirvana Burger Bar
Get a free tattoo at Deus Ex Machina
Take a long walk in the Seminyak Beach
A romantic dining experience at Vin + Seminyak
Get a private photo shoot at Potato Head Beach Club
There are numerous places to visit in Bali. Seminyak is one of the important locations in Bali and attracts a lot of people. Some of the best places to visit in Seminyak are:
Some of the activities one can enjoy while in Seminyak are:
Bali is a heaven for adventure activities. Some of the adventure activities one can participate in Seminyak are:
The lodging facilities in Seminyak are mostly upscale with a lot of resorts, luxury villas and high end hotels.
The various options while on a trip to Bali are:
Sun Islands Boutique and Villas
The Kunja Villas and Spa
The Kayana Bali
The Trans Resort Bali
The Oberoi Bali
Jambuluwuk Oceaneo Seminyak
The Villas Bali Resort and Spa
Double Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak
There are a lot of private villa options in Seminyak to fulfil the needs of the tourists. Some of the famous private villas are:
The most popular and sought after adventure experience in Seminyak is surfing. The waves here are good and makes for a great surfing. Both long boarders and short boarders can seek to have fun here. The best hotels near the breaks include:
Some of the best beaches one can find in Seminyak are:
Seminyak beach is the closest outdoor opportunity, regardless of where you stay in the city. It’s a must visit and open for all. While a nice long walk with your partner or friends would be a good start, you can also do some surfing, kite surfing and windsurfing. Bali has an awesome list of the things to do. It is also recommended that you experience open air dining on the sea shore in the Seminyak Beach.
The auspicious Santo Mikael Church poses in a beautiful form, painted blue and white. Popular for its gothic architecture, this church is located in a serene environment and is a masterpiece that brings in every tourist visiting Bali. If you are still carrying your wedding dress, this will be the perfect church to get a photo shoot done! The wooden benches, picturesque interiors and the quaint ambience will be highly captivating, even for a non-believer! The Santo Mikael Church is located at Camplung Tanduk, in the Kuta region of Seminyak
The Totem Room is a perfect day out, if you are traveling with your family. The room is actually divided into several sections, each of which holds a puzzle. One needs to solve the puzzle to move on to the next room. Kids will totally love it!
Several providers offer scuba diving opportunities in Seminyak. While the dive site will be far of the Seminyak beach, you will have to book your tickets in the city. In most case, hotels too would be able to provide you with tickets. Most scuba shops are located in the Kuta region of Seminyak and dives start at a basic price of US$100. Further, dives are customized for both beginner and experienced scuba divers.
Canggu, a little distant from Seminyak is the most preferred beach for horse riding. Take a ride along the southern beaches or the lush rice terraces a little up the city. The rides will be accompanied by experienced guides who ensure your safety and comfort. There are several stables in Canggu that you can approach for a horseback ride experience.
Another popular but easily missed out adventure opportunity in Seminyak is a bungee jump. It will be an incredible experience and is completely safe for all kinds of jumpers. As long as you are medically fit, it would be a fun thing to do. Look for The Bungee Co. as it is the only service provider there.
Some of the places in Seminyak that provide good spa facilities are:
Seminyak provides many places for yoga. Some of the famous places for yoga in Seminyak are:
La Favela – a restaurant by the day turns into a happening bar after sunset. The events organized here are just like the house parties and have the most incredible themes. The space is electric, the food is amazing and the crowd that pours in is the best, you would have encountered.
After the sun sets across the Uluwatu Beach, a different kind of night life comes to prominent. There are several night clubs spread across Uluwatu that you can be a part of. Most of the places even offer free entry. Prominent clubs in Seminyak include:
The access to alcohol is pretty smooth. However the legal drinking age is 17 years. You might be asked to show your identity proof before being served drink or when you go to buy booze from the market. Public drinking is however frowned at. Drink privately or in parties and clubs.
Though not prohibited by law, but you must avoid public places as an unsaid rule. There are also special places that come with a “No Smoking” banner. Smoking around such areas can attract hefty fines.
There is a complete ban of drug selling or consumption in Seminyak and across Bali. People found guilty are severely punished and sometimes even honored with a death penalty.