Guide to Seminyak, Bali – Beach, What to do, Nightlife and more

Seminyak is Bali’s expat hub, home to a beautiful beach, quirky boutiques, delicious restaurants and the coolest nightlife in Bali. There are also a lot of things to do in Seminyak[1]. Hundreds flock there to see and be seen, thanks to its Instagram-friendly charm, but there are secret spots for those who prefer to keep a low profile.

Seminyak is often dismissed as being a mere tourist attraction, with beachfront bars and Aussie-ran restaurants making it a far cry from the ‘real’ Bali. There’s actually a lot more to this vibrant city than meets the eye, with plenty of little local eateries tucked down side-streets, a great surf scene and a whole host of friendly locals who’ll let you hop on their moped for a guided tour of this Balinese gem.

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Seminyak Beaches. Photo by Marc Veraart[2]

What to Do

Relax

Bali is one of the most chilled out places in the world, but Seminyak can feel a bit hectic and busy at times. Head to one of their world-class spas to escape and unwind. Spa at The Samaya is the best of the bunch, with a huge range of relaxing, holistic treatments. Head to The Spa at The Amala for tropical vibes centred on healing elixirs, aqua-pilates and feel-good vibes.
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Seminyak Spas. Photo by McKay Savage[5]

Shop

Seminyak is home to some amazing little boutiques, stocking everything from hand-crafted jewelry to locally-made fabrics and clothes. Load up on delicious herbs and spices, as well as Balinese delicacies as you wander the streets. If you’re craving a bit of class, don’t worry – there are streets lined with popular brands, such as Gooseberry Intimates, as well as a Seminyak Village[6] shopping mall that is home to international stores like Bamboo Blonde. There are always fun market stalls just outside the mall that offer dinky souvenirs and fun, bright jewelry and sarongs.

Surf

Seminyak has a few beaches, the best surfing one being Double Six beach. Head to surf school Bali here for surf lessons or rent a board and get stuck in. The waves depend on the season, so speak to a professional if you’re not 100% sure what you’re doing!

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Surfing in Seminyak. Photo by Farley Roland Endeman[7]

Yoga

Did you even go to Bali if you didn’t get a yoga session in? Luckily, there are loads of places to practice, so get your kit on and get bendy. Jiwa Yoga[8] is a calm oasis tucked in the centre of Seminyak, so is really easy to get to from most hotels and hostels. Seminyak Yoga Shala is another fantastic choice for those looking to wind down.

Seminyak beach

Some of Seminyak’s beaches aren’t great for swimming, sadly, so we’d suggest heading to world-famous Potato Head Beach Club if you fancy a dip. Get here early if you want to grab a sunbed or lounger as it gets very busy! It’s attached to the hotel so you can only imagine how many people flock poolside… There’s normally a DJ or live music later on in the evenings, but try and get down for sunset if you can – their infinity pool is lined with palm trees and gives you an amazing view of the sun setting into the ocean in front of you.

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Potato Head Beach Club. Photo by Lavinia Elysia[9]

Cook

Get stuck in with the local culture and learn some life-skills at Nia Cooking Class! This is a wonderful place to meet new people and have fun getting experimental in the kitchen. Go with an empty stomach and an open mind… You’ll be taken a foodie’s tour of Seminyak (expect spice-filled markets) before enjoying a jam-packed cooking class.

-> See Top 10 Things to Do in Seminyak[10]

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Seminyak Temples. Photo by Marc Veraat.[11]

Where to Stay

Villas are particularly popular in Seminyak but besides that, there are a lot of options of places to stay here. Booking.com[12] is a good place to plan your accommodation in Bali because most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Seminyak:

The Legian Bali, Seminyak
For those who wants a well located beachfront villa with modern and high-class style. This hotel comes with pool that seems to run into the ocean, the feeling of tucked in an oasis all by yourself, and a well-designed garden with goldfish pond. There’s also yoga every morning and customized breakfast.
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The Oberoi, Seminyak
For those who are looking for privacy and to splurge for a honeymoon or special occasions. With quick access to Seminyak beach, this Balinese inspired accommodation is built on 15 acres of tropical gardens. The Frangipani Cafe inside here is famed for its cuisine. Notables are their open-air massage pavilions and outdoor pool overlooking the ocean.
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Swiss-Belhotel Petitenget
This hotel is hands down one of my favorite places I’ve stayed while in Seminyak – the pool is glorious, the rooms are huge and very clean and the breakfast buffet is full of a delicious mix of Western and Balinese food.
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If you’re on a budget, book a bed at Capsule Hotel New Seminyak – the friendly staff make it feel like home, and the beds are arranged into little pods to give you privacy. It’s very cheap, with the option of private rooms, too.

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Seminyak Sunset. Photo by Graham Hills[19]

Seminyak Nightlife

Those after a night out have a lot of choice, too, but these are our two top picks. There are some super classy wine bars (head to Vin+[20] for a huge wine menu and stunning surroundings) or La Favela[21] for old-school fun and great music. The club is covered in plants and cool bits and bobs, as well as interesting people from all walks of life.

What to Eat

Any foodies will be totally spoilt for choice in Seminyak, as there are many good restaurants in Seminyak[22]. If you’re a brunch-fiend, get your body down to Café Organic[23] and indulge in great coffee, vegan delights and interior-inspo! Café Moonlight Bali[24] is definitely on my hot list of food spots in Seminyak and is full of healthy juices, amazing pancake stacks and really friendly staff.

Sea Circus[25] is famous for its food as much as its colorful wall – just head to their Instagram page[26] to see what we mean. Motel Mexicola[27] is one of the most fun restaurants in Seminyak and is a haven of avocados, tequila and positive vibes!

->Find more at Best Seminyak Restaurants – a foodie’s guide[28]
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Motel Mexicola, Seminyak. Photo by nydia hartono[29]

How to Get There

Seminyak is close to Bali’s main tourist airport, Denpasar International. A taxi ride will take around 30 minutes, depending on traffic, and there are set prices so you know you’re being charged a fair amount – expect to pay around IDR175,000 (around $12). Uber does exist in Seminyak, but there are ongoing disagreements between Uber and taxi drivers so it’s up to you what you feel comfortable doing.

If you’re already in Bali and fancy heading to Seminyak, it’s a pretty easy destination to reach. It’ll take around an hour or so to get here from Ubud, another popular place in Bali, and around an hour to drive up from Uluwatu. You can easily come from Lombok if you fancy flying, or you can get a boat-taxi shuttle service from Lombok and the Gili islands.

While in Seminyak itself, walking is probably the easiest way to get around. If you want to escape the heat, hop in a cab – make sure it’s an Uber or a BlueBird car though! There are some taxi services around Bali that take advantage of tourists and newbies, but this company use a meter and are reliable and safe. There are some copycat taxis in town with similar names and logos, but look out for light blue taxis with clear ‘BlueBird’ branding and you’ll be fine!
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Sunset in Seminyak, Bali. Photo by Simon_sees[30]

One of the best ways to travel is to find your own paths as you wander. Seminyak is full of fun, tourist attractions but is also home to pop-up food stalls and great street food, beautiful (unofficial) shops on the side of the road and stunning temples nestled in backstreets. The joy of Bali is exploring, so take time to go off-track and discover Seminyak’s hidden gems.

Related articles:
Top 10 Things to Do in Seminyak
Best Seminyak Restaurants[31][32]

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Author: Lucy Vinestock

As a solo traveler, Lucy first fell in love with Indonesia at the very beginning of her trip. A year later, she returned and is now based in Gili Air. She works as a freelance writer, sharing her love of travel, wellness and coconut oil. You’ll find her on her yoga mat, wandering barefoot around her tiny paradise island or practicing her Bahasa Indonesian in the country she’s happy to call home. [33]

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