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Bali Series: Guide to Visiting Seminyak

Guide to Visiting Seminyak Bali



THE VIBE OF SEMINYAK

Going from Uluwatu to Seminyak was like going from a laid back surfers beach town, to a tourists wild night out in the city. Totally different vibe! We couldn’t believe traveling somewhere an hour away from our last spot could be SO different, but this slowly became a trend we saw in Bali. Each location we stopped at, felt like we flew to a different country. Overall, Seminyak was very lively. It was definitely more of a party vibe, but you can make it anything you want it to be. There are a few main streets that are busy any time of day or night! Seminyak is known for its shopping, beach clubs, spas, and restaurants! We probably had the best food of our trip here! The cutest little cafes at every corner. It definitely isn’t a remote area untouched by tourism, so if thats the vibe you like, you probably wouldn’t enjoy this area as much as others in Bali. It was a nice change of pace for us, and we had a blast exploring the area! One of our favourite parts about this place was meeting so many tourists like us! 80% of them were from Australia, as it’s a spot they like to vacation to, but we had so much fun with them at the bars!



GETTING TO SEMINYAK

After being in Uluwatu for 2 nights, we took a driver to Seminyak! It was about a 50 minute drive. Taking a driver is the way to go for the best prices if you aren’t into scootering for that long. Make sure you negotiate and decide on a price before entering the car in case they try to switch it on you afterwards. Remember this area is known for tourists, so scamming does happen.



WHERE TO STAY & FOR HOW LONG

Surprisingly we did not book an Airbnb this time! We stayed at Amadea Resort and Villas for 2 nights. It was really nice! Like a typical resort style hotel with free breakfast each morning. Our best advice is to stay along Jl. Kayu Aya street and you’ll be set. Trust us! We did SO much research on where to stay in Seminyak and as long as you stay somewhere along this street, you will literally be walking distance to everything, which was so convenient. We think 2 nights was the perfect amount of time for this area, but if you’re into the bar and beach club scene then definitely stay a bit longer – Seminyak has some of the best beach clubs in Bali – they were epic!

Check out some properties in Seminyak below using Booking.com!

Booking.com



WHAT TO DO IN SEMINYAK

1. POTATO HEAD BEACH CLUB

A classic! Don’t think we know anyone who has been to Bali and not gone here! It’s a really popular beach club with epic pools and beach views, and also great food! You can rent cabanas or chairs, relax on bean bag chairs, swim in the infinity pool or watch the sunset! Open day or night. Other popular beach clubs include:
Ku de Ta
Cocoon
Mrs Sippy Bali
Woo Bar

Guide to Visiting Seminyak Bali
Guide to Visiting Seminyak Bali
Potato Head Beach Club sunset!



2. LA FAVELA RESTAURANT AND BAR

This was honestly one of our favourite places we saw in Seminyak! You HAVE to check this place out, ITS HUGE! Like multiple levels, multiple rooms, just the coolest and most unique interior. We went for a super late dinner, and it led into a bar night for us! The music was so good too! Definitely add this to your list if you’re looking for somewhere to eat, or for a place to go at night!



3. SEMINYAK VILLAGE & SQUARE

So many streets filled with indoor and outdoor shopping! “I Love Bali” sign is also on this street! We had fun strolling up and down the streets and seeing the unique homemade products the locals were selling!

Guide to Visiting Seminyak Bali
Guide to Visiting Seminyak Bali



4. HIT UP THE BEACHES

SEMINYAK BEACH
DOUBLE SIX BEACH
KUTA BEACH

Guide to Visiting Seminyak Bali



5. W HOTEL SPA

Okay this was very boujee of us but it was our honeymoon to be fair haha! We went for a couples massage! Walking to get to this place had the coolest path and was SO fancy! We had the best Balinese massages ever and the entire place was so zen and amazing. Would highly recommend this place if you’re looking for a spa! BONUS: The entrance to the W Hotel is where everyone takes the insta worthy pic of the bamboo forest!

Guide to Visiting Seminyak Bali
Guide to Visiting Seminyak Bali
Bamboo Forest Entrance at W Hotel



6. YOGA!

Even though Ubud is considered the best area for Yoga, it can be found all over Bali. Check out Seminyak Yoga Shala or Yoga 108 Bali, to get a workout in or zen out!



7. Pura Petitenget Temple

Amidst all of the chaos in Seminyak, you can still find culture at this beautiful Hindu temple. You are required to pay a small fee and wear a sarong (skirt) that they provide when entering!

Guide to Seminyak Bali



WHERE TO EAT IN SEMINYAK

Okay so we don’t think you could find a bad place to eat in the area if you tried. We were SO impressed with the quality of food in this area, and so much of it was vegan/vegetarian/organic! Options for everyone! We wanted to just keep trying new food places! Here are some that we went to and loved:

La Favela – See above! A fav!

Batik – Cutest modern & historical interior

Coffee Cartel – Coffee shop

Char Char Bar & Grill – Super hip spot! Looks right out onto the main street!

The Bistrot – Vintage / European vibe

La Lucciola – Fancier Italian restaurant on the water

Sisterfields Cafe – Beside Seminyak Square, loved the food!

Warung Nia – Authentic Balinese food

Revolver – Boutique coffee house & cafe

Guide to Visiting Seminyak Bali
La Favela

OVERALL, THIS WAS A REALLY UNIQUE SPOT IN BALI!

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ULUWATU
UBUD

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Guide to Visiting Seminyak Bali

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Kaley
    January 15, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks for the recommendations! We’re hoping to check out Seminyak for a day when were in Bali and will definitely be saving this as a reference!

    • Reply
      thompsontrotters
      January 16, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      It is such a fun area!!

  • Reply
    Nikki
    January 15, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Wow this looks like such an incredible destination! I love that you’ve included what to eat…probably my favorite part of traveling 😉 Saving this for an upcoming trip to Bali in 2020!

    • Reply
      thompsontrotters
      January 16, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      Ahh! You will be OBSESSED with Bali! We also have a post coming out next week on Ubud which was our fav!!

  • Reply
    Rachel
    January 16, 2020 at 12:28 am

    I LOVE Bali so much!! We only went to dinner in Seminyak and it was our most expensive meal lol. Looks like you found great things to do 🙂

    • Reply
      thompsontrotters
      January 16, 2020 at 3:58 pm

      Depends where you eat, but it definitely is a more touristy area so they def up the prices! But yes, obsessed with Bali!!

  • Reply
    Disha Smith
    January 16, 2020 at 12:48 am

    Wow – your photos are stunning! Looks like I need to plan a trip to Seminyak. I went to Bali a few years ago, but I only stayed in Kuta and Gili T.

    • Reply
      thompsontrotters
      January 16, 2020 at 3:59 pm

      Ahh you have to go back and stay in Ubud! It was definitely our favourite place!!

  • Reply
    Kristina
    January 16, 2020 at 4:43 am

    Bali looks gorgeous! It is on my list!

    • Reply
      thompsontrotters
      January 16, 2020 at 3:59 pm

      It was a dream destination! Don’t even know how it’s real!!

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