BaliGetaway Recommends: 12 Things to do and where to go in Seminyak
Known to many as an elite tourist destination in Bali, most visitors to Seminyak are ready to dig into their pockets to indulge in this ritzy part of the island. From luxury beachfront villas to designer boutiques, Seminyak has garnered an international following. Whether you’re a water-lover looking to catch a big wave or a foodie searching for the high-class cuisines, there’s plenty to do in Seminyak.
1. Lounge around on Seminyak Beach
Most itineraries in Bali involves a visit to the beach and when in Seminyak, the crowds head to Seminyak Beach. Take a stroll on the soft white sands, grab a surfboard and have a taste of the rocky waves, or simply lounge on the lawn of bar-cum-restaurant Potato Head Beach Club where cabanas and colourful bean bags give the space a vibrant feel.
2. Surf at Double Six Beach
Visiting with the family? The shallow waters at this beach is ideal for kids. Beginner surfers will also find the waves here gentle enough to learn surfing. The cafes lining the shores are affordable and a great place to chill and catch the sea breeze with loved ones.
3. Catch a sunset at Petitenget Beach
Further down from Seminyak Beach and sharing the same coastline, Petitengget Beach is better known by locals. If you’re looking for a remote beach away from the crowd, Petitennget offers a relaxed atmosphere. Stay for the sunset which is said to be pretty spectacular!
4. Have a temple experience at Pura Petitenget
Sitting on the edge of Petitengget Beach, Pura Petitengget is a temple with unique architecture. Explore this sacred place of worship, which is used by the locals during their religious ceremonies. It’s open 24 hours daily.
5. Enjoy an afternoon with art at Biasa Artspace
Get to know the best artists of Indonesian through this gallery located in Seminyak. With a variety of outstanding artworks on display and regularly-held events, you will be able to view paintings and interact with iconic local artists. The gallery is open to tourist daily from 9am to 9pm.
6. Admire contemporary artworks at Kendra Gallery
Known for its contemporary artworks, this gallery is located in the heart of Seminyak and showcases stunning paintings and wall art by many young, emerging Indonesian artists. This high-end gallery is a distinctive space in the town’s art scene and is open daily.
7. Shop til you drop at Seminyak Square
Seminyak is a shopper’s paradise and Seminyak Square is a two-storey mall that has everything from boutiques to cafes. Situated near the beach, many local and tourists frequent the mall to fulfill all their shopping needs.
8. Walk down the best shopping street: Jalan Oberoi
Along Jalan Oberoi is the fashion street that has everything from clothes by local designers, artisanal jewelry to household stores. Fashion-forward ladies can head to stores like Bamboo Blonde for the collections of casual dresses and decor, Blue Glue for beachwear, Daun & Co. for leather accessories, Joy Jewelry for silver and gold jewelry, Kidsagogo for trendy pieces for children, and The Orchard for classic wooden furniture or modern stylised pieces.
9. Check out the nightlife at La Favela
By day, this restaurant has a tropical theme and a relaxed ambience amidst decorative greenery. By night, it turns into a vibrant bar with a party atmosphere that is a cool place to hang out with friends!
10. Go on a culinary tour along Jalan Laksmana
Another name for Jalan Oberoi is Jalan Laksmana, and in between shopping, you can easily find a variety of good eating places, with a range of prices and cuisines. There’s The Corner House that serves tasty coffee and pastries; its old-school style of decor in a rustic and topped off with fresh flowers is a romantic setting for couples and friends. Head to The Bistrot for a European vibe that mixes brick walls with stone floors, serving eastern and western dishes including gluten-free ones!
11. Stay in a private villa
After experiencing the exciting nightlife, the shopping and dining that Seminyak has to offer, head back to your own private villa for a relaxing night away from the hustle and bustle. Villa Joss near Batu Belig beach is a modern villa with two pavilions and poolside areas to unwind after a long day outside. The Layar Designer Villas & Spa is a paradise right in the heart of town, with private jacuzzis and open living spaces. Another stylish accommodation is Villa Lulito with massive splashes of white taking over the overall look of the villa.
Sea Circus’ eclectic vibe makes for a fun time with friends. With good coffee, a chill playlist and various tapas and cocktails, and trinkets for sale, you can take good photos while enjoying yourself. Dine in the calm ambience of nature at Nook Bali in northern Seminyak. Here you’ll get to enjoy a blend of local and western food with a view overlooking an expansive rice field. This pretty setting is also great for photo-taking opportunities.