Located in Bali’s southernmost region, Seminyak is a busy, sophisticated and upmarket province. Filled with amazing eateries, stunning beaches and so much more! As such, it’s the perfect location to set up camp on the ‘Island of 1000 temples’.
Below you’ll find my ultimate guide of all the best places to eat, sleep and visit in this fantastic location…
How To Get There –
This wouldn’t be an Ultimate Guide to Seminyak if I didn’t quickly mention how accessible the region is! Located just a 20-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport, staying in Seminyak means once you’ve touched down on Balinese soil, you’ll be lounging by the pool before you know it…
Transport to your accommodation can be arranged through the airports Taxi Counter, which has a pre-set rate of 60,000 IDR to Seminyak. There’s of course other options, such as: a taxi which runs off a meter, but with Bali’s infamous traffic, it tends to work out cheaper to go with the prepaid fares!
Where to Stay –
Seminyak is largely known for its luxury resort hotels (much like the province of Kuta). However, this doesn’t mean you can’t visit on a budget! I for one, stayed at Grandmas Plus Hotel. Which, for just £10 a night provided clean rooms, aircon and strong WIFI. In other words, all a girl needs. 😉
What’s more, many of the larger resorts offer ‘day passes’ to their beach clubs. These allow you to enjoy the hotels facilities without actually having to stay there! Thus, you can save money and enjoy the high life… It’s a win win!
In this way, despite preconceptions, Seminyak offers a great variety of accommodation. Simply browse Booking.com and you’re sure to find something that suits your needs/style.
Where to eat –
Taking on more outside influences than other parts of Bali, Seminyak has restaurants that serve cuisine from every corner of the globe: from Italian (make sure to check out Settimo Cielo) and Moroccan (food at Khaima restaurant is to die for) to local ‘Warungs’ and hipster cafes… It’s fair to say you won’t be going hungry during your stay!
My personal favourite? The Macheese Café. You certainly won’t find local delicacies here, but it’s the perfect spot to get a taste of home. Well a taste of home with a twist! Macaroni cheese with nacho toppings is this little Cafes speciality. This may sound weird, but I’ve been home a month now and am still craving another serving – enough said 😉
What to do –
Now onto the most exciting part of my Ultimate Guide to Seminyak, what to see/do:
Sure, you could spend your whole trip lounging by the pool… And to be honest I wouldn’t blame you, but if you get bored of working on your tan and sipping on cocktails, there’s so much to get your teeth into:
Why not join an authentic cooking classes? Or visit one of the areas many art museums? My favourite is Dream Museum Zone which houses countless pieces of 3D art that you can ‘interact with’.
Obviously, the place you’ll want to spend the most time is the beach. Double six flags, is Seminyak’s most popular, with plenty of beach bars and loungers to rent, it’s not hard to see why!
For the more adventurous souls out there, the beach is also a fantastic place to learn how to surf! In fact, with the swell making the area too rough for swimmers, the only way to get wet is to release your inner surfer dude/chick… I only hope you’re better at it than me. 😉
Although all the above things can be done within Seminyak itself, the province’s central location means its adjacent to other popular areas such as Sanur, Kuta and Jimbaran. These regions offer even more to do: from shopping streets and beaches to temples and turtle sanctuaries, they’re certainly worth a visit. With hundreds of taxis in Seminyak, its super easy to jump in a cab and explore what they have to offer!
What’s more, if you wish to head further afield, to Ubud for example, I’d recommend hiring a driver for the day. I used Balicabs.com several times and do not have a bad word to say! I was greeted by friendly drivers, who didn’t only take me where I wanted to go but also suggested hidden gems to explore off the beaten track! You can of course also organise a driver through your hotel. But, you shouldn’t expect to pay more than 550,000 IDR for the whole day!
That’s the end to my Ultimate Guide to Seminyak! If you haven’t already fallen in love with the region and left with a list of things to do then I’ve failed miserably… But still, thanks for reading 😊
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