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Revision as of 02:23, 2 December 2011

Seminyak is a beach town in South Bali.

Seminyak Beach

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Understand

The next town north of Legian, Seminyak is more upmarket with mostly luxury accommodation and fashionable high-end restaurants and bars. The atmosphere is much more sophisticated and laid-back than Kuta, and the beach in particular is quieter during the day. Seminyak is also the high end spa and boutique shopping capital of Bali. Nowhere is the upscaling of Bali in recent years more obvious than here.

It is hard to imagine that only ten years ago this was a distinctly separate village, and something of a backwater. Development has occurred at an astonishing pace, and as well as absorbing all green space which formerly separated Seminyak from Legian, it is now almost impossible to determine where Seminyak ends and the nearby villages of Petitenget, Umalas and Kerobokan begin. This certainly has it downside, and the whole district has become very congested.

Get in

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By car

Seminyak is part of the main west coast connurbation in South Bali and it can get very congested with traffic. There are two main routes in. From Kuta and Legian, Jalan Legian runs parallel with the beach and at its western limit, becomes Jalan Seminyak. If at all possible try to avoid this road though, and take instead the eastern bypass called Jalan Sunset. This is almost invariably the quicker route from Kuta and Legian into Seminyak, although it is actually further in distance.

A prepaid taxi from the airport to Seminyak costs a fixed Rp 60,000. Trips to or from Kuta cost around Rp 30,000 and from Legian about Rp 15,000.

Get around

The streets of Seminyak are increasingly jammed, with Jalan Laksmana being a particular black-spot. Your best options here are to walk or rent a motorcycle/bicycle.

A number of roads in Seminyak have alternative names. Whilst this issue is not exclusive to Seminyak, it does seem to happen here more than anywhere else in Bali. There follows a list of road names with the most popular given first and the alternatives afterwards in brackets.

  • Jalan Arjuna (Jalan Double Six, Jalan 66)
  • Jalan Raya Seminyak (Jalan Raya Basangkasa)
  • Jalan Dhyana Pura (Jalan Caplak Tanduk)
  • Jalan Laksmana (Jalan Oberoi, Jalan Kayu Aya)
  • Jalan Pantai Legian (Jalan Blue Ocean)
  • Jalan Mertanadi (Jalan Penjara)

See

Pura Petitenget

Seminyak Beach and Petitenget Beach is a continuous expanse of grey sand stretching in both directions as far as the eye can see. To the south it becomes Legian Beach and then Kuta Beach, but is noticeably quieter than both. The sunsets here are famous, and opportunites abound to mix with the glitterati who frequent the high end beach front estalilshments such as Ku De Ta. Easy access points to the beach are at the end of Jalan Dhyana Pura, and from the large public car park (Rp 2,000) between Petitenget Temple and La Luciola restaurant.

  • Pura Petitenget at the beachside off Jl Petitenget is a compact, pretty Balinese temple, which is known for particularly spectacular beach-side ceremonies. There has been a temple here since at least the 16th century, and although this is not one of the key nine directional temples of Bali, it is an important link in the series of west coast temples between Pura Uluwatu and Pura Tanah Lot.

Do

Spas, massage and other treatments

Seminyak is the high-end spa capital of Bali. Your spa experience here will be one of great luxury in a sophisticated setting. You pay up for all of that of course, but the prices are still 50% or more cheaper than you would pay in a western country.

If you are staying in one of Seminyak's high end hotels there will undoubtedly be an in-house spa service. If you are staying in a villa, then in-villa treatments will almost certainly be offered - check with the staff.

  • Amo Beauty & Spa, Jalan Petitenget 100x (opposite Bali Catering Company and Kayana), +62 361 2753338, [1]. 10AM-8PM daily. A spa run by former model Navia Nguyen that offers massages and various spa treatments. From US$18.
  • Amoaras Spa, Jl Laksmana 57, +62 361 731129, [2]. 9AM-10PM. Traditional Balinese massage and treatments in a well established spa. From US$25.
  • Glo, Kunti Plaza , Jl Kunti 119, +62 361 738689 (), [3]. 10AM-7PM. A self styled hip spa offering many different treatments. Positions itself to appeal to younger clientele than many of Bali's spa establishments. From about Rp 100,000.
  • Jari Menari (Dancing Fingers), Jl Raya Seminyak, +62 361 736 740 (), [4]. 10AM-9PM. Superb massage centre in Seminyak. The team who set up Jari Menari consult worldwide for other spas and massage houses. Also offer massage training classes. From Rp 275,000.
  • Prana Spa, Jl Kunti, +62 361 730840, [5]. 10AM-10PM. Attached to The Villas, this is one of Bali's very best spas. Themed on a Rajasthan Palace. Massages from Rp 100,000, treatments from Rp 250,000.
  • Spa Venus Bali, Jl Raya Seminyak, Gg Plawa No33F (10 minute walk from Bintang Supermarket), +62 361 731129, [6]. 10AM-10PM. On offer is a range of treatments from a simple Balinese traditional massage to a complete detox program including colonic cleansing and fasting, as well as far infra red sauna, deep healing treatments, allergy elimination, herbal medicine and more. From US$45.

Other

A little bit of surfing goes on here, but it is not as good as off Legian and Kuta beaches to the south, or at Canggu to the north.

  • AJ Hackett Bungy, at Double Six nightclub on Seminyak beach (take Jalan Arjuna all the way to the beach, turn right and you cannot miss the tower after about 200 metres), +62 361 731144, [7]. This is best known bungy jump in Bali, and it is run the famous New Zealand-based AJ Hackett group. The jump is 45 metres over a pool, and there is an elevator to the top of the tower. Jumping right by the beach is spectacular at any time of the day, but this jump is open all night so you can take also the plunge accompanied by thumping dance beats. US$79.

Buy

Seminyak is the centre in Bali for hip and inventive fashion boutiques, other designer stores and art studios. A good starting point for any shopper would be the legion of small boutiques and designer stores on Jalan Laksmana.

Clothing and accessories

  • Bamboo Blonde, Jl Laksmana 61, +62 361 7805919. 10AM-9PM. Innovative women's wear and notably helpful and friendly staff.
  • Biasa, Jl Raya Seminyak 36, +62 361 730308, [8]. 10AM-9PM. This is the flagsghip store of this globally known Bali fashion brand. Lightweight womenswear using only natural fabrics. Very suitable to wear in Bali, and would not be out of place in St Tropez.
  • BONG'S, Jl Raya Seminyak 42A, +62 361 730580 (), [9]. 9AM-10PM. This second line store owned by Indonesian haute couture designer SelphieBong, has been a hit in the Seminyak area. High end fashion clothing made out of silk, linen and cotton. Favored by the high end woman and international actresses and model, this store is worth a visit.
  • Body and Soul, Jl Raya Seminyak 11, Seminyak, Bali, +62 361 733564 (), [10]. 10AM-9PM. This women's sportswear, beachwear and swimwear manufacturer has been a market leader in Bali for many years and is incredibly popular amongst the younger set visiting Bali. Their flagship store is on Jalan Raya Seminyak and they also have a outlet in Seminyak Square.
  • Indigo & Rose, Jalan Seminyak (50m from Bintang Supermarket) and Jalan Oberoi (opposite Seminyak Square), +62 361 735893 (), [11]. 9AM-10PM. Indigo & Rose is the sister label of long established Indigo Kids - featuring affordable sleek and stylish women's resort wear, beautifully hand crafted leather accessories, sandals, jewelry and children's wear. An emphasis on intricate hand crafted detailing on all pieces such as beading, crochet, embroidery and lace. The flagship store is on Jalan Oberoi next to Seminyak Square and there is a second store on Jalan Seminyak.
  • Mario Silver, Jl Raya Seminyak 19 (just south of Bintang Supermarket), +62 361 730977 (), [12]. 10AM-9PM. The retail outlet of one of Bali's leading silver jewellry designers and manufacturers. Wide range of high quality items which is frequently updated.
  • Milo's, Jl Laksmana 38, +62 361 735551, [13]. 10AM-9PM. Milo was perhaps the first innovative foreign fashion designer to really make Bali his home, and he has been selling his designs in all corners of the world for longer than even he would care to mention. This is his main outlet on the island.
  • Religion, Jl Laksmana 4A, +62 361 731916. 10AM-10PM. A well established and expansive designer fashion boutique. Carries the Religion, Buddhist Punk and House of the Gods ranges. Funky, eclectic and popular with a young rock-oriented clientele.
  • Sabbatha, Jl Raya Seminyak 97, +62 361 731756. 10AM-9PM. If bling is your thing, you will like it here. Those of a more tasteful disposition might not. Glitzy, kitschy bags and other accessories.
  • Shaman, Jl Raya Seminyak 127 (next to Cafe Seminyak), [14]. 9AM-10PM. A very funky store which is an outlet for the Shaman Electro brand. Young streetwear which is right out there.

Art

  • Kebbath Studio, Jl Laksmana 7, +62 361 736178, [15]. 10AM-8PM. The studio of Made Bendesa, one of Bali's leading young abstract artists. Fabulous dramatic canvases that grace many of Bali's leading luxury properties, as well as drawing the attention of overseas collectors.
  • Lukisan traditional & modern paintings, Jl Kunti 3. 10AM-6:30PM. Stocks traditional Balinese, Buddhist, abstract, modern and pop art paintings. It is all a bit production line, but this is a gallery with very reasonable prices.
  • One World Gallery, Jl Raya Basangkasa 1200B, +62 361 730498, [16]. 11AM-9PM. The retail gallery of well established artists and ceramic workers Philip Lakeman and Graham Oldroyd. Innovative, funky and sometimes quite exceptional pieces.
  • Richard Meyer Culture, Jl Petintenget 200x, +62 361 7445179. 10AM-8PM. An elegant gallery showcasing art, photography and sculpture from contemporary Balinese artists.

Others

  • Bintang Supermarket, Jl Raya Seminyak. 10AM-10PM daily. This is the grand old aunt of supermarkets in all of Bali. It is a bit faded and old-fashioned looking these days but remains popular, and is a very convenient one stop for those visitors looking for the supermarket-type items that they would find at home. Also has a hardware section upstairs.
  • Seminyak Square, Jl Laksmana (on the corner of Jl Laksmana and Jl Kayu Jati), +62 361 8601515, [17]. 10AM-10PM. Chic and modern shopping complex housing designer stores, eateries, and an excellent Periplus bookshop. Most unusually for Seminyak, there is a lot of public parking available here.

If you are looking for Indonesian antiques (genuine or reproductions), or just enjoy browsing for eclectic homewares, try Jalan Kerobokan between the junction with Jalan Seminyak and the next set of traffic lights to the north. This is a very busy road and moving around is not easy, but both sides of the street are lined with numerous furniture, antique and homeware stores. A quieter, but just as rewarding option for similar products, is Jalan Mertanadi which runs parallel to Jalan Kerobokan just to the east.

Perhaps surprisingly, two traditional fresh produce markets remain in Seminyak. The most convenient is on the west side of the last bend at the very northern end of Jalan Raya Seminyak, and is widely known as Seminyak Market. A little more out of the way is a similar market in Kerobokan, called Taman Sari. Take Jalan Raya Kerobokan north from Jalan Raya Seminyak until you reach the first set of lights. Turn right and Taman Sari market is almost immediately on your righthand side. Both are best in the mornings from 7AM-11AM, and provide visitors with the opportunity to examine and purchase traditional, fresh local fruit and vegetables.

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Eat

Over the past 10 years, Seminyak has developed a world-class dining scene. If you want to splurge on one very special dinner while you are in Bali, look no further than the higher end options in Seminyak. Prices are high by Bali standards but on an international scale still good value for the highest quality of food and eating environment. The clientele is demanding here and the turnover of restaurants quite high, so those that make it and stick around are invariably very good.

  • Hallo Restaurants, Jl Nakula 4, Seminyak, +62 361 7800100 (), [18]. This handy service will deliver food to you anywhere in the Seminyak area. Their menu includes several of the restaurants listed below - you simply order with them and they pass on the order to the restaurant, pick it up and deliver to you. Allow about 45 minutes for delivery. Particularly useful for those staying at one of Seminyak's myriad private villas, many of which carry a copy of their menu and ordering instructions. If not, you can pick one up at their office or simply check the website. For the terminally lazy, they will even deliver beer and cigarettes. Delivery charge Rp 12,000.

Budget

Although they have become harder to find in recent years, there are still some excellent budget options available in the area.

  • Baku Dapa, Jl Dhyana Pura. This great value warung is something of a legend in Seminyak. Located right on busy Jalan Dhyana Pura, it stays open very late and is popular with the partying crowd. Serves Manado style Indonesian food at very keen prices. Highly recommended to all visitors as a real taste of Indonesia.
  • Café Tahu (Tofu Cafe), Jl Petitenget 20. Popular with locals, this restaurant has raised seating around a central courtyard and offers up a menu of tofu, tofu and more tofu, cooked Indonesian style for about Rp 10,000 per dish. The tofu is all made on premises and you can even buy a pack to take home. Concessions to meat-eaters include satay and grilled chicken.
  • Kolega, Jl Petitenget, +62 852 37949778. About 11AM-3PM, sometimes open in the early evening also. This simple, unassuming Javanese warung is an absolute institution amongst locals and expats alike. When it first gained the attention of travel guides there was a collective groan, but it has remained remarkably free from attention of the tourist hoardes. Choose your rice (options of plain, yellow and sometimes red) and the dishes to go with it. The various beef, chicken and fish dishes are fabulous, and the vegetables always fresh and fiery. Go easy on the sambal until you understand your heat tolerance. It is hard to think of a better, more authentic introduction to Indonesian food anywhere in Bali. Packed every day, and especially so at lunch time. Eat very well for Rp 20,000.
  • Mano Beach Side Café, Seminyak Beach (opposite Pura Petitenget). 10AM-8PM. True to the name, this is a simple but stylish blue building by the beach, offering all sorts of drinks for around Rp 10,000 as well as sandwiches and pasta for around Rp 30,000 — not to mention cool breezes and great sunsets.
  • Warung Batavia, Jl Kunti Utara (turn north off Jl Sunset at the Jl Kunti lights and it is on the first bend you reach), +62 361 7316411. 11AM-7PM. After years on Jl Kerobokan this long-established warung which serves excellent Javanese food has opened at a location with better parking. Always busy, but lunchtimes especially. Choose your food at the counter and sit at the sociable, shared tables. Spend Rp 25,000 for a fantastic quality meal.
  • Warung Sobat, Jl Batu Belig (About half way down Batu Belig on the right hand side heading towards the beach), +62 361 738922, [19]. 11AM-9PM. Great value and ever popular Indonesian restaurant. Main dishes about Rp 20,000 to 30,000.

Mid-range

  • Biku, +62 361 8570888 (), [20]. 9AM-9PM daily. Exactly what it says on the label, "a tea lounge, restaurant, antiques and bookstore". Quirky place with a lovely atmosphere. Great range of homemade deserts, salads and sandwiches, amongst more formal fare. The traditional English tea, complete with scones and cream, is a real hit. When you have finished eating have a browse through the antique gallery and the branch of Ubud's famous Ganesha Bookshop.
  • Cafe Jemme, Jl Petitenget 28, +62 361 732392. 11AM-10PM daily. Discrete, charming little restaurant set away from the road behind the Jemme jewelry store. Serves creative food with Asian accents at very reasonable prices for the area. The crispy duck is especially recommended, and leave space for a superb line in desserts.
  • Cafe Seminyak, Jl Raya Seminyak 17 (right in front of Bintang supermarket), +62 361 736967, [21]. 7AM-11PM. Established in 2000, this is where the local community meets. All day long, this very busy cafe serves breakfasts with French croissants, baguettes and chocolatines. Or you can have a big English breakfast with beans and sausage. The only downside here is that it is an outdoor cafe right beside a very busy and noisy road.
  • Gourmet Cafe (Bali Catering Co Cafe), Jl Petitenget, +62 361 8475115, [22]. 7AM-9PM daily. This is the cafe outlet of Bali's most gourmet catering company. Superb salads, pastries, home baked breads, all day breakfasts, top notch Italian coffee, and a quite remarkable range of teas. Also have great line in high quality frozen and fresh ready meals, both here and in their nearby shop. This is very handy if you are staying in one of Seminyak's private villas. Indoor seating area which is non-smoking, and being Seminyak, a large alfresco smoking area.
  • Grocer and Grind, Jl Kayu Jati 3x, +62 361 737321, [23]. 8AM-10PM. Very contemporary deli-style cafe serving superb sandwiches, salads and pastries, and possibly the best coffee in Seminyak. Free WiFi for customers.
  • Junction Cafe, Jl Laksmana (on the corner of Jl Laksmana and Jl Kayu Jati), +62 361 735610. 11AM-10PM. Excellent cafe serving the best baguettes imaginable and salads at lunchtime, and specialising in pasta in the evening. Free WiFi for customers. Belgian owned and run.
  • Le Tebu, Jl Petitenget 40X, +62 361 739948. The French-owned Le Tebu offers diners salads, sandwiches and a few token Indonesian items. Dishes start from Rp 30,000.
  • Made's Warung, Jl Raya Seminyak, +62 361 732130, [24]. 11AM-11PM. A Seminyak institution first established (in a different location) in 1969. Wonderful Indonesian food in a great location in a courtyard off of the main road in Seminyak. The western food is OK but nothing special; stay with the Indonesian dishes. Certainly not over-priced by Seminyak standards.
  • Queen's Tandoor, Jl Raya Seminyak 73, +62 361 732770 (), [25]. The best Indian restaurant in Bali by a country mile. Consistently wins awards and it is easy to understand why. Most of the main dishes are around Rp 50,000. Superb tandoori chicken and fish, huge authentic biryanis and much, much more. Also have a delivery service which is very handy for those visitors staying in one of Seminyak's many private rental villas.
  • Rumours, Jl Laksmana, Seminyak, +62 361 738720. 6PM-11PM. Incredibly popular restaurant serving great value western food. You cannot book here and there is often a long queue for tables.
  • Sate Bali, Jl Laskmana 22A (opposite Samaya resort), +62 361 736734. 11AM-10PM. Low-key but tastefully done open-air eatery with well presented Balinese favorites like sate lilit (spiced meat on lemon grass sticks), plenty of pork dishes and fresh fish. Rp 50,000.
  • Ultimo, Jl Laksmana 104 X, +62 361 738720, [26]. 5PM-11PM daily. Italian food is the go at this popular Laksmana restaurant. Those who remember the poor food here from a few years back should not be put off as it is has improved enormously. Good pastas and steak, and reliable carpaccio are the highlights. Same ownership as Rumours, just a few doors up the street. Mains Rp 40,000-100,000.
  • Waroeng Bonita, Jl Petitenget 100X. A vast selection of western and Indonesian dishes, served up in a garden courtyard. Prices start from Rp 50,000.

Splurge

  • 'La Lucciola, (on the south side of the Petitenget temple car park). In a fabulous location right on Petitenget beach, La Lucciola serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Home of the Frangipani Bar, a popular choice for watching the legendary sunset here.
  • Metis, Jl Petitenget No6, +62 361 737888 (), [27]. Opened in October 2009, this is Bali's most significant new restaurant for many years. After 10 years as Bali's top French restaurant, Warisan has closed and the management team from there have opened Metis which is intended to fill the same market niche. Only time will tell if they can create a formula which works as well as Warisan did, but the early omens are good. Located at the Kerobokan end of Jalan Petitenget with ample parking. About Rp 1,000,000 per head.
  • Sardine, Jl Petitenget 21 (northern end of Jl Petitenget, almost opposite Metis), +62 361 738202, [28]. closed Mondays. A recent and successful addition to Seminyak's chic dining scene. Specialise in fish and other seafood prepared with a Mediterranean ethic. Intimate restaurant with an innovative all bamboo design and clear views over the rice paddies. Mains Rp 100,000 to 150,0000.
  • Sarong, Jl Petitenget No19x, +62 361 737809 (), [29]. A hugely successful addition to Seminyak's hip restaurant and bar scene. Original takes on Asian street and country food in a very chic 5 star setting. If you want to be 'in with the Seminyak in-crowd', then you have found the right place.

Vegetarian

  • Little Green Cafe, Jl Mertanadi 11, Kerobokan (turn north from Jl Sunset into Jl Mertanadi, look for the cafe on your left side after about 300 metres), +62 361 2752125 (). 9AM-5PM daily. This little cafe is a very welcome 2010 addition to the Seminyak eating scene. Is 100% vegetarian and uses almost exclusively organic ingredients, most of them locally sourced. A great line of homemade cakes, cookies, fruit bars and fresh juices, as well as salads, soups, veggie burgers and daily specials. A little off the beaten path, but well worth the effort to get there. Mains Rp 25,000-35,000.

Drink

Ku dé Ta at night

Many of Bali's hippest nightspots are in Seminyak.

  • Hu'u, +62 361 736443, [30]. The seminal Bali establishment of the funky Singaporean nightspot chain. The star attraction here is the lit central swimming pool, where the bold and the beautiful can jump in. The rest of the complex is chilled-out drinking and dining in the garden and pavilion. Draft beer is tolerable at Rp 20,000 a mug, but cocktails will set you back Rp 70,000+.
  • Ku dé Ta, Jl Oberoi (Laksmana) 9, +62 361 736969, [31]. Super-stylish bar-restaurant complex with two bars, restaurant seating indoors and beachside divans to laze on while the DJ spins an eclectic mix of music, new and old. Soft drinks from Rp 20,000, cocktails from Rp 70,000, including bizarre selections like the infamous black pepper and grilled pineapple martini (which, for the record, tastes like liquid pineapple candy with a sprinkle of grit). Gets packed at weekends.
  • Lita Gunardi & The Backyard Lounge, Kunti Arcade 2&3, Jl Kunti I, +62 361 738000. 11AM to 12PM. A lounge bar and restaurant attached to the Lita Gunardi boutique. A funky venue in a Jl Kunti location that is rapidly becoming very fashionable indeed. The bar serves good cocktails and the restaurant specialises in Italian food.
  • The Living Room, Jl Petitenget 2000x, Seminyak, +62 361 735735 (), [32]. Just across the road from Hu'u and a similar bar which attracts a similarly hip clientele. Good cocktails and excellent DJ music. The restaurant is unreliable though.
  • Red Carpet Champagne Bar, Jl Laksmana 42c, +62 361 737889 (), [33]. A fairly ritzy bar (unsurprisingly) specialising in Champagne. Not as expensive as you might imagine, but by no means a place for a cheap drink. Think Moet accompanied by a plate of oysters.
  • Syndicate Club Bali, Jl Blue Ocean (right on he beach, next door to 66), +62 361 756666. 10PM to 4AM. Late night dance bar with great ocean and beach views.

Gay bars

There are numerous gay bars on Jalan Dhyana Pura, the most popular of which is Mixwell.

  • Club Cosmo Bali, Jl. Dhyana Pura 8-9 (Gosha Plaza), [34]. 4PM-4AM. New Club on Dhyana Pura formerly known as Cabaret Club. Opening on September 24 2011. Only place with air- conditioned dance floor, and outside terrace bar. Mid price, busy on weekends.

Sleep

There is virtually no backpacker accommodation in Seminyak. Budget travellers will generally do better to stay in nearby Kuta or Legian. However, there are some (fairly uninspiring) losmen type places in Gang Bima which runs south off the northern end of Jalan Dhyana Pura, right in the heart of Seminyak.

The main choices are villas and higher end hotels. There are some good bargains to be had in the mid-range though in low season, so shop around.

Beware of false advertising! Only the most expensive "villas" are completely private and self-contained, while many share at least some facilities, and the cheaper ones are just clusters of bungalows.

Hotels

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under US$ 40
Mid-range US$ 40 to 130
Splurge Over US$ 130

Any villas listed in this section do not have private courtyards and share facilities like a swimming pool.

Budget

  • The Harmony Seminyak, Jl Drupadi 234, +62 361 737711 (), [35]. About 200 metres from the beach on the junction of Jl Dhyanapura and Jl Drupadi. Simple, functional, modern rooms all equipped with satellite TV channels. Reasonable restaurant and a good-sized pool. Newly opened in 2009 and offering good value prices for the area. From Rp 350,000.

Mid-range

  • Casa Indigo, Jl Petitenget 88x, +62 361 8475470 (), [36]. checkin: 1PM; checkout: 11AM. currently closed for renovation From US$80.
  • Clio Studio Apartment, Jll Raya Seminyak, Gang Mangga 7x (just behind cafe moka), +62 361 7478851 (), [37]. checkin: 1PM; checkout: 11AM. Modern boutique hotel in the minimalist style with thirteen rooms, 4 different kind of minimalist loft spaces, and 5 studio spaces. Very good value by Seminyak standards, Rooms include flat sceen TV, speaker system and free WiFi. Staff are friendly. From US$80.
  • Ixora Resort and Villas, Jl Cendrawasih 99, +62 361 739390 (), [38]. Small hotel in just about as a quiet setting as you will find anywhere in Seminyak. Breakfast and room service but no restaurant. Many of Bali's best eateries are easy walking distance from here though. A good value option in a nice spot. From US$ 70.
  • Kokonut Suites, Jl Petitenget 88 (next door to Metis), +62 361 735933 (), [39]. This well presented, modern all suite hotel is extremely good value by Seminyak standards. One and two bedroom suites offered. In-house spa, gym and business centre. Moderately priced restaurant. From US$ 90.
  • Puri Cendana, Jl Dhyana Pura (at the beach end of Dhyana Pura, close to The Sofitel), +62 361 734890 (), [40]. A simple, old-style Bali hotel that almost seems a little out of place in Seminyak these days. Great value though for his area and it is only 50 metres from the beach. Has a lot of loyal repeat custom. The restaurant is ordinary (but lots of good options within easy walking distance). From US$ 50.
  • The Seri Suites, Jl Umalas I No 42 (off Jl Kerobokan), +62 361 730262 (, fax: +62 361 730784), [41]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 12PM. Surrounded by rice paddies and a charming Balinese Village, offers a Bali experience in a relaxing, quiet environment. Less than 10 minutes by free shuttle bus from the main shopping, eating and beach areas of Seminyak. One, two and three bedroom suites available. From Rp 800,000. (,2300000)

Splurge

  • Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa, Bali, Jl Dhyana Pura (right on the beach at the end of Jl Dhyana Pura), +62 361 737773, [42]. Situated on 3,500 square metres of prime Seminyak beachfront, this resort features 59 suites of approximately 80 square metres each. Tastefully furnished and decorated as you would expect from this five star boutique resort operator. Clear and direct ocean views from all the suites.
  • Breezes Seminyak Resort and Spa (Contiki Resort Bali), Jl Dhyana Pura, +62 361 730573. Previously a Contiki Resort designed exclusively for the 18-35 age range. This resort consists of a multi-level pool with bar, lounge bar & nightclub, modern architecture, day spa, tennis court. There are also free shuttles to Kuta.
  • Chez Bali Villa and Spa, Jl Beraban, +62 361 736304/5, [43]. Chez Bali consists of 17 villas with a large shared pool. Prices range from Rp 1,700,000-4,600,000 per villa in the high/low season, including breakfast. Complimentary airport pick-up.
  • Cicada, Jl Pura Telaga Waja, Petitenget (on the entrance road to Sentosa), +62 361 8620805, [44]. This is an intimate complex consisting of 6 contemporary single and double storey townhouses, set amongst beautiful tropical grounds, and all opening out to the shared 25 metre lap pool and jacuzzi.
  • The Haven, Jl Raya Seminyak 500, +62 361 738 001 (), [45]. This massive 160 room contemporary-styled hotel opened in mid 2009. Offers regular hotel rooms, suites and a few private villas. Big downside is the noisy location right on the busiest part of Jalan Raya Seminyak.
  • The Legian, Jl Laksmana, +62 361 730622 (), [46]. Despite its name, this very famous hotel in right on the beach in Petitenget. An extremely impressive five star property and the prices are amongst the highest in Bali. First class restaurant, spa and gym facilities.
  • The Samaya, Jl Laksmana, [47]. The Samaya is a stylish villa resort with forty-six villas, twenty four of which command a premier location along the fashionable Seminyak beachfront. It has its own wonderful restaurant called The Breeze, and you get 180 degree beach and ocean views from its Olympic-sized swimming pool.


Private villas

Villas listed here are either private individual properties with their own pool, or are within a all-villa hotel which offers only completely private units.

  • Aqua Villa, (Jl Kayu Jati), [48]. Located in the heart of Seminyak, walking distance to Petitenget beach, this tropical villa has modern architecture that features four master bedrooms all with ensuite, 20 metre private pool, an entertainment room with flat screen TV and pool table. Fully staffed, including a private chef. Built in 2007, this villa was voted Best Villa of the Year 2008 in The Yak Magazine. US$ 775 to 1,250 per night.
  • Atas Ombak, (right on Batubelig beach), [49]. This expansive 5-bedroom beachfront luxury property sleeps up to 10 people. It has a private pool and extensive gardens over the one acre property. Fully staffed with 20-person team, including private cook, maids and security. From US$ 1,500 per night.
  • b villa (sales@bvilla.com), Jl Braban, +62 361 736 826, [50]. A collection of contemporary, minimalist 1, 2 and 3 bedroom private villas within a managed complex. In a quiet spot and quite good value by Seminyak standards. From US$ 235.
  • Bali Aroma Exclusive Villas, Jl.Batu Belig Gg. Pelangi No 8, [51]. In a quiet area with a total of 11 furnished villas with private pool. from US$155.
  • Beach House, (located on Petitenget beach), [52]. Contemporary four bedroom villa that fronts onto the beach. Has private private pool and is fully staffed. From US$ 975 per night.
  • The Dusun, Jl Kayu Jati No 8, Petitenget, +62 361 734000 (), [53]. A full service villa resort located just off Jalan Petitenget. There are includes 14 private villas with either one or three bedrooms. All have a full kitchen and their own small private pool. These have been around for a while, and some might find them a bit old fashioned compared to the newer villa offerings in Seminyak. Still a good option though and a well managed property. US$260-465.
  • Grace's Villa (Villa Lumbung No 9), Jl Petitenget 1000x (located to the rear of Villa Lumbung Hotel), +62 361 736 819, [54]. Ethnic decor, gated community with around-the-clock security. 700 metres from the beach. Four bedrooms, 4.5 baths, pool, garden, fully-equipped kitchen, free wi-fi. From US$350 for the villa, singles rooms for less.
  • The Kozy Villas, Jl Dewi Saraswati III, No9RK, +62 361 736255 (, fax: +62 361 736256), [55]. 7 private villas each with a private pool. 24-hour security, concierge, and room service. In a bit of a backwater about 10 minutes drive from Seminyak proper, but it is priced accordingly.
  • The Kunja, Jl Lebak Sari No 8, +62 361 733130 (), [56]. This full service villa resort located just off Jalan Petitenget has 18 villas (1 bedroom and 3 bedroom options). All villas have a full kitchen and their own private pool. US$290-590.
  • Laksamana Villas, Jl Laksmana, [57]. Right opposite the Samaya Resort, close to Ku De Ta, La Luciola and Seminyak beach. Three to five bedroom villas in a very discrete, super-luxury managed estate.
  • Maya Sayang, Jl Mertasari No1, +62 361 732230, [58]. Boutique villa resort offering all the usual sevices. One, two and three bedroom villas available, all with their own private pool. Japanese-owned. From US$ 350.
  • The Residence Seminyak, Jl Pangkung Sari No 1A, +62 361 847 8166 (, fax: +62 361 847 8167), [59]. A managed estate of 12 privately owned villas. Two to five bedroom villas available each with its own private pool. From US$ 300.
  • Sentosa Villas and Resort, Jl Pura Telaga Waja, Petitenget, (), [60]. Since opening in 2007, Sentosa has claimed its place in the very highest echelon of chic Seminyak hotels. There are no hotel rooms as such, rather this is a villa resort and each villa has its own pool. Common areas are spectacular here and include a top class gym and spa. The only downside is the food - dreadful for such a top quality property. Eat elsewhere. Ten minute walk to Petitenget Beach. From US$ 550.
  • The Seri Villas, Gang Telaga Waja, +62 361 801-3577 (, fax: +62-361-732-293), [61]. Nine 2 & 3 bedroom luxury pool villas, a 5 minute walk to the beach. In-house spa service, friendly team of staff and free shuttle service in Seminyak area. US$ 400 to 720 per night.
  • Sitara Villas Bali, Jl Raya Kerobokan and Jl Laksmana (The three Sitara Group Villas are situated right in the heart of the main shopping and dining areas of Seminyak), (), [62]. From US$280.
  • Villa Azaya, Jl Cendrawasih, [63]. Contemporary-styled, five-bedroom villa just 50 metres from Petitenget Beach. 20 metre pool and high-end sound system. Fully staffed with chef, maids, gardener, security etc. US$ 800 to 1,350 per night.

Stay safe

Seminyak is the centre of Bali's party drug scene with offers of ecstasy and cocaine especially common. Pay heed to the advice here, and avoid at all costs.

Cope

Indicative of its place in the elite group of high end Asian travel destinations, Seminyak has its very own lifestyle magazine. The Yak [64] is an impressive, glossy magazine produced four times each year, and has the full run-down on the Seminyak scene: happening restaurants and bars, fashion boutiques, and reviews of the latest hip hotels and villas. Pick up a copy at any local news-stand for Rp 70,000.

Get out

  • The bright lights, shopping centres and traffic jams of Kuta are just 15 minutes away to the south.
  • The rural tranquility of Canggu is 25 minutes drive to the north.
  • The temple of Tanah Lot, famed for its sunsets, is 40 minutes away by car.
  • Further to the south lie Jimbaran, famous for its luxury hotels and beach front dinners, and the Uluwatu area, which boasts top beaches and cultural destinations, such as the Uluwatu temple.
  • To the east and the other side of the island, one will find sedate Sanur - one of Bali's oldest tourist destinations featuring a mix of tourist attractions.



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