Seminyak is a beach on the west coast of southern Bali, just north of Kuta.
Seminyak is the most upmarket of the west coast's beaches, with high-end accommodation and mostly high-end restaurants and bars to serve its residents. The atmosphere is more rural and laid-back than Kuta, and the beach in particular is much quieter during the day, although this area too is developing fast.
The northern end of Seminyak's Petitenget Beach is administratively a part of Kerobokan, although the actual village of this name is some four kilometers further inland.
Taxis are plentiful. Coupon taxis from the airport to Seminyak cost a fixed Rp. 60000, while a metered trip in the other direction is around Rp 40,000. Trips to/from Kuta cost around Rp 30,000.
- Petitenget Beach. A gorgeous expanse of black sand stretching in both directions as far as the eye can see. The sunsets here are famous.
- Pura Petitenget, Jl Petitenget (near beach). A compact but pretty Balinese temple.
- Cafe Tahu, Jl Petitenget. 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 (read: peanut sauce), for about Rp 6000/dish. The tofu is all made on premises and you can even buy a pack to take home. Concessions to meat-eaters include sate and grilled chicken.
- Bebek Bali, Jl. Petitenget 108, +62-361-745-4640, . The name means "Balinese duck", and in case that doesn't tip you off as to their speciality, everything from napkins to beer coasters inside the lush, ornamented restaurant is duck-shaped. Duck is served in seven ways, including the tasty Balinese bebek batutu flavored with herbal paste. Post-bird flu, however, they also have a (rather less successful) sideline in seafood. Set meals from Rp. 55,000.
- Mano Beach Side Cafe, Seminyak Beach (opp Pura Petitenget). 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.
- Le Tebu, Jl. Petitenget 40X, tel. +62-361-739948. Salads, sandwiches and a few token Indonesian items. French owner. Rp. 30,000.
- Waroeng Bonita, Jl. Petitenget 100X. A vast selection of Western and Indonesian dishes, served up in a garden courtyard. Rp. 50,000.
Many of Bali's hippest nightspots are in Seminyak.
- Hu'u, Jl Oberoi (Laksmana), tel. +62-361-736443, . The seminal Bali establishment of the funky Singaporean nightspot chain, the star attraction here is the lit-up 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. Steeply priced though, draft beer is tolerable at Rp 20,000 a mug but drinks will set you back Rp 60,000 and up.
- Ku dé Ta, Jl Oberoi (Laksmana) 9, tel. +62-361-736969, . 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 40,000..
- Double Six, Jl Double Six, is a popular late-night disco venue right on the beach. It also has a restaurant that's open during the day and a huge swimming-pool with a bunjee jump.
There is no backpacker accommodation in Seminyak: the main choices are villas and fancy hotels.
- Chez Bali Villa and Spa, Jl Beraban, tel. +62-361-736304/5, . 17 private villas. Large pool, only a few steps to the Petitenget beach. Price around US$75 per villa in the high/low season, including breakfast, complimentary pick-up also available.
- Raja Gardens Bungalows, . Good value budget hotel 100m from Seminyak Beach. Large swimming pool and rates from $22.
- Tony's Villa, Jl Petitenget, tel. +62-361-736166, . 10 luxurious villas, featuring among other things no less than three showers each, set in a lush Balinese garden. Small but delightful pool, 500 meters on foot to the beach. Rates around US$80/50 per villa in the high/low season, including breakfast.
- The bright lights, shopping centers and traffic jams of Kuta are just 15 minutes away.
- The temple of Tanah Lot, famed for its sunsets, is 40 minutes away by car.
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