The Top 12 Best Things to Do in Seminyak, Bali
There are plenty of things to do in Seminyak, one of the most prestigious and hippest areas in Bali. With its white, sandy beach and countless beach bars, Seminyak is the perfect place to spend a relaxing holiday. You can enjoy the Seminyak nightlife or stay in one of the lush villas available.
In this guide, I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about Seminyak. Whether you want to enjoy the nightlife or stay in some stunning accommodation, you’ll find it in Seminyak,
Where on the Bali island is this dream destination located?
Seminyak is in the southwest of Bali. It takes 35 minutes by taxi to get there from Denpasar airport and it is just a 5-min drive away from Kuta. Alternatively, you can also walk along the beach from Kuta to Seminyak which will take about 45 minutes and from there it is another 40-minute beach walk from Seminyak to Canggu.
Now that we know this, what are the things not to miss out on when visiting Seminyak?
1. Seminyak Beach
This long and wide stretch of sand is a true piece of paradise. The beach in Seminyak is the perfect place to wind down and relax as it is not as crowded as the neighbouring beaches in Kuta. Its white-golden sand, the exotic look of palm trees and blue water combined with countless beach bars along the beach promise a perfect day in the sun.
Double-Six-Beach is a 500-meter long part of Seminyak Beach and well worth checking out. It is located at the southern strip connecting Seminyak Beach and Legian, also known as Blue Ocean Beach.
Here you will find the nicest sand in Seminyak and plenty of bars and restaurants.
Surfing in Seminyak
Besides sunbathing and swimming, Seminyak Beach is also a great place to go surfing.
The waves are perfect for beginners and intermediate surfers.
You can find loads of little stalls along the beach to rent a surfboard. If you are inexperienced and need some help to get on the board you can take surfing lessons at “Santai Surf School” which is conveniently located at Double-Six-Beach.
Prices vary depending on what kind of class you are taking but be prepared to pay around IDR150,000 (approx. 10,20USD).
Grab a drink in one of Seminyak’s luxurious beach clubs
Seminyak beach is abundant with upscale beach clubs and tropical beach bars. During the day it is very relaxed. Most beach clubs offer a variety of food, snacks and delicious cocktails to sip on.
Also, these are perfect places to watch the sunset.
“Potato Head Beach Club” has two infinity pools and a swim-up bar and is one of the most popular hang-out spots in Seminyak.
At night the place turns into a party place with live music to dance to.
Another great place you shouldn’t miss is “Ku De Ta”, one of the first beach clubs on Seminyak Beach. Here as well, you will find an infinity pool to relax in and fine dining quality food as well as refreshing cocktails. At night there are live DJs playing upbeat house and electronic music which usually leads to an amazing dance party.
At Double-Six-Beach you will find laid-back bars that are ideal to watch the sunset from.
Grab one of the bars’ bean bags on the beach and have a drink or head up to “Double-Six-Rooftop Sunset Bar” to have a breathtaking view of the sun sinking into the ocean.
Party in the Nightlife in Seminyak
Even though the party scene in Seminyak is way more easy-going than in Kuta and most nightlife takes place on the beach, there are some nightclubs in town that are great for a late night out.
“The late Bali” in the heart of Seminyak offers a fun atmosphere and delicious drinks as well as live Latin music five times a week. People come here for good vibes with the intention to dance their feet off on the dance floor.
Another well-praised spot for a night in town is “La Favela”. A massive amount of plants, waterfalls, and ponds are part of the nightclub’s decoration and turn this place into a unique party experience. This place is huge, so beware you might get lost…
It is a great place to eat and drink during the day and after 10:30 pm this place turns into a wild party. DJs play live music and professional bartenders mix the best cocktails you’ve ever tasted.
A very entertaining and fun place is “Bali Joe” in the centre of town. This gay bar is infamous for their drag-queen and sexy-boy shows and diverse DJs play a variety of house music that you can’t stop dancing to.
Shopping in Seminyak
Seminyak offers some of the best shopping in Bali. You will find a number of stores all over town but the streets in “Jalan Laksmana” and “Jalan Kunti” are particularly popular for shopping. In the walkable town centre, you will find a variety of designer boutiques and clothing stores.
Furthermore, the streets are packed with souvenir shops and stores selling handicrafts. In some of the smaller, off-brand stores you will find similar products as in the high-end boutiques but for a cheaper price. If you don’t see a price tag you might be able to negotiate and get a small discount as well.
On top of that, you will notice some names you have never heard of. The reason for this may be that they are local Balinese brands.
The Balinese brand “Bamboo Blonde” for example has shops all over the island and offers fashionable, high-quality clothing for an affordable price.
Visit “Pura Petitenget”
Pura Petitenget is a small, centuries-old Hindu temple. If you are looking to visit a cultural place in Seminyak this is where to go.
The temple is made out of red brick and sandstone which gives the building a traditional and old look.
Despite its location on land, “Pura Petitenget” is considered to be a “sea temple”, which the Balinese people believe protects them from the ocean.
To this day locals are still coming here to worship and various religious ceremonies take place here throughout the year.
There is an IDR50,000 (approx. 3,40USD) entrance fee and if you forget your sarong to cover up you will be able to rent one in front of the entrance for a small fee.
Food culture in Seminyak
Besides the countless food options on the beach in luxurious beach clubs, there are a lot of food options to explore in town as well. Here you can find more affordable and traditional Balinese meals.
The shopping street “Japan Laksama” is also known as “Seminyak Eat Street” for its many cafes and restaurants. Here you will find some true hidden delicacies.
If you are interested in learning how to cook local food, you should definitely take part in a cooking class at “Warung Nia”.
This affordable eaterie is known for its tasty slow-cooked Balinese pork ribs and other meaty delicacies.
Participants of their cooking class will not only end up with a delicious meal but also with a certificate of participation and a recipe book.
Plus, if you book directly through their Facebook page you will get 50% off.
If you are a coffee lover everyone will tell you to go to the coffee shop ” Revolver Espresso”. Here you will find the best coffee in Seminyak if not even the best coffee in Bali.
“Revolver Espresso” has its own roastery where selected beans from all over the world are being processed and then turned into addictingly good espresso-based coffee variations.
Do a day at Potato Head Beach Club
If you’re looking for a top infinity pool in Seminyak, then you need to visit Potato Head Beach Club for a cocktail and some food!
As you’ll know, it gets hot man in the sun visiting all the best things to do in Seminyak, which is why it’s good to chill out sometimes. And, what better way to relax than visiting the Potato Head Beach Club.
During peak season in Bali, Potato Head Beach Club can get busy. So, i’d say get there early if you can to grab yourself one of the poolside beanbags.
Check out scuba diving in Bali
If you’re a newbie to scuba diving, you can get your feet wet (excuse the pun), with one of the snorkelling tours Bali. And if you really like it, you can even get Padi certified! That’s cool, right?
This diving school in Seminyak is perfect for learning how to drive safely. But, if you consider yourself more of a pro, you can just sign up for a dive trip with them.
Try beach horse riding in Seminyak
Picture a summer’s day riding a horse on the beautiful Seminyak beach. Well, this could be you! This is without a doubt one of the most popular activities in Seminyak to do.
You can pick your horse, saddle up, and stroll from Seminyak to Canggu. Oh yeah, this takes around 2 hours to complete, but this will go quick because of how much fun you’ll be having.
Don’t worry if you’re not a professional horse rider, I’m not either. There’s professional there to guide you up the Seminyak beach. You’ve just got to sit back and enjoy the journey.
Visit Nyaman Art
Nyaman Gallery is one of the best things to see in Seminyak. I mean Bali is one of the art capitals of the world so it makes sense to visit this tourist point, right? Support the art movement in Bali!
Most of the items you will see here are created by local Balinese and Indonesian artists. It really is an awesome thing to see! You will get to see a whole range of goods. For example, there are pieces you can wear, sculptures, and of course, stunning paintings.
On your trip to Seminyak, you should visit here and pick up a local art piece.
Have a stretch at Seminyak Yoga Shala
You can’t do a visit to Seminyak without trying out some Bali yoga!
Seminyak Yoga Shala is very popular amongst locals and visitors to Seminyak. New to the yoga scene in Seminyak is the Yoga Shala. It’s located on the central artery of the cool Jalan Seminyak and if you’re hungry, there is a raw food cafe onsite.
There is a variety of various classes you can practice every day. They suit a variety of levels of yoga ability and you can likewise try various types of yoga. For example, Ashtanga and Mysore and there are also Qi Gong and fun Tai Chi classes available here.
Is Seminyak worth visiting?
Yes, Seminyak is worth visiting. Seminyak is residence to a range of sprawling beach resorts, beautiful hotels and excellent boutique spots and cheap homestays too. It’s the ideal place to still be in the action of Bali.
Where to stay Seminyak?
There’s plenty of lush places to stay in Seminyak such as;
- Kanvaz Village Resort Seminyak – Set in Seminyak, 700 yards from Batu Belig Beach, Kanvaz Village Resort Seminyak offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, free bikes and a bar. This 5-star hotel offers room service and a shared lounge. The property provides pool views, an outdoor pool, a 24-hour front desk, and free WiFi is available throughout the property. All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a shower, free toiletries and a wardrobe. At the hotel, all rooms have a private bathroom.
- Amerta Seminyak – Amerta Seminyak has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar and garden in Seminyak. Among the facilities at this property are a concierge service and a tour desk, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests. All rooms at the hotel are fitted with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and a shower. Guest rooms at Amerta Seminyak have air conditioning and a desk.
- Potato Head Suites at Desa Potato Head – Situated in Seminyak, steps away from Potato Head Beach Club, Potato Head Suites at Desa Potato Head features an outdoor pool and fitness centre. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Uniquely designed, every room at this hotel is fitted with a flat-screen TV, a minibar and a seating area. Some units come with a terrace or balcony with a view. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and slippers in the private bathroom.
Seminyak to Ubud
You’ll probably want to travel from Seminyak to Ubud after visiting here. The journey from Seminyak to Ubud by getting a local Bali taxi should cost around 250,000Rp. This will vary on how busy the roads are. You can also catch a local bus for 80,000Rp.
If you are planning a trip to Bali, be sure not to overlook this slice of paradise. As you will find there are many things to do in Seminyak.