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Seminyak, Bali

The resort area at Seminyak attracts luxury tourists who enjoy things like boutique shops, fancy restaurants, health spas, and art galleries. It is situated right beside Legian, and Kuta is just a few kilometers to the south. Seminyak is a nice place to visit if volunteers are looking for a bit of pampering or some nice food and drink. The beach here is usually less busy than other beaches in this part of Bali.

Bali Seminyak Beach

Transportation to Seminyak

Seminyak is located on the west coast of Bali, and it is suburb of Kuta. It is 10.7km (6.6 miles) from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar and 5.6km (3.5 miles) from Kuta. The options for transportation to Seminyak would include:

  • A taxi from the International Airport to Seminyak will cost between 40,000 and 60,000 IDR (as of early 2013) – it is usually best to insist that the taxi driver uses their meter. A taxi from Kuta to Seminyak should never cost more than 30,000 IDR.
  • It is possible to get to Seminyak by bus from many parts of Bali. One of the most popular options is to use the Perama Shuttle bus service to Kuta, and then travel to Seminyak from there – Perama has buses to Kuta from many destinations including; Padang Bai, Sanur, Ubud, and Lovina.

Getting around Seminyak

The options for getting around this resort area would include:

  • All the main attractions in Seminyak can be reached by foot. The beach is right next to Legian Beach, and if volunteers are feeling energetic they can walk all the way to Kuta Beach.
  • It is easy to rent a motorbike here, but the traffic congestion in this part of the island can be very bad.
  • A bicycle can be a good way to get around, and these can be rented from most resorts and hotels.
  • There is a bemo service that connects Seminyak with Kuta, Denpasar, as well as many other locations.

Entrance to Ku De Ta 2

Attractions in Seminyak

Some of the things to see in this part of Bali would include:

  • Petitenget Temple is right beside the beach on Jalan Petitenget. This is a directional temple, and this means that it is considered very sacred by the local people and is often used for ceremonies.
  • The most popular attraction in the local area is Seminyak Beach . This stretch of grey sand is usually less busy than nearby Kuta and Legian Beach, and this is one of the best places on the island to view the sunset – it is really something special.
  • Seminyak Square is a modern shopping arcade on Jalan Kayu Aya. As well as a good range of shops, there are also some nice restaurants and cafes.
  • Seminyak Market is a traditional fresh produce market located on the northern end of Jalan Raya Seminyak. Even if visitors are not looking to buy anything, it can be still nice to visit this market to see the local people engaging in their everyday lives.
  • Visitors only need to travel a short distance outside of Seminyak before they get to see some rice fields and small villages.
  • There is a shuttle bus from Seminyak to Bali Safari and Marine Park – this bus leaves from the Breezes at 09:30 (as of mid-2013). The Safari and Marine Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island, and it is a great place to take kids.

Activities in Seminyak

The most popular things to do in this part of Bali would include:

  • Dean’s Bali Cooking School is run by internationally renowned chef Dean James, and they offer a number of different courses that can help visitors learn the secrets of Balinese cuisine. As well as instruction on how to cook, the participants can get the opportunity to visit a local market and learn about ingredients.
  • Lolipop’s Waterplay and Playland is a nice place to take kids, and there is also a cafe area where parents can relax while their children have fun. It is located on Jalan Sunset Road.
  • Nirwana Bali is one of the best golf courses in Bali, and it is located in easy reach of Seminyak at Tanah Lot. The clubhouse here is also very good, and they have a spa on the premises.
  • There are many health resorts and spas in the Seminyak area. It is usually possible to find some reasonably priced day packages.
  • There are some interesting art galleries that are worth visiting including the Folk Art Gallery on Jalan Oberio and One World Gallery on Jalan Raya Basangkasa.
  • Some of the best high-end boutique shops in Bali are to be found here. There are also shops and market stalls selling more reasonably priced items.

Restaurants in Seminyak

One of the problems that volunteers visiting to Seminyak will never have to deal with is finding somewhere to eat. This area is packed to the brim with restaurants and some of the best options would include:

  • Warung Made is a must visit restaurant if staying in the Seminyak area. It’s a beautiful open-air restaurant with a mix of traditional Balinese and western dishes. A variety of different entertainment is displayed each evening, ranging from traditional Balinese dance performances to classic folk and rock music.
  • Rumors Restaurants is located on Jalan Kayu Aya, and this is a good option for Italian and International food. They also offer live music most evenings.
  • Chandi Restaurant specializes in Pan-Asian food, and they also have an impressive wine and cigar menu. This venue can be found on Jalan Laksmana.
  • Biku Restaurant not only serves tropical comfort food, but it is also a book shop and teahouse. The building is a 150 year old Joglo construction, and the interior is elegant looking with plenty of nice touches.

Seminyak Nightlife

Seminyak is close enough to Kuta to enjoy the nightlife there, but volunteers can also enjoy plenty of venues locally such as:

  • Potato Head Beach Club is located right on the beach, and this can be a fun place to spend a few hours. There is an impressive cocktail menu, and they have a DJ spinning discs most evenings.
  • Hu’u is a fancy place on Jalan Petitenget that tends to attract the hipster crowd. The party atmosphere lasts well into the night here.
  • Ku De Ta aims to provide patrons with the best chill music in Bali. They even have their own radio station, and people can buy compilation albums featuring the most popular sounds.