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9 things you MUST DO while you are in Seminyak!
Seminyak, with its humble beginnings, has evolved into Bali’s most sophisticated and upscale beach resort area throughout the years, yet still strikingly comes short of significant local attractions that typically dot Bali’s other popular destinations, such as Ubud for instance.
Nevertheless, amongst all the modernity and glamour, there are a handful of Seminyak’s interesting facets to discover, most within walking distance or an easy taxi ride away from your luxury resort or villa. These following attractions also serve as great spots to escape to from the dining, shopping and traffic frenzied scenes of this developed area.
1. Lazy day by the pool at Potato Head Beach Club.
Potato Head is the perfect venue for it – infinity pool, beach front, cocktails, sunshine & beautiful people. This is a very popular spot so you want to get here as early as possible (like 10am early) to secure a cabana or at least put your name down for one at reception. It’s worth the wait, the Cabaña is yours all day with your own waiter for cocktails and nibbles (they have amazing cheese platters and the passion fruit and vanilla vodka cocktail is delicious). Each cabana comes with a min spend of 500.000 IDR. You will make more than one visit to this place as the sunset is also spectacular here. Have a few cocktails while enjoying the view, after sunset have a meal at one of three restaurants – ‘Potato Head Bistro’ (Bar food), ‘Lilin’ (serving tapas style East Asian dishes and ‘Tapping Shoes’ (French fine dining). The restaurants concave around the 500 square meter lawn in the centre of the venue which extends out to meet the beach-facing infinity pool.
2. Overindulge in cheap daily massages
There are so many cheap massage places in Seminyak however, they are quite hit and miss. ‘Carla’s Spa’ is very consistent. The massages are great at dirt cheap prices. There is no website but it’s across the road from Seminyak Square (Jalan Kayu Aya, Kuta Utara, Badung). It’s very easy to find so just ask any taxi driver or a local. If you are happy to pay a little more for massages, Bodyworks is a very popular one. Make sure you book in advance; it’s about 332.000 IDR for a full body 1hour massage. Great reviews are written about Dancing Fingers, a full body massage cost approximate 447.000 IDR for 75 minutes. Lastly, massages on the beach are still good for 50.000 IDR for 1hour.
3. Get your hair done at Rob Peetoom hair spa Bali
The Rob Peetoom Hair Spa at Bali is a location that invites for luxurious Hair & Beauty treatments. (Petitenget 16, 80631 Seminyak Bali, Indonesia. 0062 - 3617 38363 email@example.com
) The Hair Spa is environmentally friendly designed and made by the hand of by the Dutch architect Ruud van Oosterhout, which fits in the area, built of local materials, with respect for the land and using the local economy. While enjoying your treatment you have the best view over the beautiful rice fields.
Tip! Combine your hair treatment at Rob Peetoom with a wonderful lunch. Across the street you find Sardine, the perfect place to have lunch or dinner with the relaxing view over the rice fields. They service the perfect fish dishes.
4. Get your tan and chill out at Mozaic Beachclub
Much more quiet and more isolated than Potato Head but the best place to chill out and get your Bali tan. Experience the laid back beach front setting at Mozaic Beachclub. You can get a lounge bed at the beachside when you have a minimum spent of 100.000 rupiah. They have a nice swimming pool and good shower facilities.
5. Shopping in boutiques in Seminyak
Seminyak's shopping scene is filled with exclusive fashion boutiques and lifestyle brand outlets. Rows of stores featuring designer labels, homeware and furniture, handicraft and contemporary artwork line Jalan Raya Seminyak (also known as Jalan Basangkasa) and Jalan Petitenget. Glamourous tropical collections feature ethnic and chic designs, natural and silk fabrics adorned with beading and sequins in strong deep colours – perfect for Bali’s tropical climate and any summer day around the world.
Goldentip! Get a customised butter soft leather skirt, jacket, bag or…wardrobe! Visit Har at Inni Kulit (Jl Basangkasa No 9X Seminyak Kuta, Bali) for all you custom made to order leather goods. Their quality of work is excellent and their prices are laughably cheap!
6. Learn how to surf at Odysseys Surfing School
Odysseys Surf School is a surfing school located at the Mercure Hotel Arcade just in front of Kuta beach, which is famous for its white sandy bottom, breaking waves and waist deep water. It doesn’t matter how good/bad you can surf or how young/old you are! Odysseys offer lessons for everybody! And the good thing is that the instructors speak fluent English!
Odysseys Surf School cater group surfing lessons, semi private surfing lessons, private surfing lessons , group or corporate surfing lessons and kids’ surfing lessons with a beginners or intermediate level surfing experience.
Odysseys guarantee that all beginners find themselves standing on a board by the end of their two-hour activity session. I succeeded too and I had never surfed before!! The surf school provides facilities such as: lockers for your personal belongings, a long sleeve t-shirt so you won’t look like a lobster at the end of the day, shorts so you don’t have to worry about losing your bikini bottom while surfing and drinking water before/during/after surfing After the surfing experience you can shower the sand out of your hair and laugh about your pictures which are made by the photographer.
When you book your Bali surf lessons with Odysseys surf school, this also includes a free pick up service!
7. Pool party at Cocoon
‘Cocoon’ has hosted some of the Island’s hottest poolside events. It’s a glamorous and sleek venue, offering a fine dining restaurant, a stunning bar and a pool side beach club complete with cabanas, palm trees and frangipanis. There’s always something exciting on here. Check the site for all upcoming events or if there’s nothing good on, pop in for a Sunday session.
8. Have dinner and dance the night away at La Favela
When you’re in Bali you don’t want to miss hotspot La Favela in Seminyak. It doesn't look like much from the street, however once you walk over the little bridge into the restaurant, It feels like you enter a magical world which you want to explore. This restaurant and bar has a stunning vintage décor and layout which keeps you entertained. Even the toilet is a nice place to hang out. Ask for a table in one of the private rooms or in the courtyard when you reserve for dinner. And keep some empty space for a dessert. I am sure you will like the delicious La Favela chocolate fondant. It’s Yummy!
Then the night time, it changes, there is a main area where the DJ plays behind a wall of retro electronics. A night out in La Favela is always fun! It tends to get very busy on a Saturday night, but there are plenty of seating areas to choose from where there is a mix of inside and outside venue.
Make sure to check out one of their theme parties. Great creative crowd that dresses up in the weirdest outfits!
9. Enjoy qualify food in trendy atmosphere
There are so many places to eat at that have high quality, delicious and reasonably cheap food:
Kilo Bali is a ultra hip and highly anticipated restaurant just around the corner of Uma Sapna. The Singaporean Kilo team have added their magic to this new venue, creating a comfortably chic dining venue in Seminyak. A place for a great food, cocktails and a memorable experience. I would recommend Pork Belly!
You as a guest of Uma Sapna villa are very lucky because restaurant Kilo prepares the breakfast only for the guests of Uma Sapna which is included in your villa. You can choose from a variety of delicious styles of food from the breakfast menu which will be served in your villa in the morning.
Jl. Kayu Aya | Petitenget Beach, Seminyak, Kuta. Good for breakfast, lunch and sunset dinners or just coffee. A relaxing, modern Italian joint with reasonable prices. It’s right on Seminyak beach with great views from upstairs. Bookings for dinner are required.
Cafe Zucchini (aka Zuttion)
Jalan Laksamana Basangkasa, Badung. They have a lunch and dinner menu, ranging light healthy contemporary salads to more substantial meals. The food is made using the best quality imported and locally sourced ingredients. Was one of my favourite lunch spots.
Batu Bolong 60, Canggu, Kuta. Breakfast is really light and fresh, great burgers, salads and juices. This place has a really great atmosphere and the service is very friendly. They also do home delivery which is handy.
The Oberoi, Bali, Seminyak. Great little fun spot for breakfast, lunch and pre-dinner cocktails. The food is incredibly well priced. Tasty tacos, cheap salads, awesome cocktails and smoothies. Make sure you try the churros if nothing else.
Jalan Petitenget No.888, Seminyak Kerobokan. It’s a gorgeous tea lounge serving an amazing English style High Tea and great lunch and dinner.
Jl. Laksmana , Seminyak square, Seminyak. Good for a breakfast, brunch or lunch spot. Really affordable prices for a filling, quality and decent sized Italian meal.
Grocer and Grind
Jalan Kayu Jati no 3X, | Petitenget Beach, Seminyak. Serving very modern meals – food and service is great. The prices are fair and the juices are big! Go for the mango tango! Definitely recommend for breakfast and lunch!
Revolver Espresso is one of the coolest coffee joints in Seminyak. If you love coffee, and enjoy café-hopping, you have to drop by Revolver for a cup of coffee when you are exploring Jalan Laksmana. If you are here for breakfast you should definitely go for the Smith & Wesson with a tasty Tony Montana drink!
It is a little bit difficult to find this place, so the easiest way is to look out for Bali Clinic as they are tucked in a lane opposite the clinic. Besides coffee, this boutique coffee house also serves salads, great sandwiches and hearty breakfast food. Daily open from 8am till 5 pm. (Jl kayu aya Seminyak Bali, Seminyak)
Jalan Kayu Aya, Badung. It’s not the same standard of fine dining as the above venues but the food is excellent and the menu is extensive, it has earned a mention. The restaurant is also a lot nicer inside than it appears on the outside. There’s a glass-enclosed area and an intimate garden dining area with tiny fairly lights intertwined into the tree branches. It’s a great spot for some Italian food in a casual environment and the complimentary bread and garlic butter is sooooooo good!
Other great clubs & bars to check out while you’re at it:
- Divine Wonderland (Alice in the wonderland theme)
- Rock Bar
- Ku De Ta
- Sos At Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa - Roof top bar
- Double Six Club
- La Pancha Beach Bar & Restaurant - Great vibe, colourful bean bags everywhere and perfect sunset!
- W Retreat & Spa – A Must – See site for event list!
Jalan Raya Kerobokan, Badung, Bali. This modern two storey loft style venue is definitely worth the hype! The main restaurant is on ground floor with the waiting area/ sexy bar is upstairs. It’s a very sophisticated and on trend joint yet slightly informal. The food is fantastic, inspired by South East Asians regions such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma and China with a hints of Indian and Balinese flavours.
Dress code: It’s a fancy place and they have a dress code, so dress like you’re going to dinner not to the beach. No beachwear, no thongs and no singlets.
Booking: Book in advance online
Jalan Petitenget No.6, Kerobokan, Kelod, Kuta. A beautiful two storey French restaurant, overlooking the stunning rice paddy fields of Seminyak. The menu is extensive, surprisingly affordable and extremely delicious. It’s the perfect restaurant for a romantic lunch or dinner. For an extra romantic experience, book into Metis’s exclusive bale (Balinese pavilion) for the best rice paddy views. Also a great spot for sunset cocktails (make sure you sit right up the back to really take in the view)
Dress code: Smart casual. Refrain from wearing thongs, singlet or alcohol branded T-shirt.
Booking: Book in advance online
Jalan Petipenget No. 19 X, Kerobokan. Chef & owner of Sarong and Mama San: Will Meyrick, formerly chef at Sydney’s Jimmy Liks (Potts point). Sarong is an opulent and luxurious open structured restaurant situated in a gorgeous garden, serving an impressive range of cuisines inspired by India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. It’s a very romantic dining experience setting, the food is superb and the cocktails are divine. Make sure you try the Spirituality cocktail – yum
Dress code: It’s a fine dining restaurant so dress up for the occasion. Guys in sleeved shirts and dress shoes, girls you know what to do
Booking: Book in advance online