Many people view Bali as a “surfer’s island.” But, it is so much more than that. Whether you are looking for a party, good eats, some culture, or just straight paradise, Bali has it all. While Bali is a small island, there are a lot of different places you can stay depending on the “vibe” you are looking for. Seminyak is located at the Southern end of Bali and is the perfect location for first timers complete with luxury hotels, beach clubs, and upscale restaurants. In addition, it is positioned so that most other parts of Bali are just a day trip away. Gorgeous sunsets, west-facing stretches of the Indian Ocean, and overall beauty make staying in Seminyak a one of a kind experience.
Tips and Tricks
*Plan to spend at least a week on any trip to Bali. While the island may seem small, traffic makes getting around take a lot longer than it should. In addition, the 24 hour travel time from the West Coast of the United States to Bali warrants a longer stay to make it worth it.
*Rent a scooter! If you are feeling adventurous, scooters are a great way to get around the island and bypass a lot of the traffic. However, full disclosure, if you feel like renting a scooter, just be sure to get an International Driver’s License before your trip and ALWAYS wear your helmet if you want to avoid getting a ticket.
*Service is a true career in Bali. The people are so kind and aim to make your experience nothing but pleasurable. Learn a couple works in Balinese (such as the words for “Hello” and “Thank You”) and people will greatly appreciate it and go far above and beyond to make your stay amazing.
Main Tourist Attractions
Seminyak Beach: Seminyak Beach is an absolute must visit for anyone staying in the area. Whether you like to tan on the beach of surf, this is a main tourist attraction that cannot be missed. Many of the crowds tend to go to Kuta, which leaves Seminyak more spacious than the alternate. Beach bars and cafe line the beach which allow you to get some good eats and drinks while enjoying the gorgeous view.
Pura Masceti: Pura Masceti is a temple located right next to the water. The temple is dedicated to Vishnu, the maintainer of the universe. As legend has it, Vishnu once had a relationship with Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, prosperity, fortune, and beauty. They spend lots of time at Masceti but eventually had an argument and went separate ways. It is believed that couples who visit the area will not last long after.
If you plan on visiting temples, make sure you dress appropriately. Shoulders and legs should be covered. If you are wearing shorts, they have wraps you can rent so you are respectful while you enter. Pura Masceti is an active temple and as such, certain areas are restricted to those going for prayer. Please respect all rules when you visit.
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary: The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is actually located in Ubud, which is about a 45 minute drive from Seminyak. While it is a bit of a trek, it is worth visiting during your stay in Seminyak. The monkeys all run wild in the sanctuary. And, don’t forget, you are on their ground. They will jump on you, touch you, and even take your glasses or anything you may have loose. It is best to leave anything you do not want getting taken in the car.
Aloha Ubud: Aloha Ubud is another attraction that is outside of Seminyak. However, you can easily visit Aloha Ubud on your trip to the Monkey Forest. Aloha Ubud is any photographer’s dream. You can get beautiful photos swinging over and looking over the lush forests that surround the area. There is a cost to entrance but the photos are so worth it.
W Bali Seminyak: The W Bali Seminyak is a luxurious resort located in the heart of the restaurant, nightlife, and fashion scenes. Outside lounges that overlook the ocean and trendy brunches keep this hotel at the top of the list for most people visiting Bali. The rooms are spacious and offer unforgettable views of the ocean.
The Oberoi Resort Bali: The Oberoi Resort somehow blends luxury and culture into one stay. Spacious lanais and villas and outdoor eateries keep guests in touch with the spiritual side of Bali, while outstanding service ensure a luxurious feel through and through. The Oberoi Resort is a fan favorite of many looking to stay in the Seminyak area.
Restaurants and Bars
La Favela: Half inside, half outside, La Favela is both a restaurant and bar with great eats, lively music, and a fun atmosphere. Book a dinner reservation and stay all night for the party.
Brunch at Kynd: This restaurant is all pink and 100% plant-based vegan. Phenomenal acai bowls and instagram worthy backgrounds make Kynd a fan favorite.
Motel Mexicola: Motel Mexicola offers great mexican food, tasty blended drinks, and an unparalleled music selection. Be sure to make a reservation and dress cool since it gets HOT.
Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen: This is for all you adventurous eaters. Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen was recommended by a friend who grew up in Bali. It is a traditional restaurant that only serves pork made various ways. Each dish runs about $3 total and you will be eating amongst the locals.
Mamasan: This restaurant provides people with elevated Indonesian cuisine. Exceptional service, exquisite dining options, and creative drinks make Mamasan a place you cannot skip.
Merah Putih: This luxurious restaurant is perfect for a date night. Sky high ceilings and excellent food and drinks make Merah Putih the perfect upscale dinner for a night out.
…And So Much More
Tea at Metis: Tea at Metis was an amazing experience. Gorgeous crumpet towers and tasty tea make this event a great experience. Be aware, the tea does take place outside so dress cool. Fortunately, you can order iced tea.
Potato Head Beach Club: Potato Head is the most famous beach club in Bali. With drinks served in unique glasses and pools overlooking the ocean, you’ll feel like you’re in paradise.
Omnia Bali: If you have the time, take a day trip to Uluwatu to experience Omnia Bali. Even more amazing than Omnia in Vegas, Omnia Bali sits amongst lush trees and expansive oceans with music to keep you partying for hours.
Sundari Day Spa: Treat yourself and your significant other to a couples massage at Sundari Day Spa. The experience consists of three hours of massages, scrubs, and ends with a dip in a rose petal spa.
Shopping at Street Vendors: You haven’t experienced Bali if you haven’t shopped at a street vendor. Shopping at these vendors are fun, and you can actually find some cute pieces if you really look. Pro Tip: Never take their first offer. Offer them half of whatever the marked price is and negotiate from there.
Da Maria: This restaurant serves phenomenal pizzas, but is also home to the hottest party on Sunday night. With fun DJs and tasty cocktails, Da Maria brings the Amalfi Coast to Bali.
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