The Balinese town associated with high street fashion, luxury accommodation and the trendiest restaurants and bars, Seminyak is a chaotic tourist hub that somehow manages to keep you wanting more.
Firstly, I want to apologise profusely for my absence! After getting back from Bali, I caught the flu but I am much better now and back to rambling at anyone who wants to listen (or read). So thank you all so much for your patience and loyalty, and I hope you enjoy this short escape to Seminyak, Bali!
Seminyak is a beach town in South West Bali just north of Legian and south of Petitenget, Umalas and Kerobokan. It has only been in the last 10 years that Seminyak has become what it is today – a hotspot for travelling fashionistas and foodies, as well as the most desirable location for many of the world’s greatest chefs and restauranteurs. But with it’s popularity comes the usual complications, such as traffic jams, booked out restaurants and the loss of an authentic cultural experience. However, Seminyak has a vibe that you almost get sucked into. Like when you go to a factory outlet centre and you know you should leave because you’ve spent way too much money but your curiosity at what treasures you could uncover in the next store is too overwhelming that you end up staying there all day, and potentially going back the next weekend. That’s what Seminyak does to you.
In my opinion, Seminyak is a must-visit whether you’re a foodie or a fashionista, or neither. I would recommend staying in and walking around Seminyak rather than Kuta – the party town with many bars and clubs, as well as the Balinese markets that are most certainly not for the faint-hearted! Seminyak Square Hotel is a great, central hotel, however if you’re willing to spend a little extra, there are many private villas available as well as quite incredible hotels on the beachfront, such as the W Retreat & Spa Seminyak.
Here’s my recommendations for places to go, restaurants to eat at and spas that will offer you a relaxing oasis out of the heat and give your feet some well-deserved rest!
For a good coffee and snack or light lunch, I would recommend The Coffee Library. However, for a decent breakfast in a vintage, cosy environment that also has great wifi, Cafe Bali is my favourite spot. For something a little more upscale, you can also try Australian-owned, Sisterfields Cafe.
Potato Head was built in 2010 and has become internationally recognised for its architectural beauty, food and entertainment. A music amphitheatre that incorporates island living with restaurant-quality dining and service, Potato Head has it all! Be sure to take an Instagram pic of the buildings exterior that is made of thousands of teak shutters that were collected from across Indonesia and instead of booking in at the restaurant, grab a lounge or bar seat and share some bar snacks while immersing yourself in the unique environment.
I can’t write this blog without including this incredible slice of Italian heaven that is hidden away in the back streets of Seminyak. A very hard place to find but well worth the effort, the Italian Corner Bali has a very simple menu made up of mostly pizza but it will be the best pizza that you’ll taste outside of Italy!
New to Seminyak but with its original location in Canggu, Therapy is a contemporary spa with beautiful, cool rooms and a great massage! The mani/pedi is also exceptional!
If you are willing to splurge a little and want a night designed for celebration, here it is. Start with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot at the Red Carpet Champagne Bar where you’ll also get some complimentary appetisers. Once you’ve finished your bottle of bubbly, have the chauffeurs escort you in the ‘champagne bottle’ Vespas to Sardine restaurant where you’ll get to enjoy some of the best food coming out of Balinese kitchens at the moment. A very fresh and organic menu, every dish is perfectly balance absolutely delicious! Make sure to take a walk through the rice fields at the back of the restaurant, and even ask the waiter if you can have your dessert in the lounge area that looks out onto the elegantly illuminated fields. Not the cheapest date night but worth every single penny! I promise!
Sorry, there was a lot to share in this blog which hopefully gives you an understanding of how much there is to do, and particularly eat, in the trendy town of Seminyak. If you have any questions or things you would like to share from your travels, please leave your comments in the section below or share them with us on Instagram or Facebook!