Seminyak Travel Guide - Things to do in Seminyak

Seminyak Travel Guide - Things to do in Seminyak

Free Bali Travel Guides - City Guide – Free Guide to all Attractions in Seminyak and The History of Seminyak


Free  Seminyak Travel Guide to all Activities, Weddings, Restaurants, Hotels, Parties, Beaches, Shopping in Kuta and the History of Seminyak.


The History of Seminyak

The History of Seminyak - Important things that happened in Seminyak – 18th century till now


Important Things happened in Seminyak in the 18th century

Before and during the Dutch colonialism, Seminyak did not play any role. The most important cities were Singaraja and Kuta that time. 

The History of Seminyak – Important things that happened in Seminyak – 20th century

Seminyak started to develop with a massive increase in Bali Tourism in the 1990’s. As Kuta was expanding rapidly, the areas around Kuta benefit massively. In Legian the first discotheques and clubs had been built and further north in Seminyak the first Beach Hotels and Villas.

The History of Seminyak - Seminyak Nowadays – What does Seminyak look like now?

All small villages around Kuta have been influenced by mass tourism and it is not possible to experience the traditional charm of Bali in this area. Apart from the local market in Seminyak, at the opposite of Seminyak Square, Seminyak lost any importance in terms of culture. Exclusive Bars, Restaurants, Nightclubs (including all the Gay nightclubs), Luxurious Villas and Hotels and Resorts as well as many more or less exclusive stores are dominating the picture of Seminyak.

Seminyak starts to the with the Double Six area. Double Six area is a popular beach area with plenty of beachside restaurants priced mid class. The ones who like it more exclusive meet at Cocoon Beach Club, the most luxurious place in the double six area. Next door to Cocoon are based some Beach bars with nice beach parties and regular happy hours. Seminyak is very popular for its gay scene and Jalan Dhyana Pura is the must go for all gays coming to Bali. Jl. Oberoi, one of the most popular streets in Seminyak, offers nice shopping opportunities. In the northern part of Seminyak, two more exclusive beach clubs are worth visitors attention; Potato Head and Ku De Ta.

Jalan Lebak Sari is a street in the heart of Seminyak, highly recommended to those who can afford it. Jalan Lebak Sari is very quite  and pathed with plenty of high end villas and not far to all the hot spots in Seminyak. Maca Villas is highly recommended as it is simply high end and offers a fair value. It is not easy to find very cheap hotels in Seminyak. As the complete area is the exclusive suburb of Kuta but it is not impossible. Resort Lovers should stay at the awarded ‘The Seminyak’ an amazing Beach Resort close to the before mentioned beach Clubs Ku De Ta and Potatohead.

Seminyak is recommended to travelers who want to combine Beach, Shopping and Nighlife but also are not afraid of prices which are pretty much western. Travelers aiming on the budget and want to combine Beach, Shopping and Nightlife should prefer to stay in Kuta. A great bargain can be made at Skygarden with the 50k All You Can Eat Buffet. These kind of offers you can’t find in Seminyakat all.


Explanation of the word Seminyak

What is meant and talked about when Kuta is mentioned?


Seminyak (past tense)

Till the 1990's, Seminyak village was still a sleepy fishermen village and its inhabitants were very much relaxed and had nothing to do apart from going to the temple, following their traditions such as organizing and watching cockfights, sitting under palm trees and chatting, bringing goods to the market and obviously being very busy with fishing. Since the mid 90's laso Seminyak is heavily influenced by the mass tourism which has started in Kuta.

SEMINYAK SYNONYMS (PAST TENSE)

  • Tradition
  • Relaxation
  • Culture
  • Jungle
  • Walking
  • Temples
  • Fishing
  • Peaceful
  • Sleepy
  • White sandy coastline

Seminyak (present tense)

Within a decade, Seminyak became Kuta's exclusive suburb as travelers were looking for an alternative to Kuta and obviously the market has reacted. Seminyak is dominated by high end villas and exclusive accommodation and surely the perfect place for party travelers from all over the world. Honeymooners, coupes and those who like it more relaxed and quiet should stay in Nusa Dua.

KUTA SYNONYMS (PRESENT TENSE)

  • Hustle and bustle
  • Exclusive nightlife
  • High end accommodation (Villas and Resorts)
  • Beach Bars
  • Pricy
  • Some traffic
  • Some noise
  • Mass tourism
  • White sandy coastline

Kuta’s resemblance for Americans: 'Sophisticated Spring Break'. 
Kuta’s resemblance for Europeans: 'Exclusive Area of Majorka'

Résumé: Seminyak is the first exclusive mass tourism area in Bali and has changed rapidly within a decade. Some of the inhabitants have also lost their traditional lifestyle. Most of the original Balinese are still willing to stay in the area as the north of Seminyak offers still space to follow traditions. If the development goes ahead that speed, also Seminyak will be taken over completely by shops, restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Hotels, Villas and Resorts. Those who are travelling on a higher budget and looking for 'fun under the sun' belong to Seminyak's main target group and surely will love it. Also gay travelers should stay in Seminyak or to be more precise, close to Dhyana Pura Street.

Please see further explanations in the next chapters.

Explore Seminyak:

Explore Seminyak with - Busses, Motorbikes, Car Rentals and Hotel Shuttles


Explore Seminyak with 2 wheels

EXPLORE SEMINYAK WITH TWO WHEELS - SCOOTER RENTALS:

Scooters for hire can be found easily. The rate shouldn’t be higher than 70k Rupiah per day and a cheap rate would be 50k Rupiah. Those who stay longer in Bali might rent a scooter for a full month for about 500k - 600k. 
Seminyak has less policemen than Kuta but the rule is the same: ‘The lighter ones skin, the more chance there is of being caught’.

 EXPLORE SEMINYAK WITH TWO WHEELS - HARLEY DAVIDSONS:

The big bikes are available for rent at the Harley Davidson store in Kuta on Sunset Road. Harley Davidson also organizes guided tours. Please call Harley Davidson or ask any friendly hotel staff for further assistance.

Explore Seminyak with 4 wheels

EXPLORE SEMINYAK WITH 4 WHEELS - CAR RENTAL

Please ask any hotel staff for assistance. 200k - 300k is a fair price per day. It is NOT recommended to hire a car to explore Seminyak as the traffic is too busy and it clearly wastes too much time. If you plan to explore the area to the north of Seminyak and want to drive along the coast it is highly recommended as the traffic to the north of Tanah Lot is getting less which makes driving a car in Bali much easier.

EXPLORE SEMINYAK WITH 4 WHEELS - BUSSES

Seminyak is not well connected to the public bus line.

EXPLORE SEMINYAK WITH 4 WHEELS - HOTEL SHUTTLE BUSSES

Some good hotels have understood the importance of Service and offer a regular hotel shuttle to and from Kuta to their guests and offer daily shuttles to and from Seminyak Centre. 

 

Things to do in Seminyak 

Things to do in Seminyak - General things to do in Seminyak, Must do things in Seminyak, Free Things to do in Seminyak, Cheap things to do in Seminyak, Medium priced things to do in Seminyak, High-End things to do in Seminyak, Shopping, Spa’s, Restaurants and Activities.

Bali Guide  City Guide – Seminyak Guide

General Things to do in Seminyak – Beach Bar-Hopping at Seminyak Beach.

Enjoy the beach clubs in the double six area. Find out when they have their promo hours to make it cheaper.  You will not go home sober!

General Things to do in Seminyak – Go to Tanah Lot which is not too far from Seminyak.
Tanah Lot, Bali’s one and only offshore temple should be visited at least once. The tour from Seminyak to Tanah Lot should take no longer than 45 minutes (Depending on traffic and your exact location).

General Things to do in Seminyak –  Go shopping in Seminyak.
Seminyak is a shopping paradise and very well known for its High-End Shopping. All Big Brands have at least one store in Seminyak and bargaining is always a good idea!

General Things to do in Seminyak – Learn in Seminyak how to surf with a local.
If you take this tip seriously, don’t choose a big surfing school. Support the local businesses and you can find plenty of them on Seminyak Beach. The price is cheaper, the service is probably better, the training is more personal and you can support local businesses in the process.

General Things to do in Seminyak – Yoga in Seminyak?
Yes you are right; we were also a little surprised when we heard about a nice Yoga place in Seminyak.  Just as with Kuta, Seminyak is not usually associated with spiritual things. It is great to have a company such as Lyengar Yoga in Seminyak to diversify the offered attractions.

TOP Tip 6: General Things to do in Seminyak – Escape to Sanur for a day trip.
Seminyak and Kuta are both very busy. Is it time to see something different?! Sanur can easily be reached by taxi and it costs about 10 USD to go there (Ask for the driver to turn on the meter!). Sanur is a sleepy town and has no traffic at all. Ask the driver to bring you to the waterside promenade.  Stroll around, have your seafood dinner and enjoy yourselves at one of the bars (some of them are also opened till 2 or 3).

General Things to do in Seminyak – Go to Cocoon, Ku De Ta or Potato Head.
Without a doubt, Bali’s Top 3 Beach Clubs are located in Seminyak. Cocoon Beach Club, Ku De Ta Beach Club and Potato Head are all known for their sophisticated Parties. Every Beach Club has its own charisma and we don’t want to recommend one or the other. It is up to you to discover which one has the most allure and can cater to all of you party needs. However when all is said and done all the Top 3 Beach Clubs have one thing in common; They are wonderful places to watch the sunset and enjoy your afternoon cocktail!

General Things to do in Seminyak – The Seminyak Market.
At the opposite end of Seminyak Square you can still find a smaller local market. If you would love to negotiate, stroll around a little and enjoy Seminyak Square afterwards.

General Things to do in Seminyak - Join cooking classes.
Bali’s dishes are unique and attract people from all over the world. Learn how to cook the Balinese way and surprise your friends back home. Prepare a Balinese dish whenever you need a break. It will help to calm you down and bring those precious Bali memories rushing back!

General Things to do in Seminyak – Enjoy a Spa.
Shopping and Partying, can both be stressful. Do you need a break from your holiday? Nearly every High-End Villa, Resort or Hotel offers great Spa opportunities and it won’t be difficult for you to find exactly what you are looking for in Seminyak.

General Things to do in Seminyak – Food and Cocktails - Restaurants and Bars in Kuta

Bali is not an all-inclusive destination and due to the massive tourist flow in Seminyak, this mass tourism area is paved with restaurants. Italian restaurants offer great Pizza and Pasta dishes, Australian restaurants take care of fries and burgers, German restaurants have sausages, Kraut and Schnitzel on the menu, Greek Restaurants offer Gyros with Tatziki, Moussaka and Souvlaki, Spanish restaurants have tapas, Japanese restaurants Sushi and Teppanyaki, Indian restaurants take care of  the curry, Chinese restaurants the Dim Sum, Mexican Restaurants the Tacos and Enchiladas and obviously Mc Donald's and Burger King represent the classic American food. Obviously vegan and vegetarian food is also is easy to discover in Seminyak. As Seminyak is aiming on a travelers with a higher budget, the prices for main dishes are a little higher then in Kuta. Regular meals start around 7 USD and the sky is the limit for fine dining in high end venues. Surprisingly, in-hotel dining isn’t more expensive but the view in a beachfront hotel is eventually better! Daily Specials, Happy Hours or All You Can Eat Buffets are sometimes available at selected restaurants in Seminyak. 

WHERE TO FIND RESTAURANTS IN KUTA?

Where to find Restaurants in Bali -Fast Food Restaurants in Seminyak - Burger King, on the north end of Sunset Road

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Fast Food Restaurants in Seminyak - Mc Donald's, on the north end of Sunset Road

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Average priced Restaurants in Seminyak - The Meja Kitchen and Bar

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Average priced Restaurants in Seminyak - La Sal, Mediterranian Restaurant

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Average priced Restaurants in Seminyak - Marzano, Italian Restaurant

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Average priced Restaurants in Seminyak - Meja Kitchen, Mixed Cuisine Restaurant

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Average priced Restaurants in Seminyak - Bali Deli. Mixed Cuisine Restaurant and International Food Store

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Average priced Restaurants in Seminyak -  Rumors, Steakhouse

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Average priced Restaurants in Seminyak - Wacko Burgers, American Restaurant and Cafe

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - Average priced Restaurants in Seminyak - Dupa Drupadi. Mixed Cuisine Restaurant

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - average priced Restaurants in Seminyak - Mexican Express, Mexican Restaurant

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - average priced Restaurants in Seminyak - Taco Beach Grill, Mexican Restaurant

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - average priced Restaurants in Seminyak - Earth Cafe, Healthy Food Restaurant

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - average priced Restaurants in Seminyak - Zula Vegeterian Paradise, Vegeterian Restaurant

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - average priced Restaurants in Seminyak - Waroeng Bonita, African Restaurant

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - average priced Restaurants in Seminyak - Thai Corner, Thai Food

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - average priced Restaurants in Seminyak - Bistro Batu Kali, Mixed Cuisine Restaurant

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - average priced Restaurants in Seminyak - Warung Murah, Local Cuisine Restaurant

Where to find Restaurants in Bali - average priced Restaurants in Seminyak - Warung Sulawesi