Tucked into the west coast of Bali – just far enough away from Kuta to not have to think about Bintang singlets and hair braids – is luscious Seminyak. A perfect cocktail of beach haven serenity, day spas, luxury resorts, boutique shopping, stylish bars and gourmet dining options. Here’s just a taste of things to do… or have done for you.
Stop! It’s pamper time
A wonderful way to ease into Bali time is to unwind at one of the many day spas. The Spa Bali Seminyak is renowned for its professional treatments, including massage with body scrub, manicures, pedicures and waxing. Open from 10am until 11pm daily.
Chillax on the sand. Swoon under a sunset
In Bali, an area can have all the luxury experiences it likes, but it means little without great ‘beach ambience’.
Beautiful, endless Seminyak Beach and Petitenget Beach, are tempting enough to lure the most avid 5-star resort sloth down onto their soft sands. And if you are staying at the Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa that walk down to the sand is not very far at all.
The water is much cleaner than Kuta and you won’t find nearly as many hawkers selling their wares – another reason why you often spot celebs pulling up a daybed at one of the beachside bars.
The sunsets are spectacular from anywhere. But you should see it at least once from Pura Petitenget, a beachside temple built in the 16th century.
Designer Shopping with buff Aussie dollars
The only question, dear shopper, is where to start? For unique boutiques, designer stores and art studios, the hotspot is Jalan Laksmana.
Biasa is a favourite for lightweight and edgy natural fabric clothing, ideal in the Bali climate.
Actresses, models and tourists excited about how much bang they get for their buck adore Bong’s silk, linen and cotton high-end fashion. While the beading, crochet and lace detail of the kids clothes at Indigo & Rose is something you can’t find amongst the mass produced department stores back home.
For local arts, crafts and antiques, head to the reasonably priced Lukisan traditional and modern painting on Jalan Kunti.
Paddle or Plunge on the wild side
You can’t laze around in spas, pools and beach beds all day! Well you can, but if you feel like pushing the adrenaline buttons, take a rafting tour along the Ayung River. Between the high of paddling down rapids, there’s plenty of gorgeous Bali rainforest, cliffs, valleys and waterfalls to soak up.
On the more challenging White Water at Telga Waja, you splash through exhilarating icy waterfalls and narrow gorges before a sudden drop into the Water Dam.
If you just can’t drag yourself away from Seminyak, head to Double Six nightclub on the beach, take the elevator up to a platform 45m over their pool, and leap off in a Bungy jump.
Top 5 Seminyak Hotspots
La Lucciola – long time favourite for mouthwatering Italian
BREEZE at The Samaya – al fresco dining over the beach
Potato Head Beach Club – imagine Mad Men by the sea
Sarong – Asian street vendor food meets Masterchef
Red Carpet Champagne Bar – kitsch hostess service bubbly, food and 80s music videos only Seminyak could pull off.
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