First Time in Seminyak - What to Do

Seminyak Survival Guide

If it’s your first time in Seminyak, it’s worth getting out of your villa or resort grounds and exploring. This classy beach resort area has much to offer, including some of the best beach clubs in Bali. The area has a great nightlife scene generally, with Legian and Kuta (which are equally famous for their party places) only a short distance away. Seminyak outclasses its neighbours by having more high-end restaurants along its streets.

Seminyak’s beaches are among Bali's best places to enjoy amazing sunsets. This includes exotic Petitenget Beach. Only a few steps from the beach is a major temple of the same name. A few more minutes from here are some of Bali’s best chill out spots. Suffice it to say, there's a lot to see and do in the area. This Seminyak survival guide will help you get the most out of your time here.

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Seminyak Beach at a Glance

Seminyak Beach offers a splendid stretch of gold to dark sand, complemented by gorgeous sunsets. The area has a refined feel to it. You’ll find a stylish scene, with rows of designer boutiques along its main roads. Side streets feature a handful of the island’s best dining venues. World-renowned nightlife and gig venues are around each corner.

  • The most fashionable beach resort in Bali
  • Home to Bali’s famous ‘eat street’, full of great restaurants
  • Stylish, world-class beach clubs
  • Plenty of villas and luxury resorts
  • Really good boutique shopping
  • Traffic jams common during high season
  • Widely spaced venues, so walking is often required
  • Relatively few low-budget options

Things You Can Do in Seminyak

Behind Seminyak’s glitzy, five-star appeal, there are some significant local attractions. The ancient Petitenget Temple, for instance, is centrally located but well hidden behind the trendy restaurants and boutiques. There are also some fun, family-friendly games to play, creating quite an impressive range of things to do. If this is your first time in Seminyak, you should briefly escape from the glut of dining and shopping with the following ideas.

  • The Beach of Seminyak

    Seminyak Beach is a world apart from its neighbouring beach resort areas – the likes of Kuta and Legian to its south – Read More»

  • Petitenget Temple

    Petitenget Temple

    Petitenget Temple is a cultural and central landmark that lends its name to one of Seminyak’s world-class dining and Read More»

  • Totem Room Escape Challenge

    Well tucked away on Seminyak’s main street of Jalan Kayu Aya, this escape game offers a choice of four intricately Read More»

Best Places to Shop in Seminyak

You can enjoy excellent shopping in Seminyak. Its walking streets are lined with a great mix of designer boutiques. You’ll also find small but varied art shops and lifestyle brand outlets almost every hundred metres. There’s everything from designer label resortwear and swimwear and glamorous evening gowns to sterling silver and exquisite jewellery. Some stores sell quirky homeware items, too. If you love shopping, we’re confident that these are the places in Seminyak that you’ll love.

  • The Seminyak Village in Bali

    Check out Seminyak’s latest shopping destination and only modern mall, which has multiple levels of retail spaces and a Read More»

  • Biasa Bali

    Biasa Bali

    As one of the most popular Bali-based designer labels, Biasa is both for ladies and men seeking easy and cool clothing Read More»

  • Jalan Raya Seminyak Shopping Street

    Jalan Raya Seminyak is the main walking street of the Seminyak resort area, where you can find an eclectic mix of local Read More»

Best Places to Go at Night in Seminyak

Seminyak’s nightlife hotspots are mostly also popular dining destinations by day. They cater to evening crowds from sundown well into the wee hours, with great cocktails and music. Be sure to try out the classy beach clubs, especially. Alternatively, if you want a more chilled-out evening, check out the more casual beach bars. If you’re planning your first time in Seminyak, we strongly recommend that you check out these fun nightspots first.

  • Ku De Ta

    Ku De Ta

    A Seminyak nightlife institution, Ku De Ta was the trendsetter for upscale nightlife and beach dining in Seminyak, and Read More»

  • Jenja Club Bali

    Club Jenja Bali is a late-night party venue in Seminyak with ultra-stylish Read More»

  • 10 Best Casual Beach Bars in Bali

    Check out these best casual beach bars in Bali, with laidback ambiances where you can sink into colourful beanbags under Read More»

Great Restaurants We Like in Seminyak

One of Seminyak’s best perks is that it’s home to some of Bali’s best restaurants. Expat residents and regular visitors consider the area a food-lover’s haven. Some chefs working here have multiple culinary awards under their belts. On the other hand, some of the restaurants are rather humble spots, but offer you a unique window to the rich local cuisine. If you try no other restaurants while you’re in Seminyak, we recommend these three places. One is renowned for its first-class food, another offers a stunning view and third serves great local dishes.

  • Mejekawi


    Mejekawi is the latest ‘culinary laboratory’ concept by Seminyak dining and lifestyle institution Ku De Ta, featuring Read More»

  • La Lucciola Restaurant in Bali

    La Lucciola Bali

    La Lucciola Bali is a renowned beachfront dining icon, offering a menu that features international fusion and Read More»

  • Warung Eny in Bali

    Warung Eny is a typical local Balinese ‘warung’ or small roadside restaurant, which is on Jalan Petitenget right next to Read More»

Hotels in Seminyak We Recommend to Our Friends

Take in the highlights of stylish Seminyak with a stay at a luxury resort or five-star villa. There are options ideal for honeymooners and couples, and some with a complete range of services and facilities that will also appeal to foodies, spa-goers and beach lovers. There are also some budget options available, but the area’s accommodation scene is heavily stacked towards the luxury traveller. These are our top picks from across the budget range, which we’re confident will provide you with a pleasant stay.

Dash Hotel Seminyak

With a stay at Dash Hotel Seminyak in Petitenget (The real heart of Legian), you'll be minutes from Petitenget Beach and close to Read More...

Alila Seminyak

With a stay at Alila Seminyak in Petitenget (The real heart of Legian), you'll be minutes from Petitenget Beach and close to Kuta Read More...

THE HAVEN Bali Seminyak

THE HAVEN is a pioneering lifestyle resort situated in the dynamic hub of Seminyak, Bali's most sought after neighborhood.Boutique Read More...


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