I came to Seminyak after Ubud and it was quite a shock how different both places were. Ubud is much more authentic, cultural and untouched; Seminyak is a lot more touristy with shopping and global food chains. Seminyak has the luxury of a beach which is lovely after spending 6 days in ubud, I missed the coast a bit!
Read on for a list of things to do and places to go in Seminyak and scroll to the bottom for a Vlog of my time in Ubud and Seminyak:
SEMINYAK BEACH – A beautiful and vast beach that seems to go on forever. The waves are big which is good for surfers and people who are confident in the sea – they get smaller as the day gets closer to sunset so if you’re not as confident maybe head down later in the day!
FLEA MARKET – Great for souvenirs but not as easy to haggle the prices as ubud market. If you’re not heading to ubud though this is your best bet to find a bargain!
DAY TRIP – You can hire a taxi for the whole day in Bali for as little as £40 so if you have a full car it’s next to nothing per person! We hired our good friend Lois (he is from ubud but is able to travel, he really is a great guy, ALWAYS smiling and laughing! His number is – 00628123943271) for the day from Seminyak and he took us to some beaches he recommended. (Nusa Dua, Green bowl and Jimbaran).
– Nusa Dua – a lovely relaxing beach with smaller waves compared to Seminyak which means it’s much calmer & nicer to get in the sea! Lots of beds and umbrellas across the beach to choose from (we paid 50,000 rupiah for a chair and umbrella which = £3)
– Green Bowl – If you’re fit and happy to walk down hundreds of steps to find this little gem, definitely visit Green Bowl! A beautiful secluded beach just ten minutes walk down the steps in the cliff edge! Plenty of shade in the picturesque caves and lovely and quiet. (Be careful as the sea is very shallow and covered in reef, ideal for sitting and sunbathing).
– Jimbaran – For a beaut sunset and BBQ on the beach. This beach is the busiest I had come across but what better way to eat BBQ’d fresh fish than tables and chairs in the sand watching the sun go down in candle light while being serenaded by an amazingly talented band who will play songs on your request! Perfection! With hundreds of fresh seafood at your finger tips you really can have a BBQ’d feast for a reasonable price (£22.50 each for so much food and drink!)
Bambu – walk on stepping stones surrounded by a fish pond to enter a beautiful and tranquil restaurant. Amazing traditional Balinese food and the service was the best I’ve experienced in Bali! The atmosphere and ambience was perfect!
Sisterfields – For a juicy dirty burger, busy and buzzing atmosphere sisterfields is a great choice! Make sure you visit the bathrooms for a good Instagram opportunity – quotes on the bathroom mirrors!
Bossman – This takeaway joint with its creative burger names is the ideal stop for a quick dinner – we went for the original gangster and it was what burger dreams are made of!
KuDeTa – For chilled beach club vibes with good music and an amazing view looking out over the beach. Possibly my favourite place in Bali atmosphere-wise.
Think Marbella beach clubs without the extortionate prices! (The prices are slightly higher than other bars but the atmosphere is great). With an infinity pool that looks over Seminyak beach – Family friendly and the PERFECT sunset location! It is relatively easy to get a day bed or a table.
Delicious lunch and grazing menu too! The chicken wings were perfect!
Potato Head – Potato head and it’s famous architecture – the outskirts made from thousands of shutters!
Similar to KuDeTa, same vibes, same layout with a bigger infinity pool looking over the beach, a pool bar but generally a lot busier and a younger crowd. It is the most famous beach club in Seminyak, which means more people go there – this can be considered a good thing or a bad thing. It’s harder to get a day bed, so set out early if you want to secure a bed (between 8-10am) prepare to be surrounded by lots or beautiful young people! We arrived around 9am and got the last front row day bed.
RECOMMEND: I had the best wagyu burger ever!
Motel Mexicola – visit late at night after eating hours for quirky and fun Mexican decor, with customers dancing on the tables and stages around the place. We had two amazing nights here – one event was for Cinqo de Mayo with live djs and rappers, the club was packed! Well organised with drinks tokens to speed up the queues at the bars! The other night was just a normal night so much less people but a great night out!
La Favela – Perfect if you are looking for a night that goes on past 1am. This club was recommended to us and I’m so glad it was! Great homely decor, extremely busy and filled with people wanting a to party. I also loved the toilets here!
PLACES TO STAY
Villa Shinta Dewi – Luxury – The sister villa to Ubud Villa Shinta Dewi, it is slightly older however just as tranquil and beautiful. The rooms make you feel as though you could be in a safari lodge – dark wood and ornate! If you’re in the master suite you even get a posh outdoor shower and a jacuzzi bath! A pool with a waterfall feature makes it so relaxing and you’d never know you were surrounded by other villas! Within walking distance to central Seminyak, about 5 minutes walk from the beach bars and restaurants!
Amalfi Hotel – Mid Range – a lovely modern hotel tucked away 2 minutes walk from a busy Seminyak street home of the famous W Hotel and 5 minutes walk from the famous Potato Head Beach Club. This was the perfect hotel to finish our trip on; we wanted to end on luxury so decided to spend a little bit more than usual, but still only £17.50 per person night! The rooms are beautiful, clean, all white furnishings and a lovely little roof top pool with a sea view!
Hotel Puri Wisata – Budget – £8 each a night just a short drive from Seminyak centre. Good pool and spacious room with all four of us in one room. Blue bird taxi into Seminyak centre costs about 20,000rupiah!
Thank you for reading, please let me know if you have any more recommendations! Feel free to comment/like/share/follow 🙂