Whether you’re a Bali regular or just heard it through the grapevine, Seminyak is where it’s at for a bit of glitz and glam in the snazzy center of South Bali. Upmarket and popular (without the notorious Kuta crowds), Seminyak is spilling with uber-cool cafes and hip restaurants, plenty of spas for your ooh-and-ahs, cool beach bars and swanky villas (aka party pads) and ritzy resorts. Read on for our top picks of what you need to know about Seminyak, including its emerging postcode of Petitinget.
Cafe society: Where to head for good coffee, food and vibes
Bali vibes: Sea Circus
This brightly coloured address in hues of sea green and staff fitted out in Mister Zimi designs from Bali Boat Shed, is a Seminyak institution. Perk up your morning with delish coffee, designer breakkie or juice options and that’s all just before lunch! Expect a surprise mantra with your coffee – fortune-cookie styled, wise words of the day are delivered with every caffeine hit. Sea Circus also over-deliver with their food options – and after a boozy night out (it is Seminyak after all), you might need to try the Sin City Hangover meal.
Sea Circus, 22 Jalan Kayu Aya [Oberoi Rd], Seminyak, Bali. In between Ku De Ta and Potato Head.
City cool: Revolver Espresso
Seriously. Good. Coffee. This urban café, located down a little laneway in downtown Seminyak, makes seriously good coffee. Exuding inner city cool, you could very easily forget you’re in Bali with their city warehouse feel. Like all local faves and best-kept secrets, they’re not easy to find. Breakfast is also sensational and there’s a delicious salad menu for lunch. They’ve an even smaller address up on Jalan Petitinget, if you need your coffee fix bad.
Revolver Espresso at Gang51, Jl Kayu Aya (Jalan Oberoi), #3 Oberoi – Seminyak, Bali.
Health first: Earth Café
Get lean, clean and green with Earth Café – an uber-funky macrobiotic, vegan resto, healthfood store, and general wellness mecca. Feast on a wheatberry sprout salad, a Mediterranean platter extraordinaire, or one of the bone-building and protein-enhancing shakes. Save space for dessert and try the raw chocolate mousse cupcake, or choose a power ball made from superfoods like raw cacao and goji berries.
Earth Café, Jl Lasmana #99, Oberoi, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia 80361, p. +62 (0)361 736645. Open Mon-Sun 8am-12pm.
Tea house & tarot: Biku
You’re in for a magical afternoon at this charming Javanese joglo. Select from several high teas like the traditional English one (slather that jam on the homemade, to-die-for scones), Asian high tea and a fab kid’s version for your lil bubs. Their range of salads, juices and meals is as impressive as the quality. For an even more entertaining experience – Biku is famous for their tarot clairvoyant, in residence most of the afternoons but you need to book weeks (at least) in advance.
Biku, Jalan Petitenget No.888, Seminyak Bali 80361.
Sophisticated delish: Corner House
Tucked away (once inside) at the beginning of Jalan Kayu Aya is The Corner House, a cozy and stylishly decked treasure trove of Antipodean tastes and European flavours. Coffees, cakes, juices and meals for breakkie to dinner are all good here and you’ll love absorbing just that little bit of French bistrot charm whilst sipping your green tea. If you’re bringing the young ones out to eat, a kids’ menu is available with burgers and pancakes on offer.
Corner House, Jalan Laksmana No.10 A, Kerobokan, Seminyak, Bali.
Dine and wine: Where to eat in style
It’s a hard task to choose only a few of our faves, as Seminyak has more hot new restaurants opening each week than there are sarongs to buy in Bali. So here’s a few of our faves that stand the test of time, and for the latest and greatest addresses that have opened only moments ago, visit any of our Hot New Tables stories here, here or here.
The fun party: Motel Mexicola
The latest hombre on the block! Everybody loves the 1960s Acupulco retro styling’ at this mexican-inspired party pad of bright neon and tasty delights – the wall murals are divine and the food is muy delicioso. Chef Alejandro Urbina is the real deal and he serves up some tasty traditional Mexican food designed to share with your crew. You’ll think you’ve gone to tequila heaven when you check out the bar so uno, dos, tres… VAMOS! But us, we especially love the tunes and getting our groove on the dance floor after dinner, margarita in hand thank you!
Motel Mexicola, Jalan Kayujati no 9x Petitenget Beach, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, p. + 62 361 736688. Open 11am –1am daily.
The original: La Lucciola
Seminyak’s original, simplest and possibly most loved, beach-front institution. It’s a little bit of ‘old-Bali’, in the best way, before high-tech and high-stylin’ took over. Here’s where you’d head for Mediterranean fare, and a huge selection of wine. It’s impossible not to love La Luch, with its always amazing service, legendary food and excellent views. We love that it’s potentially Seminyak’s only place with no wi-fi – just like Bali used to be.
La Lucciola, Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak Bali 80361, p. +62 361 730 838.
The revered: Sarong Restaurant Bali
The ultimate Seminyak dining destination to please even the most sophisticated of gourmands, may just have to be Sarong Restaurant Bali (and it’s a tough category to choose!). Head Chef Will Meyrick has shaped Sarong into a melting-pot of eastern cuisines, and actively incorporates traditional Asian techniques, like using an Indian tandoor oven and Balinese coconut grill, into his flavourful, elaborate dishes. But note: book before you leave home, or you’ll be disappointed.
Sarong Restaurant Bali, Jl. Petitenget No 19, Kerobokan, Bali 80361 Indonesia, p. +62 361 4737 809.
The hip: Mama San
You must make a meal at Mama San for its delicious pan-Asian cuisine and buzzing scene. The trendy restaurant – also from chef Will Meyrick, of Sarong (and Hujan Locale in Ubud) – serves up an impressive and vast menu of modern through to simple-sounding Asian bites, like Roasted Peking Duck with red bean sauce and Tom Yum Soup. But don’t be fooled – the ingredients are only top, top quality as sourced around the country, and the standard is world-class. Couple that with the upscale interior and you’ve got yourself a restaurant you may never want to leave. Go early for a drink upstairs.
Mama San, Jalan Raya Kerobokan No. 135, Banjartaman, Kuta, Bali 80361.
Seafood and sights: Sardine
Step away from the pacy, urban feel of the average Seminyak restaurant and enjoy a laidback, sumptuous feast overlooking perfectly manicured rice padi fields. Emphasizing fresh fish and sophisticated seafood from the Indian Ocean and organic vegetables from their own farm, it’s best to clear a whole afternoon to truly soak in the mesmerizing views and magnificent food at Sardine.
Sardine, Jalan Petitenget No. 21, Kerobokan, Kuta, Bali 80361.
Indonesian inspiration: Chandi
Offering haute Indonesian cuisine, Chandi is committed to only using organically grown greens and spices from Balinese farmers. Munch away on the highly recommend sates – choose from beef, duck, scallop, prawn, fish (the list goes on..) – or try out the Appetiser Plate for two, with little munchies like Seared Scallops with Tamarind Dressing or Mini Beef Rendang Envelopes.
Chandi, Jalan Laksmana (Kayu Aya) no. 72, Seminyak, Bali 80361.
Meat lovers: Barbacoa
Food-savvy crowds flock here to Barbacoa for good reason – smokin (literally) grub, cocktails and gorgeous interiors all set in a warehouse space. The award-winning food here is unpretentious (though beyond delicious) and largely cooked over a woodfire and charcoal grill – like Charcoal Grilled Prawns and good ol’slow-cooked rib eye. If you’re not a meat eater – no worries – the seafood and salad here is scrumptious as well. Bookings a must.
Barbacoa, Jalan Petitenget 14, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, p. + 62 361 739 233.
Farm to fork: Petitinget
Petitinget (the cafe, bar and restaurant, not the whole area!) is an epicurean and locavore destination to delight any die-hard foodie. Decorated in stylish interiors designed by Alex Zabotto-Bentley, dine on only farm-to-fork food amidst atmospheric settings. On the menu is exceptional dishes made from fresh, local ingredients (up to eighty percent of it is sourced from their own organic farm) and we love that they also love good champagne as much as we do!
Petitinget, Jalan Petitenget, No. 40X, Seminyak, Badung, 80361.
Local’s fave: Ultimo
There’s a lot to love about this local legend but it’s hard to say what takes the cake – is it the never-ending, Italian-inspired menu, the well-priced wine (hallelujah!), the short waiting time despite the crowds, the bar where you’ll run into at least a hundred friends, or those giant frozen daiquiris? It’s likely to be the surprising reality of their old-Bali prices, making it great value or excuse for one last drink.
Ultimo, Jalan Kayu Aya No 104X, Seminyak, Bali 80361.
Retail therapy: Where to shop up a stylish Seminyak storm
Where to start when planning your shopping itinerary in Seminyak’s epic maze of endless lanes, designer labels and alluring shop windows? Well, you’re in luck as you can start right here with our top ten list of favourite stores in Bali! Abut aside from these favourites, it was soo hard job to choose just ten after all, here’s a few of our most frequented areas in Seminyak with a cluster of good stores to check out.
Visit Jalan Cendana (the little road off Jalan Kayu Ayu opposite Seminyak Square) for a selection of cool fashion such as Kiosk, Frockk Boutique and Uma and Leopold for gorgeous cotton dresses, shorts and cute little tops; Hobo and Kody and Ko for a wide range of homewares, and many more. Venture onto Jalan Kayu Ayu from there to visit Sundays Resortwear for a wide range of brightly coloured dresses, tops and kaftans (Camilla-inspired, but in cheaper fabrics to help the shopping budget go further!), and Drifter Surf for any surfy cool for men or women. Top up the energy levels with food or coffee at Sisterfields, B$SS Man burgers, or Grocer & Grind.
Otherwise, Jalan Petitinget (from W to way past Potato Head) provides you with loads of options from Deus, Jetset Gypsy, Magali Pascal, Lulu Yasmine, Universo for Seafolly & Havaianas, Carga, and Little Joe by Gail Elliott. Enjoy tea-time at Biku. Or the intersection of Jalan Kayu Ayu/Oberoi and Jalan Kayu Jati (opposite VIN+ wine house) gives you Mist, State of Georgia and more as well as the popular Bali Boat Shed and Mister Zimi. Neighbouring Sea Circus can feed the energy levels on the way!
The intersection of Jalan Kayu Ayu and Raya Seminyak starts with Souq, homewares faves Macredi, Style and Mood and Toko Emporium; meander along Kaya Ayu from the Corner House (yum – coffee, cakes, lunch!) to breeze through (not in exact order) Havaianas, Joy jewellery, Beachgold, Mist, Uluwatu Lace, Magali Pascal, Lulu Yasmine, Uma and Leopold, and soo many more…
Spa therapy: where to relax and recharge
There’s no shortage of spa haven’s in Bali, so here’s just four of the most popular in Seminyak. For a more detailed list and for locations of the best spa’s across the island, check out our feature of 30+ blissful addresses right here.
Glo Day Spa and Salon
Glo is one of the island’s original, and most revered, spas for its high-quality service, expert staff and affordable prices. They specialise in pretty much everything – expert hair stylists and colourists, a wide range of massages, nails galore as well as most make-up and beauty treatments you can imagine. Their waxing team trains most high-end spas on the island, so you know you’re in the best hands here.
Glo Day Spa, Seminyak, Kunti Plaza, Jalan Kunti 119, Seminyak, Bali 80361, p. +62 0361 738 689
Prana Spa Bali
Stir every one of your senses with the Moroccan inspired splendour of one of the biggest, and most sensual, spas in Bali. Decked out in regal interiors and rich colours, Prana Spa is Bali’s ultimate experience in affordable, decadant luxe. Its mid-range prices are worth the slight splurge for the exotic yet intimate environment alone, complimented a variety of massages, facials and exotic treatments. Specialist Ayurvedic treatments are a must. A 60 minute Ayurvedic treatment to calm those buzzing chakras starts from IDR 770,000.
Prana Spa, Jalan Kunti, Seminyak, Bali Indonesia 80261, p.+62 361 730 840. Open Mon-Sun 9 am-10pm.
Only five minutes walk from uber hip bars Potato Head and Ku De Ta lies Bodyworks – one of Bali’s most iconic beauty institutions. Still with great prices across their vast menu, a good rep from their high-quality service and a loyal following after almost two decades beautifying the neighbourhood, blissing out at Bodyworks is a holiday must-do. Head here to for a no-frills authentic Balinese massage (from IDR 250,000) or a flip-flop-prepping pedicure for only IDR 150,000.
Bodyworks, Jalan Kayu Jati No 2, Petitenget Bali 80361, p. +62 361 733 317.
Looking in from Jalan Petitenget to AMO, located just opposite the W Hotel entrance, AMO almost always has crowds gathering around the reception desk and it may look like only a nail salon. Sure, they have every form of nail colour and polish under the sun, but they offer beauty, waxing, massages, relaxation and hair services galore. Don’t let the crowds put you off, their service is fast, efficient and painless and their blissful treatments take you to another place. Their 60 minute Relax Me massage starts at IDR 220,000, but we can’t go past a pedi, blow-out and healthy juice from their juice bar – all at once, and all within an hour! Two Seminyak locations below.
AMO, Jalan Petitenget 100x, Seminyak Bali 80361, p. +62 361 473 7943, Jalan Basangkasa 9, Seminyak Bali 80361, p. 62 361 737 267.
Sundowners: Where to go for sunset and into the night
Potato Head Beach Club
You haven’t been to Bali if you haven’t watched the sun go down at this iconic, glamarama beach-front venue for the masses. Step into the Colosseum-esque building of Potato Head Beach Club and you’ll understand why this proudly Indonesian brand has become an inspiring institution in Bali. Two restaurants, a swanky beachfront bar and an infinity pool with fab views of the sparkling Indian Ocean? It’s the playground combo nobody can resist.
Potato Head Beach Club, Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali, p.+62 361 473 7979.
Ku De Ta
Seminyak’s original beach club, and still a place of the beautiful people and groovy, sunset vibes. This luxe, original beachfront venue (KDT to those in the know) remains one of Seminyak’s top places to see and be seen for sunset drinks. Famous for its themed parties, the club houses day beds, a trendy restaurant and serves exceptional food. Soak in the buzzin’ vibes while you sip and snap the afternoon away on a day bed. Tip – glamour girls, make a reservation the day before so you don’t wear out those fab strappy heels (or sandals) while waiting in line.
Ku De Ta, Jalan Kayu Aya no.9, Seminyak Bali 80361, p.+62 361 736 969.
A wine store, restaurant and lounge, Vin+ is where you head to for great wine. Built to look like an enormous wine cask, its bamboo architecture houses a vast dining great for sitting back and enjoying the decadent international and Indonesian cuisine on offer. Its inventory of more than 1,000 labels from over 10 wine-growing regions (plus trained wine butlers!) will have you ordering bottle after yummy bottle… obviously to ensure you don’t run out at home, no?
Vin+, Jalan Kayu Jati # 1, Seminyak, Bali 80361.
Metis Restaurant Lounge and Gallery
Swanky and seductive, Metis is a restaurant, bar and lounge all rolled into one. After dinner and before a night of hitting the clubs, swing by the lounge overlooking the beautifully lit garden for your choice of designer drinks in the form of cocktails or wine while munching on tapas. Feel like being reclusive? Descend onto the bar area – the cozy nook is popular with the expat crowd and great for enjoying drinks in a more intimate atmosphere.
Metis, Jalan Petitenget No. 6, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361.
One of the world’s largest rooftop bars (at 1700 square metres), guests can enjoy local inspired cocktails while reclining on floating pods and looking out to the sea at this beachfront venue. Look out for the fire pit grill in the centre of the bar – the smokin pulse of the bar which offers “United Flavours of Satay” grilled over coconut shells and wood. Check out their events calendar too, such as Social Sundays.
Double-Six Rooftop, Seminyak, No. 66, Double Six Beach Seminyak Bali, 80361.
Bali may have a ton of good after-dark clubs but many of them sadly lack soul or style. Enter La Favela – an eclectic bar and restaurant unlike its other glittering counterparts. Its décor counteracts its name (meaning Brazillian slum), where antique furniture lines its floors, plants seem to be (artfully) overgrown and even old bikes and a Volkswagen van rounds off the appearance. Oh, and more beautiful people than at a Victoria Secret’s casting. The weekend parties here are legendary affairs – almost like fun houseparties even. Highly, highly recommended. Get there.
La Favela, Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak Bali.
Bordering Legian, multi-concept Jenja is a favourite among locals and expats for good reason – providing the right dosage of underground and uptown style. The crowd here is sophisticated and well-heeled, so you can afford to get dressed to the nines. On Wednesdays to the weekends, the club opens so you can let your hair down. While not huge, the music is great and the state of art lighting and sound system doesn’t hurt either. Don’t arrive until 12 or after, as no-one else does.
Jenja, Jalan Nakula Barat 18, Seminyak, Bali 80361.
Stretch or sweat: Where to calm your buzzing chakras
Jiwa Bikram Yoga
If you prefer to sweat it out ‘Bikram’ style, then drop into a class at the Jiwa Bikram Yoga in Seminyak. Former fashion model, Angie Grgat leads classes for beginners and experienced yogis alike. Jiwa explains that the hot room in Bikram allows the muscles to relax, allowing you to stretch deeper into the postures to create flexibility. Whatever it takes!
Jiwa Bikram Yoga Bali, Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali 80361.p. +62 (0)3618413689.
Daily yoga at Prana Spa
Not only is there an absolutely blissful spa here – it also plays host to fab yoga classes designed to challenge and rejuvenate you. Reach the peak of your spiritual essence with any of these classes: sivananda releases energy blockage, superflow vinyasa will reinvigorate you while the vinyasa slow lets you improve your core body strength.
Prana Spa, Jalan Kunti, Seminyak, Bali Indonesia 80261, p.+62 361 730 840. Open Mon-Sun 9 am-10pm.
One of the best kept secrets of the yoga community in Bali – Olop Arpipi was started by the man himself. Located in a studio on the back streets of Seminyak, he teaches iyengar yoga – a form of hatha that focuses on posture and breath control. Classes here are intense (two hours long) but rest assured you’ll be in great hands and leave feeling calm and tension-free.
Olop Arpipi, Jalan Drupadi 1, No. 7, Banjar Basangkasa,Seminyak, Bali 80361, p. 081 238 11507.
Blue Karma Senses
An oasis of calm and wellness, Blue Karma Senses offers yoga, meditation and tai chi in an setting of extreme harmony and serenity. Set in over centuries-old traditional Javanese joglos, you can chill out at the tea house and juice bar to be reenergized or for a pop of energy after classes.
Blue Karma Senses, Jalan Plawa, Gang Melati No.1, Seminyak, Bali 80361.
Attain a higher level of health and well being at Motion Fitness – high energy workouts in a supportive and welcoming environment have brought on serious fitness fanatics, regulars and newbies hearing rave reviews again and again. Classes here are serious fun – select from cardio pilates, capoeira and total body toning. Or if you’re looking for a total lifestyle upheaval, the Fit & Slim Retreat is a 7D6N combination of programmes like yoga, meditation, tai chi and served up with a detox menu (raw food).
Motion Fitness, Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Kabupaten Badung, Bali.
Resort living: Where to stay from luxe to family friendly resorts
The oasis: Peppers Sentosa
Refined, warm, chic and comforting – these are some of the words we’d use to describe this epitome of conscious living. A five-star resort and wellness retreat, Peppers Sentosa is made of lush settings and ambient Balinese villas. Try out the Wellness Retreat Package if you need a break from urban life – check in to your villa and be spoiled silly with their restaurants, cold pressed juices, an onsite gym coach, state of the art gym, yoga and private healing. It’s a great location tucked away in Seminyak but only five-ten minutes walk to anywhere that counts, including the beach.
Peppers Sentosa, Jalan Pura Telaga Waja, Petitenget, Seminyak, Badung, Bali 80361.
The designer, jet-set choice: W Retreat and Spa
A fave of the international jet-set, the W Retreat and Spa oozes beachfront international, Bali-fused design, cool kids and good living. This designer resort is luxe living at its best. Don’t fancy living the party 24/7 up at the main W resort? Then opt for one of the modern and contemporary W Villas. Think private plunge pools, comfy sun lounges, hidden bale day beds and relaxing interiors with state-of-the-art entertainment systems in a completely soundproofed villa tucked away from the world outside. Lie down on Egyptian cotton sheets in the bedroom and luxuriate in the terrazzo bathtubs with W branded BLISS spa products on hand. All you have to do is rock up with a bottle of bubbles and some good company.
W Villas, Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak, p. +62 361 4738106, e. email@example.com.
The unique: Luna2 Studiotel
This is not like anything else you’ll find in Bali, let alone Seminyak! If you’re looking for a non-hotel or non-villa accommodation experience, consider Luna2 Studiotel. Stay in one of the 14 open-plan studio spaces equipped with lounging spaces, work stations and balconies overlooking the pool. Decorated in splashy colours, semi-retro furniture, the hotel resembles what Conde Nasts terms “a hotel of the future in the 1960s.” Nostalgia, futurism and fun intermix at the underground lounge bar – so groovy even Austin Powers would agree. Or if you want to chill, just grab a sundowner and hang at Space rooftop bar with the smashing views.
Luna2 Studiotel, Jalan Sarinande No. 20, Seminyak, Bali 80361.
The rooftop pool: U Paasha
This one is a great mix of value-based hotel living, with a few designer touches and wow-factors like their rooftop pool. A blend of Seminyak lifestyle and local design accents paired with modern amenities, U Paacha is located right in the heart of Seminyak with the best of nightlife and beach life only a walk away. Relaxed and tranquil, the large rooms are decked out in a modern and contemporary design and great for chilling before you do a couple of laps at the rooftop pool or chill at the restaurant.
U Paasha Seminyak Bali, Jalan Laksamana Basangkasa, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361.
The authentic: Blue Karma Resorts
For a taste of Balinese ethnic life, check in at one of the bungalow joglos at Blue Karma Resorts. Located in behind Bintang supermarket in the heart of Seminyak’s action, we love this resort because of their beautiful Balinese charm and design running through the whole resort. You’re surrounded by beautiful, wooden carvings that need no reminder that you’re blessing (AND blissing) out on the island of the gods. Check yourself out of life with a traditional rubdowns at the spa too – we promise you’ll be rejuvenated in no time.
Blue Karma Resorts, Jalan Raya Seminyak, Gang Bima No. 2, Seminyak, Bali 80361.
The family-friendly: Courtyard Marriott
A family favourite with a good kids club, child-friendly pool section and just minutes away from the beach, this five-star hotel is a good alternative to large villas. The rooms are immaculate and their golf buggy has you at the beach before you’ve applied your sunscreen. Slip on a bikini and relax the day away at the lagoon pool before descending to Seminyak kitchen for an elegant feast, or… shopping!
Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak, Jalan Camplung Tanduk No 103 SP, Dhyana Pura, Dhyana Pura, Seminyak Bali, Bali 80361.
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