My Top Tips For Seminyak, Bali
If you're considering a trip to Bali, do it! I honestly had the best time in this lovely part of the world. Comparatively, Bali is more 'westernised' than other parts of South East Asia, however, I still found it to be cultured and full to the brim with wonderful restaurants, bars and people. Being relatively close to the airport, Seminyak lends itself as a natural landing place for resorts, beach bars and clubs. It can feel a little as though you’re not in ‘real Bali’ when you’re in the hustle of Seminyak, however, I definitely recommend staying here for a couple of nights to experience the great beach club, shop and restaurant scene.
What To Do In Seminyak
Potato Head Beach Club
Head to Potato Head Beach Club for food, drinks and chilled out, beach vibes. Great both day and night, Potato Head offers stunning views over an infinity pool, cocktails, food, and plenty of loungers for you to relax on. This was one of my favourite spots in Bali, it has a really tropical feel to it whilst offering pretty much any cocktail you could want to get your hands on. If you fancy nabbing one of the tables for the day, there is a minimum spend of 500 IDR (approx. £30), which is worth it if you’re splitting it between friends and want to set up camp for the day. You’ll need to bag a table early if you want it for the day though as it gets busy.
Other popular beach bars include La Plancha and Cocoon Beach Club. Hotel W is also supposed to be lovely for drinks although sadly I didn't get a chance to go this time.
Where To Eat In Seminyak
Brunch at Sisterfields
Sisterfields was one of my all-time favourite places to eat in Bali. It's an Australian owned café in the heart of Seminyak, home to a host organic delicious breakfast and lunch food. The smoothies are also immense! You have to try here, but be prepared to wait a while for a table!
Eat At Revolver
Breakfast and coffee at Revolver café is also a must if you’re in Seminyak. I opted for their full English (classic) which was unreal and very filling. Similarly to a lot of cafes in Bali, they offer organic food and plenty of healthy options. Their smoothies were also fab!
Go To The Beach
Spend the day relaxing on the beach in Seminyak. You can enjoy fresh coconuts and take a dip in the sea. Admitidly, the beaches aren't the prettiest I've seen, but they are still lovely to relax on for the afternoon. You can also take up surf lessons here!
Visit The Markets
There is a cute market just beyond the high-street in Seminyak, where you can find clothes, jewellery, bags etc at a great price. I recommend saving room in your case or backpack because there are so many lovely things you'll want to take home!
Treat Yourself To A Massage
Balinese massaged are ridiculously cheap compared to the UK. You can get an hour massage for as little at £5-6. The ones on the main high-street in Seminyak are a little bit pricer, so if you're looking for the best deal I recommend finding a salon away from the main centre. The Balinese massages are honestly incredible, you have to try one if you're Bali!
If you're looking for cheap accommodation in Seminyak there are plenty of hostels. We stayed in Capsule, which is a short walk to the main high-street. To be honest, Capsule had more of a hotel / BnB feel to it that most 'party' hostels. The beds were clean and really comfy here - you actually have your own 'pod' so it feels quite private compared to usual dorms. The bar was pretty social and offered cheap drinks and food, so it was convenient for us.
If you're looking for upmarket accommodation W Hotel or Alila Seminyak are popular and stunning hotels. There are also lots of great villas in Canngu, which is only a short drive from Seminyak.
Useful articles for accommodation:
Getting Around SEminyak
Taxis - Blue Bird are the recognised taxi company in Bali. There are usually plenty in Seminyak and it's worth waiting and hailing one down as they use a meter. The taxi drivers will often try to over-charge you as a tourist, so using a Blue Bird takes the stress out of trying to haggle a reasonable fare. Just make sure you ask them to put the meter on as soon as you get in, or they will assume they can charge you a fixed rate. You can download the Blue Bird app, which is a little like Uber - I found this to be super convenient, although you'll need wifi/3G, of course.
If you're travelling to Seminyak from the airport, Blue Bird don't usually come to the arrivals gate, so you'll have to use an alternative taxi company. To get to Seminyak from the airport you shouldn't pay more that 150 IDR - however, I arrived on my own late in the evening and was charged 250 1DR (appox. £6 more). I knew I was being overcharged, but it was late and I wanted to get to my hostel quickly. after a lot of travelling. You can definitely haggle it cheaper though.
Bikes - most people hire bikes to drive around Bali. The roads are pretty busy in Seminyak, so be careful if you are hiring a bike as a newbie because Indonesians can be pretty reckless on the roads. They don't always stop for red lights and they pretty much wait for no one. I wasn't brave enough to ride a scooter so stuck to a push bike (lol). I met quite a few people who had fallen off and had accidents, so it is a bit of a risk but it's definitely the most cheap and convenient way to get around.