Seminyak was my first stop in Bali and makes a great spot for easing into the island. I didn’t actually know there were so many western comforts here (there’s probably a lot you don’t know about Bali!) so I was pleasantly surprised when I touched down. Now that I’ve spent a good chunk of time scoping the place out, here’s my insider’s guide on how to spend the day there…
Get fed! (and coffee’d)
If you’re anything like me, you’ll need a fresh cup of coffee and some food before you’re ready to do anything. Get ready to settle into island-time and enjoy spending your morning people-watching and lazing around in one of Seminyak’s best foodie spots.
What are the best restaurants in Seminyak? It’s a tough call. My favorites included Grocer & Grind for great coffee and healthy brunches, and it’s pretty close to Seminyak Beach if you need to ‘walk it off’. Try Sisterfields for a beautiful place to relax, or head to The Spicy Coconut for some vegan goodness. Note that Seminyak restaurants often have an Aussie feel to them, as this is one of the main expat areas in Bali.
If that turns your nose up a bit, head down sidestreets for local ‘warungs’ offering cheap, Indonesian delights. For those on a liquid diet, try Char Char for a cold Bintang and enjoy the views of the street from their am-beer-theatre seating. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
Getting around Seminyak
Seminyak is full of taxis to help you get around, but it’s also a lovely spot to walk around aimlessly. Make the most of the gorgeous weather and go by foot. If you’d rather hop in an air-conditioned taxi, only go with BlueBird cabs. Other taxis will charge you set prices that are a bit of a rip-off, so chose BlueBird and pay by the metre instead.
Cook up a Storm
Indonesian cuisine is wonderful and is some of my absolute favorite food to eat, and to cook. If you’re looking for interesting things to do in Seminyak, find yourself a cooking class and spend the afternoon making local delicacies. What better way to go local than to leave Seminyak’s restaurants behind and make your own dinner!
Nia Cooking Class is one of the best cooking schools in Seminyak and offers half-day sessions full of lots of sampling. If you’re travelling with a group, why not invite the chefs to your villa? They offer in-home cooking classes, too, which make a great way to spend the day.
Hit the Beach
Seminyak Beach is well worth a visit, and is home to heaps of beach bars and comfy deckchairs to relax in. The tide and current depend on the time of year, so be careful if you choose to swim. Seminyak is a nice spot to soak up some rays while enjoying a Bintang or two. Take a short trip over to Kuta for more beautiful beaches, or head to Legian for a calmer swimming session.
If you’re more of a surfer, or at least fancy yourself to be one, stick with Seminyak beach. There are various surf schools dotted along the beach, and many are family-friendly – one of the funnest and most popular things to do in Seminyak, for sure.
Thanks to the mix of Aussie-ran boutiques, quirky local stores and plenty of street-vendors selling their wares, shopping also became one of my favourite things to do in Seminyak. If you need something more familiar, there’s also Seminyak Square, home to heaps of familiar outlets and air-con if you need a little break from the heat.
I’d say the best say to get your retail therapy fix is just by wandering around the streets – think jewellery, sarongs and plenty of souvenirs to take back home. This city is made for tourists, with lots of ice-cream spots, bars and shade to break up all that shopping.
Beat the heat and head to one of the city’s spas for some me-time. This is one of the most popular things to do in Seminyak and you’ll seen see why – the spa and massage culture is world-class.
What’s the best spa in Seminyak? There’s too many to choose, but Prana Spa and Spring are often touted as favourites. The selection out there is huge though, so give yourself some time to find one that appeals to you most.
This is a great way to spend your time here, as traditional Balinese massages are a big part of Seminyak’s expat culture. Indulge in some guilt-free downtime and make the most of the talented masseuses in Bali’s coolest destination.
Enjoy the Sunset, Pool-side
Head to Potato Head Beach Club, with its famous infinity pool housed in one of the best hotels in Seminyak. This beach-front pool is open to non-guests and is easily reached from the main road. Be prepared for a world of Instagram-models, extravagant cocktails and beautiful sunset views.
I love Potato Head and ended up going there at least once a day during my week in Seminyak. If you fancy bagging a sunbed, head there early to reserve a spot. People apparently start queuing from 8am, just to give you an idea of how busy this place gets.
I preferred going in the evenings and choosing the pool in place of a seat. They have lockers to stash your bag in, as well as outdoor showers to rinse off in afterwards. Either enjoy the sunset from the pool, fresh coconut in hand, or wander on to the beach and get your feet sandy.
The views from here are unreal and Potato Head always seem to have the perfect sunset playlists – this quickly became one of my favorite things to do in Seminyak.
Get Dressed Up
Head into the city centre for a night of cocktails, tapas and great music. Seminyak is packed with expats who enjoy the finer things, so follow the it-crowd to spots like Vin+ for great wine, Double Six for rooftop views and people-watching, or go all out La Favela, the cool kid’s party spot.
La Favela is amazing and very different from the classic-Seminyak watering holes. They boast great, loud music in a jungle-style nightclub. If you’re after more exciting things to do in Seminyak, make this destination a priority. There’s plenty of outdoor seating if you need a break from boogying, and the party goes on ‘til late.
Grab some carbs on your way home, collapse into bed and get ready to do it all again tomorrow…
Spending a little longer in Bali? Check out this great one week itinerary by Medha at Hopping Feet.