Undoubtedly Bali’s most sumptuous beach town, tourists with a thirst for style and sophistication flock to Seminyak in their droves. Seminyak offers an abundance of healthy eateries, upmarket boutiques, trendy dining options aplenty and its well known beachfront bars where you will enjoy those famous Balinese sunsets. Whether you’re after some serious spa-time, a yoga class among the rice paddies, a relaxing day in the sun or to splash some cash on ocean-based activities, Seminyak has something for everyone. Wondering what to do in Seminyak, Bali? Here’s your pocket guide featuring our favourites from where to stay, eat, spa and play in Seminyak.
What to do in Seminyak Bali
Where to Stay in Seminyak
The Amala subtly fuses east and west through its understated yet luxurious interiors. The quiet, boutique hotel is located down a laneway a stone’s throw from Seminyak’s busy shopping streets. The ideal choice for a honeymoon or a health retreat-style break, The Amala is a hidden gem in heady Seminyak.
For one of the most opulent stays in Seminyak, check out the stunning Colony Hotel. This beautiful hotel features a decadent feature pool and outdoor restaurant, with colonial décor and a brilliant white backdrop. Just a short walk from all of Seminyak’s main attractions, this 20-room hotel is boutique at its best. Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the early morning sunshine and an in-room massage as a special treat during your stay.
While it might be a thirty-minute drive from Seminyak’s stylish centre, when you arrive at Villa Sungai, you’ll see it’s more than worth the journey. Offering a bespoke high-end stay with breathtaking views of the nearby jungle and a butler service to boot, few places can match the sort of luxury that Villa Sungai is known for. With stylish interiors and a world class back drop, as well as delicious foodie fare on-site, it’s well worth checking in if you don’t mind being away from Seminyak’s busy hub.
Located down a cobbled street near Seminyak’s shopping district you’ll find private luxury villa resort The Elysian. Boasting spacious and stylish villas complete with their own pool, as well as a main swimming area flanked by stylish day-beds, this is one of Seminyak’s hottest hotels. With friendly staff and home made cookies and fresh fruit on arrival, you can expect an indulgent stay while at The Elysian.
Where to Eat in Seminyak
W Hotel | l. Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak
With one of the most coveted settings in Seminyak, W Hotel’s seafood restaurant Starfish Bloo offers diners delicious Pan-Asian flavours served alongside unbeatable sea views. Melbourne-based chef Ashley has created a tantalising menu that is creative as it is tasty and sure to delight all diners – not matter how fussy a foodie they might be. The colourful cocktails offer the perfect accompaniment to the seafood spread and the sound of the waves and the setting sun offer a quintessentially Balinese backdrop to this brilliant dining experience.
Shelter Cafe | Jl. Drupadi 1 No.2, Seminyak
For an easy and breezy setting for healthy foodie fare, look no further than Shelter Café. More than just a menu – Shelter Café prides itself on being a cultural hub where creatives, entrepreneurs and expats alike hang out. They frequently hold events ranging from live music nights to pop up fashion shops featuring both Indonesian and international designers. But if it’s food you’re after, they boast a brilliant menu and an array of healthy plates for both vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Try the smashed avo for a healthy classic or the mixed berry hotcakes with coconut cream to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Sea Circus | Jl. Kayu Aya No.22, Seminyak
If you were searching Instagram for where to eat in Seminyak, Sea Circus would definitely pop up. The setting is as brilliant as the food is tasty at Seminyak’s famous Sea Circus. Restaurant, bar and coffee den, Sea Circus boasts a busy and brilliant atmosphere, against a brightly coloured backdrop and upon trying their tasty tacos, it’s easy to see why. For this place, the focus is on balance. On a health kick? Try their coconut latte or wheatgrass shot. Fancy some serious calories on your plate? Their burgers are among the best in Bali. For tasty food and a brilliant vibe whatever the time of day, Sea Circus is one of Seminyak’s must-go destinations for foodies.
Café Organic | Jl. Petitenget No.99 X
Few places do healthy dining in Seminyak as well as Café Organic. With distinctly Aussie-inspired and Instagrammable décor, this organic eatery is perfect for anyone watching their waistline while on holiday. Boasting a brilliant selection of everything from smoothie bowls breakfast burritos, this garden gangsta café offers vegetarian meals using freshly and locally farmed produce. Try the Bondi bowl for a truly Aussie experience abroad.
Potato Head | Seminyak, Jl. Petitenget No.51B
No stay in Seminyak would be complete without a visit to the town’s most famous bar, Potato Head. A stunning seafront bar with an exotic infinity pool and with views of the shoreline, it’s an Instagrammer’s haven. With drinks ranging from fruity cocktails to superfood smoothies and fresh coconuts and tasty bar snacks, you’ll be spoilt for choice. An idyllic spot to while away a balmy afternoon in the Balinese heat as you wait for the stunning sunset. While the prices are on the high side, they’re oh-so worth it.
Mrs Sippy | l. Taman Ganesha, Gang Gagak 8, Seminyak
Seminyak’s newly opened Mrs Sippy is a Mediterranean-inspired oasis that will appeal to sunbathers and party people alike. Home to Bali’s largest salt water pool, this tropical bar is a go-to for anyone wanting to listen to some expertly spun tunes from the crème de la crème of international DJs. With a stunning seafood menu and a range of chilled cocktails perfect for sipping in the afternoon sun, Mrs Sippy has quickly established itself as Seminyak’s go-to destination for poolside sundowners.
Spring Spa | JRooftop Level, Seminyak Village, Jl. Kayu Jati Basangkasa, Seminyak
If you’re after some serious pampering away from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak’s main strip, head for The Village Mall’s Spring Spa. The perfect place for the weary-worn holiday maker after too much sun or tired feet, Spring Spa has a decadent treatment list to ease any holiday ailments. Try the Hair Rescue if your locks are lifeless and dry, or the Sunset Package for the ultimate in relaxation.
Bodyworks | Jl. Kayu Jati No. 2, Petitenget, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
Bodyworks is the original Seminyak Spa, a favourite in particular of those who have been coming to Seminyak and Bali for many years. When it comes to Seminyak Spas, Bodyworks is a great choice for groups. It gets very busy so book in for one of their incredible spa packages as soon as you check into your hotel.
Lucy Pearson is a certified bookworm, wanderluster and a qualified yoga teacher with a thirst for adventure and love for life.
Lucy has her own blog, The Unlikely Bookworm and also contributes to Stylist Magazine and Hip and Healthy.