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Seminyak Insider Tips

Bali’s food and shopping haven

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5 Nights

Located on the southwestern coast of the island, and 40 minutes from the airport. Seminyak is Bali’s more sophisticated neighborhood – famous for beautiful sunsets, chilled-out vibes, and black sandy beaches.

Private villas have become synonymous with a Balinese holiday experience”

Seminyak is arguably only about 1 square kilometer from the coast, it is also loosely used to describe up to the 3 square kilometers surrounding it as much of the action has spilled into Kerobokan and Petitenget (dubbed Eat Street 2.0). Seminyak is lively and fairly walkable, a contrast to its hipster sibling in Canggu, Seminyak has managed to maintain a more upscale experience with high-end restaurants, great cafes and world-class beach clubs.


Bali is also known as the Island of Gods, everywhere you look, you will see ceremony, ritual and sacred offerings. The Balinese carry out their religious obligations with pride and everyone takes part from the youngest child, through to grandparents, all dressed immaculately for the temple.

Located in the middle of many attractions and popular neighborhoods, Seminyak is the perfect base for day trips to the peaceful greens in Ubud and majestic cliffside views of Uluwatu. Canggu is 20 mins to the north and Nusa Dua beaches 40 mins to the south. 

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LOCATION TIP 
Google Maps is your friend, houses are not numbered chronologically in Balinese streets. Remember to download an offline custom map into your phone

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Need to Know 

Get around town 

Traffic is unpredictable in Bali. For braver souls, motorbikes are the best way to get around, both motorbike taxis and cars are easily bookable via e-hailing Apps like Grab and Gojek. If you plan to venture into other townships like Ubud or Uluwatu, it is recommended to hire a full day driver ($35-40 for 8 hours) for transport can be more challenging in other townships due to complicated local laws and scams.

Warming up (and cooling down) 

Bali is hot all year round and you can expect tropical humidity with some rainfall. Pack slippers, sunscreen and insect repellents

Look both ways

Streets can be tricky to navigate, traffic can come from anywhere.

Making friends

Dogs are plenty in Bali, virtually found on every street as pets and strays. They love treats/food scraps, while they generally ignore passerbys, guard dogs will sometimes bark at you, in reality, they are generally more afraid of you. WARNING keep calm and never run from dogs.

Bali belly

More myth than actual concerns, while Balinese hygiene standards can differ from what many foreigners might expect, the food is by no means soiled, tropical insects and passing dogs or cows are common sights. Bring some charcoal pills if you have a weak stomach, tap water is NOT potable in Indonesia, boil only bottled water and avoid chewing ice cubes.

Pro tip

Book your airport transfer before you land, transportation can be overwhelming at the airport and prices depend on how well you bargain. Fares to most places in Seminyak with independent drivers should be not more than $15-20, hotels and private villas can be a bit more.


Traveler insight

ACCOMMODATION LISTINGS
Seminyak is officially located within the Kuta district or more specifically North Kuta. Not to be confused with the seedy Kuta strip (5km away). You’ve probably seen the videos

Prices shown in USD
CURRENCY Indonesia Rupiah, 1 USD =  14,000 Rp (APPROX.)
How much money to bring $45 per person/day 
SPEAKS ENGLISH, Bahasa Indonesia
AIRPORT TO TOWN: Ngurah Rai International AIRPORT TAXI $15 – 20

GRAB / Gojek app $10 – 12 (Not always reliable for airports)
AREAS TO STAY Seminyak, Kerobokan, Petitenget, Legian
TIPPING appreciated but not required
FOOD LOCAL EATS: $2 – 3 DISH + DRINK
RESTAURANTS: From $8 PER PERSON
DRINKS

Tap water not potable
BOTTLED WATER: $0.35

LOCAL COFFEE: $0.75

AMERICANO: $3
.00
BOTTLE OF BEER: $1.40
COCKTAILS: $8-12

Local lingo

  • Terima Kasih: Thank you
  • Selamat Siang: Good afternoon
  • Selamat Pagi: Good morning
  • Bule: Foreigner. you. embrace it
  • Apa khabar: What’s up
  • Warong: Local eatery
  • Bintang: Beer
  • Mbak/Mas: miss/sir (used when calling for service in stores and restaurants)
  • Brapa mbak/mas: How much is this
  • Ada weh seh (WC) gak: Is there a toilet
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Live like royalty

Private villas

Airbnb

Much of southern Bali and especially Seminyak has been transformed by a surge in private villas over the last couple of years. Private villas have become synonymous with a Balinese holiday experience, villas are often surrounded by greenery, open-air showers, and private pools; the options are plenty from Joglos (Traditional wooden Indonesian structures) to modern 5-bedroom villas for groups and large families, usually at unbelievably reasonable price points.

Two to three bedrooms villas are the most popular configurations, from about $130 a night, equivalent to a regular mid-level hotel room at international chains. Over 90% of the villas in Bali are listed on Airbnb ($40 sign up promo) so it is the best place to start. Some villas come with breakfast and daily cleaning, however, it is not a standard practice.

 
Hotels and Resorts

Katamama Suites

• 5-star Location • Unique Concept • Avg $300 / Night
Part of the Potato Head Company, Katamama is a beautifully designed all-suites boutique that offers contemporary living inspired by centuries-old Indonesian traditions. Located within Desa Potato Head, their flagship creative village with its own retail space and world-class beach club. 
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W Bali

• World-Class Loyalty Program (Marriott Bonvoy™ ) • Beachfront Resort • Avg $360 / Night
Part of Marriott’s Distinctive Luxury category, the W brand is marketed towards a younger audience looking for a wow factor. The hotel is glitzy, colorful and cool, the Balinese property is also home to some of the hotel’s more notable brands: the extravagant AWAY® Spa and parties at the Woobar. W Bali is housed in a large beachfront estate, the manicured driveway features a beautiful bamboo archway that has become an Instagram hit. While its restaurants are already some of the best in the area, it is also surrounded by much of Petitenget/Kerobokan’s best nightlife and restaurants.
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The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa

• Proximity to Eat Street • Beachfront • Avg $250 / night
This is the ultimate address in Seminyak, located on the beachfront, 5 minutes walk to Eat Street, and next to Ku De Ta, one of the best beach clubs in Bali. While location and service are at the top of everyone’s praises, but they have been around for a while now, and age is starting to show in the rooms.
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Cicada Luxury Townhouses

• Large rooms • Good Location • Avg $170 / night
Highly rated boutique hotel, Cicada is minutes to the beach and offers a range of accommodations from 50sqm studio units to 3-bedroom villas with a private pool, the hotel also has its own restaurant, spa, and a 25m lap pool.
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The Legian

• 5-star Location • Beachfront • Avg $550 / night
The Legian is an exclusive all-suite hotel set in landscaped tropical gardens, designed with the decerning traveler in mind, it is the epitome of luxury in Seminyak, the hotel has been around for 20 years but remains at the top of its game, renowned for its contemporary approach to traditional Indonesian design and its genuine Balinese bespoke service, The Legian is in a league of its own.
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