Where to Stay, Eat, Drink and Shop in Seminyak
Seminyak. It's one of Bali's hottest destinations, and for good reason. Not only is it home to some of the island's most gorgeous beaches, but it's also packed with luxe villas, cute cafes, incredible restaurants, swanky bars and chic boutiques.
You've probably got dozens of mates who reckon they're experts when it comes to Seminyak, but we're going to show you how to do it right. Start booking those flights!
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Where to Stay
Ask any Seminyak pro where to stay and chances are pretty good that they'll tell you to ditch hotels and resorts and to book a villa instead. Why? Well, they're private, secluded, seriously luxurious and usually come with their own pools.
Consider yourself a foodie? Look no further than Agata Villas. Located right in the thick of Seminyak's culinary scene and just minutes from some of the area's best beach clubs, these two-bedroom villas come complete with huge private pools and daily breakfast.
If you want to take the extravagance to the next level, check out The Kayana, famed for glam pool villas and 24/7 butler service. A less-than-10-minute walk will take you to the beautiful Petitenget Beach and all of Seminyak's hottest spots, like the iconic Motel Mexicola.
For beach bums, The Elysian Boutique Villa Hotel is the perfect choice. Just six minutes from Seminyak beach, these chic villas boast massive private pools surrounded by lush greenery. It's not hard to see why these guys were named in the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Indonesia in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards!
Tucked away in a secluded laneway but still within walking distance of all the best Seminyak has to offer, Kanishka Villas are all about relaxation. Each villa comes with its own hot tub or pool, so there's no need to battle it out with other guests for the best seat in the house.
If you prefer the convenience and amenities of a hotel, you'll be spoilt for choice in Seminyak. Our top picks are L Hotel, which offers affordable yet stylish and comfortable digs right in the centre of town, and Katamama, the ultra-luxurious five-star boutique hotel located right by the beach.
Where to Eat and Drink
In recent years, Seminyak has become one of the world's hottest foodie destinations. From decadent fine dining to casual beach club drinks, there are hundreds of places to keep you busy.
As soon as you step into Barbacoa you'll be greeted by timber-clad walls, mosaic floor tiles and a loft-style dining area. This warm, vibrant atmosphere perfectly sets the tone for the warm, vibrant Latin American-inspired cuisine you're about to enjoy. Think tacos, empanadas, ceviche, woodfired meat and seafood, plus some seriously decadent desserts.
A Seminyak institution, the iconic Mama San perfectly marries old-world Indochinese cuisine with modern design and innovative street food flavours. This dual-level restaurant and bar is quirky, cosy and guaranteed to leave you wanting more. Be sure to try the soft shell crab and the roasted Peking duck!
If you're as crazy for seafood as we are, don't leave Seminyak without visiting Sardine. With its charming thatched bamboo roof and traditional Balinese decor, you'll feel as though you've stepped back in time. However, the food is anything but passé, with an ever-changing menu that heroes fresh produce and locally-caught seafood. If you get the chance, try the pan-roasted mahi mahi - it'll change your life.
One of the hottest new additions to Seminyak's dining scene, Da Maria brings a little slice of the Amalfi Coast to Bali. The brainchild of Maurice Terzini (a.k.a. the man behind Bondi Icebergs), Da Maria is the place to see and be seen. Expect authentic Italian cuisine (the pizzas are to die for) and cocktails in a whimsical Mediterranean-styled space.
For haute cuisine delights in a spectacular oceanfront setting, you can't go past Mejekawi. At the helm of this fine dining eatery is Stephen Moore, who has years of experience working in multi-award-winning, Michelin-starred venues across the world. His degustation menu is the perfect way to toast to your final night in Seminyak, with dishes like scallop ceviche, prawns, swordfish and more.
Where to Shop
You probably know this already, but Bali is basically a shopaholic's paradise - and Seminyak is at the heart of it all. From local markets to chic boutiques, the streets are heaving with places for you to splash your cash.
Walking down the main street of Jalan Laksmana (also called Jalan Kayu Aya and Jalan Oberoi) for the first time can be pretty overwhelming, so you'll probably need a few visits to make sure you don't miss anything.
For fashion, our top picks are Thaikila for beautiful bikinis and swimwear, Magali Pascal for French-designed bohemian pieces, Le Petit Cartel for on-trend bags and jewellery, Drifter for all your surf-shop needs and Kidsagogo for cute children's wear.
For homewares, check out Mercredi for some gorgeous modern Balinese decor, Kody & Ko for bright, colourful artworks and ornaments and Kim Soo for stunning minimalist, monochromatic pieces.
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