Seminyak is a beach town in South Bali. The next town north of Legian, it is more upmarket with mostly luxury accommodations, vacation rentals, condo rentals and villa rentals and fashionable high-end restaurants and bars. The atmosphere is much more sophisticated and laid-back than Kuta, and the beach in particular is quieter during the day.
Seminyak Beach and Petitenget Beach is a continuous expanse of grey sand stretching in both directions as far as the eye can see. To the south it becomes Legian Beach and then Kuta Beach. The sunsets here are famous, and a chance to mix with the glitterati who frequent the high end beach front establishments such as Ku De Ta. Pura Petitenget at the beachside off Jl Petitenget is a compact, pretty Balinese temple, which is known for particularly spectacular beach-side ceremonies.
Seminyak is the high-end spa capital of Bali. Your spa experience here will be one of great luxury in a sophisticated setting. Accommodations, vacation rentals and villa rentals reflect this with top end spa bathrooms and luxurious rooms.
Seminyak is the centre in Bali for hip and inventive fashion boutiques, other designer stores and art studios. A good starting point for any shopper would be the legion of small boutiques and designer stores on Jalan Laksmana. Over the past 10 years, Seminyak has developed a world-class dining scene. If you want to splurge on one very special dinner while you are in Bali, look no further than the higher end options in Seminyak. The village has 2 fresh produce markets to you can stock your accommodation, condo rental, villa rental and vacation rental with local delicacies and enjoy it in the luxurious of your own lodging.
Seminyak has its very own lifestyle magazine. The Yak is an impressive, glossy magazine produced four times each year, and has the full run-down on the Seminyak scene: happening restaurants and bars and fashion boutiques.
Once you’re ready leave the comforts of your Balinese accommodation, villa rental or vacation rental there are some day trips to enjoy. The bright lights, shopping centres and traffic jams of Kuta are just 15 minutes away to the south. The rural tranquillity of Canggu is 25 minutes drive to the north. The temple of Tanah Lot, famed for its sunsets, is 40 minutes away by car. Further to the south lie Jimbaran, famous for its luxury villas and beach front dinners, and the Uluwatu area, this boasts top beaches and cultural destinations. To the east and the other side of the island, one will find sedate Sanur - one of Bali's oldest tourist destinations featuring a mix of tourist attractions.