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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, but is noticeably quieter than both. The sunsets here are famous, and opportunites abound to mix with the glitterati who frequent the high end beach front estalilshments such as Ku De Ta. Easy access points to the beach are at the end of Jalan Dhyana Pura, and from the large public car park (Rp 2,000) between Petitenget Temple and La Luciola restaurant.
- Pura Petitenget at the beachside off Jl Petitenget is a compact, pretty Balinese temple, which is known for particularly spectacular beach-side ceremonies. There has been a temple here since at least the 16th century, and although this is not one of the key nine directional temples of Bali, it is an important link in the series of west coast temples between Pura Uluwatu and Pura Tanah Lot.
The next town north of Legian, Seminyak is more upmarket with mostly luxury accommodation 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 is also the high end spa and boutique shopping capital of Bali. Nowhere is the upscaling of Bali in recent years more obvious than here.
It is hard to imagine that only ten years ago this was a distinctly separate village, and something of a backwater. Development has occurred at an astonishing pace, and as well as absorbing all green space which formerly separated Seminyak from Legian, it is now almost impossible to determine where Seminyak ends and the nearby villages of Petitenget, Umalas and Kerobokan begin. This certainly has its downside, and the whole district has become very congested.
- Nautilus Diving Bali, Jl. Drupadi 72 b, ☎ +62 - 8123 614 8583, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 9AM - 7PM. PADI dive center. Courses, trips and safaris around the island. Languages: English, German, Spanish, French and Bahasa.
Spas, massage and other treatments
Seminyak is the high-end spa capital of Bali. Your spa experience here will be one of great luxury in a sophisticated setting. You pay up for all of that of course, but the prices are still 50% or more cheaper than you would pay in a western country.
If you are staying in one of Seminyak's high end hotels there will undoubtedly be an in-house spa service. If you are staying in a villa, then in-villa treatments will almost certainly be offered - check with the staff.
- Amo Beauty & Spa, Jl Petitenget 100x (opposite Bali Catering Company and Kayana), ☎ +62 361 2753338. 10AM-8PM daily. A spa run by former model Navia Nguyen that offers massages and various spa treatments. From US$18.
- Amoaras Spa, Jl Laksmana 57, ☎ +62 361 731129. 9AM-10PM. Traditional Balinese massage and treatments in a well established spa. From US$25.
- Coco Grande - male spa, Jl. Dhyanapura (in same building like Club Cosmio), ☎ +62 819 99003888. 11AM-12 midnight. Male spa offering wide range of treatments and quality services. Staff is male only. Also outcall service. From €25.
- Glo, Kunti Plaza , Jl Kunti 119, ☎ +62 361 738689, e-mail: email@example.com. 10AM-7PM. A self styled hip spa offering many different treatments. Positions itself to appeal to younger clientele than many of Bali's spa establishments. From about Rp 100,000.
- Jari Menari (Dancing Fingers), Jl Raya Seminyak, ☎ +62 361 736 740, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 10AM-9PM. Superb massage centre in Seminyak. The team who set up Jari Menari consult worldwide for other spas and massage houses. Also offer massage training classes. From Rp 275,000.
- Prana Spa, Jl Kunti, ☎ +62 361 730840. 10AM-10PM. Attached to The Villas, this is one of Bali's very best spas. Themed on a Rajasthan Palace. Massages from Rp 450,000, treatments from Rp 750,000.
- Spa Venus Bali, Jl Raya Seminyak, Gg Plawa No33F (10 min walk from Bintang Supermarket), ☎ +62 361 731129. 10AM-10PM. Simple Balinese traditional massage to a complete detox program including colonic cleansing and fasting, infra red sauna, deep healing treatments, allergy elimination, herbal medicine. From US$45.
- Lagoon Spa, Jl Baik Baik, ☎ +62 361 735566, fax: +62 361 735656, e-mail: email@example.com. 9AM-10PM. Lagoon Spa offers a wide arrange of indulging body and beauty treatments. With relaxing environment, a Romanesque jacuzzi, sauna, rain shower and public pool. The treatments are drawn on the ancient health and beauty traditions of Asia. From about US$10.
A little bit of surfing goes on here, but it is not as good as off Legian and Kuta beaches to the south, or at Canggu to the north.
- AJ Hackett Bungy, at Double Six nightclub on Seminyak beach (take Jl Arjuna all the way to the beach, turn right and you cannot miss the tower after about 200 m), ☎ +62 361 731144. This is best known bungy jump in Bali, and it is run the famous New Zealand-based AJ Hackett group. The jump is 45 m over a pool, and there is an elevator to the top of the tower. Jumping right by the beach is spectacular at any time of the day, but this jump is open all night so you can take also the plunge accompanied by thumping dance beats. US$79.
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. Prices are high by Bali standards but on an international scale still good value for the highest quality of food and eating environment. The clientele is demanding here and the turnover of restaurants quite high, so those that make it and stick around are invariably very good.
- Hallo Restaurants, Jl Nakula 4, Seminyak, ☎ +62 361 7800100, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. This handy service will deliver food to you anywhere in the Seminyak area. Their menu includes several of the restaurants listed below - you simply order with them and they pass on the order to the restaurant, pick it up and deliver to you. Allow about 45 min for delivery. Particularly useful for those staying at one of Seminyak's private villas, many of which carry a copy of their menu and ordering instructions. If not, you can pick one up at their office or simply check the website. For the terminally lazy, they will even deliver beer and cigarettes. Delivery charge Rp 12,000.
Although they have become harder to find in recent years, there are still some excellent budget options available in the area.
- Baku Dapa, Jl Dhyana Pura. This great value warung is something of a legend in Seminyak. Stays open very late and is popular with the partying crowd. Serves Manado style Indonesian food at very keen prices. Highly recommended as a real taste of Indonesia.
- Café Tahu (Tofu Cafe), Jl Petitenget 20. Popular with locals, this restaurant has raised seating around a central courtyard and offers up a menu of tofu, tofu and more tofu, cooked Indonesian style for about Rp 10,000 per dish. The tofu is all made on premises and you can even buy a pack to take home. Concessions to meat-eaters include satay and grilled chicken.
- Kolega, Jl Petitenget, ☎ +62 852 37949778. About 11AM-3PM, sometimes open in the early evening also. This simple, unassuming Javanese warung is an absolute institution amongst locals and expats alike. When it first gained the attention of travel guides there was a collective groan, but it has remained remarkably free from attention of the tourist hoardes. Choose your rice (options of plain, yellow and sometimes red) and the dishes to go with it. The various beef, chicken and fish dishes are fabulous, and the vegetables always fresh and fiery. Go easy on the sambal until you understand your heat tolerance. It is hard to think of a better, more authentic introduction to Indonesian food anywhere in Bali. Packed every day, and especially so at lunch time. around Rp 20,000.
- Mano Beach Side Café, Seminyak Beach (opposite Pura Petitenget). 10AM-8PM. True to the name, this is a simple but stylish blue building by the beach, offering all sorts of drinks for around Rp 10,000 as well as sandwiches and pasta for around Rp 30,000 — not to mention cool breezes and great sunsets.
- Warung Batavia, Jl Kunti Utara (turn north off Jl Sunset at the Jl Kunti lights and it is on the first bend you reach), ☎ +62 361 7316411. 11AM-7PM. After years on Jl Kerobokan this long-established warung which serves excellent Javanese food has opened at a location with better parking. Always busy, but lunchtimes especially. Choose your food at the counter and sit at the sociable, shared tables. Spend Rp 25,000 for a fantastic quality meal.
- Warung Sobat, Jl Batu Belig (About half way down Batu Belig on the right hand side heading towards the beach), ☎ +62 361 738922. 11AM-9PM. Great value and ever popular Indonesian restaurant. Main dishes about Rp 20,000 to 30,000.
- Biku, ☎ +62 361 8570888, e-mail: email@example.com. 9AM-9PM daily. Exactly what it says on the label, "a tea lounge, restaurant, antiques and bookstore". Quirky place with a lovely atmosphere. Great range of homemade deserts, salads and sandwiches, amongst more formal fare. The traditional English tea, complete with scones and cream, is a real hit. When you have finished eating have a browse through the antique gallery and the branch of Ubud's famous Ganesha Bookshop.
- Cafe Jemme, Jl Petitenget 28, ☎ +62 361 732392. 11AM-10PM daily. Discrete, charming little restaurant set away from the road behind the Jemme jewelry store. Serves creative food with Asian accents at very reasonable prices for the area. The crispy duck is especially recommended, and leave space for a superb line in desserts.
- Cafe Seminyak, Jl Raya Seminyak 17 (right in front of Bintang supermarket), ☎ +62 361 736967. 7AM-11PM. Established in 2000, this is where the local community meets. All day long, this very busy cafe serves breakfasts with French croissants, baguettes and chocolatines. Or you can have a big English breakfast with beans and sausage. The only downside here is that it is an outdoor cafe right beside a very busy and noisy road.
- Gourmet Cafe (Bali Catering Co Cafe), Jl Petitenget, ☎ +62 361 8475115. 7AM-9PM daily. This is the cafe outlet of Bali's most gourmet catering company. Superb salads, pastries, home baked breads, all day breakfasts, Italian coffee, and a quite remarkable range of teas. Also have great line in high quality frozen and fresh ready meals, both here and in their nearby shop. This is very handy if you are staying in one of Seminyak's private villas. Indoor seating area which is non-smoking, and being Seminyak, a large alfresco smoking area.
- Grocer and Grind, Jl Kayu Jati 3x, ☎ +62 361 737321. 8AM-10PM. Very contemporary deli-style cafe serving superb sandwiches, salads and pastries, and possibly the best coffee in Seminyak. Free WiFi for customers.
- Junction Cafe, Jl Laksmana (on the corner of Jl Laksmana and Jl Kayu Jati), ☎ +62 361 735610. 11AM-10PM. Excellent cafe serving the best baguettes imaginable and salads at lunchtime, and specialising in pasta in the evening. Free WiFi for customers. Belgian owned and run.
- Le Tebu, Jl Petitenget 40X, ☎ +62 361 739948. The French-owned Le Tebu offers diners salads, sandwiches and a few token Indonesian items. Dishes start from Rp 30,000.
- Made's Warung, Jl Raya Seminyak, ☎ +62 361 732130. 11AM-11PM. A Seminyak institution first established (in a different location) in 1969. Wonderful Indonesian food in a great location in a courtyard off of the main road in Seminyak. The western food is OK but nothing special; stay with the Indonesian dishes. Certainly not over-priced by Seminyak standards.
- Queen's Tandoor, Jl Raya Seminyak 73, ☎ +62 361 732770, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The best Indian restaurant in Bali by a country mile. Consistently wins awards and it is easy to understand why. Most of the main dishes are around Rp 50,000. Superb tandoori chicken and fish, huge authentic biryanis and much, much more. Also have a delivery service which is very handy for those visitors staying in one of Seminyak's many private rental villas.
- Rumours, Jl Laksmana, Seminyak, ☎ +62 361 738720. 6PM-11PM. Incredibly popular restaurant serving great value western food. You cannot book here and there is often a long queue for tables.
- Sate Bali, Jl Laskmana 22A (opposite Samaya resort), ☎ +62 361 736734. 11AM-10PM. Low-key but tastefully done open-air eatery with well presented Balinese favorites like sate lilit (spiced meat on lemon grass sticks), plenty of pork dishes and fresh fish. Rp 50,000.
- Ultimo, Jl Laksmana 104 X, ☎ +62 361 738720. 5PM-11PM daily. Italian food is the go at this popular Laksmana restaurant. Those who remember the poor food here from a few years back should not be put off as it is has improved enormously. Good pastas and steak, and reliable carpaccio are the highlights. Same ownership as Rumours, just a few doors up the street. Mains Rp 40,000-100,000.
- Waroeng Bonita, Jl Petitenget 100X. A vast selection of western and Indonesian dishes, served up in a garden courtyard. Prices start from Rp 50,000.
- La Lucciola (on the south side of the Petitenget temple car park). Right on Petitenget beach, serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Home of the Frangipani Bar, a popular choice for watching the sunset.
- Metis, Jl Petitenget No6 (at the Kerobokan end of Jl Petitenget), ☎ +62 361 737888, e-mail: email@example.com. Opened in October 2009. After 10 years as Bali's top French restaurant the former Warisan closed and the management team from there have opened Metis, has ample parking. About Rp 1,000,000 per head.
- Sardine, Jl Petitenget 21 (northern end of Jl Petitenget, almost opposite Metis), ☎ +62 361 738202. closed Mondays. A recent and successful addition to Seminyak's chic dining scene. Specialise in fish and other seafood prepared with a Mediterranean ethic. Intimate restaurant with an innovative all bamboo design and clear views over the rice paddies. Mains Rp 100,000-150,0000.
- Sarong, Jl Petitenget No19x, ☎ +62 361 737809, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A hugely successful addition to Seminyak's hip restaurant and bar scene. Original takes on Asian street and country food in a very chic 5 star setting. If you want to be 'in with the Seminyak in-crowd', then you have found the right place.
- Little Green Cafe, Jl Mertanadi 11, Kerobokan (turn north from Jl Sunset into Jl Mertanadi, look for the cafe on your left side after about 300 m), ☎ +62 361 2752125, e-mail: email@example.com. 9AM-5PM daily. 100% vegetarian and uses almost exclusively organic ingredients, most of them locally sourced. A great line of homemade cakes, cookies, fruit bars and fresh juices, as well as salads, soups, veggie burgers and daily specials. A little off the beaten path, but well worth the effort to get there. Mains Rp 25,000-35,000.
Many of Bali's hippest nightspots are in Seminyak.
- Hu'u, Jl Petitenget, ☎ +62 361 736443, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The seminal Bali establishment of the funky Singaporean nightspot chain. The star attraction here is the lit central swimming pool, where the bold and the beautiful can jump in. The rest of the complex is chilled-out drinking and dining in the garden and pavilion. Draft beer is tolerable at Rp 20,000 a mug, but cocktails may set you back around Rp 115,000+.
- Ku De Ta, Jl Oberoi (Laksmana) 9, ☎ +62 361 736969. Stylish bar-restaurant complex with 2 bars, restaurant seating indoors and beachside divans to laze on while the DJ spins an eclectic mix of music, new and old. Soft drinks from Rp 20,000, cocktails from Rp 70,000, including bizarre selections like the infamous black pepper and grilled pineapple martini (which, for the record, tastes like liquid pineapple candy with a sprinkle of grit). Gets packed at weekends.
- Lita Gunardi & The Backyard Lounge, Kunti Arcade 2&3, Jl Kunti I, ☎ +62 361 738000. 11AM-12midnight. A lounge bar and restaurant attached to the Lita Gunardi boutique. A funky venue in a Jl Kunti location that is rapidly becoming very fashionable. The bar serves good cocktails and the restaurant specialises in Italian food.
- The Living Room, Jl Petitenget 2000x, ☎ +62 361 735735, e-mail: email@example.com. Just across the road from Hu'u and a similar bar which attracts a similarly hip clientele. Good cocktails and excellent DJ music. The restaurant is unreliable though.
- Red Carpet Champagne Bar, Jl Laksmana 42c, ☎ +62 361 737889, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A fairly ritzy bar (unsurprisingly) specialising in Champagne. Not as expensive as you might imagine, but by no means a place for a cheap drink. Think Moet accompanied by a plate of oysters.
- Syndicate Club Bali, Jl Blue Ocean (right on he beach, next door to 66), ☎ +62 361 756666. 10PM to 4AM. Late night dance bar with great ocean and beach views.
- Potato Head, Jln. Petitenget (next to W hotel), ☎ +62 361 473 7979, e-mail: email@example.com. Great beach club to mingle through the day and do people watching. Day beds are to be seen and require reservation. Food and drinks are nice. Especially popular for sunset
- Pop's Bar. Nice rooftop bar with dinner options. Great ambiance.
- Motel Mexicola, Jl Kayu Jati No 9, Petingenget Beach, ☎ +62 361 736 688, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mexican bar and restaurant thats popular for the mexican dishes and the colourful design. Popular for drinks in the evening and the small dishes.
There are numerous gay bars on Jalan Dhyana Pura, the most popular of which is Mixwell.
- Club Cosmo Bali (formerly known as Cabaret Club), Jl. Dhyana Pura 8-9 (Gosha Plaza). 4PM-4AM. Opened September 2011. Only place with an A/C dance floor, and outside terrace bar. Mid price, busy on weekends.
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.
Clothing and accessories
- 2NDSKIN, Jl Petitenget Seminyak 61, ☎ +62 361 212 0899, e-mail: email@example.com. 9AM-8PM. Tailored and prêt-à-porter men’s and women’s Jackets, handbags, travel bags, shoes, wallets, belts and a variety of fashion accessories using leather and exotic skins.
- Bamboo Blonde, Jl Laksmana 61, ☎ +62 361 7805919. 10AM-9PM. Innovative women's wear and notably helpful and friendly staff.
- Biasa, Jl Raya Seminyak 36, ☎ +62 361 730308. 10AM-9PM. This is the flagsghip store of this globally known Bali fashion brand. Lightweight womenswear using only natural fabrics.
- Bong's, Jl Raya Seminyak 42A, ☎ +62 361 730580, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 9AM-10PM. This second line store owned by Indonesian haute couture designer SelphieBong, has been a hit in the Seminyak area. High end fashion clothing made out of silk, linen and cotton. Favored by the high end woman and international actresses and model, this store is worth a visit.
- Body and Soul, Jl Raya Seminyak 11i, ☎ +62 361 733564, e-mail: email@example.com. 10AM-9PM. Women's sportswear, beachwear and swimwear. Flagship store is on Jl Raya Seminyak and they also have a outlet in Seminyak Square.
- Indigo & Rose, Jl Seminyak (50 m from Bintang Supermarket) and Jl Oberoi, opposite Seminyak Square, ☎ +62 361 735893, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 9AM-10PM. Sister label of Indigo Kids. Stylish women's resort wear, hand crafted leather accessories, sandals, jewellery and children's wear. Intricate hand crafted detailing on all pieces such as beading, crochet, embroidery and lace. The flagship store is on Jl Oberoi next to Seminyak Square and there is a second store on Jl Seminyak.
- Mario Silver, Jl Raya Seminyak 19 (just south of Bintang Supermarket), ☎ +62 361 730977, e-mail: email@example.com. 10AM-9PM. The retail outlet of one of Bali's leading silver jewellry designers and manufacturers. Wide range of high quality items which is frequently updated.
- Milo's, Jl Laksmana 38, ☎ +62 361 735551. 10AM-9PM. Milo was perhaps the first innovative foreign fashion designer to really make Bali his home, and he has been selling his designs in all corners of the world for longer than even he would care to mention. This is his main outlet on the island.
- Praia Beachwear, ☎ +62 821 465 22 061, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 10AM-6PM. Local online women's fashion retailer of high-end beachwear, free delivery straight to a Hotel or Villa in Bali.
- Religion, Jl Laksmana 4A, ☎ +62 361 731916. 10AM-10PM. A well established and expansive designer fashion boutique. Carries the Religion, Buddhist Punk and House of the Gods ranges. Funky, eclectic and popular with a young rock-oriented clientele.
- Sabbatha, Jl Raya Seminyak 97, ☎ +62 361 731756. 10AM-9PM. If bling is your thing, you will like it here. Those of a more tasteful disposition might not. Glitzy, kitschy bags and other accessories.
- Shaman, Jl Raya Seminyak 127 (next to Cafe Seminyak). 9AM-10PM. A very funky store which is an outlet for the Shaman Electro brand. Young streetwear which is right out there.
- we'ar concept store, Jl Laksmana 12 (next to Corner Store). 9AM-10PM. A very nice and colorful store which is the concept store for the we'ar brand. Great yoga we'ar and also great street wear.
- Folk Art Gallery, Jl Laksmana 17, Also known as Jl Oberio, ☎ +62 361 738113. A great collection of art from all over South East Asia with an emphasis on Burma. fabulous collection of Burmese Buddhas but also beads, textiles, jewellery. Prices are from a few dollars up to $10,000 (for an almost life-sized Marble Buddah). Caters for collectors or for gifts to take home.
- Kebbath Studio, Jl Laksmana 7, ☎ +62 361 736178. 10AM-8PM. The studio of Made Bendesa, one of Bali's leading young abstract artists. Fabulous dramatic canvases that grace many of Bali's leading luxury properties, as well as drawing the attention of overseas collectors.
- Lukisan traditional & modern paintings, Jl Kunti 3. 10AM-6:30PM. Stocks traditional Balinese, Buddhist, abstract, modern and pop art paintings. It is all a bit production line, but this is a gallery with very reasonable prices.
- One World Gallery, Jl Raya Basangkasa 1200B, ☎ +62 361 730498. 11AM-9PM. The retail gallery of well established artists and ceramic workers Philip Lakeman and Graham Oldroyd. Innovative, funky and sometimes quite exceptional pieces.
- Richard Meyer Culture, Jl Petintenget 200x, ☎ +62 361 7445179. 10AM-8PM. An elegant gallery showcasing art, photography and sculpture from contemporary Balinese artists.
- Bintang Supermarket, Jl Raya Seminyak. 10AM-10PM daily. This is the grand old aunt of supermarkets in all of Bali. It is a bit faded and old-fashioned looking these days but remains popular, and is a very convenient one stop for those visitors looking for the supermarket-type items that they would find at home. Also has a hardware section upstairs.
- Seminyak Square, Jl Laksmana (on the corner of Jl Laksmana and Jl Kayu Jati), ☎ +62 361 8601515. 10AM-10PM. Chic and modern shopping complex housing designer stores, eateries, and an excellent Periplus bookshop. Most unusually for Seminyak, there is a lot of public parking available here.
If you are looking for Indonesian antiques (genuine or reproductions), or just enjoy browsing for eclectic homewares, try Jalan Kerobokan between the junction with Jalan Seminyak and the next set of traffic lights to the north. This is a very busy road and moving around is not easy, but both sides of the street are lined with numerous furniture, antique and homeware stores. A quieter, but just as rewarding option for similar products, is Jalan Mertanadi which runs parallel to Jalan Kerobokan just to the east.
Perhaps surprisingly, two traditional fresh produce markets remain in Seminyak. The most convenient is on the west side of the last bend at the very northern end of Jalan Raya Seminyak, and is widely known as Seminyak Market. A little more out of the way is a similar market in Kerobokan, called Taman Sari. Take Jalan Raya Kerobokan north from Jalan Raya Seminyak until you reach the first set of lights. Turn right and Taman Sari market is almost immediately on your righthand side. Both are best in the mornings from 7AM-11AM, and provide visitors with the opportunity to examine and purchase traditional, fresh local fruit and vegetables.
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