Seminyak, Bali

Seminyak : Bali's Best Spa and Fine Dining
An essential part of the swathes of stunning beaches along the south coast of Bali next to the vibrant ambience of Kuta, is Seminyak beach and the town of Seminyak, which has its own eclectic mix of world-class restaurants, high end spas, designer boutiques, international surf shops and lifestyle brand outlets, that truly offer some of the best experiences on the enchanting island of Bali.

Seminyak today is Bali's up-and-coming fashion, dining and accommodation precinct, an upmarket coastal enclave just north of Legian and Kuta. Situated some 10km from Denpasar, capital city of Bali, Seminyak stretches from Double Six Street in the south and morphs into the villages of Kerobokan and Umalas, north of Pura Petitenget temple. Although it may be somewhat difficult to stipulate where precisely Kuta, Legian or Seminyak begin or end, but one thing is clear: Seminyak is certainly in a class all its own. The atmosphere here is much more sophisticated and laid-back compared to Kuta, while the beach in particular is relatively quieter during the day.

Over the past 10 years, Seminyak has developed a world-class dining scene. Seminyak is packed with some of Bali’s finest and most well-established restaurants, while several of its roads are recognized as must-visit dining destinations. Dubbed as a food-lover’s haven, rich flavors from all around the globe, prepared by highly skilled chefs – some of whom are notable figures in the international culinary scene – can be found here. From Italian, Spanish, Mexican, Japanese and Thai, as well as innovative Indonesian fusion, all the choices of world's cuisines are offered here, sure to promise quite a feast.

Seminyak restaurants are mostly found along the Jalan Laksmana main route, while others are scattered around the southern area of Petitenget and way up to Batubelig. Some offer impressive sunset views and beachfront settings, while Seminyak’s premier entertainment venues, the likes of Ku De Ta and Potato Head Beach Club, have a highlighted dining venues that are worth specific mention. Other significant names in Seminyak's Dining scene include: Chandi, La Lucciola, Sarong, Métis, Sardine, Mama San, Merah Putih, and more.

Amidst the many restaurants and cafes, is the Seminyak's shopping scene comprising exclusive fashion boutiques and lifestyle brand outlets. Most of the smaller shops line the main road of Seminyak's Main Street (also referred to as Basangkasa Street), while a collection of other fashionable boutiques can be found along Laksmana Street and several corners of Petitenget Street. Whether modern or ethnic chic, with natural and silk fabrics adorned with beading and sequins in strong deep colours – their summer collections are perfect for Bali’s tropical climate and any summer day around the world. This glamorous tropical wear can be found in Biasa Bali or Bamboo Blonde, while Deus Ex Machina and Drifter Surf Shop cater to the wave riding crowd with their cool boards and apparel.

For some great world-class, island-based jewellery pieces, drop in on the House of Jemme that flanks a green patch of rice paddies on Petitenget Street, or Tulola Jewelry further down the road where it showcases its sterling silver and gold exquisite jewellery line created by a New York-born Balinese designer.

Seminyak is also the high-end spa capital of Bali featuring great luxury in sophisticated setting, with so many options to choose from, where one can truly experience a perfect Balinese getaway.

Among some of the prominent spas in Seminyak are: Jari Menari (literraly meaning dancing fingers), Bodyworks, Amo Beauty & Spa, Oberoi Spa, and more.

How To Get There
Seminyak is part of the main west coast conurbation in South Bali and traffic can get very congested at times. From Kuta and Legian, the Legian Street runs parallel with the beach, and at its western limit continues as Seminyak Street. You can also get to Seminyak via the eastern by pass of Sunset Street. This is almost invariably the quicker route from Kuta and Legian into Seminyak, although it is actually further distance-wise.

What To Do
Continuing the long sweep of Kuta, white sandy beaches stretch in both directions as far as the eye can see. The two notable beaches are the Seminyak Beach andPetitenget Beach which offer fantastic views of the Balinese sunset. Seminyak Beach is favored because of the great waves that are most ideal for surfers. This beach also features a beautiful panorama on the Indian Ocean.

At the Petitenget Beach stands a picturesque Hindu Temple known as Pura Petitenget which has actually given its name to the beach. The temple is most known for particularly spectacular beach-side ceremonies and is said to have been built in the 16th century. 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 located betweenPura Uluwatu and Pura Tanah Lot.

Seminyak also features the best known bungy jumping fun in Bali, the Aj Hacket Bungy at Double Six nightclub which is part of 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.

If you wish to try some of the famous Spas in Seminyak, here are among some of them:

Jari Menari
Jl.Raya Basangkasa No.47 Seminyak
Phone: +62 361 736 740

Jalan Kayu Jati No 2, Petitenget
Phone: +62 361 733317, 735058

Amo Spa
Jalan Petitenget No.100, Seminyak
Phone: +62 361 737267

Oberoi Spa
Jl.Kayu Aya, Seminyak
Phone: +62 361 73 0361

Lluvia Spa
Jl. Sunset Road No. 28 Seminyak
Phone: +62 0361 215 6688 / 847 5903

What and Where To Buy
Browsing and shopping along Seminyak fashion boutiques can occupy days of your holiday. Designer boutiques, funky stores, attractive galleries, wholesale emporiums and various workshops are among some of your choices. A good starting point for any shopper would be the legion of small boutiques and designer stores on Jalan Laksmana.

For a one stop shopping experience, there is the Seminyak Square on Jalan Kayu Aya, where you'll find a large arcade with two levels lined with shops, restaurants and cafés. Seminyak Square also features sports and fashion outlets, a batik store and a leading bookshop, as well as a children's, souvenir and jewellery outlets. These come together to provide a full shopping experience under one roof, while food outlets such as Bali Bakery, Casa Gourmet and others offer a large variety of Eastern and Western cuisine.

Here are among some other top shopping spots in Seminyak:

Biasa Bali
Jalan Raya Seminyak 36
Phone: +62 361 730308

Bamboo Blonde
Jl. Laksmana, Seminyak
Phone: +62 361 731864

Deus Ex Machina
Jalan Batu Mejan No.8, Canggu

House of Jemme Jewelry
Jalan Raya Petitenget
Phone: +62 361 4732392

Tulola Jewelry
Jl. Petitenget Gg Cendrawasih No. 2 Kerobokan
Phone: +61 8123859524, +62 361 4730261, +62 361 4020522

Where To Stay
Among some of the top accommodation facilities in Seminyak are:

The Oberoi Bali
Jl.Kayu Aya, Seminyak
Phone: +62 361 73 0361

Amana Villas
Jalan Wirasaba No.5, Seminyak
Phone: +62 361 3700361 / +62 361 3700362

Sun Islands Boutique Villas
Jl. Raya Seminyak No.188
Phone: +62 361 733 779
Website: www.sunislandboutique

Where To Eat
Famous for its world-class fine dining scene, Seminyak features some of the best restaurants on Bali island. Here are among some of them:

Mejekawi at Ku De Ta
jl. kayu aya no. 9 seminyak
Phone: +62 361 736969

Jalan Laksmana 72,Seminyak
Phone: +62 361 731 060

Jl. Petitenget No.6 Kerobokan Kelod
Phone: +62 361 4737 888

Jl Petitenget 21
Phone: +62 361 843 611 1

Jl. Petitenget No, 19
Phone: +62 361 4737 809

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