Ultimate Travel Guide: Seminyak, Bali
Embossed in finely chiselled architecture resembling every aspect of the delightful Indonesian culture – a trip to Seminyak is more than just a normal summer getaway for any traveller.
Bali, being one of over 17,000 islands that make up Indonesia, is also known as the ‘Island of the Gods’ – one trip to this beautiful island will have travellers falling in love with its breathtaking coastlines, its humble culture, the exotic food, over 20,000 temples and of course – the shopping overload.
South of the island, and stretching out along the coast is Bali’s upcoming region – Seminyak. Hidden behind the swarm of scooters and street vendors, Seminyak’s streets are encased in a dense, lush green wall of nature surrounding some of its busiest streets.
Living up to their motto of the “Best Croissants in Bali,” after one visit to Livingstone, pastry and coffee lovers of all types will definitely find a reason to cherish this venue embracing warmth, creativity and passion. Arriving early at the venue, which sits along one of Seminyak’s foodie haven streets, you’ll be delighted to find freshly baked pastries and cakes of all sorts. Have your pick at one of their Classic Croissants, the Blueberry Pancakes or the iconic French Toast paired with a Bliss Berry Smoothie. Livingstone is the perfect breakfast or brunch stop before a full day of exploring or relaxing.
Livingstone – Jl. Petittenget no. 88, Kerobokan
Less than a two-minute walk away from Seminyak Square shops, Sisterfields is one of Bali’s most sought after café’s for a quick bite before continuing through the many boutiques that it surrounds. Developed by Australian Adam McAsey, Founder of Hospitality Group, 8 Degree Projects – Sisterfields was designed to provide tourists with an exquisite all day dining venue mixed with that mid-morning feel. Sink into the Iced Cappuccino teamed up with the Pulled Pork Charcoal Roll, the Asian Chilli Crab & XO sauce and the Al Pastor Tacos stuffed with marinated pork shoulder and burnt pineapple. If you live by the saying that ‘it’s 5:00 somewhere’ then definitely opt for the Kick Starter cocktail that’s topped with gold rum, passion fruit, mint and ginger soda.
Sisterfields – Kayu Cendana No.7 Seminyak, 80361
Sitting in the heart of Seminyak’s most visited food region, Ling Ling’s is a concoction of Japanese flavours teamed up with a Korean spice. Visiting this Asian fusion restaurant, prepare to be dazzled by the excellent service, incredible food and fluorescent signs. To start the grazing off, order a round of Pork Belly Bao Sliders followed by Popcorn Shrimp that’s served with a honey mustard sauce, then Japanese St Louis Pork Ribs, and finally their legendary Dragon Roll filled with cucumber, avocado, crab stick and sesame seeds – all, of course, paired with a bottle of Peach Soju which should only be consumed in shot form.
Ling Ling’s – Jl. Petitenget No.43B, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, 80316
Ku De Ta
Overlooking Kayu Aya Beach is one of Bali’s best venues for a guaranteed jaw-dropping sunset filled with pink and orange hues. Broken up into three main areas; whether you choose the balcony bar, the restaurant or the day beds alongside the pool, Ku De Ta is an experience like no other. Arriving an hour before sunset, dive yourself into any of the marvellous mojitos available whilst watching the sunset. For dinner, pair a bottle of Rèmole Toscana 2015 Frescobaldi with either the Suckling Pig Urutan with young peanuts, baby carambola and pickled jicama or the Roasted Balinese Pork served with crackling alongside a coconut and fern tip salad.
Ku De Ta – Jalan Kayu Aya No.9, Seminyak, 80361
Finns Beach Club
Sitting on the shoreline of Berawa Beach, a visit to Finns Beach Club is best for a full day experience. Start your experience by hiring out one of the many day beds, cabanas or even the party platform that towers over the 30-metre infinity edge pool and bar. From there, you can spend all day indulging in some of the best cocktails shaken up in Bali, paired with a range of delectable cuisines. Cool down with the help of their Frozen Berry Margarita or renowned Finns Coconut with a shot of Malibu. If the stomach calls for something other than a cocktail or Bintang beer, the Duck Spring Rolls or Grilled Octopus served with grilled kimchi pair perfectly for any day-to-night visit.
Finns Beach Club – Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu
Mrs Sippy Bali
Home to Bali’s largest salt-water pool, a triple tiered jumping tower, sunbeds and of course their renowned Passion Fruit Punch, Mrs Sippy, located in Seminyak’s heart, is one of Bali’s newest and hottest venues – only opening at the beginning of 2018. Regardless of the time you visit, guests will be sure to enjoy the finest cocktails and poolside food sourced from the open-air kitchen. Surrounding the many bars and sun beds, the jumping tower soars over the unusually shaped pool – a jump from the top is definitely not for the faint hearted. On top of the fresh food served, there is of course the lengthy drinks list. Not to mention, Mrs Sippy Bali is perfect for those who enjoy live music from a range of international DJ’s.
Mrs Sippy Bali – Jl. Taman Ganesha, Gang Gagak 8, Seminyak
Stepping into Motel Mexicola, visitors will have travelled around the globe to what seems like the heart of Mexico. Inside the Seminyak based venue, Motel Mexicola is the perfect stopover for anyone with a passion for Mexican food, culture and not to forget, the heat. Encased within the brightly coloured tiled walls there is of course the cacti, the Virgin Mary paintings and the best mojitos made in Bali. Upon your visit, feast your eyes at the lengthy menu and be sure to enjoy the Tacos de Camaron filled with tempura prawn, chilli and pineapple, or the Pancita Guisada, which is a combination of braised pork belly, roasted capsicum and toasted peanuts. Making your way through the long list of delicious cocktails will be the hardest decision upon your visit. Our recommendation is to opt for the Pornstar Mojito – Nusa Cana rum, mint, lime and coconut paired with a shot of Prosecco.
Motel Mexicola – JL Kayujati 9X, Seminyak, 80361
Take a day trip to Ubud
Despite Seminyak being inundated with day clubs, boutiques, spectacular restaurants and mesmerising day spas; the true beauty behind Bali is found within Ubud.
Over an hours drive out from the centre of Seminyak is one of the countries most beautiful regions, surrounded in a dense lush green wall of nature, Ubud, is commonly known for its meticulous rice fields that surround the area. Travellers to Bali should consider taking the time out for a day trip to the fairy-tale-like region. Starting off at the Kanto Lampo Waterfall is an exhilarating adventure in its own. After walking down the cliffs edge, thrill seekers will fall in love with the freshwater that’s rapidly cascading down into the shallow, natural pool below.
Just a short drive from Kanto Lampo Waterfall is the famous Bali Swing adventure park taking the social media world by storm. Bali Swing is home to various adult-sized swings that push adrenaline seekers over the cliffs edge into the lush forest of Ubud’s walls. On top of that, Bali Swing has river rafting, tubing and electric bike experiences to enjoy.
Finishing the day trip in Ubud, search for the Obyek Wisata Sangeh (Sangeh Monkey Forest) – a monkey sanctuary hidden deep within the streets of Ubud. Home to the grey long-tailed macaques, upon entering the sanctuary, visitors will be amazed by the monkeys leaping from the enormous trees. Being a sacred site, the Sangeh Monkey Forest is blessed each day by locals parading with music and food offerings. Walking along the pathways on the forest floor, you may even be lucky enough to have one of the friendly monkeys jump on to say hello.
Just a casual stroll away from Motel Mexicola and Sisterfields, Bodyworks Bali is the perfect place to relax and unwind after battling the humidity of your travels. As a personal recommendation, opt for the Biokos Aloe Vera Facial (60 minutes) – perfect for after-sun exposure. Aloe Vera is excellent to treat sunburns; but it also helps with the prevention of acne and to reduce any visible scars. On top of the facial, a trip to Bodyworks will be worthwhile after experiencing one of their many massages. The Exfoliation Massage – Mandi Lulur (2 hours), starts with a 75-minute Balinese massage, followed by an invigorating whole body exfoliation scrub, then a yoghurt body mask. The final step, a flower filled bath.
Bodyworks Bali – Jalan Kayu Jati No 2, Petitenget, Bali
Sundari Day Spa
After being welcomed with a refreshing Balinese mangosteen iced tea, guests can choose from a lengthy list of refreshing treatments at Sundari Day Spa. Once you’ve chosen the perfect massage or facial, visitors are given a checklist of areas for the masseuse to focus on or avoid. From personal experience, the Volcanic Body Mask (45 minutes) followed by the Balinese Massage (60 minutes) will have you tantalised. The Volcanic Body Mask is sourced from Bali’s Mount Agung volcanic mud – perfect for nourishing, restoring and removing toxins and pollutants. The Balinese Massage uses traditional treatments practiced throughout the island using long strokes perfect for circulation and the release of tensions whilst providing a deep relaxation.
Sundari Day Spa – Jalan Petitenget No.7, Kerobokan, Seminyak
The Layar Designer Villas and Spa
Located in central Seminyak, The Layar Designer Villas and Spa is an adventure in itself. Situated in an exclusive villa-residential area, your stay at The Layar will be nothing like the chaotic streets roaming around outside. Equip with one to four bedroom villas, guests will have their own private swimming pool per villa. Starting from $400 a night, The Layar Designer Villas and Spa uses natural resources to create a true Balinese feel. On top of that, guests can choose a range of spa treatments carried out in their villa – you’ll never have to leave!
The Layar Designer Villas and Spa – Jalan Pangkung Sari 10X, Seminyak, 80361
Eden The Residence at the Sea
Just a short walk away from Batu Belig Beach and Tropicola Beach Club, Eden The Residence at the Sea is a hidden oasis in the west of Denpasar. Starting from $510 a night, Eden is made up of 13 villas with 51 rooms that can host up to 102 guests. Using a modern, sleek design through white décor and spacious grounds covered in enormous ferns, Eden Residence at the Sea provides a peaceful ambience throughout. Apart from each of the villas equip with a private swimming pool as well as a rooftop terrace with an outdoor bath – Eden Residence at the Sea is supported by running fans and air-conditioning to help cool down on the more humid days.
Eden Residence at the Sea – Jalan Batu Belig, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, 80361