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The Ultimate Travel Guide Itinerary to Seminyak, Bali

The Ultimate Travel Guide Itinerary to Seminyak, Bali. Photographed by sembler. Image via Shutterstock.

With chiseled architecture, beach clubs, invigorating restaurants and an overall delightful culture – there’s plenty of things to do in Seminyak, Bali.

Welcome to the island of the gods! With over 17,000 islands that make up Indonesia, Bali is by far our favourite. Pulling in travelers from all around the globe; with its breathtaking coastlines, humble culture, fantastic food selection and over 20,000 temples, it’s easy to understand why it is so loved.

Specifically, Seminyak. This beach resort region south of the island is packed with scooters, street vendors and surprises waiting to be explored. Unlike your usual Balinese towns, somehow Seminyak does this without having you feel like you’re in a bustling city. It just flows.

Encased in lush green walls of nature, whether you’re wanting to relax by the pool. go shopping or stay out and party, there’s plenty of things to do and see in Seminyak.

So settle in and let us take you on an adventure with our ultimate travel guide to Seminyak, Bali:

The Best Restaurants in Seminyak, Bali:

Livingstone

Embracing warmth, creativity and passion, Livingstone is all about living up to their motto of having the “best croissants in Bali”. And they don’t lie. Perfect for coffee and pastry lovers alike, Livingstone delights visitors with their freshly baked goods. Take your pick from cakes, croissants, pancakes and even French toast. Hanging off one of Seminyak’s foodie precincts, this is a great place to start before you continue exploring.


Livingstone | Jl. Petittenget no. 88, Kerobokan


Sisterfields

Needing a quick bite? Or something more filling? Sisterfields is the sibling you never knew you needed. Developed by Adam McAsey, Founder of hospitality group 8 Degree Projects, Sisterfields was designed to provide locals and tourists an exquisite all-day dining venue that somehow encapsulates that mid-morning feel. On top of your usual cafe fare, Sisterfields’ menu also features the likes of pulled pork, chili crab, tacos and more. Start with a coffee and end with a cocktail, because at Sisterfields they live by the saying that it’s five o’clock somewhere.


Sisterfields | Kayu Cendana No.7 Seminyak, 80361


Ling Ling’s

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, Japanese St Louis Pork Ribs and finally their legendary Dragon Roll filled with cucumber, avocado, crab stick and sesame seeds. Washing it down with soju shots and a side of dessert if there’s room.

Ling Ling's, Seminyak, Bali. Photographed by Rebecca Magro. Image supplied via Hunter and Bligh.

Ling Ling’s, Seminyak, Bali. Photographed by Rebecca Magro. Image supplied via Hunter and Bligh.


Ling Ling’s | Jl. Petitenget No.43B, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, 80316


KU DE TA

If you’re looking for a restaurant in Seminyak that stands out from the rest, we must point you in the direction of KU DE TA. Overlooking Kayu Aya Beach, KU DE TA promises jaw-dropping sunset views, excellent food, chill vibes and sensational cocktails. Choose from the balcony bar, the restaurant or the day beds that line up around the pool. After you’ve selected your seat, wander through the menu which features a modern mix of Indonesian cuisine. Come for a drink and stay for a good time.


KU DE TA | Jalan Kayu Aya No.9, Seminyak, 80361


The Best Cocktail Bars in Seminyak, Bali:

Finns Beach Club

Sitting on the shoreline of Berawa Beach, a visit to Finns Beach Club is best for a full-day experience. Start off 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 in Bali that can be paired with Finns’ delicious range of food. 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 the best cocktail bars and beach clubs in Bali. Opening 2018, Mrs Sippy Bali hoped to ensure that guests can enjoy some of the best cocktails poolside. And that’s exactly what you get. With an open-air kitchen that cooks up some of the freshest feeds, sun beds, a soaring jumping tower and international DJ’s; we reassure that Mrs Sippy will be your favourite.


Mrs Sippy Bali | Jl. Taman Ganesha, Gang Gagak 8, Seminyak


Motel Mexicola

Mexico or Bali? It will be hard for you to find the difference at Motel Mexicola. Nestled within Seminyak’s heart, Motel Mexicola serves up Mexican, food, culture and, of course, the drinks. Passionate and hot, Motel Mexicola’s walls are covered in cacti, Virgin Mary paintings and brightly coloured tiles. Our pick from the menu are the Tacos de Camaron filled with tempura prawn, chili and pineapple. And, if you can’t decide on a cocktail to match your visit, the Pornstar Mojito is sure to hit the spot. One of the best cocktail bars in Seminyak.


Motel Mexicola | JL Kayujati 9X, Seminyak, 80361


Top Things to Do in Seminyak, Bali:

Although Seminyak is filled with some of the best restaurants, beach clubs, boutiques and day spas, we recommend heading out on a day trip to Ubud.

Renowned as being one of Bali’s most beautiful regions, Ubud is best described as a dense rainforest just an hour’s drive out of Seminyak. Commonly known for the meticulous rice fields, this fairytale-like region is much more.

Start by cooling off at the Kanto Lampo Waterfall. Here you’ll walk down the cliffs edge as you are then welcomed by freshwater that’s rapidly cascading down into the shallow, natural pool below.

From here, be sure to update your Instagram feed with a few pictures at the Bali Swing Adventure Park. Great for the whole family, here you’ll be strapped in and swinged off the cliffs edge into what seems like lush forest. With river rafting, tubing and electric bikes, there’s plenty to enjoy here.

Finally, before ending the day, head to the Obyek Wisata Sangeh (Sangeh Monkey Forest). This monkey sanctuary is home to long-tailed macaques. Leaping from enormous trees, guests will also be able to embrace the sacred site that is blessed each day by parading locals presenting music and food offerings.


The Best Day Spas and Wellness Centres in Seminyak, Bali:

Bodyworks Spa

A casual stroll from Motel Mexicola and Sisterfields will end you up at Bodyworks Spa – one of the best spas in Seminyak. It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day of travelling. With a multi-page menu for you to pick and choose from, whatever you are needing, Bodyworks Spa will have it! For a full pampering session, start with the two hour Exfoliation Massage (Mandi Lulur) that ends in a yoghurt body mask and flower-filled bath. Or, to help soothe sunburns, the 60-minute Biokos Aloe Vera Facial may be for you.


Bodyworks Spa | Jalan Kayu Jati No 2, Petitenget, Bali


Sundari Day Spa

Next up on our list of the best day spas and wellness centres in Seminyak is Sundari Day Spa. Welcoming guests with mangosteen iced tea, again guests can choose from a lengthy list of refreshing treatments. Once you’ve selected your massage or facial, visitors are then given a checklist of areas for massagers to focus on or avoid. We recommend the 45-minute Volcanic Body Mask followed by the 60-minute Balinese Massage. Using locally sourced ingredients including Bali’s Mount Agung volcanic mud, we reassure that any tensions will be relieved and a deep relaxation is guaranteed.


Sundari Day Spa | Jalan Petitenget No.7, Kerobokan, Seminyak


Where to Stay in Seminyak, Bali:

The Layar

We all know of beach resorts in Seminyak, but very few people know of the boutique hotels and villas that are just as good! Like The Layar. They’re found central Seminyak amongst an exclusive villa-residential area. With one – four bedroom villas, guests will also have their own private swimming pool to splash around in. Using natural resources to create a true Balinese feel, visitors can also select from a range of spa treatments that can be carried out in their own villa. From $400 a night, this is our top pick on where to stay in Seminyak.


The Layar | Jalan Pangkung Sari 10X, Seminyak, 80361


Eden Residence At The Sea

Just a short walk away from Batu Belig Beach and Tropicola Beach Club, Eden 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


Once you’ve explored Seminyak, travel to Lombok with our Top 5 Things To Do. Take a piece of home with you with our list of the Best Australian Nature Photographers.

Feature image: Photographed by sembler. Image via Shutterstock.
This article was first published on October 18 2018. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on June 23 2022.
Editor’s Note: Our writers and contributors have independently selected and curated this article, and all opinions are their own. This article does contain affiliate links which allow us to make revenue off some purchases made by our readers.
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