Like many beach resorts in Bali, Seminyak is its own little paradise, painting an image of kicking back on sandy beaches, savouring delicious food, and just chilling out. Apart from that, the area is also littered with dining spots, local and international fashion, cool galleries, and cute art shops. It isn’t all hustle and bustle though – Seminyak’s quieter streets, cultural activities and surfing scene have their own unique charms too. In this article, we’re bringing you the top 7 things to do in Seminyak.
Relax at Potato Head Beach Club
A Seminyak institution, Potato Head Beach Club should be at the top of the list for things to do here – there’s nothing better than savouring cocktails while watching the tropical sunset over the vast horizon with loved ones. If you’re in the mood for gastronomy, the ‘Potato Head Bistro’ boasts diverse restaurants offering mouthwatering dishes. Potato Head is Seminyak’s ultimate relaxation and entertainment destination.
Catch waves at Seminyak Beach
Often seen as an extension of the surfing scene in Kuta Beach, surfing at Seminyak Beach also offers punch and occasional closeouts, especially during bigger waves. While it’s primarily suited for beginners and intermediates, it welcomes surf schools and whitewash-chasing enthusiasts. While not as consistent as other spots, Seminyak’s waves cater well to learners, and the area’s ambience is distinctly upscale with chic cocktail joints and creative galleries.
Embrace culture at Pura Petitenget Temple
Visiting Pura Petitenget Temple in Seminyak is a serene dive into Balinese spirituality. This seaside temple, known as ‘Pura Petitenget’ by locals, offers a glimpse into the island’s vibrant religious traditions through various ceremonies and festivals, its exquisite architecture and tranquil ambience making it a must-visit. Its red bricks and sandstone exude an antique charm, while its dragon-inspired staircase leads to a vast courtyard with shrines and pavilions adorned with traditional Balinese chequered cloths. As part of Bali’s sea temple collection, it guards the island’s spiritual boundaries. Visitors can explore its lush gardens and scenic views – just remember to pay the entrance fee and respect the dress code.
Enjoy a Balinese dance performance while savouring a delicious Balinese meal
Experience mesmerising cultural Balinese dance performances like the Barong and Legong at Made’s Warung Seminyak, while savouring delicious Balinese cuisine. Made’s Warung started as a humble roadside stall, offering unfiltered coffee and local snacks and over the years, and has now evolved into a world-class restaurant, serving mouthwatering Balinese cuisine and international fare while maintaining its informal, friendly warung philosophy. Enjoy the camaraderie and diverse menu while taking in captivating Balinese performances.
Indulge in decadent spa treatments
No vacation in Bali should be complete without pampering your senses with indulgent spa treatments in Seminyak, where a plethora of heavenly spas offer everything from rejuvenating massages to glamorous spa parties. Bodyworks is a pioneer in Bali’s modern spa scene, where skilled therapists, serene surroundings, and a range of treatments make it a must-visit for authentic Balinese massages, pedicures, petal baths, and more. Seminyak’s spa scene invites you to unwind, offering ancient Balinese techniques and innovative therapies to melt away stress and transport you to a world of pure bliss.
Shop ’til you drop at Seminyak
Seminyak is Bali’s premier shopping destination for a reason – stroll along Jalan Raya Seminyak, Jalan Laksmana, and Jalan Petitenget and you’ll discover designer boutiques, surf shops, and lifestyle outlets. Don’t miss Seminyak Village for luxury brands, Biasa Bali for elegant, comfortable clothing, and Rabia Jewellery for unconventional, tribal-themed jewellery pieces.
Where to stay
It’s not a Bali experience without staying in a luxurious villa – and we have two to introduce. Villa Manis Kecil is a 2+1-bedroom home offering a warm and inviting retreat, boasting monochromatic designs and cosy interiors, king-sized beds, ensuite bathrooms, and air conditioning. It also features a refreshing 4-metre pool, a fragrant garden, and an al fresco dining area.
Villa Anaya Manis, a sister villa to Manis Kecil, is a colonial-style gem that comprises two standalone villas perfect for large groups. With 7 bedrooms, sleek interiors, and two swimming pools, it’s also staffed with a private chef upon request, making it your paradise in the heart of Bali.