Where to eat, drink and play in Bali’s Capital of Cool …
For couples looking for a trendy and exciting destination for their Bali honeymoon, Seminyak is the perfect choice. With its abundance of stylish boutiques, hip hangouts, and world-class restaurants, Seminyak has become one of Bali’s most popular places to stay and play.
Whether you’re looking to sip cocktails at a beach club, shop at trendy arcades, or enjoy Melbourne-style coffee, Seminyak has something for everyone. This cosmopolitan town is where Bali meets the Western world, attracting a diverse mix of expats, tourists, and locals. With its lively atmosphere and buzzing nightlife, Seminyak is the ultimate destination for a fabulous and unforgettable beach holiday or honeymoon.
Say yes to Seminyak, and you’re guaranteed a good time on your honeymoon in Bali.
Where to eat and drink in Seminyak
Seminyak is a fine-dining hub, and one of the island’s original establishments is La Lucciola, which beckons us back time and again with its enchanting setting and modern Mediterranean-style fare. Some of our most memorable (and romantic!) meals have been had right here, at a table under the open-air, soaring thatched-roof pavilion, enjoying delectable dishes served with the cooling breeze from the ocean beyond. La Looch – as it’s affectionately known among longtime Bali lovers – really does have that special something – it’s classic, unadulterated Bali at its best. firstname.lastname@example.org
Another great option is Mama San, where you can step back in time to colonial Britain in Shanghai during the 1920s. The industrial high-ceilinged warehouse features marble top mah-jong tables, oversized tan leather Chesterfields, and a travelogue of old-style photographs. The ground floor seats up to 70 guests and is open for lunch from 12pm-3pm and dinner from 6pm-11pm. Reservations are recommended for lunch and essential for dinner, while the bar and kitchen upstairs serve from 6:30pm until late. Located at the junction of Eat Street, Oberoi Road, Sunset Road, and the main Seminyak thoroughfare, Mama San is where all roads meet.
Team Seminyak’s famous foodie style with some playtime at the hip Australian-led hangout Motel Mexicola, where the 1960s Acapulcoesque decor (think crucifixes, cacti and lurid Cantina style) sets the scene for a modern take on Mexican street food. The vibe is electrifying late in the night when the endless rounds of Bali’s best margaritas kick in and the music starts pumping. So much fun! motelmexicola.info
Chandi Restaurant is a stylish and relaxed dining spot in a prime Seminyak location. As soon as you walk in, you’ll be drawn to the stunning bar area with a beautiful bas-relief light sculpture on the wall. The front of the restaurant features an outdoor-style dining space with bar seating that overlooks the street. Specialising in Pan-Asian cuisine with a unique twist, Chandi offers a delightful atmosphere and mouth-watering flavours that will leave you wanting more. The menu primarily features locally-sourced Indonesian dishes created with sustainable ingredients. Open daily from noon until midnight for lunch and dinner, Chandi is the ideal destination for those seeking a semi-fine dining experience that perfectly blends gastronomy and Pan-Asian cuisine.
Stroll along the sands of Seminyak Beach and find the perfect perch to take in the magical sunset that blesses this corner of the island every evening. Drink it all in with a sundowner on the deck at Breeze, the chic beachfront restaurant and bar at Samaya Seminyak. thesamayabali.com
Or, for a sunset washed down with beats and bliss, keep walking to find the so-cool-it-hurts W Bali, one of Seminyak’s premier resorts, which also boasts one of the island’s best – and most contemporary – beachside bar scenes. Say cheers to the end of another day in paradise with a cocktail and a shimmy at Woobar before a decadent dinner at Fire or Starfish Bloo, the resort’s stellar restaurants. w-hotels.marriott.com
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Seminyak Beach Clubs
If sunset can’t come fast enough, you’re in luck. There’s never been a better place to lounge: Seminyak is home to some of Bali’s biggest and best beach clubs, where top DJs rocking chilled-out tunes entice travellers to relax, dance, dine and delight all day – and well into the night.
And, while Potato Head Beach Club (ptthead.com) is undeniably Seminyak’s slickest beachside venue, with two restaurants, a swanky beachfront bar and an infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, there are a few newcomers to the beach club scene that may tempt you to stay and play a little longer.
SugarSand is a beachy and boozy hotspot that offers a little bit of everything. From delicious cuisine to expertly crafted cocktails, live music, and nods to local art and culture, SugarSand has it all. With unobstructed ocean views, poolside daybeds, a beach bar, and a seaside terrace serving coastal bites and cocktails, this two-level venue is the perfect place to relax and unwind. During the day, indulge in the Japanese Nikkei-inspired menu, featuring zesty ceviche and tiraditos. At night, head to the open-air rooftop lounge for sundowners under candy-colored skies.
Located on the beautiful beach of Seminyak in Bali, Ku De Ta is a world-renowned beach club that offers a variety of amenities to its visitors. With a restaurant, bar, and beach lounge sets, guests can relax and enjoy the stunning views of the Indian Ocean while listening to the club’s famous loungy soundtrack. Ku De Ta is open from early morning until late at night, serving a variety of dining options from breakfast to informal or relaxed fine-dining. The chefs use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible to create delicious dishes. In addition to its dining options, Ku De Ta is also famous for its music program. Throughout the year, the club hosts a variety of international artists at various events and sunset sessions, making it a must-visit destination for anyone visiting Bali.
Mano Beach House is a unique take on the traditional beach house concept, offering a stylish and relaxed atmosphere for guests to unwind and enjoy a slower pace of life. Located in a secluded spot by Petitenget Beach, the venue boasts breathtaking sunsets, refreshing sea breezes, and a sophisticated yet laid-back approach to entertaining. Guests can savor the ever-changing views, sip on expertly crafted cocktails, take a dip in the sparkling pool, dine under the stars, and groove to chill-out tunes. Mano’s international menu features a modern twist on classic beach club dishes, with a distinct local flavor that is sure to please. From breakfast to dinner, every dish is crafted with vibrant flavors and fresh ingredients, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable dining experience by the beach.
Shopping in Seminyak
The phrase ‘shop ’til you drop’ takes on new meaning in this part of the island – so while the late afternoons and evenings are all about hedonistic pleasures, the bright and shiny mornings are all about hopping from one fashion or homewares boutique to the next.
Hit the pavement and explore the shops along Jalan Kayu Aya, also known as Eat Street, and you’ll find plenty of fashion-friendly gems, including some Australian and international designers who have taken up residence along the popular strip. End your shopping sojourn at Kim Soo, set in an old Dutch Colonial-style building, which blends exotic and contemporary homewares to entice even the weariest of shoppers. kimsoo.com
The Bali Tailor has become a fashion sensation in Bali, offering custom-made leather designs and accessories that are perfect for the fashion-forward crowd. Their stylish leather slip sandals, biker boots, suede hats, and stud jackets have gained popularity not only in Bali but also on the streets of LA and at events like Coachella and Burning Man. It’s no wonder that these effortlessly cool designs can be seen on the Instagram feeds of celebrities all over the world.
Erika Peña, a globally recognised designer, brings her luxurious pieces to the masses at affordable prices. She frequently visits her stores to personally style her customers, showcasing her distinctive, bohemian-inspired creations that cater to all body types. Her collection features gorgeous, flowing garments in vibrant hues, multi-layered ruffles, and voluminous skirts, as well as stunning jewelry such as tribal stone necklaces, elegant chandelier earrings, and dazzling rhinestone rings. Her designs exude femininity, sensuality, and timelessness.
Where to Spa in Seminyak
Not relaxed enough from all the shopping, wining and dining? Seminyak has you covered, with a clutch of luxurious day spas where you can escape the hustle and truly unwind.
Start the day with yoga at the Indian and Middle Eastern-themed Prana Spa before entering a world of exotic pampering inside, where the spa’s exquisite treatments combine sacred Eastern traditions of health and beauty. pranaspabali.com
Another classic treat is the beautiful Bodyworks spa in Seminyak. It’s a bit of a ritual of ours to check in here on our final morning in Seminyak for the Mandi Lulur, a traditional Balinese exfoliation massage treatment using turmeric, sandalwood, cinnamon, ground nuts and rice, finished with a yoghurt wash and a floral bath. It’s a truly divine experience. bodyworksbali.com
Sundari Day Spa offers a unique blend of modern and traditional healing methods using natural products known for their cleansing and beautifying properties. Stepping inside from the busy streets of Seminyak, you can’t help but be struck by how calm and soothing the spa is. Try their signature massage, a combination of various massage techniques, promises complete relaxation and rejuvenation. Prices for their services start at around US$25 for a 1-hour traditional Balinese massage and US$35 for a 60-minute Sundari Organic Aloe Vera Facial. For those looking for cutting-edge facial treatments, the spa offers Collagen Induction Therapy and Oxygen Facial with Stem Cell Technology, using a serum formulated by a German laboratory. No need to travel to Europe for top-notch facial treatments!
Why You’ll Fall in love with Seminyak
Seminyak combines the best of modern Bali – fashion, style, sophistication, luxury and relaxation. Yes, it’s crowded on the streets and the traffic is busy at the best of times, but don’t let that put you off – this part of the island offers so many ways to entice, delight and indulge. Plus, you have your pick of some of Bali’s best resorts and villas right on Seminyak’s doorstep, all offering refuge from the hectic pace.