Flashiest of the flashy, vibrant Seminyak is the place to be seen. The epicentre of Bali for stylish fashion boutiques and hip restaurants, it’s home to many expats who have set up shop here as designers and artists. After a week in Seminyak, you’ll want to do the same.
The wide sandy beach is lined with five-star hotels and upscale restaurants and bars, giving you every chance to mingle with the cool crowd. World-class spas, hotels and luxury villas abound.
A foray into Seminyak will confront you with the congestion and crooked footpaths Bali is known for — but the hip boutiques and their sophisticated take on tropical design are worth the effort. Art galleries also appeal to the upscale crowd. The designers and artists are often on site, and they’ll share their inspiration with you.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the high standards and refinement of the restaurant scene. Internationally renowned chefs including the likes of Luke Mangan and Robert Marchetti present inventive dishes and sophisticated cocktails. After living the high life, you may risk becoming another expat couple lost to the lure of Seminyak.
A little further north from Seminyak is the quieter area of Canggu, a peaceful alternative if you want access to Seminyak but also a return to a slower pace. Canggu was once a mecca for surfers. While they still flock here, a more upmarket traveller has also been drawn to the new wave of gorgeous luxury villas and hotel developments that seem to be popping up like mushrooms.
Seminyak & Canggu: Need to Know
DO put a whole day aside to walk the shops, cafes and restaurants. Take lots of money, sunscreen, water and your best bargaining skills. Meet local designers, pick up a Balinese treasure, dine at fabulous restaurants and finish the day sipping cocktails at Ku De Te and watching the sun set over the beach.
DON’T forget to pop in for a casual drink at Old Man’s beach bar and restaurant at Canggu. Near Echo Beach, this laid back establishment is simple, affordable and attracts a young, laid-back crowd, many are surfers taking a break from the waves.
COUPLES WILL LOVE overdosing on cheap massages. Check out Prana Spa for a truly decadent experience, Bodyworks for great value and awesome treatments, and top yourself up with some of the cheaper stalls that are everywhere.