Enjoying Seminyak, Bali

Submitted by viravira on 7 May 2014   •  Itinerary

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Seminyak is a village north to Kuta and Legian that used to be quiet and where the high-end tourists would go. Now Seminyak is packed with restaurants, boutiques, spas and hotels that keep growing in number. So are the neighboring villages, such as Petitenget and Kerobokan, which make it quite hard to tell where the borders between these areas.
Even though it is still a more upscale area than Kuta and Legian in general, Seminyak and the nearby villages now have wider options for people with various willingness to spend. Good news for me, as I was looking for budget accommodation but wanted to try some of the interesting dining places in Seminyak and around.


Here are some of the things I did and went to in Seminyak, compiled from two brief trips that I did in 2013.


As Seminyak is a vicinity by the west coast, it is so predictable of me to spend some time on the Seminyak beach. From jogging, playing with my niece and nephew, and simply lying on the beach waiting for the sunset.
There are many shops and boutiques in Seminyak, but I wasn’t on a shopping mood on either of these trips. But I can say that the boutiques display pretty interesting items, from gowns to furniture, from the traditional to the modern.



Ohohohoho… now where should I begin? Which kind of restaurant would you like? The Mexican, the Spanish, the vegetarian, the Indonesian, the dominantly white or the one with colorful design? Numerous cafes and restaurants were irresistible for me to try, so I could kiss my dieting days goodbye.
Check out the cafes and restaurants where we dined in Seminyak and around: here, here and here. Who knows, reading our reviews on the restaurants might help you decide on where to eat!



I gotta admit, I haven’t tried a lot of accommodations in Seminyak. I went to a showing once, in 2012, which you can read here and here.
My most recent stay was Grandmas Hotel. Even though I thought the hotel’s name was kind of tacky, because it doesn’t match the design at all, it was a good stay and worth the budget.
Check out my complete review of Grandmas Hotel Seminyak here.


Grandmas Hotel Seminyak:
Jalan Camplung Tanduk 99, Seminyak. Phone: +62 361 3000 599


Getting There

As Bali is an international destination (it pisses Indonesians off that most people in this world know Bali and have been to Bali but they don’t know that it is WITHIN the country of Indonesia!), its international airport is located in Tuban area, called the Ngurah Rai International Airport, named after a local hero.

It costs about IDR 70,000 – 80,000 per trip by taxi from the airport to Seminyak, depending on the traffic situation.

Getting Around


There are motorbikes for surfers as well

Seminyak traffic can get really crowded from about 3 p.m. until a little later than dinner time, especially on weekends when Indonesian tourists usually flock to Bali.

If you don’t know how to ride a motorbike or a scooter, you’re doomed with cars and the traffic. If you don’t know how to drive a car, you’re doomed with the fare you have to pay for taxis or hired cars and the drivers. And my case is always the latter when I solo travel in Bali >.<

The cost to rent a car in Bali starts from IDR 180,000 / day excluding gas for a car that seats up to 8 people including the driver.

A driver’s fee is usually about IDR 100,000 / day, but usually they expect you to pay for meals too. Hiring a local driver who knows places could be a convenient way to drive around when you’re too lazy to fuss with GPS or a map.

A motorbike rent usually costs IDR 50,000 / day excluding gas.

How I wish Bali would have more ojeks!

BUT! If you’re not in a hurry and you’re not going anywhere too far, walking can always be an option. It’s a good way to sightsee and window shop, but.. look out for stray dogs ☹

A car rental service that I’ve used before: Putu, phone: +62812 3800 003, and I had no complaint.
Another service that I know but haven’t had experience with: Nyoman, phone: +62852 3753 7110.
Upon handing you the car, they would ask to leave a collateral. It could be (a copy of) your ID if you’re Indonesian, or a copy passport, just the passport number, or some money if you’re a foreigner.
There are a lot of car and motorbike rentals in Bali, you can easily browse it. But they might charge more to foreign travelers 😐

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6 years ago

Thanks for the tips.
really helpfull

5 years ago

thanks for the tips

5 years ago
Reply to  Gocioo

You’re welcome 🙂