Stumble Into Indonesia's Unseen Places
Submitted by viravira on 7 May 2014 • Itinerary
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.
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.
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 😐