Seminyak Guide

by Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Seminyak is the centre of life for hordes of Bali’s expats, many of whom own boutiques and design clothes, as well as enjoy the great surfing. It may be immediately north of Kuta and Legian, but in many ways, Seminyak feels as though it’s on another island.

The dynamic place is full of restaurants and clubs, creative shops and galleries. World-class hotels line the beach which is as wide and sandy as Kuta’s, but less crowded.

It may come as no surprise, but when I discovered the shopping and restaurants, it was hard for my team to tear me away.


Who doesn’t love something make out of butter soft leather or suede? A skirt, jacket, shoes, bag? Inni Kulit makes to order and their work is excellent and prices are very reasonable. If you have a favourite item at home, take it with you – or at least a photograph – and you will have the exact copy in any colour – or colours – you want. Most items can be made in 24 hours.


Busy all day long, Sea Circus serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as Seven Senses coffee which is loved by those who are particular about their brew.

It’s owned by Josh Herdman from Victoria and Londoner Charlie Hunton and their establishment is one of the island’s most popular venues. Their creative backgrounds can be seen everywhere.

The café’s façade is coloured glass louvres and the interior has a turquoise timber bar lined with high white stools and washed wood tables with colourful metal chairs. At night, twinkle lights create an intimate atmosphere.

They serve healthy salads, fish and chips, tortilla wraps, steak baguettes and a hangover happy meal. Their cocktails and fruit juices are fabulous and very moreish.

Sea Circus


Another lure on a Bali holiday is the endless amount of spas and manicure/pedicure salons and Carla Spa was recommended by a local. I was amazed by the menu – everything to make you feel good. Massage, pedicure, manicure, shiatsu, foot reflexology, body scrubs and more. What was also amazing was how cheap treatments were – a great incentive to return.


This club was inspired by local beaches with a Mediterranean flair. It offers multiple dining options, poolside lounging and a generally relaxed ambience.

I chose to go here to experience one of Bali’s famous sunsets. You can choose to sip on a perfectly blended Daiquiri or Margarita and nibble on the poolside grazing menu.


1. Shop in the early morning or late afternoon. The middle of the day is just too hot and is the best time to stop for lunch and a cooling drink.

2. Many shops are run by Hindus and you will see offerings at the front. Please don’t touch them and be careful to step around them.

3. It’s acceptable to bargain in marketplaces, but not in boutiques.



For a great place to stay in Bali and at an excellent Scoopon Travel rate, you can’t go past 5 nights for 2 adults and 2 children under 12 in an Ocean Front Family Suite at Samabe Bali Suites & Villas in Nusa Dua. The deal is available from $1998 – up to 80% off – and includes breakfast and afternoon tea daily, three lunches or dinners each, 2×1 hour massages for each adult, entry to the Kids’ Club, non-alcoholic drinks, Cultural Show tickets, return airport transfers and so much more!

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Inni Kulit

Jl. Raya Seminyak #9



Ph: 62 239 46981


Sea Circus

Jalan Kayu Aya No. 22



Ph:+62 361 738 667


Carla Spa

Jl Nakula #5



Ph: 62 851 0152 1551


Cocoon Beach Club

Blue Ocean Boulevard

Jl Arjuna



Ph: 62 361 731 266


Australian passports must have a minimum validity of 6 months from date of arrival.   7 day and 30 day visas are available on arrival. Requirements and fees change regularly, so check with the Indonesia Consulate for current information.

Current is 22V, 50Hz. Sockets are two-pin plugs and adaptors are cheap and on sale everywhere.


GMT +8 hours.


Indonesian rupiah.