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Are you planning a trip to Bali and wanting to see the best of what Seminyak has to offer? This town is alive with colour, food and amazing beaches and is a great place to ease your way into the Indonesian bustle. I recently spent 2 days in Seminyak and it was a great town to start my 3 week trip around Bali. I’ve put together this guide of the 10 best things to do in Seminyak to help you sink your teeth into what Bali is all about.
I landed in Bali at silly o’clock in the morning but even then I could see that Seminyak is still buzzing. From whizzing through the streets to my hotel I could see crazily busy warungs, boutiques, motorbikes, dogs and of course the beautiful Indonesian architecture. There’s definitely plenty to do for your 2 days in Seminyak but it’s also a great place to relax, unwind and enjoy the laid-back Bali vibes.
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Where to stay for 2 days in Seminyak
I was based at the GrandMas Plus Hotel Seminyak and it turned out to be perfect for my short stay. It was just a couple of minutes walk from Seminyak Beach and just off of the main road making it a little quieter but still right in the heart of Seminyak. The rooms are super comfy too! You can learn more about the GrandMas Seminyak in my review here and check availability below!
How to get to Seminyak
If like me, you’re flying into Bali, Seminyak is a great place to start your trip. Denpasar Airport is just 9km from Seminyak making the journey time, hopefully, nice and short. To get to Seminyak you could either arrange a pick up through your accommodation so you are met at the airport and get taken straight to your hotel, or grab one of the many taxis waiting at the airport. If you’re going to do this though, be sure to haggle and set a price before you get in the car.
10 of the best things to do in Seminyak
1. Take a walk along Seminyak Beach
I was lucky enough to be staying really close to Seminyak Beach and it was the first spot I visited. It’s a busy beach with bars lining the edge and loads of comfy lounge chairs with umbrellas if you want to relax in the sun. The water is the perfect temperature if you want to take a dip too, but if not, it’s great to walk along and see the sand stretching on for miles.
2. Try your hand at surfing
Seminyak is a surfing hotspot on Bali so if you want to try it out, here is an awesome place to start. I didn’t try it out this time as I had just done it in Australia but there are lots of surf schools to go to as you walk along Seminyak beach so be sure to check them out for prices and find a time that’s good for you. Surfing is a lot of fun and you’ll definitely earn yourself a Bintang afterwards!
3. Grab a beanbag at Double Six Beach
Like the idea of sinking into a comfy beanbag right on the beach with a drink in hand? Make your way to Double Six Beach just a short walk south from Seminyak Beach. This beach is bursting with colour and loads of cool shack style bars, perfect for doing nothing and watching the world go by. It’s also a comfy spot for sunset too.
4. Explore the boutiques
Jalan Laksmana is one of the main roads in Seminyak and is absolutely stuffed full of boutiques. One thing that I have noticed is that Bali does boutiques well; the kind of colours and pretty displays that draw you in without even realising. If you’re looking for some new threads or a souvenir to take with you then be sure to spend an afternoon rummaging through the shops all along here to grab some bargains.
5. Splurge at Ku De Ta
You only have 2 days in Seminyak, so you have to treat yourself right? If you want drinks or food in a piece of luxury then be sure to hit up Ku De Ta. This place is iconic to Seminyak with its huge comfy round sofas and lounge chairs in its central lawn area overlooking the beach. Yes, the prices are definitely not ‘Bali prices’ but it’s a fun experience and it will definitely put you in holiday mode. There’s a minimum spend if you want to use the big sofa chairs but if you don’t want that then you can still get an awesome view and the Ku de Ta expereince from the seating area at the front.
6. Have a massage
Spas and Bali go hand in hand, so taking an hour out of your busy 2 days in Seminyak is a must! There are loads of more formal spas as well as salons along the streets to choose from so you’re bound to find somewhere that is within your budget. I had a 60 minute Balinese Massage at De Nyuh Spa and it was amazing. I was welcomed with some delicious ginger tea before choosing which oil I liked most from their selection. It was a wonderful treat and I didn’t want to leave!
7. Try some Indonesian food at a Warung
Whilst in Bali you have to try some of their traditional dishes and Warungs are the best places to go to. A Warung is a restaurant that serves Indonesian dishes and there are so many all over Seminyak to choose from. No matter where you base yourself there is bound to be a Warung nearby. I had a great meal at Warung Nia which is in a sort of outdoor food courtyard just a few streets back from Ku De Ta. Most Warungs in Bali have table service but some are more casual and have a selection of items for you to choose from, which then determines the price. They are super affordable so a great way to have a delicious meal without the cost.
8. Haggle at the Flea Market
If you want to shop for a real bargain in Seminyak then you need to get haggling. Seminyak’s Flea Market is rammed full with clothes, bags and trinkets to choose from and it’s definitely a place where you can practise your haggling skills. It’s not a huge market but the rows of white markees will keep you busy.
9. Admire the Balinese buildings
One thing that I loved about Seminyak is how the town has woven in the modern with the traditional. As you walk along you will see temple type buildings nestled in between boutiques and some stunning architecture on rooftops. The oranges and golds are striking and simply beautiful so make sure you look up and around you as you walk along.
10. Experience the nightlife
Seminyak really comes alive at night and from my late arrival into Bali, it doesn’t seem to slow down. Take another walk down Jalan Laksmana and you’ll be greeted with plenty of bright lights, live music and happy hours to have a great night out in Seminyak. If sipping a cocktail or cold beer with a view is more to your liking, then make your way to the beach instead and hit up some of the bars along there. Grab a comfy seat or bean bag and watch the beach come to life.