Seminyak is the home to glitz and glamour in Bali. You will find amazing food, designer high-end brands, and cool beach bars on just about every corner.
Seminyak is just north of Legian and about 10 kilometres from the Bali international airport. The Courtyard by Marriott is a great place to base yourself if you want to explore this prestigious part of Bali. Hoot Holidays has put together a list of great places to eat, shop and get a relaxing massage. Enjoy!
Famed Sydney restaurateur Maurice Terzini recently named his favourite eating spots in Bali starting with Seminyak’s Kaum, the Indonesian word that means tribe. Kaum is located on the second floor of the famous Potato Head Beach Club, four kilometres from the Courtyard by Marriott. Terzini says it doesn’t matter if you order the spiced garlic-butter mud crab or the aromatic honey glazed clams with chives and basil, “these boys know how to deliver incredible product”.
Terzini also owns Da Maria, the hottest place to be seen on a Sunday afternoon in Seminyak.
Da Maria is so much more than just a pizza place. You get great cocktails and if you close your eyes and follow your tastebuds, you could easily imagine that you are dining on the Capri Coast.
Here are some other Balinese hot-spots worth a visit:
Mama San Kitchen Bar Lounge has been one of Seminyak’s best dining options for a long time now. Mama San sits at the junction of Eat Street, Oberon Road, Sunset Road and the main Seminyak thoroughfare. The restaurant reflects dining in ancient Shanghai, but with many other Asian influences, including outstanding dishes like China Town style salt and pepper squid, and Peking duck and five-spice hoisin steamed bun with sriracha sauce.
Bikini serves up cutting edge food; Motel Mexicola is the place to go for hot, hot, hot Mexican food; and Sarong is the new home of celebrity chef Will Meyrick.
If you just want a decent cup of coffee, try Sisterfields or Pison Coffee.
When it comes to shopping in Bali, Seminyak is about as good as it gets. For just a few dollars in a taxi from the Courtyard by Marriott, you can visit Bali shops where you can buy everything from designer classics, one-off items of jewellery, homewares and budget bikinis.
Starting at the “supermodel” end you should visit stores like Little Joe Woman (the Endless Summer Collection), Magali Pascal (French-designed for women who embrace their femininity) and Paulina Katarina (eclectic, feminine and sophisticated).
If you need to sparkle or find the perfect gift for someone back home, then here are some jewellery stores you should visit. Joy Jewellery owner Jenny de Blecourt uses themes like Luck, Peace and Friendship to handcraft her sterling silver creations. If you desire more bling than Rihanna, then head to Jemme where you will find diamonds in white, yellow, pink and black. The designers at Tulola have taken elements of Indonesia’s cultural heritage and reflected them in a modern range of earrings, bracelets, bangles and necklaces.
Seminyak is also the place to go for homewares. There are iconic warehouses like Geneva (three floors of basic placemats, coasters, runners, ornaments – really everything you can think of) or there are more upmarket designer stores. If Hamptons style is your thing, then Beyond Borders is the place to go. Carga, on the posh Petitenget strip, has lots of small things like cushions, storage jars and essential oils that you can easily pack for the return flight home.
If you love to bargain and barter, then take a stroll down Jalan Raya Seminyak, the main walking street of Seminyak. There’s Bintang beer in the supermarkets, a plethora of Balinese art galleries, fashion stores like Body & Soul, and family-run stores selling knock-off Nikes, football jerseys, and sunglasses.
You can’t go to Bali without indulging in at least one spa treatment. You can easily get a one-hour full-body massage for as little as $20 (less if you bargain hard) at one of the many street-side spas. They are usually clean and completely safe. You will be on a bed, probably only a metre away from the next person, but your muscles will get a good work out.
If you want something a little more luxurious, then here are some spas that you could try. Spring Spa in the Seminyak Village is open from 9 am until 9 pm. The spa is located on the rooftop terrace and a 60-minute signature yoga facial will cost you about $50 Australian. The Cottage Beauty House Bali specialises in mani-pedis and eyelash extensions. A combined manicure and pedicure costs about $34. At Prana Spa, you will notice the Middle Eastern influences as soon as you walk into the shop. Open from 9 am until 10 pm, Prana Spa offers a signature male or female facial that begins with a skin firming massage followed by a gentle exfoliation and steam. It is finished off with a hydrating mask that they say will leave you looking and feeling rejuvenated. All this for just $55 – a fraction of the price you would pay in Australia.