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An essential part of the swathes of stunning beaches along the south coast of Bali next to the vibrant ambience of Kuta, is Seminyak beach and the town of Seminyak, which has its own eclectic mix of world-class restaurants, high end spas, designer boutiques, international surf shops and lifestyle brand outlets, that truly offer some of the best experiences on the enchanting island of Bali.
Seminyak today is Bali's up-and-coming fashion, dining and accommodation precinct, an upmarket coastal enclave just north of Legian and Kuta. Situated some 10km from Denpasar, capital city of Bali, Seminyak stretches from Double Six Street in the south and morphs into the villages of Kerobokan and Umalas, north of Pura Petitenget temple. Although it may be somewhat difficult to stipulate where precisely Kuta, Legian or Seminyak begin or end, but one thing is clear: Seminyak is certainly in a class all its own. The atmosphere here is much more sophisticated and laid-back compared to Kuta, while the beach in particular is relatively quieter during the day.
Over the past 10 years, Seminyak has developed a world-class dining scene. Seminyak is packed with some of Bali’s finest and most well-established restaurants, while several of its roads are recognized as must-visit dining destinations. Dubbed as a food-lover’s haven, rich flavors from all around the globe, prepared by highly skilled chefs – some of whom are notable figures in the international culinary scene – can be found here. From Italian, Spanish, Mexican, Japanese and Thai, as well as innovative Indonesian fusion, all the choices of world's cuisines are offered here, sure to promise quite a feast.
Seminyak restaurants are mostly found along the Jalan Laksmana main route, while others are scattered around the southern area of Petitenget and way up to Batubelig. Some offer impressive sunset views and beachfront settings, while Seminyak’s premier entertainment venues, the likes of Ku De Ta and Potato Head Beach Club, have a highlighted dining venues that are worth specific mention. Other significant names in Seminyak's Dining scene include: Chandi, La Lucciola, Sarong, Métis, Sardine, Mama San, Merah Putih, and more.
Amidst the many restaurants and cafes, is the Seminyak's shopping scene comprising exclusive fashion boutiques and lifestyle brand outlets. Most of the smaller shops line the main road of Seminyak's Main Street (also referred to as Basangkasa Street), while a collection of other fashionable boutiques can be found along Laksmana Street and several corners of Petitenget Street. Whether modern or ethnic chic, with natural and silk fabrics adorned with beading and sequins in strong deep colours – their summer collections are perfect for Bali’s tropical climate and any summer day around the world. This glamorous tropical wear can be found in Biasa Bali or Bamboo Blonde, while Deus Ex Machina and Drifter Surf Shop cater to the wave riding crowd with their cool boards and apparel.
For some great world-class, island-based jewellery pieces, drop in on the House of Jemme that flanks a green patch of rice paddies on Petitenget Street, or Tulola Jewelry further down the road where it showcases its sterling silver and gold exquisite jewellery line created by a New York-born Balinese designer.
Seminyak is also the high-end spa capital of Bali featuring great luxury in sophisticated setting, with so many options to choose from, where one can truly experience a perfect Balinese getaway.
Among some of the prominent spas in Seminyak are: Jari Menari (literraly meaning dancing fingers), Bodyworks, Amo Beauty & Spa, Oberoi Spa, and more.
Seminyak is part of the main west coast conurbation in South Bali and traffic can get very congested at times. From Kuta and Legian, the Legian Street runs parallel with the beach, and at its western limit continues as Seminyak Street. You can also get to Seminyak via the eastern by pass of Sunset Street. This is almost invariably the quicker route from Kuta and Legian into Seminyak, although it is actually further distance-wise.