When planning your trip to Seminyak, you have probably already heard about all the popular tourist draws. The same thing on every site, rinse – repeat. Not only is it boring to read about, seeing the same old stuff over and over is boring, period – especially in person.
Forget about all that.
We have compiled a list of the hippest, coolest places to visit and explore in Seminyak, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the tourist traps. In this blog entry, we will show you nine places you simply must add to your Bali itinerary!
The bohemian vibe of La Laguna blends is the perfect blend of eclectic and chic. It’s part cafe, part gypsy camp and part garden oasis. The first thing you will notice are the gypsy caravans that dot the landscape – so colorful and neat, perched upon the rolling hills. Down below you will find an amphitheater with pillows scattered about for relaxing. There are also natural bridges, meandering pathways, lagoons and beautiful gardens to explore. Beware, the peacocks roaming the grounds!
Jalan Kayu Putih, Berawa, Canggu – Bali Badung, Bali, Indonesia
+62 361 4741214
Hours: 11am to 11pm
Cafe Prices: From $8
Have you ever had lunch in a rice paddy? Well, now you can – at Nook Bali. This quaint backyard cafe feels like you’re visiting an old friend as soon as you arrive. There are rustic tables, benches and chairs lining wooden walkways that meander through pretty gardens and flowing green rice paddies. Thatched roofs provide shade on sunny days. If it’s raining, you can have a seat at the cafe counter while your lunch is prepared. Nook Bali has traditional Balinese fare as well as Western favorites, too. There’s even a kids’ menu in case you have little ones with you as well.
Jalan Umalas 1, Gang Nook No. 1, Kuta Utara, Bali 80361, Indonesia
+62 361 8475625
Hours: 8am to 10pm
Price Range: $5 to $20
Bamboo Arch At W Retreat And Spa
At the entrance of the W Hotel you will find a gorgeous forest of bamboo that grows in an arch shape, leading the way to the famous resort. The brick path leads you through this natural arch, which makes a beautiful backdrop for photos. Even if you only visit the resort in passing, the bamboo arched forest is a must see.
W Resort And Spa
Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia
+62 361 3000106
Imagine a Moroccan oasis in the middle of the tiny island nation of Bali. That’s exactly what the Prana Spa is. With rich Indian and Moroccan influences and architectural design, the Prana Spa is a place of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. Hot stone massages, private soaking tubs, tiled swimming pools and candle lit treatment rooms are just some of the world-class spa amenities you will find within the walls of Prana Spa.
Jalan Kunti ,Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia 80261
+62 (361) 730 840
Hours: 10am to 10pm
Price Range: $25 to $150 per person, depending on the treatments requested
Nirvana Burger Bar
What’s better than a really good burger? A really good burger with FIRE and MAGIC. That’s exactly what you will find at Nirvana Burger Bar every night of the week, except Thursday. On Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Balinese fire twirlers put on a spectacular show with lighted hula hoops and batons. If the whole fire twirling thing wasn’t enough, on Mondays and Wednesdays, you can check out the cool magic tricks performed at Nirvana Burger Bar by local magicians. Where else can you find all this on a weeknight?
Nirvana Burger Bar
Jl Laksmana 50 B, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia
+62 361 736270
Hours: 8am to 12am
Prices range between: $5 to $18
Deus Ex Machina
If burgers, magic and fire aren’t your thing, how about bikes, tattoos and tacos? It sounds like an odd combination, but all these things are what makes Deus Ex Machina such a cool place to visit. It’s an eclectic mix of cafe, bar, bike shop and tattoo parlor all rolled into one. Tuesdays are Taco Tuesdays and these aren’t just any tacos. The tacos at Deus Ex Machina are served with a side of FREE tattoos done right in the cafe! If you want one, of course. Check them out. You’ll be glad you did.
Deus Ex Machina
Jl. Batu Mejan no.8 – Canggu
62 811 388 150
Hours: 7am to 10pm
Prices: $20 to $40
Santo Mikael Church
A stunningly beautiful Gothic English church is the last thing you would expect to find in the middle of Bali – a country were 89% of inhabitants are Hindu – but it’s there, right in the heart of Seminyak. The gorgeous cathedral features stunning arches, wooden pews and stained glass. The Santo Mikael Church is open daily and weddings and other events are held there on a regular basis. Don’t miss this place – seriously, just don’t. It’s amazing.
Santo Mikael Church
Camplung Tanduk, Seminyak, Kuta, 80361, Indonesia
+62 361 732932
Hours: 9am to 5pm
Admission is free.
A trip to Bali would not be complete without a trip to the famous Seminyak Beach. The white sand of the beach is the perfect contrast to the deep blue of the Indian Ocean. Seminyak Beach is home to some of the most prestigious resorts in Bali and it is also a favorite spot with surfers. There are a variety of entertainment options in Seminyak Beach – from bars, clubs and restaurants to simply stretching out on the sand to take in a sunset. Best of all, Seminyak Beach is open 24 hours and free!
Imagine a secret hideaway you can go to, to get away from the hustle and bustle of crowds. Some place where you can relax with friends and meet new ones that share common interests. Imagine all this in the setting of your own living room – and that’s exactly what you have at La Favela. The hip house party vibe of this place with the open spaces, sofas, patios, nooks and crannies makes it one of the trendiest, most chic places on the island. Be sure to check out the music and food when you go – and don’t miss the koi pond on the patio!
Jalan Kayu Aya No.177X, Badung, Bali, Indonesia
+62 361 730603
Hours: 12pm to 2am
Prices: $10 to $25
Of course, this list isn’t all-inclusive of all the cool things to see and do in Bali, but we think it’s a super start for planning your itinerary. Stay tuned to this blog for more reviews of interesting places to visit in Bali!