Many people ask where should they stay in Bali. There are so many options. It really boils down to what sort of holiday you are looking for. Seminyak is very popular for tourists that want to enjoy the popular areas of Kuta and Legian but looking for a place which has a larger variety of high end shops and restaurants. There are also a number of luxury hotels to choose from…or perhaps you’re looking for a villa. Seminyak is where you are bound to find whatever type of accommodation you are looking for. Whether you are staying in Seminyak or visiting for the day like ourselves, it’s a great place to soak up the Balinese atmosphere.
5 Reasons To Stay In Seminyak
Seminyak is a place to stay if you are looking for a variety of things to do. The below is just touching what you can do whilst staying in Seminyak.
- Close proximity to the night clubs of Kuta/Legian
- Seminyak beach where you can chill during the day, dine whilst watching the sunset
- An abundance of shops/markets
- Numerous places to choose where to eat
- Easy access to day trips to explore this beautiful island of Bali
Our Highlight of Seminyak
Our highlight is most definitely Seminyak beach. During the heat of the day you can sit on the sun lounge chairs soaking up the sunshine and the atmosphere. Here you’ll have extremely friendly street vendors come up to you trying to sell you their merchandise, from bracelets, scarves, silver rings, kites and paintings to name a few….and cannot forget to mention massages. Always remember to haggle for your best price.
Perhaps you rather take a stroll along the wide beach which is full of beach bars existing of eski or small fridges, sun lounges and umbrellas. Very friendly locals work these bars. If you are traveling alone and want someone to chat to you just need to rock up to one of these bars, sit on the sun lounge and you will very soon make lots of new friends.
Then of an evening you can dine at many restaurants throughout Seminyak or stroll to the neighboring Legian/Kuta. If strolling isn’t your thing you can very easily grab a taxi or scooter taxi to take you. A scooter taxi is a lot quicker as it can go around the traffic jams which occur often. Just ensure you negotiate your price before hopping in the car or on the scooter. You will find scooter taxis/taxis as you stroll along the streets, some will pull over and ask if you want a ride as you walk along the footpaths.
For us dinner on the beach whilst listening to a local band and watching the sunset go down is a must. Sit on a bean bag, have a Bintang (local beer) and soak up the Balinese atmosphere. Watch the locals packing up the sun lounges and umbrellas, the tourists heading off back to their hotels to freshen up before heading out for the night. Street vendors selling their merchandise.
Where Do We Stay In Bali?
Whilst we have never stayed in Seminyak, we stay at nearby Legian, however frequent Seminyak. The only reason we haven’t stayed in Seminyak is due to making local friends in Legian bars within walking distance of where we spend a lot of our time. We also like to explore the island of Bali and stay in other areas. Check out the following link for details on how we spent 15 Days In Bali.
Do I have to pay to sit on the sun lounges on the beach?
Generally the sun lounges belong to businesses that sell beverages on the beach. Some are connected to businesses that teach people how to surf.
If you are a paying customer then you can use the sun lounges without paying a fee. However if you are wanting to use the sun lounges only then are you are required to negotiate a price.
- Approximately 3.9km from Legian
- Approximately 12km, 40 min from Denpasar International Airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport)
Where do you stay whilst in Bali? Any places that you recommend we should stay or visit?