Seminyak = Marmite – or Vegemite I guess, depending on where you’re from.
If you are travelling to Bali to experience the local culture, this area is definitely not for you. However, this part of the island will very much appeal to those simply looking to let their hair down on holiday, as Seminyak is centred around dining, drinking and partying. Should this be of interest to you, then I would suggest three nights in the town (if you are short on time) with an itinerary as follows:
Start your day with coffee and breakfast at Revolver Espresso. Try the amazing Revolver Coffee Shake – ice cream coffee!
Make sure you pack your swimwear as you’re off to Potato Head Beach Club! It opens at 10am, but arrive before midday at the latest to snap up a daybed (as you cannot book these in advance). A minimum spend of a million Indonesian rupiah is required to reserve the daybed for the whole day – about £50 GBP – and this cost is offset against the price of any food and drink consumed throughout the day.
Spend your day in the sun at Potato Head, alternating between lounging on the daybed and dipping in the pool. I recommend sharing the refreshing Bali Boat cocktail and then soaking up the alcohol by grazing on the grilled cheese sandwiches. Heaven.
Watch the sunset, have some dinner and stay at Potato Head as long as your energy levels will allow. Can you make it until the 2am closure?
Take a lie in (you’re on holiday!) and wake up feeling slightly delicate. If you stay at The Club Villas in Seminyak, have their floating breakfast (make sure this is ordered the day before) and experience the novelty of eating your food from a Moses basket in your private pool. Madness. Why not?
Take a walk through the town and enjoy some time browsing the large number of bohemian homeware shops. Grab a quick lunch at Bo & Bun.
Get dressed up and head over to watch the sunset from Ku De Ta, wondering where to start with their extensive cocktail menu.
After the sun has gone down and you’re feeling slightly inebriated, head on over for dinner at Motel Mexicola (make sure you reserve a few days in advance to dine here). Don’t expect the food to soak up the alcohol – the mojitos will be flowing and you’ll join everyone in dancing on the tables by the end of the night (seriously).
Wake up and embark upon a beach walk from Seminyak beach to Batu Bolong Beach
Have lunch and a drink mid-walk at Old Man’s – a Balinese beer garden.
Stroll back along the coast to Seminyak and plant yourself on a bean bag at La Plancha, to enjoy yet another sunset on the beach with dinner and a Bintang (local beer) in hand.
Get ready for a night out at La Plancha’s sister venue, La Favela. The cocktails are wonderful and expect to be on the dance floor throwing shapes to Madonna until the early hours.
Before visiting Seminyak, why not head to the island of Nusa Lembongan in Bali first?