Seminyak is a stylish modern resort just minutes from Kuta and Legian, yet has its own individual character. It is Bali’s most glamorous seaside town and is thoroughly cosmopolitan with a high proportion of expats living here.
There is little in the way of history and culture but plenty of modern attractions and rewarding sports and activities. Most of the action takes place by the beach with a vibrant surfing scene and lots of sports to indulge in on the sand.
Some of Seminyak’s imposing beach hotels also offer plenty of fun in the form of tennis, fitness centres and mini golf, followed by Balinese cultural shows in the evening.
You can explore some of the more tranquil stretches of beach on horseback or go for a walk through lush rice fields. Just to the north is one of Bali’s most historic coastal temples at Petitenget beach. One of the major attractions of Seminyak life is its stylish dining and nightlife.
It is a real gastronomic treat for food lovers and also boasts the most flamboyant clubbing scene in Bali. Seminyak also boasts some fabulous art galleries and classy boutique shopping of the highest quality to keep ladies entertained when the sun is at its zenith.
Surfing in Seminyak
The surf scene in Seminyak is a lively one, yet waves are much less crowded that hectic Kuta beach, making it the perfect place to learn. In addition distractions are at a minimum with beach hawkers few and far between and no noisy traffic racing by. Some of the longest established surf schools in Bali are based here, offering professional tuition for all levels and dedicated children’s classes.
Rip Curl School of Surf (website: www.ripcurlschoolofsurf.com) has group and individual instruction every day and prices start at rp500,000. A much less commercialised surfing industry than Kuta, Seminyak still has a host of places to hire and repair boards and browse for trendy surfer fashions.
Bungy Jumping in Seminyak
Located invitingly right on Seminyak beach is the famous AJ Hackett bungy jump. Whether you are fearless or foolhardy, this is Bali’s most exhilarating experience and is perfectly complimented by a spectacular ocean backdrop. Single and tandem rides are available starting at rp375,000 and it operates all day and until the early hours at weekends. website: www.bali.ajhackett.com.
Horse riding in Seminyak
In the tranquil hamlet of Umalas is Bali’s largest horse riding stables and is one of the most popular attractions in the area. This is a plush equestrian centre with graceful, well groomed horses offering treks through rice fields or a breezy canter through the surf. There are lessons for all ages from beginner to advanced and even has tuition in dressage and show jumping. It is a great way to explore the local area and the perfect afternoon for the whole family. Prices start at rp250,000 for a 45 minute ride through rice paddies. website: www.balihorseadventure.com.
Art galleries in Seminyak
Outside of Ubud, this is the best place to browse for art. However, Seminyak offers a more cosmopolitan mix of avant garde modern art, jewelry, ceramics and a wide range of decorative items. The area is filled with numerous small art galleries exhibiting works by local and international artists which also includes photography, functional items and textiles.
Biasa (website: www.biasabali.com) is a treasure trove of accessible art with a large collection of exotic ceramics, precious silverware and tribal art. In fact a handful of galleries and art boutiques in Seminyak are owned by expat artists themselves.