There is a reason why Seminyak is one of the most popular tourist destination towns in all of Bali. It’s the island’s fashion capital, it’s a shopping and surfing haven, there are tons sophisticated restaurants and exclusive spas, gorgeous private pool luxury villas in the heart of town and just outside in the rice fields, and the nightlife is happening and ongoing. The wide stretch of sunset beach, the waves and the sunset cocktails – Seminyak is a great place for a girls’ only holiday. Here is our guide for your girls’ trip to Seminyak:
Girls’ activities to do in Seminyak
Check into your ladies-only holiday retreat and off you go to explore this lively, sophisticated little beach town. Here’s what you’ll love to do:
1. Shopping, shopping, shopping
Shopping at souvenir shops and local markets is lots of fun but Seminyak offers more than this with its classy, trendy shopping malls. They are beautiful malls with branded fashion stores and boutique shops where you can just keep on shopping without dropping, and all that, in air-conditioned comfort, out of the tropical sun. In fact, on Oberoi Road, one of Seminyak’s most beloved shopping and dining streets, there is a flea market right next to Seminyak Square and Seminyak Village, two must-visit shopping malls in Seminyak. So go on, girls, it is time for some guilt-free shopping on paradise island.
2. Coffee and cake(s)
The perfect break in between your shopping or after spending a few hours at the beach – who isn’t up for a cup of black goodness and some delicious homebaked cake or pie? You won’t have to miss out on great coffee during your stay in Seminyak – this town has got endless trendy coffee bars. Try Revolver Espresso, Monsieur Spoon or just stroll around and sit down anywhere as long as the coffee smells good. One piece of cake not enough? Go to Biku or Metis for an extraordinary high tea (or high coffee) with lots of sweet treats and hearty snacks
3. Sunset cocktails
Ahhh, yes! The best vibes are found on the beach, just before and long after the mesmerizing Island Sunset. Around 4 pm in the afternoon, the beach bars on Double Six Beach drag all their colourful bean bags and parasols out on the sands. Good music, tropical cocktails, snacks, great company, astonishing views of an orange-glazed sky – holidaying doesn’t get better than this! Bali’s world famous sunsets are happening only once a day, try and catch them all if you can.
Surfing is a must-try activity on your girl’s trip to Seminyak. It is super fun to spend a day out on the waves with the tips, tricks and guidance of a local surf teacher. You’ll be surprised at how fast you’ll be standing on your board with a bit of help. After all of this hard work, sit down for an ice cold drink in the shade of some beach trees and wait for the sunset to strike once again. Wonder where to go for surfing lessons? Check out the best surf schools in Seminyak.
5. Spa time
All girls love pampering and in Bali, spa treatments come at an affordable price so take this chance to get pampered inside out with traditional Balinese massages, scrubs, pedicures, manicures, cream baths, flower baths and facials. There are gorgeous luxury spas such as Prana Spa Bali where you will find yourself in enchanting Middle Eastern atmospheres and there are also plenty of local spas where they have complete spa packages at prices you won’t believe. Too busy in the daytime? Check out these awesome late-night spas.
Why not continue all of this relaxation you girls got going on with a back-bending, mind-soothing, spirit reviving yoga class? First, go buy some classy, sustainable and eco-friendly yoga wear and from there on, head straight to the yoga class. Seminyak has got several great yoga studios.
7. Cooking class
Not all girls like to cook but wouldn’t you love to surprise your loved one with a homecooked Indonesian meal once you are back home? Surely, he or she will be impressed! On top of that, cooking classes in Bali are lots of fun, especially, when attending the cooking class together with your besties. You will learn all about the Indonesian spices and traditional cooking methods, you will a visit traditional market to get the supplies and after the cooking is done, you can munch on a delicious Indonesian meal, cooked by your own hands.
When night time kicks in, it’s time to dive into Seminyak’s buzzing nightlife – and alive it is! On Oberoi Road, there are plenty of bars and clubs such as La Favela, the Champagne Bar, and Hu’u Bar. Dress up and go walk around on this lively street to check out all of these places. Another hot spot is Bali Joe on Jalan Dhyana Pura, one of the most popular gay bars on the island where beautiful drag queens put on a spectacular show. For Irish beers and the best live music of Seminyak, head over to Orchard Bar and Restaurant – a cool pub, beer garden and music venue that rocks ass.
Where to eat
There are so many excellent restaurants found in Seminyak, that it is hard to decide where to go for dinner. Let’s think again – for a girl’ night out, what would be the place to be? How about…
1. LacaLaca Cantina Mexicana
Sitting just around the corner from Oberoi Road on Jalan Drupadi, this Mexican Restaurant catches your eye with its charming garden, lots of colourful lights and cosy sitting places. The food is excellent – very tasty – but the greatest thing at this particular restaurant is the amazing cocktails and the Sangria. How about a jalapeno-infused margarita? Do you dare? Be there on Sunday before sunset for the Bloody Marry cocktail feast and Monday evenings to score some more 2 x 1 cocktails. You can be sure that they’re pretty darn tasty and if you are into avocados, melted cheese burritos, taco chips with salsa and more of this Mexican goodness… Laca Laca Cantina Mexicana in Seminyak is heaven on earth.
Laca Laca Cantina Mexicana, Jl. Drupadi No.1, Seminyak, Kuta, Bali. Phone: 0822-4731-2218. Opening hours: daily from 8 am to 12 am
2. La Lucciola
This restaurant is so much-loved among tourists and expats, that it doesn’t even have a website – they don’t need it. La Lucciola serves excellent authentic Italian cuisine to die for, complete with an Asian touch, and all of that, right on the beach in Petitenget. You girls have to eat here at least once during your holiday to Bali Island. The chef is an authentic Italian and the restaurant is tucked in a beautiful traditional thatched pavilion with indoor and outdoor dining tables.
La Lucciola, Pantai Petitenget, Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali. Phone: (0361) 730838. Opening hours: daily from 9 am to 11 pm
This is the perfect restaurant for hours of munching, chatting and fun. Especially on Monday evenings, this restaurant promises a great night out. Be sure to book yourselves a table upstairs, preferably a traditional Japanese-style floor table with cushions, and plan this dinner date a bit late in the evening, around 20.00. You can take it nice and slow, ordering several rounds of sushi for at around 21.30, an amazing live jazz band starts to play their gig and it is awesome! Usually, the first set feature nice jazz songs for dining and drinking and after the break, it turns into one big party upstairs at Ryoshi Seminyak. Don’t miss out on the opportunity!
Where to stay
Where to begin? Seminyak has so many beautiful villas to choose from that it’s a tough choice! Let’s narrow it down to what you girls are looking for… Want to stay near the beach or do you prefer to stay just outside the centre? Want it cheap or do you want a villa with the most amazing swimming pool? Check out our top 10 villas in Seminyak or reach out to our villa specialists for personalised advise based on your travel group, wishes and holiday budget – there is something for everyone!