Written by Beverley Lennon
Co-written by Dawn Pillay, Abigail Chang and Cisca Lim
Ask anyone where to stay in Bali and they’ll surely recommend you the oh-so-famous area of Seminyak – Bali hippest district; full of trendy shops, delicious food options, glorious beaches and thousand of Instagram opportunities.
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Spend the day on the beach or wandering through the streets of vibrant Seminyak – you can decide when you wake up every morning as you are mere steps away from all the happenings and the beach!
Doesn’t matter if you’re on a tight budget or keen to treat yourself to some exquisite luxury, Seminyak has it all! From beach resorts and villas to private pool villas in the heart of central Seminyak, with options ranging from super affordable stays to high-end hotels, you will be able to find a variety of stays suitable for you, regardless of whether you are travelling as a couple, family, a group of friends or even solo! So keep this quick accommodation guide safe and get on your next vacation planning!
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Should you stay in Seminyak or Kuta?
Both Seminyak and Kuta offer a wide range of hotels, restaurants, shops and beautiful beaches for soaking up the sun. If you can’t decide between the two, we can only say this – Kuta is known for its bustling nightlife with pubs and bars, as well as surfing. However it has been badly affected during the pandemic and is still slowly recovering, so you might find that it’s quieter than usual.
Seminyak, on the other hand, is a more upscale area with a more relaxed atmosphere, with trendy cafes and restaurants, as well as boutiques where you can shop for beachwear and tropical dresses. It has bounced back even stronger after the pandemic and is very popular with tourists now. Here, you can also easily find beauty salons where you can do your hair, nails, lashes and more!
Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.
For couples and families who love the sun, sand and sea!
Both couples and families love to stay in Seminyak, and it’s not hard to see why. Many beach resorts and villas here offer couples packages that include private romantic dining, couples massages and spas, and private beachfront cabanas.
Families with children and teens will also love it, as many resorts and villas offer family-friendly amenities such as kids’ clubs, pools (some even with waterslides!), and activities to keep the whole family entertained. Some even have on-site babysitting services and children’s menus to make it easier for parents to relax and enjoy their vacation.
Here’s our recommendations for beach resorts and villas near Seminyak Beach, Double Six Beach, Petitenget Beach, Batu Belig Beach and Legian Beach!1. Splashing fun beachfront family stay – Padma Resort Legian
Mention Padma Resort Legian and you’ll think about their 5 extensive pools, where your kids will love splashing in! Children love the water and you know it – they can’t resist putting one foot in, then the other, and before we know it, they are having the time of their lives.
And if you’re a mermaid too like your little ones, you and your family will fall in love with the Lagoon Access Room, where you can jump into the resort’s crystal clear lagoon-style pool directly from your room!
Save the hassle of navigating through the grounds, you can wake up and take a refreshing dip. And if your kids follow suit, you can keep an eye on them while you enjoy your morning coffee from your room’s private terrace.
If you’ve got energetic older kids, why not join in exciting activities in the main pool such as water aerobics? A healthy family works out together!
While the kids are having fun on their own, why not enjoy some quiet couple time with your partner at the adults-only oceanfront infinity pool? It even comes with a swim-up bar, so grab some cocktails and rekindle that romance with just the two of you, even if it’s just for a few hours!
As the sun begins to set, head to the S.K.A.I Beach Club and grab a pizza or two, while you watch the skies turn into hues of orange, pink and violet. We could not resist their Mojito Fantastico – a concoction of strawberries, lime and a dash of mint!
If your little ones are still not tired, they would have discovered these fun water slides in the kids’ pool, where they can splash around safely. Or bring them to the resort’s Wolly Kids Club and Games Centre, where they will be entertained with a variety of activities for the day.
Then, head to The Spa for more me-time, or if you can’t bear to leave your little ones behind any longer, there’s mother-and-daughter treatments too! Don’t miss the cooking classes (sign the little ones up for the kids’ version – they get to make pizza and decorate cupcakes!) or even the free morning yoga classes! So much to do, so little time!
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2. Unrivalled sunset views at one of Bali’s most hip beaches – Double Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak
Featuring an incredibly long swimming pool, and views that are hard to beat, Double Six beach is the place to be for those who want to relax and enjoy the sunset.
Carefully chosen music plays in the background while you enjoy your moments at peace, dipping your toes in the pool to relieve your body from the heat as you graciously sip on a cold beer.
Double Six is an area that has so many diverse cafes/dining venues, but if you’re feeling like you don’t want to move from your fabulous spot, the Lagoon Bar next to the swimming pool has you covered!
In addition to an adult pool, the little ones also have their own little enclave, a pool that they can play in and not bother you, but where they can also enjoy the views.
3. Extra pampering right by the ocean – Alila Seminyak
Situated right on Seminyak Beach, Alila Seminyak is a 5-star resort where you can wake up to the stunning views of the Indian Ocean from your private balcony and the sound of the waves crashing against the shore.
Room interiors are decorated in a contemporary Balinese style, with handcrafted furnishings and luxurious amenities. You’ll have everything you need to relax and unwind, including a plush king-size bed, a flat-screen TV, and a rain shower in the bathroom.
One of the highlights of your stay will undoubtedly be the resort’s stunning infinity pool, which stretches out towards the ocean. After a dip, you can lounge on one of the cabanas and soak up the sun.
If you’re looking for some extra pampering, be sure to visit the resort’s Spa Alila. Here, you’ll find a wide range of treatments and therapies designed to rejuvenate your mind and body. Choose from massages, facials, and body wraps, all using natural and organic products.
After a day of relaxation and exploration, get ready for a delicious meal at their oceanfront restaurant, Seasalt, which is known for their luxurious (and delicious!) seafood. Dine al fresco on the terrace as you watch the sunset over the ocean – the perfect end to therapeutic and relaxing day by the beach.
4. Groove it up beachfront with a wow factor – W Bali Seminyak
If you are familiar with W Hotels’ funky style and wow factor, W Bali Seminyak will delight you with its luxurious beachfront location where you can unwind with dramatic ocean views.
Our stay at W Bali Seminyak was one of our most memorable experiences in Bali, and one of our favourite is their tiered oceanfront infinity pool, where you can rent a floatie or chill right on their giant floating bean bags. You can even hear groovy beats from Woobar from the pool’s edge!
When the sun sets, make sure you secure a good spot either at the pool or at one of their comfy gazebos on the beach. Add on a cocktail or mocktail and you’ll have a perfect sundown experience.
Also, don’t miss their Sunday brunch at their beachside restaurant, Starfish Bloo. Dig into fresh seafood and a colourful array of international cuisine, ranging from Indian, Chinese, to Japanese and more.
And the most unforgettable experience is a pampering session at their AWAY Spa, which you shouldn’t miss if you love a good spa like we do! Besides their soothing massages (which is very different from the usual Balinese massages you find on the streets), their spa experience also comes with a hot tub, steam room, oxygen room and cold plunge pool!
After the spa, you can chill at their relaxing area where you’ll be served juice and fruits, as well as take a relaxing shower at their grooming room (which comes with all sorts of makeup and hair products too)!
Read all about our experience at W Bali Seminyak here.
5. Enjoy one of the best areas in Bali with this incredible stay – FuramaXclusive Ocean Beach Seminyak
FuramaXclusive Ocean Beach Seminyak lets you enjoy the hip beachtown of Seminyak – it is family-friendly like no other! Now, of course, one of the best features of this place is the pool. Meandering through the different buildings, it almost feels as though you’re swimming in the canals of Venice!
If you’re feeling a little worn out though, the massive waterpark will keep them busy! Decked out with a multicoloured slides, endless places to climb, and a steady flow of fountains, it’s a literal child haven.
With Double Six beach just a simple hop over the street from it, and an endless row of gourmet restaurants next to it, there’s really nothing else you need during your stay in Bali.
A quick walk down the road takes you to all the souvenir shops you can imagine, massage parlours are plentiful, and anything else you may find yourself wondering about is merely a short taxi ride away!
6. Slide into family fun! – Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa
Are you planning a funtastic family vacation? Hoping to get a little luxury at a great price, without compromising the necessary creature comforts? You won’t need to look much further than Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa.
Located only minutes’ walking distance from both Kuta and Seminyak, families can venture into these renowned districts for a wide range of restaurants and shops. If you’re travelling with kiddos, the 1000-square-meter hotel pool area is a perfect place to laze away your afternoon.
This consists of a main pool with two large water slides, a toddler pool, and even a lagoon-style pool that mimics a real beach, complete with white sand and sun loungers.
You’ll find the perfect getaway you’ve been looking for in the Superior Family Room – these spacious rooms comfortably accommodate families of four with two interconnected rooms. If you have young kids, you’ll be pleased to know that all guests under 12 can stay for free!
At the colourful Cening Kids Club, under the supervision of nurturing English-speaking staff, your kids can enjoy movie time, reading, and have lots of fun with a range of toys. If you have slightly older kids, dabbling in Balinese arts and crafts is also a great way to spend an afternoon!
And we all know – happy kids translates to a happy family holiday!
7. Fun family vacation for all ages – Montigo Resorts Seminyak
We know that family vacations are different for all of us but one common criteria we look out for is certainly “FUN!” Another one would be “pool and beach”! These are ultimate saviours when you have children in tow.
Montigo Resorts is ideal for all ages to enjoy, complete with an expansive pool and the beach is just a 7-minute walk away.
Contemporary coastal design is the spotlight at this resort, which also features a welcoming Kids Club for times when you need to enjoy some couple time without the little ones!
With various rooms options with good offers for families, we recommend going for their Deluxe Family Suites, which is designed to provide a space where everyone can come together and have those heart-to-heart chats before bedtime.
And you can be ensured that privacy is at its utmost, so enjoy your family time!
For couples and families who prefer privacy in the heart of town
8. Indulge in a romantic flower bath in the pool: Bajra Bali Villa
Imagine this – it’s midnight and you’re dipping your toes in a fragrant flower bath illuminated by the moonlight, not just in the bathtub but your private pool! And your loved one is there, right by your side. The magic of the night makes you both feel the world is yours and yours only.
Bajra Bali Villa is a true oasis of peace, providing all the privacy and comfort you deserve. It shares its name with a monument in Denpasar, Bajra Sandhi, which resembles a priest’s prayer bell and commemorates the Balinese struggle for independence.
The mono pool villa includes a two-meter-square bed, a lavish en-suite bathroom with a bathtub and a well-equipped kitchen with a dining area. The poolside deck was made for slow and lazy days by the pool – well, we are sure you will know what to do!
9. You are sure to get luxe and privacy at this villa – The Akasha Luxury Villas
If your ideal vacation includes a generous serving of peace and quiet, a dash of cosmopolitan sizzle with a whole lot of luxury sprinkled on top, you just can’t go wrong with The Akasha Luxury Villas.
Akasha offers exclusive luxury with 12 stunning villas located a hop and skip from the beach and mere minutes from the world-class dining and shopping of Seminyak, while still offering an authentic feel of Balinese tranquility away from the crowds.
For the ultimate pampering experience, choose their two-bedroom villa with private pool and jacuzzi, which comes with a decadent outdoor jacuzzi tub.
After soaking in all the healing vibrations of Bali in the alfresco tub, sneak off for an afternoon nap in the beautiful bale.
Akasha’s villas are the perfect choice for anyone looking for that added bit of privacy and independence during their stay in Bali. But that doesn’t mean that you have to do without any of the perks of a luxury resort. There’s also a luxe spa which treats guests to healing treatments in the privacy of your very own villa.
10. Slip right into the lagoon outside your room at Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa Hotel – By Astadala
Imagine being able to slip into the pool from your front door.
That’s what you get when you stay in the Lagoon Villa at Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa Hotel, which is just a short distance from the Seminyak Beach.
Rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated with modern furnishings and local artwork.
The spa is also a must-visit, offering a variety of massages and treatments to soothe and rejuvenate your mind and body.
11. A hidden paradise in the heart of Seminyak – New Pondok Sara Villas
Get ready to fall in love all over again, not just with your partner, but this time – with a dreamy hidden villa that goes by the name New Pondok Sara.
As soon as you come into the lush pathway that leads to double doors, there’s no denying that tranquil and romantic atmosphere. Step right into the quaint property where gorgeous villas are waiting with their decent pools, private terraces and a tropical landscaped garden.
Most favoured by couples, this villa offers a romantic staycation of your dreams with easy access to Seminyak too! Just 10 minutes away from the beach and Central Seminyak, it’s a combination of romance and play at its best.
Just be careful not to fall in love with the staff too. From delivering your selected breakfast and rushing to fulfil your every need, the service here will have you feeling more pampered than you’ve ever been. Time to buck up, other half!
12. Secluded but close enough to all the action – Hu’u Villas Bali
Calling all party-goers who love a luxurious stay – here’s a pick for you!
Hu’u Villas is a fine collection of private and exclusive villa options. Between their loft, villa or penthouse, it is an interior designer’s dream come true with minimal but modern design.
It is so easy to love your vacation when you are staying at a place like Hu’u Villas as it is located near the beach and each villa is equipped with a private swimming pool so you don’t get disturbed by other guests when you want to start the day with some swim laps.
Planning a long night out to discover Seminyak’s incredible night scene? Hu’u Villas at your rescue; supper club snacks are available long after midnight for when you get back feeling hungry for munchies and breakfast is served till 11am for those days you decide to sleep in!
13. Feel like a mermaid at this Water Villa – Villa Laksmana Hideaway 2
Do you love water? Is soaking in cool calm water your favourite pastime, and you wish you were born a mermaid?
If so, you’ll love this exotic water villa, one of the rare villas you’ll find in Bali that’s completely surrounded by water.
In fact, the first thing that greets you upon entering the villa is the pool!
You also get two huge comfy beanbags for nights when you just want to soak your feet in the water and admire the starry night sky.
14. High-end Japanese feels in Bali – The Seiryu Villas
Now you can experience Japanese luxury in the heart of Bali with local hospitality.
Japan is no stranger to the lap of luxury and nowhere else does villa like Bali so here’s the perfect mix of a luxury villa stay!
From the entrance of the lobby to the interior of your villa, you can enjoy Japanese minimalist design and peacefulness…
As a guest, you can also enjoy an in-villa kitchenette, along with other multiple dining options in the area (if you ever decide to step out, because why would you since meals can be served to your villa!).
Each villa is equipped with a private pool and terrace where you can lounge in your Yukata-style kimono before indulging in some of their relaxing spa treatments – you are here to enjoy a relaxing sanctuary offering recipes made from local herbs and spice aromatic oils.
15. Awaken your inner Yogi at Blue Karma Dijiwa Seminyak
If you are looking for an escape from the Seminyak buzz and awaken your inner yogi, Blue Karma is your oasis.
Although located in the heart of Seminyak, this yoga retreat offers you a Balinese-village experience. You will be able to experience for yourself how ceremonies and commercial areas blend into one harmonious neighbourhood.
During your yoga retreat, you will enjoy yoga classes ar their Oasis Yoga Studio. Breakfast buffet every day with free access to the gym for your entire stay!
Your Balinese experience will not be complete without a massage. That’s why Blue Karma spoils you with a daily 60-minute massage with the choice of Balinese, Deep Tissue, or Hot Stones during your retreat. Why not each type of massage for each day?
You will also be served with complimentary tea and cakes. If you feel like hitting the Seminyak Beach, they also have a buggy service for you!
16. Comfortable villa-living 5 minutes’ walk to the beach – BVilla Seaside
As you enter Bvilla Seaside, you’ll be struck by its traditional Balinese roof and charming exteriors, while Its interior is a spacious, open-plan living area where sunlight floods in in the morning.
Tastefully decorated, with comfortable furnishings and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, you’ll love spending time chilling in the living area which is just right by the outdoor private pool! So on warmer days, you can simply slip into the water for a refreshing dip!
When you’re tired of spending time in the water, the sunbeds around the pool are perfect for an afternoon snooze or simply relaxing with a good book.
The fully equipped kitchen is also perfect for preparing meals or hosting dinner parties.
BVillas Seaside is perfect for those who want to stay near the beach (just 5 minutes’ walk away!) yet still near the action in Seminyak! You can walk out to popular restaurants such as Motel Mexicola, Neon Palms and Shrimpis.
17. Find your luxury life balance here – Equilibria Seminyak
With an objective to help you find your balance in life while on vacation, this special accommodation in Seminyak is known to be a wellness retreat for your every need!
From comfortable and sustainable bed linens to nutritious meals and carefully curated spa treatments, Equilibria Seminyak is where all your senses align to reach a perfect state of peace and equilibrium – the perfect escape for that mid-year slump!
Indeed, a stay at Equilibria is much more than comfortable beds and hot showers – they are conscious about your health and wellbeing by providing unique experiences that are peppered with incenses of romance, pampering, senses, nutrition, wellness and sustainability.
With all of these set in balance and in perfect state, you are sure to make the most out of your vacationand leave feeling energized!
Besides movie nights in the main pool, they are also known for their digital butlers, 24-hour in-villa dining and unique villa experiences. Equilibria is the place to be in order to recover from your yearly accumulated stress while you unplug in a unique accommodation.
Pool or waterfall villa? You get to choose what would be best to recharge and relax your mind. Start saving, it will be worth it!
For travellers who are looking for clean, decent stays on a budget!
18. A stylish nature escape within the city – Grandmas Plus Hotel Seminyak
Grandmas Plus Hotel Seminyak is another hotel that will dominate your Instagram feed.
The hotel perfectly embodies some of the more natural elements of the tropical island to ensure an ultimate relaxing holiday – an uber-cool accommodation option at backpacker prices!
The hotel has a strong reputation for providing excellent guest service, with their overly-appraised staff, but also for all their comfortable amenities and facilities.
A bare 5-minute walk brings you to the beach while the stay is surrounded by amazing food options and shops. For breakfast, you surely don’t want to miss Grandma’s banana pancakes – a favourite of every guest staying over.
This unbeatable budget option also features a pool and offers comfortable rooms with reasonable space – enough to feel cozy and intimate after enjoying their live band and happy hour!
Not least, go for a nice massage at the hotel – it’s a good deal considering that you’ll be pampered by the spa’s attentive staff, and rates are more affordable than the surrounding massage places!
Note: Bicycle and scooter rentals are also available!
19. Act cool at this quirky, funky and fun stay – Tijili Seminyak Hotel
When it comes to creativity and design in Indonesia, you can expect much of it displayed in Bali’s hotels and cafes!
If you’re one aesthetically conscious traveller looking for a budget option to please your eyes and soul, here’s where you should be heading to while in Seminyak because Tijili Seminyak Hotel feels and looks like an art exhibition with its colourful interiors and furnishings!
Tijili Seminyak Hotel offers a fun and funky atmosphere with tons of Instagram opportunities, while conveniently located near restaurants, bars and shops – only a few minutes away from your daily essentials!
Don’t forget to check out their restaurant – many have raved that they serve an excellent breakfast and delicious chicken skewers (Sate Ayam). The staff is also very attentive and dedicated to making your holidays memorable – they’ll even go the extra mile for vegetarian guests!
When you are finally ready to call it a night, the comfortable, cozy rooms are the perfect sanctuary for a well-deserved rest after a long day out at the beach!
20. Your stylish budget loft living – Petitenget 501
Petitenget 501 offers uber-chic accommodation options at super affordable prices so you can brag about your stay and make your friends jealous, without breaking the bank!
This real bargain is located in the heart of Seminyak Square with plenty of restaurants and shops just around the corner while the beach is only a 7-minute walk away.
The property encompasses different loft options, with the Studio Loft being the most affordable pick – a spacious room that comes with an en-suite bathroom and a fully-equipped kitchenette, the perfect staycation for two!
21. You’ll find everything at your doorstep here – Lotus Tirta Seminyak
Lotus Tirta is located on Jalan Drupadi, which could very well be one of the best locations to stay in Seminyak.
The rooms are modern with traditional accents, and are thankfully clean and comfortable.
With the pool access rooms on the ground floor, simply slide open the glass doors of your room to get to the pool.
Of course, don’t forget to close the curtains when you’re changing in the room, or simply want some privacy. A good thing about Lotus Tirta is that it’s approximately 700 meters from Seminyak Beach, and there are many interesting cafes and places that can be reached with just a short walk!
If you’re interested, there are several rooms you can choose according to your needs; a room for two, or 2 and 3 bedroom villas when you are traveling with family or friends.
Doesn’t this sound just like the perfect hidden gem of a stay?
22. Cutting-edge architecture: Ize Seminyak
With a futuristic design, Ize Seminyak is a hip urban hotel in Bali’s most exciting neighbourhood, where you can find many interesting bars and restaurants along Jalan Kayu Aya.
It’s located just minutes away from the Seminyak beach, perfect for those who are seeking beach, surf and sun. If you are staying at the Deluxe Pool room, you will be able to slip into the pool from a side door directly from your room.
Ize Seminyak also has a rooftop infinity pool where you can just lounge in and watch the clouds drift by.
If you’re looking for nightlife, you’ll love their Bar 68. Stepping into it is like stepping into Prohibition-era New York. You’re transported back to the 1920s, with its brick walls, oversized leather armchairs, vintage lamps and Persian rugs.
Come here for cocktails and live music!
Have you found your dream villa or resort where you can be near the beach AND all the action in Seminyak? Let us know if there’s any accommodation options we missed!