Co-written by Candice Neo, Dawn Pillay, Abigail Chang and Antonia Fransiska
Foodies, are you in Bali now?
Stay in Seminyak and satisfy all your culinary cravings at “eat street”, where different restaurants and bars line up in a single street, and serve the most diverse kinds of food.
Photo(s) via Bali Pixtura, uraraa, paulathomson
Traditionally, Jalan Kayu Aya (people also call it Jalan Oberoi or Jalan Laksamana) is the eat street, but streets linked to it such as Jalan Petitenget and Jalan Raya Seminyak are lined with dining places as well.
Surprisingly, Seminyak also offers a cleaner beach with more secluded atmosphere compared to the more famous neighboring Kuta beach, where more tourists hang out.
Photo via: chinadollx, baar anka, kryzuy, Ali Farzad
You can also find high-end boutiques and art shops that sell high quality traditional specialties like batik and handicrafts, as well as luxurious villas and hotels to stay in, that also provide famous Balinese spa.
Of course, you can also find very affordable shops and accommodation.
Get in touch with the zen master in you – Le Jardin Boutique Villas
Think Seminyak is just a tad too urbanised for you? Run away to a tropical haven at Le Jardin Boutique Villas.
This is where you can enjoy all the perks of being a mere five minutes away from the best of Seminyak’s restaurants and nightlife, yet still be protected from all the hustle and bustle.
Chill out in your private villa or pool amidst never-ending greenery ✓
Enjoy a soothing time in the gorgeous rainshower ✓
Head down to the in-house spa for a relaxing massage ✓
The choices are endless! The villa’s wide variety of room choices are also sure to appeal to all types of travellers – with not just one, but two and three-bedroom villas to choose from.
You won’t have to worry about running out of space even if you’re coming with your family or friends.
Psst. You’ll even get additional perks if you book via our special link below. What’s there left to consider?
Here’s our selected list of hotels in Seminyak – from budget to luxury accommodation.
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.
1-1. Art with Heart – 7 Bidadari Hotel (From USD $25)
A modern boutique that feels like a mini bungalow with countless rooms, 7 Bidadari is within Seminyak.
If you want to explore top clubs such as Ku De Ta, Potato Head Beach Club and DeJaVu – they’re all only a 10 minute drive away!
One great (convenient) thing you should definitely note: the hotel provides transportation services to locations of up to 10km within the area for a small price.
The hotel also showcases elements of art around the property, with this beautiful art mural in the dining hall. Isn’t it great for your #ootd pictures?
1-2. Summerhome (Rooms start at USD 37)
The name Summerhome already speaks for itself.
This charming blue and white nautical themed décor will remind you of a cosy family home in the South Hamptons instead of a budget hotel.
1-3. Vintage classic amongst paddy fields – Brown Feather
Located merely 10 minutes away from the trendy Seminyak shopping and dining district, Brown Feather is a hidden gem in the up-and-coming Batu Belig area.
Your room comes with a soothing view of the windblown paddy fields.
Photo via berthalexandra
Here’s your view from the backyard.
There’s even a small garden for you to have a night-time chitchat with friends.
If you love greenery, this is exactly the place for you.
2-1. Lagoon outside your room at Villa Seminyak (From USD $71)
Imagine being able to slip into the pool from your front door.
And the water edge of the 60-metres-long lagoon is just right outside your window.
That’s what you get when you stay in the Lagoon Villa at Villa Seminyak, which is just a short distance from the Seminyak beach.
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How much closer to the sea can you get? (Pun fully intended)
2-2: Feel like a mermaid at this Water Villa – Villa Laksmana II
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.
2-3. Cutting-edge architecture: Ize Seminyak (From USD $87)
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.
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If you’re looking for nightlife, look no further at Single Malt Whiskey. Stepping into it is like stepping into Prohibition-era New York.
You’re transported back to the 1920s and Single Malt is an underground speakeasy, with its brick walls, oversized leather armchairs, vintage lamps and Persian rugs.
But the biggest draw of Single Malt Whiskey has to be the wide selection of (surprise!) whiskey.
There are 60 different types, including the rare and the vintage. Add to that the affordable prices (drinks are sold for as low as USD 10, and available by the glass), and these reasons make Single Malt a great place to hang out.
2-4. Traditional Home with Modern Luxuries: Villa Atlantis (From USD $130)
A hidden gem in trendy Seminyak, this unique villa is perfect if you and your partner seek a private space to relax in and yet want to be close to all the hip boutiques and restaurants.
The villa features a private pool, a koi fishpond, an open living area with Cable TV, fast Wifi, an Asian-style dining area by the pool and a comfortable minimalist wooden couch. It also has a fully-equipped kitchen with a bar table.
Just by stepping over a fish pond, you’ll reach the bathroom, which is decorated with fengshui-style pebbles and follows the Balinese concept of the semi-outdoors.
The air-conditioned master bedroom is upstairs, with custom-made furniture and a king-sized bed.
Much care has gone into planning every detail of the villa.
To preserve the natural look of the house, traditional Balinese shingle roofing is used. The cute loveseat sunbed is also the perfect spot to chill with your new spouse.
And guess what? On top of all these, the rate is actually inclusive of daily continental breakfast – how’s that for a bargain?
3-1. Live the fun and luxurious resort life: Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak (From USD $164)
If you’ve always been a fan of resort living where everything you need is right in the resort itself; and would love the freedom and convenience to explore central areas where the action in – Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak gives you the best of both worlds.
Whether it’s a trip with your friends, or a girls’ trip, Courtyard by Marriott’s facilities and flexible location truly gives you everything you need from leisure, to shopping and dining.
A short drive, or 10-15 minute walk to the (amazing) shopping area at Jalan Raya Seminyak and Seminyak Square, you’ll enjoy not just the shops but the lovely cafes too.
And if you want to simply laze in Courtyard by Marriott itself, go dine at Seminyak Kitchen where they serve sumptuous breakfast satisfying the palates of Asians, Americans and Europeans.
Or relax by the lagoon pool (or our favourite, knock back a few choice cocktails at the swim-up bar!).
Zanti Retreat, Courtyard by Marriott’s very own spa is also available for booking should you wish to have a good ol’ spa day with your friends.
With comfortable modern-styled rooms with a balcony, you can expect to have memorable chill chit-chat sessions with your friends here.
Ps: If you’re thinking of bringing your family along, do note that Courtyard by Marriott also provides kid-friendly amenities – a swimming pool for the kids, and a kids’ club to care for the kids when the parents are looking to have some quality couple time.
With cribs in the kids’ club, Courtyard by Marriott unlike most hotels, also accept children under 2.
3-2. The swanky one by the beach: W Retreat (From USD $270)
Built around a lagoon pool on one of the best stretches of the Seminyak shoreline, this five-storey hotel boasts a futuristic design that’s ultra modern and trendy.
You get to enjoy an eclectic collection of designer lighting, bursts of vivid colour, bright sky-lit bathrooms and even iPod docking stations.
Check out the two-bedroom Wow Suites!
The luxury suite is made up of one master bedroom, a twin bedroom, spacious living room, two bathrooms, a large balcony and on top of it all, spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and the famous Bali sunset.
And if you are all for splurging, why not stay at the Extreme Wow Suite?
This split level suite on the top floors are the loftiest in contemporary luxury.
3-3. Sailboat villas: The Layar (From USD $362)
If you seek that elusive fusion of high-tech architecture, cool design aesthetic and hot location, The Layar is sure to set your pulse racing.
The Layar, which means ‘sail’ in Indonesian, incorporates the design elements of a traditional sailboat rigging in the villas’ distinctive roofs that taper dramatically to the ground.
These iconic roofs create exciting split-level open living spaces, with curved and angled walls, topped off with contrasting natural finishes that include tropical hardwoods, marble and stone from the Indonesian archipelago.
Set within a private landscaped garden with a large swimming pool and Jacuzzi deck, each villa features huge bedrooms, a kitchen and an outdoor bathroom with a dark stone bath.
You get to choose from a range of one to four-bedroom villas.
Furniture and fittings have been entirely custom designed – modern, yet using natural materials and finishing, including teak wood, Indian stones, local palimanan stone and marble, terrazzo and rustic cotton.
The result? An organic ambience with a modern touch – timeless in style, yet relaxed and homely.
3-4. With retro touches: Luna2 (From USD $250)
Cosmic spaces for jet-setting lunatics!
Named after the first spacecraft to land on the moon in the late 1950’s, the founding group Luna2 actually has two properties in Seminyak – a studiotel and a private hotel both only steps away from the beach.
Colourful and futuristic, each of the studios bursts with character, with interiors that are a perfect blend of nostalgic modernism and playful classics such as Monopoly, Legos, and Rubiks cube.
Check out the open-plan Grand Studio rooms!
The spacious studio features plenty of lounging space on the circular sofa and large balcony overlooking the pool.
The room also comes with two flatscreen TVs with Brionvega headphones, iPad, preloaded iPod with dock, stash of board games (including Twister and Connect Four), maxibar, retro Smeg fridge, Nespresso machine, and Paul Mitchell hair products.
What more can you ask for?
You are even welcome in Luna2’s own screening room – the Lunaplex private cinema.
4-1. That little playroom: The Orchard House Seminyak (From $825 for a 4-bedroom villa)
Hidden in a small lane in the heart of bustling Seminyak lies one of Bali’s best kept secrets – The Orchard House.
This charming and elegant four-bedroom character home, with an additional bedroom that sleeps four children, has a large mature garden with lush greenery that your family will surely love.
Both you and your kids will surely enjoy this place – there’s a large garden to run around in, a 13-metre swimming pool, tree house and an abundance of toys and facilities.
The spacious air-conditioned master bedroom with its white wooden ceiling, hardwood floors, ensuite bathroom, king-size bed and library sitting area is the perfect place for you to unwind and take in the garden views.
What’s more – you get to have your kids close at hand. The children’s room can be accessed directly from the master suite.
And what wonders can you expect from the children’s bedroom (in other words, ‘playroom’)?
It’s divided by a wooden doorway – the first area is fitted out with a white bunk bed, bright pink furnishings, shelves, cupboards and play space, while an annex features two single beds with white and turquoise furnishings.
The kids would feel completely at home!
4-2. Skip over a giant chess set: Villa Sarasvati (From USD $785 for a 4-bedroom villa)
This stunning villa offers stylish tropical living, just five minutes from the surf breaks by Berawa Beach and only 15 minutes from the bustling Seminyak.
Aptly named after the Hindu goddess of knowledge, wisdom, and arts, Villa Saraswati holds true to its namesake – featuring elegant furnishings, sculptures, artwork, and antique from all over Indonesia.
But the main attraction for adults and children alike is definitely the giant chess in the gardens.
Imagine re-enacting the chess action scene of the first Harry Potter movie right here in paradise!
Bordered by a deck crafted from lovely reclaimed wood, the 20-metre lap pool is furnished with sun loungers and umbrellas.
A flat lawn extends into a magical garden, abundant with flowering trees, ancient gazebos and garden games.
At the entrance to the villa sits a self-contained multipurpose studio, unfurnished and ideal for parties.
You also get to enjoy shared facilities, such as a gym and a spa with massage room, outdoor treatment area, sauna, jacuzzi and showers.
The kids will surely roll around in happiness too – there’s a children’s playground with sandpit, Wendy house, swings and slides.
Here, you can relax on cushions in an antique balé while keeping an eye on the kids.
A delightful family trip that will definitely leave you with a sweet memories!
4-1. Century-old legend: Villa 342, Seminyak
Journey through time when you stay at Villa 342 in Seminyak.
Located along a private road just off Jalan Laksmana, Villa 342 is a one-hundred-year-old Javanese Joglo with its own compelling story – it was actually rescued from destruction in Central Java and transported to its current site piece by piece!
With four bedrooms and space for up to eight people, the villa fuses ancient luxury with modern beauty.
You can literally open your windows to stunning gardens, and experience living in an era where homes are decked with beautiful period details, such as intricate carvings, stately wooden beams and decorative antiques.
4-2. Balinese summer home: Luxury Joglo Villa, Oberoi
Snug in the luxury area of Oberoi in Seminyak, this beautiful Joglo Style Villa is an ancient home away from home.
Following a traditional joglo architectural style, such as wood paneling, beamed roofing and teak details, this villa also houses four bedrooms and bathrooms, so there’s plenty of room for eight people.
The best part? Despite its traditional decor, you don’t need to worry that you’ll have to live the traditional way, too. In fact, you can pretty much enjoy one of the best modern luxury living, with a fully-outfitted kitchen, beautiful Balinese art pieces and a private pool.