Written by Beverley Lennon
Anyone you go to for advice on where to stay in Bali will most likely direct you to its hippest district – Seminyak, but you know what no one tells you? Where the heck in Seminyak. The area is vast, covering a multitude of streets, each with a different vibe, so how on earth are you supposed to decide?!
Now, if just like me you don’t drive or at least don’t intend on taking the risk of doing so in Bali, then chances are that all your precious money will be spent on e-hailing apps to go around cafes, spas and other attractions.
But don’t despair, I’ve found the best solution to this and it is – Bali’s Eat Street. This stretch in Seminyak is filled with trendy shops, hipster cafes, cheap massage parlours, lively bars and you can find affordable stays that are located within walking distance so you can skip on having to rent a bike with driver and simply walk out from your hotel and poof… you’ll be right in the middle of the action!
Where to stay in Seminyak: 20 Hotels/ Villas/ Resorts where you can enjoy Bali’s hippest area with trendiest shops, restaurants beaches and more!
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Note: The prices reflected below are 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. How about staying right in a mall? – Seminyak Square Hotel
If Seminyak Square Hotel isn’t convenient enough for you, then I don’t know what will. From here, you simply have to step out of your room to be among a row of cafes, shops and stalls! That means, you get to go down your hotel for a delicious breakfast at Bali’s cutest cafes and you won’t miss on the parties at the ever-so-popular La Favela as it is just a short 8-minutes walk from the hotel!
Now, we have to confess that the rooms here are nothing fancy, rather they’re where you’ll feel at home – especially good for those of you who plan on spending the whole time out and only looking for a place to get some sleep at the end of the day.
This is a good option if you’re travelling with family and friends and just want some me-time at the end of the day – while they enjoy the comfort of the room or a dip in the pool, you can take a leisurely walk along the lively street and stop by dessert spots and massage parlours too!2. Check into an oasis in the bustling coastal town – Room & Vespa 1
Now, if you’re willing to explore further than where your stay is located and are keen to drive; do not miss on Room & Vespa – the new and unique concept offering guests a splendid self-contained suite, a shared swimming pool, and the option of a Vespa scooter to go with it; how cool is that? You can now avoid getting scammed by scooter rental shops as well!
The stay is conveniently located next to Seminyak Village and you’ll simply have to cross over to check out one of Seminyak’s best cafes – Sisterfields; the ideal spot for brunch, while the restaurant next door, BO$$MAN welcomes you until 4am, after your wildest nights hopping from one bar to the next!
3. You can even get in-villa massages here! – Origin Seminyak
There are affordable hotels that come basic, but then there’s Origin Seminyak – one that has perks fit for the VIPs! I mean, in-villa massage? And for an affordable price too! Now it seems that you’ll barely even have to step out of your stay!
Still located in Seminyak’s most fashionable area, at Origin Seminyak you’ll be served with Nordic minimalist interiors and their most affordable option does not disappoint! A one-bedroom studio situated on the upper level, with a private rooftop garden and even a jetted bathtub!
And as the stay partners up with OrcaNation, a PADI five star diving centre, you can even choose to kick off your beginner lesson in the comfort of your private pool at the villa (that is if you opt for a private pool villa option).
For advanced divers who want to explore Bali’s surrounding waters and marine life, an OrcaNation instructor will collect you from Origin Seminyak with all of the required equipment and take you to an OrcaNation dedicated dive partner in either Nusa Penida / Nusa Lembongan across the channel in Southern Bali, or at the stunning USAT Liberty shipwreck in Tulamben!
If you ask me, Origin Seminyak vows at not just being any stay but rather a destination in itself!
4. If you’re here for the party – d’primahotel Seminyak
What’s better than being able to simply step out of your room and walk over to one of Bali’s best party spots? d’primahotel Seminyak is located just opposite Motel Mexicola. It’s the ideal spot to base yourself if you’re here for wild nights with your best friends!
Now, if you’re looking for a quiet little abode, away from the action of the main street, then this isn’t for you. In fact, it can get pretty noisy but if that’s your kind of scene, you’re in for an absolute deal!
The rooms at d’primahotel Seminyak are known to be comfortable, equipped with a balcony and some of them have direct pool access (that is if you’re willing to splurge a little more). Besides all of what’s waiting outside, you’ll also get to enjoy the convenience of having a spa, restaurant, room service and they also organise traditional Balinese cooking classes right within the property.
5. 2 minutes walk to the beach, 5 minutes walk to cafes! – Amerta Seminyak
Make yourself at home when you check into Amerta Seminyak; the boutique hotel is conveniently located a few minutes walk from the beach, as well as the row of cafes and shops along Bali’s Eat Street (Jalan Kayu Aya).
This is a good option if you prefer being real close to the beach and its laid back vibe, without being too far from the action of the main street. Take a leisurely stroll of 2 minutes and reach up to Kayu Aya Beach, laze the day away and at lunch time you won’t struggle to find a quality restaurant to eat at as you’ll simply have to walk for a short 5 minute to reach Jalan Kayu Aya – known as Bali’s first area that cemented the food culture! My personal recommendation would be to check out Revolver Espresso; an almost speakeasy cafe!
Convenient location aside, Amerta Seminyak comes with all your necessary comforts – you’ll find a pool and restaurant, while previous guests have highlighted about the spacious rooms and hospitable staff.
6. Do you have outdoor bathroom goals? – Mutiara Bali Boutique Resort Villas & Spa
Comfortable rooms, suitable location and affordable prices are what define Mutiara Bali as a convenient stay. It does not have much in terms of quirky designs but we’d choose this location over anything, anytime!
It seems that you don’t always have to fork out a big amount of money to enjoy being in the lively and hippest district of Bali. Being here also means you get your whole influx of hipster cafes, picture-perfect breakfast spots, fun and exciting bars, cute bohemian-style shops as well as a quirky market to stock on Bali-style maxi dresses.
There’s no way you can go wrong with Mutiara Bali; whether you’re staying in a room or opt to upgrade to a private pool villa. You’ll also find a restaurant, spa and gym for your every vacation need!
7. Head up to the roof for a glorious pool – U Paasha Seminyak
The suites and penthouse at U Paasha Seminyak come with modern contemporary style and the latest trends exhibited in every corner of your stay.
Its prime location offers easy access to Seminyak’s most sought-after shops and restaurants, but what intrigues us most is its rooftop pool and bar, where you can enjoy views of the forever changing skies at sunset time!
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Lounge in one of the comfortable sunbeds or get cozy on a bean bag while sipping on cocktails and munching on their nibbles.
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In addition to the rooftop pool and bar, U Paasha Seminyak also features a restaurant. Head over to Alcove for breakfast, lunch and dinner and indulge in nutritious and healthy cuisine, with a hint of Balinese style – resident chef Taskara Maguna will make sure to set a party in your mouth with an explosion of flavours!
How can you make your stay a tad bit special? Look out for their U Choose Programme – you get to decide on your choice of pillow, soap, tea selection, minibar items as well as iPod music and DVD selections, prior to your arrival!