8 Things You Absolutely Must Experience Whilst In Seminyak
There’s plenty to see and do in Seminyak. It’s so much more than a Balinese coastal town. These are the 8 things you definitely must experience in Seminyak.
From spectacular temples to trendy art galleries, Seminyak is home to a wide array of cultural experiences that are certain to enhance your stay in Bali.
Visitors to Seminyak, a coastal area located at the southern tip of Bali, will be rewarded with an array of beautiful beaches coupled with high-end boutique shopping and magnificent sights including the must-see temples. Seminyak is both bustling and modern, and has a distinct feel that sets it apart from the rest of the island.
Here’s our top 8 experiences:
- Seminyak Beach
- Tanah Lot Temple
- Nyaman Gallery
- Eat Street
- Pura Petitenget
- Double Six Beach
- Seminyak Village
Race you to the sand? Discover Seminyak Beach
One of the most well-known beaches in Bali, Seminyak Beach stretches for over 3km and is a real treat for the eyes. With beautiful soft white sand it attracts both locals and tourists alike. It’s a great place to relax for the day and soak up the sunshine. There’s an array of beachside bars and restaurants, so grab an ice cold bottle of Bintang (the locally brewed beer don’t you know), and enjoy the laid back vibes. Be sure to stay as the day draws to a close as the sunset here is amazing and worth the wait.
Take a visit to Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot roughly translates as Land in the Sea. This ancient Hindu shrine is one of the most iconic temples in Bali. Renowned for its unique offshore setting it is widely regarded as one of the best places to see the sunset on the island. Surrounded by crashing waves the temple stands majestically on a large rock overlooking the Indian Ocean.
The temple was built to worship the god of the sea and is still frequented by praying pilgrims. The main temple is surrounded by smaller shrines, plus there’s the usual tourist facilities like restaurants and shops. If you get chance, try to time your visit around one of the cultural dances that take place regularly.
Brush up on your artistry at Nyaman Gallery
If art appreciation is your thing, we highly recommend a visit to Nyaman Gallery. This spacious gallery has been lovingly curated to include displays from both local Indonesian and international artists. It fuses together east and west, contemporary and traditional pieces.
Take your time to browse and discover photography and stylish works of art alongside intricately carved decorations and traditional artefacts. If you wish to take a piece of Bali home with you as a memory there’s a vast selection of pieces for sale.
Munch your way down Eat Street
This bustling street is fondly referred to as Eat Street due to an abundance of eateries offering up oodles of traditional Balinese cuisine for you to savour. There are so many restaurants the only difficult decision is choosing which one to eat at. Hunger pangs will strike as you see all the tasty treats and smell the scrumptious flavours in the air. As well as all the amazing food choices the street is also home to numerous shops, so it’s a great way to spend an evening browsing if you can be tempted away from the delicious food.
Another one of the famous temples in Bali worth checking out whilst in Seminyak is the 16th century Hindu temple Pura Petitenget. It’s a really important temple and still plays host to religious ceremonies throughout the year. Hidden away from the designer boutiques and stylish restaurants lies this ancient sea temple. There’s a real feeling of antiquity here with numerous shrines in the courtyard adorned with ornate offerings. The name Petitenget translates as ‘magic box’ and locals believe the temple will protect them from the sea.
Beach you to it! Check out Double Six Beach
A vibrant beach setting like no other, Double Six Beach is the ideal place to spend balmy beach days. Packed with cosy bean bags and colourful umbrellas the vibe here is laid back and chilled. Settle in for the evening, as this is another stunning scenic sunset you won’t want to miss. Grab your camera as this beauty is Insta-worthy and will have your followers hitting that like button. Lined with beach clubs and beach cafés serving up refreshing cocktails and delicious food, you might even be lucky enough to catch a live acoustic performance, making this memory all the more perfect.
Shop til you drop at Seminyak Village
A contemporary shopping experience awaits at Seminyak Village. This iconic glass structure is the first destination shopping centre of its kind to be built in Seminyak. There’s a number of well-known shops with international brands on offer, alongside local designer boutiques and galleries. Take a day trip to appreciate the full experience as there’s shops galore, plus so much more. The village also boasts regular art exhibitions, displaying the work of well-known artists and the local community. After a busy day shopping, take a well-deserved rest and a bite to eat at one of the many cafés.
The ground floor is dedicated to Indonesian gifts and has been designed with a traditional market layout. Browse the selection of unique items, we’re sure something will catch your eye!
For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle Seminyak Village is also home to Spring Day Spa where you can enjoy a traditional Balinese massage.
Let’s hit the waves
Rip-roaring waves await on the shores of Seminyak with plenty of sweet spots to participate in your favourite water-sports. The surfing opportunities are excellent so catch a wave if you can. The moderately high waves make it ideal for beginners and those with a little more experience.
Another popular water-sport on the beaches of Seminyak is kite-surfing. Wind strengths can reach 15-20 knots on a good day. Equipment is available to hire from many of the beaches and if you need an introductory guide there are plenty of experts on hand to help.
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