The best things to do in Seminyak highlight what Bali’s most sophisticated and upscale beach resort area has to offer. Among the top draws are its beautiful beaches and places offering chilled-out vibes. Compared to the likes of Ubud, there’s not a huge number of things to see and do here, but there are some fun, family-friendly attractions to enjoy.

    Despite humble beginnings, Seminyak is now a very modern part of Bali. Even so, among the glitz and glamor of the boutique shopping streets and fine-dining restaurants are some traditional touches like Petitenget Temple. If you’re looking for something to do between sunbathing sessions on some of Bali’s most beautiful beaches, you’ll find a good selection of distractions here.

    What are the best things to do in Seminyak?

    Located on the west coast of the southern region of Bali, to the north of Kuta and south of Umalas, Seminyak Beach is relatively quiet during the day. Its cool, sunny and breezy ambience provides a great place for hanging out with your friends, kite flying, sunbathing or swimming. 

    Be sure to check the red flags displayed by lifeguards indicating a ‘No-Swim Zone’ before you jump into the ocean, though. Surfing in certain areas of the beach is allowed and you can rent boards at the beach for the same price as in Kuta.

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    Location: Seminyak, Badung, Bali, Indonesia

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    Petitenget Temple is Seminyak’s central cultural landmark. Known as Pura Petitenget in the local tongue, the centuries-old temple is a must-see and really comes to life during its festive 210-day anniversaries. The name of the street that runs parallel to the beach is actually taken from the temple. The namesake Petitenget Beach is only a few steps away from the temple, where visitors and locals enjoy the best spots to share in the gorgeous sunset moments.

    Another temple sits beside the main courtyard, named Masceti Ulun Tanjung Temple. Local villagers pray here for protection against famine and disease.

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    Location: Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, Badung, Bali, Indonesia

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    Double Six Beach is a half-kilometer stretch of golden-white sand that’s part of the whole length of Seminyak Beach. The beach connects the northernmost strip of Legian (Blue Ocean Beach) to Seminyak’s southernmost beachfront at The Oberoi Bali resort (often referred to simply as Oberoi Beach). 

    Part of Jalan Double Six (also known as Jalan Arjuna) runs parallel the beach. One of Legian’s main beachside streets, it’s lined with hip bars and restaurants.

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    Location: Jalan Double Six, Seminyak, Badung, Bali, Indonesia

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    Echo Beach is one of Bali’s most popular surf spots. The nickname – taken from the beach club there – overshadows its local name of Pantai Batu Mejan, after the significant Balinese Hindu sea temple nearby.

    Echo Beach has become one of the most popular of the nearby beaches because of its advanced reef breaks, 180-degree seascape and sunsets. There’s also an array of delicious seafood cafés set on a high vantage point, from where to enjoy it all. The beach is clean and well-kept, and it’s a great place to chill with a laid-back vibe, great views, and delicious seafood.

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    Location: Jalan Pura Batu Mejan, Canggu, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

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    A good way to enjoy Bali’s beautiful scenery is by horseback riding along the beaches of Canggu and Seminyak and through the lush rice terraces of nearby Kerobokan. Accompanied by a professional guide, you can ride all the way up to Canggu from Seminyak over the course of a few hours.

    Horse-riding tours are provided by several stables in the area, which offer a selection of disciplines and size of mounts to suit your skill level and to give you a truly enjoyable riding experience. If you’re staying in Bali with your loved one, it could be a romantic activity just before sunset.

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    Spas in Seminyak

    Bali has developed into one of the top spa destinations in Asia, and there’s a virtually endless supply of spa choices in Seminyak. There’s no excuse not to pamper yourself with a rejuvenating Balinese massage, Balinese boreh body scrubs or creative signature treatment tailored to your needs by a professional therapist. Every spa facility offers unique treatments that are worth exploring.

    A few notable spa facilities along Jalan Raya Seminyak, Kunti and Laksmana to check out include the Moroccan-themed Prana Spa, Chill Reflexology, Espace Spa and Jari Menari Massage Center. The name of the last one in that list, where all the masseuses are male, literally means ‘dancing fingers’, so it’s no wonder they won an award for their 4-hand massage treatment.

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    Seminyak Beach surfing

    For intermediate surfers who want to find a quieter beach to enjoy surfing with fewer competitors, the beaches in Seminyak include some great options. The beach is cleaner than Kuta and there are fewer beachside hawkers.

    The waves can be double the size of Kuta and are at their best in the early morning. At Petitenget Beach, you’ll get lefts and rights, with short lengths suitable for kids and beginners. There are also a few surf camps and schools in the area.

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    Balinese cooking class at The Amala

    The Balinese cooking class at The Amala is a great option if you’re up for some learning fun in local culinary arts while in Seminyak. The class is one of the great activities that both in-house and outside guests can experience at the resort. 

    Classes are held at the resort’s Bamboo Restaurant and are conducted by the resident Balinese chef, who will share their passion for the island’s heritage cuisine, including the secrets and techniques. Unlike other cooking classes, it doesn’t include trips to a fresh market – you simply put on an apron and get straight into cooking.

    Location: The Amala, Jalan Kunti I No.108, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia

    Phone: +62 (0)361 3001013

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    Berawa Beach is situated in Canggu, about 5 km from the hub of Seminyak. The beach is windy and fairly clean, with light-brown sand and is also home to the largest lagoon along the Canggu coastline.

    It’s an interesting spot for surfing and is especially good if you’re looking to avoid the crowds. That same quietness also makes it a good place for meditation, yoga and horse riding. Here, you can witness the daily life of typical fishermen who catch fish from their traditional boats, as well as enjoying peaceful sunsets from the nearby bars and chill-out spots.

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    Location: Jalan Pantai Berawa, Tibubeneng, Canggu, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

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    Petitenget Beach is named after an ancient temple nearby. It’s one of Bali’s quieter beaches, despite being quite easy to reach, since it’s located in a tranquil neighborhood. The gray sand creates a mysterious look and the peaceful atmosphere has made it into an alternate hideout venue from the crowds, where you can swim, sunbathe, jog, meditate or meander along the waterfront before sunset.

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    Location: Seminyak, Badung, Bali, Indonesia

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