If you search Bali on Google, Seminyak is one of the first recommended places to stay.
How could it not be? It has everything you could possibly need!
From restaurants, beaches, entertainment, museums and shopping malls, you will be hard pressed to be bored here..
Knowing where to stay in Seminyak is the biggest issue. With hostels, private villas and resorts – as well as your usual hotels – it’s easy to get lost, so I’ve made it simple.
Broken down into categories, you will find accommodations, things to do and more for each area!
Here you have my selections of the best places to stay in Seminyak.. Enjoy!
Double Six – For the Beach Dweller
Beaches aren’t hard to come by on this tropical island. But finding one that is comfortable, safe and easily accessible can be a challenge.
Double Six quickly became one of my favourites in the Seminyak area for the clean sand, calm(ish) ocean and the vast amount of rentable day beds.
Well-known for its sunset bars such as La Plancha, it is also a hub of local business.
There are the surf pros offering lessons, sandy beach bars made up of a cooler box and plastic chairs, and the walking beach sellers bartering massages, bracelets or even bow and arrows!
This can be off-putting for some travellers but I find the Balinese demeanor to be kind, a simple ‘tidak mau’ and they pass on by.
Centrally Located Hostel in Double Six
A capsule-style hostel in a villa setting, Karisa Mixed Pods has bright, comfortable common areas and a large garden with a pool where you can relax away from the busy streets. Spend time making friends with the other guests and exploring the town from its central location. Just a few minutes walk to the beach, you have everything you need at your fingertips.
A Private Haven in Double Six
An idyllic, modern hideaway encompassed by luscious greenery, this 3 bedroom private villa is perfectly located just a 10-minute walk to the beach. Filled with comfortable furnishings and homey amenities, it will quickly become your favourite sunny island home from home.
Beachfront Paradise in Double Six
Anantara Seminyak is a deluxe hotel residing on the beachfront of Double Six. Filled with luxurious amenities including an on-site beachfront restaurant and rooftop bar, you can enjoy Seminyak in style. Each of the private suites are a sumptuous space with ultra-lavish decor and plush furnishings.
Things To Do in Double Six –
- Wander the local market stalls for souvenirs and handmade wares
- Catch a tropical sunset from the bean bags at La Plancha Beach Bar
- Grab a delicious dinner at Anantara Resort overlooking the ocean
- Rent a daybed on the beach and spend a long day in the sun, dipping into the ocean
- Dine on some fresh sushi from Sushimi on a Friday when the dishes are only IDR20k each!
- Relax for a day at SugarSand Beach Club dining on delicious snacks and refreshing in the pool
Jl. Drupadi – The Middle Ground
Of all the Seminyak neighbourhoods, Jl. Drupadi is definitely the go-to to have easy access to everything.
Seminyak Beach is just a 4 minute drive away, Jl. Kayu Aya is a 15 minute walk and the streets are dotted with spas, mini-markets and restaurants.
The perfect middle ground between hustle and bustle, and peaceful tranquility, Jl. Drupadi is a great place to base a first-time Bali trip.
Wander the streets, enjoy a hard Balinese massage and spend an evening at the beach with a fresh coconut in hand as the sunsets – everything you could wish for for a tropical getaway.
An Affordable Central Hostel in Jl. Drupadi
If you are looking for comfortable but affordable accommodation, in the heart of Seminyak, close by to.. well, everything, then Stellar Capsules is a great option. With a range of mixed or female-only dorms, every traveller will feel safe and secure. Make new friends and explore the beautiful island together.
A Chic Island Paradise in Jl. Drupadi
An ultra-chic and beautiful place to relax and unwind from the busy streets, Villa Metisse is an island haven perfectly located in the centre of Seminyak. Breezy open-living areas, 4 sumptuous lavish bedrooms and a private pool make up your hidden paradise. A dream Bali home.
A Bright and Modern Convenient Hotel in Jl. Drupadi
A hotel is a great option for a couple, or pair of friends looking to explore Jl. Drupadi with all amenities on hand. With an on-site restaurant, shared swimming pool and terrace bar, you don’t need to go far for a good meal or tasty cocktail. Just a short walk from the beach, it is an accommodation of convenience.
Things To Do in Jl. Drupadi –
- Tuck into a delicious healthy breakfast at Kilo Bali
- Sample popular local snacks from the mini-markets
- Take a walk to Seminyak Beach passing by street markets filled with handmade goods
- Dine around the pool at The Straw Hut
- Visit Nyaman Gallery to learn about traditional Balinese art and artistic styles
- Get pampered for a the day at a Seminyak spa
Jl. Kayu Aya – Bars, Nightlife and Shopping
If you are looking for where to stay in Seminyak that has unbeatable access to restaurants, shopping and bars, look no further.. Jl. Kayu Aya – also known as Eat Street – is for you!
Hosting some of the most popular bars in Seminyak such as La Favela and Red Carpet Champagne Bar, as well as famous restaurants Salazon and The Corner House, Jl. Kayu Aya offers entertainment from morning to night.
A lavish shopping plaza, Seminyak Square sits at the end of the street accommodating both independent and branded stores where you can splash your cash.
Finally finishing up on the beachfront with ultra-luxurious beach clubs, what more could you need?
Ideal for an Extravagant Retreat in Jl. Kayu Aya
Just steps from the beach, this ultra-luxurious and lavish home is a fully-serviced secure villa in a decadent complex with round the clock security. The 4-bedroom villa is the perfect place to spend an extravagant getaway with your friends and family. You are ensured a memorable and impressive stay.
Perfectly Located for the Nightlife in Jl. Kayu Aya
Only a short walk from Jl. Kayu Aya, this spacious villa is the ultimate relaxing retreat away from the crowds of the town. One of the best places to stay in Seminyak, you have everything you need in walking distance, and the home itself is a luxurious and bright accommodation where you can forget your worries.
A Comfortable Guest House in Jl. Kayu Aya
This is the perfect in-between for those looking for an accommodation between a hostel and villa. This guesthouse has cosy private bedrooms and a large shared pool. You can relax in your own private space after a day exploring the town, or meet some of the other guests in the comfortable common areas.
Things To Do in Jl. Kayu Aya –
- Shop til you drop in independent boutiques and branded stores
- Party the night away at La Favela
- Get a ride home from Red Carpet Champagne Bar in the bottle-shaped motorbike sidecar
- Spend a decadent day luxuriating in the beach clubs along Seminyak Beach
- Explore the local markets for homemade gifts and souvenirs
- Play billiard at IZE Seminyak Hotel listening to a live band
- Grab some frozen yoghurt with some amazing sweet and fruity toppings
Petitenget – Best Area for Eating!
Petitenget has recently become one of the noteworthy Seminyak areas for its thriving choice of popular restaurants.
Dotted with trendy cafes to vegan restaurants, there is something for every craving and mood.
Fancy a delicious vegan burger? – head to Kynd.
Wanna dig into greek food? – Nostimo Greek Grill.
A party with pizza? – Da Maria!
Catering to every requirement, Petitenget is a great place to base your island escape.
Leading all the way down to Petitenget Beach, there is an unlimited choice of what to dine on. Join the crowds and explore a tasty adventure!
A Lively Central Hostel in Petitenget
A self-proclaimed party hostel, it has a bar and lively social scene on-site! Just a moment’s drive from Jl. Kayu Aya and encompassed with local warungs, you can explore Seminyak on the cheap. The bunk-beds are comfortable and clean, and there are private bedrooms available too!
Luxurious Tranquil Retreat in Petitenget
Resort life is the best, you have all the luxuries of your own private villa with the friendly unbeatable hospitality of a hotel. Peppers Seminyak is perfectly located in a quiet street in-between Petitenget and Jl. Kayu Aya. Take advantage of the peaceful lavish atmosphere for a serene getaway.
Modern and Sunny Private Villa in Petitenget
A modern and bright bohemian retreat, Villa Kaia brings a stylish touch to island life. You can escape the sun in the breezy living areas, or spend long days around the pool. On the main road, yet still remaining tranquil, you are ensured a comfortable and memorable stay.
Things To Do in Petitenget –
- Visit Petitenget Temple to learn more about the Balinese culture and religion
- Taste some delicious coffees in Expat Roaster
- Dig into a meat feast at Butcher’s Club/or for a vegan feast Kynd Community and Organic Cafe
- Play a game of mini-golf at Shooters
- Catch some of the famous DJs at Potato Head Beach Club
- Luxuriate on the sand of Petitenget Beach
- Party the night away at Mirror Lounge
- Enjoy a massage at Soham Wellness Center
- Dive off the diving platform at Mrs Sippy Pool Club to a cheering crowd
- Laze the day away at Mano Beach House
Umalas – A Peaceful Retreat
OK.. I could be biased as I have adopted Umalas as my own island hometown, but if you are looking for a central, peaceful escape – Umalas is your place!
Encompassed by luscious green rice paddy fields and still maintaining touches of real village life, it is the perfect in-between for Seminyak and Canggu.
Filled with quaint cosy cafes, local warungs and, of course, the famous Nook restaurant, it has everything you need to feel at home.
Just a short drive from both Canggu and Seminyak, it has easy access to all the action while being an escape from the crowds – I couldn’t think of a better place to relax.
Join me at my favourite cafe for a tropical breeze and ice-cold coffee.
A Thriving Stylish Hostel in Umalas
Bringing together the best of traditional Balinese and modern styles, this Seminyak hostel is a thriving social getaway where you meet other travellers and base your island adventures. Peaceful, Insta-worthy and clean, you have everything you need available for a restful stay. Just a short drive from the centre of Seminyak, escape the hustle and bustle in style.
Ultra-chic and Bright Private Villa in Umalas
A sprawling private oasis, Villa Ka has a classic Balinese style with lots of extra luxuries. Featuring numerous traditional bungalows, vast green gardens and a huge pool, it is a magnificent spot to host a yoga retreat or extravagant family escape.
Ideal Intimate Getaway for Couples in Umalas
Within a shared villa, The Nest is a cosy and intimate private room ideal for couples. You can enjoy long days exploring the town with a plush space to return to. With tropical greenery and a quaint terrace, spend early mornings dining over a delicious breakfast with your loved one before a day around the pool.
Things To Do in Umalas –
- Dine at Nook overlooking the rice paddies
- Watch the dogs playing in the water and on the agility course at The Dog Club
- Grab a cheap and tasty meal at Ma’em Restaurant offering both local and Western cuisines
- Tuck into some Churros from Tropicana Cafe
- Pamper yourself with a spa day at Aliya Spa
- Stretch it out at a yoga class
- Have a pizza party at La Casetta Italian Restaurant
I’m sure you can see why Seminyak is so popular with tourists, it has literally anything you can think of – and is just a short drive from the airport.
No matter your preferred type of accommodation, you can relax and unwind whilst being just a short walk from the amenities the town is famous for.
Once again, Umalas is very obviously my favourite of the Seminyak neighbourhoods, it is my home.. But if I had to choose somewhere else, I would love to stay in Petitenget for a getaway.
To be surrounded by such amazing food choices.. I wouldn’t know where to start!
Featured image: Villa Kaia