Our first destination in Bali was Seminyak. After crossing the island of Java, climbing the volcano Bromo and freaking out on the bus that took us to Bali we decided to take a few days to rest while waiting for our family who joined us a few days later for Christmas .
How to get to Seminyak?
It all depends on where you come from but usually it will be by taxi from the airport or other! Bali being more developed than Java when it comes to tourism, it will be easier but more expensive to move. For our part, as you can read on our article on the volcano Bromo we took the public bus as far as Mengwi then a taxi to the hotel (250.000 IDR or 17 € per car that we negotiated).
Where to stay in Seminyak?
Our first priority was to have a pool and be away from the nightclubs! We found the U house which met our expectations. The price is reasonable, the rooms spacious even if decent nothing. What counted was the pool and we enjoyed it. The price is 19 € / night without breakfast. A real hotel, with a real pool, it smells of Christmas holidays!
What to do in Seminyak?
We must admit that in Seminyak there is not much to do, or at least nothing cultural.
There is only one temple in the city, otherwise there are mainly beautiful shops for shopping, restaurants of all kinds (French, Italian, Greek etc …), a small market, spas to enjoy the Balinese massages and the beach. Yep, the beach except that it is specially for surfers … If you are surfer it will surely be a little paradise for you!
After a walk on the beach, stop to see the sunset with a good cocktail, we enjoyed it. The best place is around the bar La Plancha, where you will find several bars with colored poufs and pretty umbrellas!
So as you see other than relaxing, reading, preparing our itinerary for the suite and enjoying the pool we did not do much more. However we appreciated this small town, although it is true it is tourist. After the lack of comfort on the volcano Bromo, finding hotels with all the necessary comfort is priceless !! And it’s even better when you have nice little restaurants right next door!
Where to eat in Seminyak?
Big favorite for Moonlight Café, a nice cafe-restaurant where we tasted its delicious Smoothie Bowls for breakfast and a very good Balinese coffee!
Warung Kultur: just a stone’s throw from our hotel, Kultur is a small restaurant where you will find delicious Indonesian (especially Balinese) dishes and also pasta and other western dishes. Very good and cheap at all!
Warung Rumpis: Located just off the Warung Kultur, the Rumpis is a rather local restaurant where we had a very good Mie Goreng (Balinese noodles). Really cheap and they also take it away!
We enjoyed the few days we spent in Seminyak. The place is nice and quite trendy, perfect for resting and eating in good little restaurants. But we must admit we were looking forward to our family coming to start visiting the island of Bali!