SMART GUIDE SEMINYAK

SLEEPING

Anantara Seminyak (bali.anantara.com)
Jl. Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura)
+62 361 737773
Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa in Bali is a luxury beachfront property that fuses top notch Thai hospitality with a laid back, Balinese atmosphere. The 60 spacious suites are decorated in dark wood and Italian marble, and most of them have an oceanfront terrace featuring a private tub. The comfy living area, decorated in earthy tones, as well as the ample bathroom outfitted with all the amenities you might need, will make you feel right at home (an probably never want to leave!).

The infinity pool is the perfect spot to while away the hours, between a Spa session and a private surf lesson with Tropic Surf (beginner to advanced), but the best experience you can have while staying at the Ananatara is witnessing an unforgettable sunset from the hip rooftop bar, SOS.
Price Guide: Medium

EATING

Sardine (sardinebali.com)
Jl. Petitenget No. 21
A stunning restaurant with an incredible ricefield view, Sardine focuses on homegrown produce -especially organic veggies- and seafood. While dinners are super romantic, choosing to go during the day will allow to take some amazing pictures and stroll in the rice fields.
Price Guide: Medium

Petitenget (petitenget.net)
Jalan Petintenget 40x
Seriously delicious food, a fabulous courtyard, and great tunes – especially on Fridays – there’s no wonder this restaurant is always packed. A must is the Slow braised Balinese pork belly, followed by an heavenly Hot Chocolate Souffle. Open from breakfast to dinner it serves a great brunch of bagels and eggs too.
Price Guide: Medium

Cafe Bali
Jalan Laksmana (aka eatstreet)
As hipster as Seminyak can get, Cafe Bali interior is grandma-cool meets ethnic glam. A whitewashed cottage serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this hotspot, located in the central Jalan Laksmana, is well known for its great cocktails and yummy dimsums but you can spend a few good hours on the cozy sofas sipping coffees and indulging in naughty desserts.
Price Guide: Low

Sea Circus
22 Jalan Kayu Aya
Open for breakfast and lunch, Sea Circus has some of the best coffee in town. A great gathering spot serving some delicious smoothies and sandwiches, as well as healthy salads. Their signature drinks are share concotions served in vintage milk bottles. Try Pow Wow (gin, lychee liquor, pineapple juice and ginger powder) or Holiday Pash (tequila, watermelon juice, mint, peach liquor and passion fruit juice)We’re not sure whether it’s the fun interiors, the food, or the quirky words of wisdom you get with every cappuccino – but we can’t get enough of this place.
Price Guide: Low-Medium

Motel Mexicola (motelmexicolabali.com)
Jalan Kayujati 9X
Just for its decor, this place is a must: a retro, seemingly peyote-induced mix of kitshy 1960s Acapulco decor, candles, Virgin Mary shrines, psychedelic tiles and vintage graffiti. The food hits the spot as well: try the Tacos de Pescado Asado, possibly accompanied by a spicy Margarita Verde, with cucumber and red chili.
Price Guide: Low-Medium

Biku
Jalan Raya Petitenget 888
Tel: +62 361 8570888
Daily: 8am – 11pm
Without doubts, Biku is THE spot for high tea in Seminyak: everyone knows it and loves it. The set high tea menu comes with scones, finger sandwiches, a selection of sweet treats, and tea. Best to call a few days in advance for a reservation.

SHOPPING

Drifter (driftersurf.com)
Jalan Kayu Aya No 50, Oberoi
A one stop shop for all your surf gear, from bikinis to boards, but also wax and sunscreen: this store has it all. And when you get tired from all the shopping you can stop at their great cafè for a drink and quick bite.
Price Guide: Medium

Carga
Jalan Petitenget 886
A lovely homewares boutique, where to buy great gifts for just about anyone. From candles to locally designed ceramics, Carga is ethnic chic at its best.
Price Guide: Low-Medium

Dandelion
Jalan Basangkasa, No. 28
Dandelion is one of the cutest kids stores in the whole island,ranging from babies right up to ten years old. Born in Bali in 2008, Dandelion’s clothes and accessories are all handmade in in Indonesia.

GATHERING

WooBar at W Hotel (wretreatbali.com)
Jalan Petitenget
The coolest place to take it from day to night, Woo Bar is located next to Potato Head Beach Club in The W Retreat and Spa. Lounge on the oversized couches overlooking the expansive pool. When the music is turned up and the sun starts to set, head to the dance floor overlooking the ocean below.
Price Guide: Medium

Revolver
Jalan Kayu Aya No 3, Oberoi
0361 788 4968
Daily: 8am – 5pm
A petite, laid-back cafe, perfect for a hearty breakfast to cure the worst of hangovers, Revolver is quite hard to find if for those not in the know. The best way to get in is by going through ‘This is a Love Song’ or ‘Home’ stores. Don’t let the small space fool you, here they serve arguably the best coffee in Seminyak.
Price Guide: Low

Potato Head Beach Club (ptthead.com)
Jalan Petitenget
A U-shaped restaurant and bar with an infinity pool overlooking Seminyak’s beautiful beach, styled with the coolest Balinese vintage designs. You can hit Potato Head during the day to lounge on the beach, while sipping on one of their infamous cocktails. Stay on to enjoy a fabolous sunset followed by dinner and then… dance dance dance!
Price Guide: Low-Medium

La Plancha
Jalan Pantai
La Plancha can be spotted thanks to its brightly colored cushions thrown on the beach with matching umbrellas. The perfect place for a relaxed afternoon at the beach with tapas, beer and a beautiful sundown!
Price Guide: Low-Medium

Ippolito
Jalan Lebak Sari No 7
The latest in the new crop of espresso bars in Seminyak, Ippolito is a cool spot to enjoy a relaxing afternoon with friends with drinks and yummy homemade desserts. It shares the location with Mase a gorgeous poolside restaurant.
Price Guide: Low

 

Text and photos by Carlotta Cavallari

  • Jenn

    Stayed at the Anantara and loved it too (and Sea Circus is unmissable!)

  • iule

    Fabulous sunset at Potato Head!