Seminyak’s Petitenget Beach offers a more secluded ambiance compared to its sister strands of Kuta and Legian to the south. However, after sunset a livelier nightlife scene takes over.
Chic hotels such as the W Retreat & Spa, or premier dining and entertainment venues such as Ku De Ta and the Potato Head Beach Club, have all garnered an international following.
Seminyak Beach offers a more refined resort feel compared to its neighbouring areas of Kuta and Legian, home to among the island’s best dining, nightlife and entertainment venues. Seminyak outshines the two as the island’s most prized beach resort area. Undercurrents are usually strong, and surfing is mostly for the advanced. Other activities to be had along the coast include horseback riding that starts from the Umalas stables in Canggu in the north, down to Seminyak’s Petitenget coast and Legian’s Blue Ocean Beach area. Seminyak sunsets are not to be missed, best enjoyed while chilling out with friends around the glitzy poolsides of the WooBar at the W Resort Bali, or down on the beachfront lawns of Ku De Ta or the Potato Head Beach Club.
It is hard to imagine that only ten years ago this was a distinctly separate village, and something of a backwater. Development has occurred at an astonishing pace, and as well as absorbing all green space which formerly separated Seminyak from Legian, it is now almost impossible to determine where Seminyak ends and the nearby villages of Petitenget, Umalas and Kerobokan begin
Seminyak Beach offers a more refined resort feel compared to its neighbouring areas of Kuta and Legian, home to among the island’s best dining, nightlife and entertainment venues. Seminyak outshines the two as the island’s most prized beach resort area. Undercurrents are usually strong, and surfing is mostly for the advanced.
Petitenget Beach is a continuous expanse of grey sand stretching in both directions as far as the eye can see. To the south it becomes Legian Beach and then Kuta Beach, but is noticeably quieter than both. The sunsets here are famous, and opportunites abound to mix with the glitterati who frequent the high end beach front estalilshments such as Ku De Ta. Easy access points to the beach are at the end of Jalan Dhyana Pura, and from the large public car park (Rp 2,000) between Petitenget Temple and La Luciola restaurant.
Get Around at Seminyak:
The streets of Seminyak are increasingly jammed, with Jalan Laksmana being a particular black-spot. Your best options here are to walk or rent a motorcycle/bicycle. Taxis are everywhere available for a small price. Be sure the taxi driver put on the taximeter.
Most of the lounges and clubs in Seminyak offer elegant interior designs and outdoor landscapes with green beachfront lawns and pools lined with shaded daybeds and facing the surf. Some also feature poolside bars, serving an extensive array of fine quality cocktails, martinis, wines, champagnes and vodkas. From the long-standing Ku De Ta, the elegant Potato Head Beach Club and WooBar at the W Retreat along the famous Jalan Petitenget, to the slightly far end of Batubelig Beach where the refined Mozaic Beach Club resides, Seminyak offers night owls among the island’s greatest haunts and watering holes.
Current underflows can be strong, always swim between the red and yellow flags, don’t swim too far out! Do not leave your belongings unattended on the beach.
Do not do drugs! It can carry the death penalty, and there are enough foreigners residing in Bali courtesy of the Govt. prison service!
Do not touch people’s heads – it is very offensive to Hindus.
Do not forget to look and listen while you cross the road. Cars may stop, motorbikes may not!
Do not walk in front of people praying.
At cremations, do not get in the way of the attendees – however important that photographic opportunity is!
Women are not allowed to enter temples during menstruation.
In a temple: Always wear a sarong and sash.
Driving: In Bali always expects the unexpected; always keep your eyes open and your mind on driving.
Please be very careful when changing your money. Always check the rate of exchange and commission (if any) the money changer is taking. Most importantly, always count your money before you leave the premises and if you can, bring your own calculator, as the ones used by some places can be “a little inaccurate”.
Seminyak Map & Hotels: