Seminyak isn’t a traditional Balinese village and it isn’t for visitors looking for relaxation, but it has a charm all its own. Seminyak is located on the southwest coast of the island, directly adjacent to Kuta and Legian, and can be reached in around 30 minutes via private car or taxi service.
When the popularity of Kuta and Legian became too much for many visitors to handle, Seminyak soon became the next Bali hotspot. Expats and tourists began flocking to the swanky beachfront clubs, sprawling resorts, and upscale restaurants. There's also a nice selection of swanky shops.
Seminyak is now just as bustling as its neighbors and the beachfront draws a crowd, although it's typically less crowded than Kuta or Legian beach. Visitors flock to Seminyak for the sunset. Beach bars offer brightly colored bean bags and traditional Balinese umbrellas where visitors can sip a cocktail while they watch the sun go down.
If you’re visiting Bali for tranquility, rice fields, and a true cultural experience, it’s best to bypass Seminyak. It’s a great stop for visitors who want nightlife, shopping, and easy access to the Denpasar airport.