Bali in Indonesia is not just a beach, but an entire island with a handful of tempting beaches. If you plan to visit this world-famous summer destination, one of your first tasks is to decide in which beach you should stay and book a hotel. One of the easiest choices is Seminyak Beach located on the southern part of Bali. Below are five reasons why you should stay within the vicinities of this beach, or at least pay a visit to it while in Bali.
First, Seminyak is considered by many as the hippest beach in Bali. Its bars, clubs, and party places are more upscale and modern than those in Kuta and Nusa Dua. New venues and entertainment centers seem to mushroom almost every week. The most high-end hotels, resorts and restaurants are here, located near the beach. There are also pricy fashion boutiques, luxury spas and popular galleries nearby.
The second reason is what most ladies go for – shopping. An exotic island destination such as Bali always has a special pull for shoppers. There is that feeling of excitement knowing that the shops, boutiques and their items for sale could not be found elsewhere in the world. In Bali, when you say “Seminyak”, people know you’ll go shopping in one of the area’s chic boutiques. The most popular items here are tropical collections made from silk, chiffon and natural fabric. There are also interesting leather bags and shoes.
The hippest places to go shopping are Lily Jean, a luxury boutique; Lucy’s Batik, selling premium handmade Batik clothing, wall-hangings, shawls, carves, table runners, bags and so on; and Niluh Djelantik, a shoe shop whose international clients include Cameron Diaz and Gisele Bundchen. These are just a few spots, and there are also places like Fashion Point, Funky Princess, Nico Nico, Puravida and so on.
Third is for men – the lively nightlife of Seminyak. Although not as energetic and dense as Kuta nightlife, Seminyak has a number of lounges and clubs that entertain tourists with their pools, bars, live performances, music, booze and women until the wee hours of the morning.
Fourth, Western tourists especially enjoy viewing ethnic Eastern art here. Seminyak is a leading art venue in Bali, second only to Ubud. Art lovers come here to see and support an array of exhibits in well-known galleries located along Raya Seminyak Street and Laksama Street (also known as Eat Street). These galleries showcase traditional and modern paintings, sculptures, photos and artworks.
Finally, come to Seminyak to enjoy the beach, of course. Seminyak Beach is a wide brown-sand shoreline that stretches all the way to the neighboring Petitenget Beach, which is more popular for its temple than its waters. Both Seminyak and Petitenget beaches are clean, quiet and peaceful. Most tourists come here not for the sand or fun in the water, but for their laid-back and relaxed atmosphere. Tourists who have had enough of the hustle and bustle in other beaches, as well as being harassed by persistent local vendors, come to Seminyak for a quiet stroll or jog by the waterfront.