- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Seminyak is a mixed tourist / residential area on the west coast of Bali just north of Kuta and Legian. Originally a separate township, this is now just another suburb of Kuta. This area is very popular with resident expatriates and land and accommodation prices are amongst the highest in Bali. Plenty of luxury spas and hotels abound. Owing to its high density of high-end shopping, combined with the clustering of many fine eating establishments, it has rapidly become one of the most well-known tourist areas on the island.
It's also a very dynamic place, home to dozens of restaurants and clubs and a wealth of creative shops and galleries. World-class hotels line the beach, and what a beach it is – as wide and sandy as Kuta's but less crowded.
Things Not to Miss in Seminyak
• Surfing • Visiting Pura Petitenget Temple • An early morning horseback ride along Seminyak Beach • Shopping the boutiques on Jalan Laksmana.
When to Go to Seminyak
As Bali sits on the equator, the weather is consistently warm with temperatures averaging around 85 degrees throughout the year. The only clear distinction in the weather is between the rainy and dry seasons and as such, April through September is the best time to travel to Seminyak. The Christmas holidays are also a popular time for Westerners to visit, and hotel prices can reflect the busy calendar. The shoulder season October and February are good times for those looking to visit Seminyak on a budget.