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The best of Seminyak
Kuta’s sophisticated neighbour on the southern coast of Bali, Indonesia is home to a glittering line-up of luxury hotels, wallet-wrecking boutiques, city-rivalling restaurants and things to do. Seminyak is also something of a night owl, with bars and clubs scattered along its beachfront like shiny seashells. During the day, adventurers can pick from oceanic thrills such as surfing, scuba diving and beach-hopping. But, if you’d prefer to just starfish on the sand, you’re also in exactly the right place. Ready to explore? Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
Definitely the hippest spot on Bali, Seminyak draws creative expats from around the world, who’ve chosen to escape the daily grind to run quirky independent boutiques, organic cafes and yoga studios. As a result, the area has a Westernised feel, and tends to attract a more sophisticated and moneyed crowd than its hard-partying neighbour Kuta. It’s the epitome of hippie luxe – think acai bowls, designer kaftans and an impressive number of great-quality spas and outdoorsy things to do, plus a buzzy, ever-changing bar and dining scene. When it comes to places to stay, you’re far more likely to find smaller boutique establishments than big name chains here, with luxury and design taking the place of the all-too-often drab, beige, identikit hotel rooms found in such places. And unlike some other parts of the island, you can still find plenty of more affordable options to choose from too.