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Top 5 affordable day spas in Seminyak

Spa

Originally posted in My Seminyak Villas

If you want to get pampered for a few hours or even a full day and don’t want to spend a fortune at a luxury spa, there are some excellent, affordable day spas in Seminyak. With so many to choose from, we’ve picked out the most popular and highly recommended spas that offer an array of treatments and will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to enjoy your holiday. Here’s our list of the top 5 best day spas in Seminyak…

Bodyworks

A modern day spa with excellent customer service and value for money. Bodyworks are not only famous for their traditional Balinese massage, but also their selection of manicures and pedicures, waxing, facials and a very successful hair salon.

Address: Jl. Kayu Jati No.2, Petitenget, Seminyak.

Tel: (0361) 733 317

Website: bodyworksbali.com

Spa Bali Seminyak

The newest addition to Spa Bali family of spas is located in an exclusive art gallery in Seminyak. Open daily from 10am till 11pm, it offers full body scrubs and hot stone massages, pedicures and manicures, including nail extensions and amazing nail art all complete with OPI products.

Address: 888 Jalan Dyanapura, Seminyak.

Tel: +62 62361737933

Website: N/A

Jari Menari

The term Jari Menari means ‘Dancing Fingers’ and the staff, who are all males, have been professionally trained in sessions that offer strong, firm, consistent pressure. According to popular blog Travelfish: ‘Jari Menari has a reputation among the Bali expat community as being one of the best places to receive a massage on the island.’ Jari Menari is also one of the few places that offer massages for children and they also run weekly massage classes for those looking to learn from the best.

Address: Jalan Raya Basangkasa 47, Seminyak.

Tel: +62 361 736 740

Website: jarimenari.com

Glo Day Spa & Salon

Glo Day Spa is a hip and trendy salon based in Seminyak, which offers a large range of beauty treatments and products, as well as massages and staple body treatments. All the staff are trained technicians and are very friendly. You can even enjoy a glass of wine or beer with deli-style nibbles whilst being pampered! 🙂

Address: Kunti Plaza, Jalan Kunti 119, Seminyak.

Tel: 62 361 738 689

Website: glo-day-spa.com

Chill Reflexology

At Chill expect a cool and calm break from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak life. Indulge in a relaxing massage in zen like surroundings and unwind with soothing sounds on your own personal iPod.

Address: Jalan Kunti, Seminyak.

Tel: +62 361 734 701

Website: chillreflexology.com

Have you ever been pampered at day spa in seminyak?

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Bali Sports Bars: The Best Sports Bars in and around Seminyak

Sports Bar

Originally posted on My Seminyak Villas

When you’re on holiday with the family and a big game’s on, we know you need a decent bar complete with a good variety of beers, excellent food, friendly staff and most of all multiple big screens showing your favourite game. So whether you’re a fan of AFL, NRL, UFC, Formula 1 or you’re in Bali during the World Cup, here’s our pick of the best sports bars in and around Seminyak.

Adrenalin Bar

Located on the second floor of Seminyak Square shopping arcade, Adrenalin Bar boasts 13 large LCD TVs showing a variety of games all day, every day. Air conditioned and with comfy seating, they have a large selection of draught and bottled beers, spirits and cocktails. Food wise, you’ll find mostly burgers and sandwiches – all served with delicious fries.

Address: Seminyak Square, Jalan Laksmana (Oberoi Street), Seminyak.

Tel: N/A

Website: adrenalinsportsbar.com

The Deck

The Deck is a trendy sports bar located right in the heart of Seminyak, with five pool tables, live sports showing every day, free Wi-Fi and great music. It has a wide selection of wines, cold beers and cocktails, a large international food menu and a free kids club. So while you have a drink and watch the game, you know the kids are safe playing in the Cubby Kids House, located just behind the bar.

Address: Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak.

Tel: 0361 847 8223

Website: thedeckbali.com

Moo Moos Steakhouse Bar and Grill

Serving the best steaks and burgers in Bali, Moo Moos is a well-known and popular sports bar, showing all the biggest games on multiple big screens. Australian owned, with super friendly and efficient staff and a variety of icy cold beers, spirits and cocktails, you always know you’ll be served with a smile at Moo Moos 🙂

Address: Jalan Melasti 69, Legian.

Tel: 0361 784 8144

Website: moomoos-bali.com

Y Sports Bar

Always busy with a buzzing atmosphere, Y Sports Bar offers over 20 LCD screens with full sound and multiple games playing. There are also no less than six pool tables, ample seating and plenty of draught Bintang, bottled beers, good food and friendly staff.

Address: Jalan Padma Utara No 5, Legian.

Tel: N/A

Website: N/A

Have you ever watched your favourite game at a sports bar in Bali?

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Seminyak Shopping: Supermarkets and Convenience Stores

Bintang Supermarket

Originally posted on: My Seminyak Villas

Staying in a villa gives you the fantastic option of staying in and cooking for yourself if you just can’t face venturing out into the world; in fact, a nip to the local supermarket or convenience store and you can enjoy the luxury of your private villa without ever having to leave again! To make it even easier for you we’ve listed the best supermarkets in Seminyak, which stock everything from sun cream to sirloin steak.

Bintang Supermarket

Bintang Supermarket is right in the heart of Seminyak and sells local and imported foods, including fresh fruit and veg, tinned products and frozen meats and fish – basically everything you’ll need at an affordable price. Bintang also has a small shop at the back selling wines and spirits, a swimwear section, and a home department on the second floor, which stocks sunglasses, stationery and household items including pots and pans, adaptors and bottle openers.

How to pay: Payment shouldn’t be a problem at Bintang – there are ATM machines at the front of the store, or you can pay by credit card or use the trusted money exchange just across the road.

Address: Jalan Raya Seminyak 17, Seminyak.

Open daily: 8am – 10pm

Bali Deli

Bali Deli is a little pricey, as its stock mostly consists of imported food and wines, but the quality is top notch. We particularly love this gourmet supermarket for its fresh fruit and vegetables and bakery, which sells some absolutely delicious cakes and fresh breads.

How to pay: There is one ATM machine at the front of the store and you can also pay by card.

Address: Jalan Kunti (next to the petrol station), Seminyak.

Open daily: 7am – 10pm

Carrefour

Just like the huge shopping centres and hypermarkets you’re probably familiar with from home, Carrefour has everything you need. There are four floors of boutique shops, salons and cafes, and the massive, main shopping area, where you can buy electrical items, household equipment, clothes, food and drinks, is on the top floor. Carrefour stocks both imported and local food, so you can choose the price point that suits you.

How to pay: There are multiple ATM machines at Carrefour or you can pay by card.

Address: Jalan Sunset Road, Bali.

Website: carrefour.co.id

Open: Mon – Sat: 8am – 9pm Mon – Sat

Pepito’s

You’ll find Pepito’s dotted all over the place, some are 24 hours. Here you can buy fresh fruit, vegetables and meats and a few toiletries and medicines. Always handy to grab a few bits if you don’t want to bother with a supermarket!

How to pay: There is one ATM machine at the front of the store and you can also pay by card.

Address: Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak.

Open daily: 8am – 11pm

We also offer our concierge service: just let us know what you need and a member of our team will get the shopping and deliver to your door 🙂

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Best Seminyak Beach Bars

Originally posted on: My Seminyak Villas

La Plancha

Like a lot of beaches in Bali, Seminyak’s long stretch of sand plays host to its fair share of local traders, selling almost everything you can imagine – from fruits and shells to massages, manicures and hair braiding, and even intricate wood carvings that we can’t imagine would fit in most suitcases!

Unlike in Kuta, though, where the traders often won’t take no for an answer, you’ll largely be left alone during the day on the more sophisticated Seminyak Beach, save the odd offer of a sunbed or an icy cold local beer. We advise you to take advantage of the relaxing vibe and spend at least a day or two sunbathing, swimming or learning to surf on Bali’s most famous beach.

If you walk along Seminyak Beach, heading from Seminyak towards Double Six Road, you’ll find that it merges into Legian Beach, where you won’t be able to miss the many colourful beach bars, complete with extremely comfy bean bags, that make this part of the beach one of the most popular in the Seminyak area.

At La Plancha, one of our favourites, the staff are super-friendly and the drinks are cheap. Grab a bean bag and chill out with a light snack as the day heads towards sunset. (We particularly recommend the burgers – you won’t find any tastier in Seminyak!)

Prices:

  • Burger IDR 90,000
  • Heineken IDR 35,000

Crystal Palace Beach Hut is another great Seminyak hang-out. Why not get a little shade and grab a bite, or alternatively make the most of the bar’s brightly coloured beanbags for a sunset cocktail at happy hour 5pm – 8pm daily, with a live band from 7pm.

Prices:

  • Bar snacks IDR 40,000 – 80,000
  • Cocktails start from IDR 75,000

One of the newest additions to Seminyak Beach is B9B – Blue 9 Beach – formerly known as Sandpit. The prices are affordable and you have the option to dine on Western or Indonesian food inside at the bar or plonk yourself down on a beanbag on the beach with a cocktail. We definitely recommend the latter, as B9B’s crazy cocktail list is one not to be missed. We won’t give too much away (and some of the names are too lewd to print on this blog!), but we definitely suggest you go and check it out for yourself.

Prices:

  • Main dishes start from IDR 75,000
  • Cocktails start from IDR 65,000

Walk a little further down the beach and things start to get a bit more crowded with local beach traders selling cold beers and soft drinks from bright red cool boxes almost everywhere you look! They’ll also be happy to rent you a long bed and umbrella for the day (usually costing around 50,000 rupiah), sell you a surf lesson or just rent you a board for a small fee.

On this section of the beach, don’t forget to look out for Tobings Bar, where the staff are chatty and always smiling and a Bintang is only IDR 20,000 🙂

Have you ever been to a beach bar in Seminyak?

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Exclusive Beach Clubs in Seminyak

Originally posted on: My Seminyak Villas

Potato Head Beach Club

Home to some of the world’s most popular beaches, Seminyak is a place to enjoy daytime sun, sunset cocktails and a late night party, and there’s no better place to experience all of these than a Beach Club in Seminyak. Take your pick between kicking back on a sun lounger and gazing out over an infinity pool onto the golden sands of Seminyak, sipping cocktails while you take in the island’s famous sunset or partying ‘til the early hours. Or why not combine all three, by trying as many as possible of our top picks of Seminyak’s best beach clubs?

Mozaic Beach Club

Just over a year ago, Mozaic Beach Club introduced its smart casual dining concept to Batu Belig Beach, and we can’t get enough of it! The stunning 3,200 sqm beachfront restaurant, with views over the west coast of Bali, not only offers an exclusive à la carte menu with meat and seafood dishes, it was also recently awarded the Wine Spectator of Excellence, thanks to its enormous wine list, which includes wines both by the glass and by the bottle.

Prices:

  • Meat and seafood dishes IDR 250,000 – 300,000
  • Wine by the glass IDR 150,000 – 250,000
  • Wine bottle starting at IDR 1000,000

Address: Jalan Pantai Batu Belig, Seminyak.

Tel: +62 (0)361 4735796

Website: mozaic-beachclub.com

Open: 10am – 1am daily

Potato Head Beach Club

Potato Head Beach Club is well known for its hip and trendy parties, as well as serving some of Bali’s most amazing cocktails. And although it is pretty pricey, what’s a holiday without a little splurge? We recommend going all out at one of the most popular beach clubs on the island; spend the day lounging by the infinity pool, enjoy an afternoon snack from one of the venue’s three restaurants and finish the day off with sunset cocktails. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

Prices:

  • Cocktails start from IDR 120,000

Address: Jalan Petitenget 51B, Seminyak.

Tel: +62 (0)361 473 7979

Website: ptthead.com

Open: 11am – 2am daily

Woo Bar

Plomp yourself on a beanbag next to one of the coral motif bar tables or lounge on a circular sun bed and enjoy being served drinks from the al fresco bar at one of Bali’s most talked about nightspots, WooBar. From Monday to Thursday, you’ll also be treated to complimentary tapas and Happy Hour drinks, while Friday is the day to take in the venue’s Sunset Sessions. Don’t worry if you can’t make it when there’s an event or a party scheduled, though; WooBar always provides a constant flow of chill-out music, perfectly complementing the flow of the waves out beyond Seminyak’s golden sands.

Address: W Resort & Spa Bali, Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak.

Tel: +62 (0)361 4738 106

Open: Sun to Thu: 10am – 1am & Fri & Sat: 10am – 2am

Ku De Ta, Bali

With its awesome vibe and spectacular view of the ocean, Ku De Ta is a must visit for tourists of all ages. Not only is it world renowned for its amazing parties (our favourites are the Bikini Day Party and the White Party, which both draw huge international crowds), it also serves cuisine that easily competes with the top fine dining restaurants on the island. Again, Ku De Ta will put a bit of a dent in your wallet, but it’s more than worth splashing out on visiting this beach club, bar and restaurant for the unparalleled cuisine, service and party vibe 🙂

Address: Jalan Laksman / Oberoi 9, Seminyak.

Tel: +62 (0)361 73 6969

Website: kudeta.net

Open: 8am – 12am daily

Cocoon Beach Club

Sip cocktails in your very own VIP cabana, or kick back on one of Cocoon Beach Club’s luxurious champagne beds, overlooking the infinity pool and gorgeous Seminyak beach. Or, if you prefer the sand under your toes, check out the fully serviced beachfront bales. And, if you’re in Seminyak on the last Sunday of the month, don’t miss out on ‘Splash’, the coolest pool party on the island!

Prices:

  • Sunset cocktails 2 for 1 daily 5pm – 7pm
  • Cocktails IDR 120,000

Address: Jl. Double Six, Blue Ocean Boulevard, Seminyak.

Website: cocoon-beach.com

Have you ever been to a beach club in Seminyak? Would you recommend it to a friend?

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Surfing in Bali: The Best Surf Spots near Seminyak

Originally posted on: My Seminyak Villas

Surfing in Bali: Padang Padang Pipeline

Whether you’re a complete beginner or a competing champion, Bali, one of the world’s best surfing destinations, has the perfect beach for you. What’s more, many of the best surfing spots on the island – from Bali’s famous Padang Padang pipeline to beginner’s paradise Kuta – are easily accessible by either scooter or car in less than an hour’s drive from Bali’s main hub Seminyak.

But it’s crucial to pick the right beach for your level of ability; you don’t want to be caught in a huge barrel when you’ve only just picked up a surf board, and equally, Kuta’s early morning baby waves aren’t going to challenge you if you’re hoping to compete at the next Oakley Pro Bali competition.

So, we’ve put together a quick guide to the best surfing spots near Seminyak, based on your level of experience. Read on to find out which beach is best for you.

Beginners

Kuta is definitely best for beginners. Its soft tide and relatively small waves make it the perfect spot to try out white water surfing (surfing the waves after they break and roll towards the beach) for the first time.

It’s also super convenient – only a 10-15 minute drive from Seminyak – and there are (literally) hundreds of surfing instructors to choose from. These range from Indonesian surfer dudes who have spent their lives riding Bali’s world-renowned waves and hanging out on the beach to official surfing schools like Odysseys. Most of them will guarantee to have you standing up within the hour. (And, believe us, if we can, you can too!)

Do be careful though. Although the waves might not look too dangerous, there can be quite a strong undercurrent. So when your instructor lets you loose on the waves on your own (which they often do for the second hour of your lesson), stick to the white waves, or you might find yourself getting a bit more battered and bruised than you’d like!

Intermediate

Canggu is a step up from Kuta in terms of difficulty and has some of the best intermediate surf on the island.

Located about 20 minutes from Seminyak (the other way from Kuta), Canggu is suitable for all ability levels, however the beginners’ courses tend to be a little bit more challenging than Kuta’s due to the tougher waves. If you’ve never surfed, the waves are still manageable and there are surfing instructors to help, but Canggu really comes into its own with its awesome intermediate-level waves.

Of course, this entirely depends on the tide; when it’s up, Canggu’s waves can be a real challenge even for the professionals, so pick your time carefully!

Expert

For the experts amongst you, there are also plenty of options. We recommend trying out Padang Padang, home to Bali’s famous pipeline, Keramas, hidden away in the south east, and Uluwatu, which boasts some of the biggest swells that hit the island.

Home to the yearly Rip Curl Cup, Padang Padang, which is about 45 minutes from Seminyak, is best known for playing host to the most serious wave on the island – the Balinese pipeline – strictly for expert surfers as it breaks over a shallow coral reef. It also happens to be an absolutely gorgeous beach and an excellent place to watch the sunset.

Keramas, quietly hidden away on the south eastern side of Bali, just under an hour’s drive from Seminyak, has also become one of the most popular spots for expert surfers on the island due to its constant waves and big swell.

Or you could head all the way south west from Seminyak to Uluwatu. This renowned surfing hotspot can hold a lot of surfers with its five breaks – the Racetrack, the Peak, Temples, Outside Corner and the Bombie – and it’s also quite an experience getting out to the waves, as you have to paddle through the famous Uluwatu cave. Remember, you also need to exit the break through the cave, so beware of strong currents.

Have you ever surfed Bali’s waves?

Seminyak Boutique Shopping: A First-Time Visitor’s Guide

Originally posted on: My Seminyak Villas

Seminyak Boutique Shopping

Seminyak shopping isn’t just about picking up a souvenir Bintang vest and a diamante-encrusted penis-shaped bottle opener (although, in a later post, we’ll give you the lowdown on where you can get your hands on Bali’s cheesiest souvenirs too!) Seminyak is also home to a huge range of gorgeous boutiques that wouldn’t look out of place on the streets of Milan, Paris or Beverly Hills. They’re owned by international designers, they sell everything from handmade kaftans to cocktail dresses and the prices are nothing like you’d pay at home in Australia, the US or Europe.

Head to Jalan Oberoi to check out the best of the best. You’ll know you’ve arrived because everywhere you look, you’ll see groups of designer-clad fashionistas, weighed down with shopping bags and showing off their latest buys to their friends. The street is also literally lined with beautiful boutiques.

For Brazilian chic, don’t miss out on a trip to Lulu Yasmine (Jalan Oberoi no. 100, luluyasmine.com). The Brazilian Taiwanese designer’s collections feature elegant party dresses, super-cute playsuits and sexy cut-off shorts, all made from organic silk, crepe, chiffon, cotton or linen. Lulu also sells her wares in Ibiza, St Tropez, Melbourne, Auckland and Singapore.

Lily Jean, just down the road (Jalan Oberoi, no. 88X, lily-jean.com), is also not to be missed. Founded by Made de Coney, who has both European and Brazilian heritage but was born in Bali and educated in the US (what a combination!), this super-successful boutique offers everything from stylish streetwear to glamorous cocktail dresses. Made takes her inspiration from both local Balinese artisans and the international catwalk, and now has six shops in Indonesia, three of those in Bali.

Buddha Wear (Jalan Oberoi no. 15X, buddhawear.com) is another Bali institution, mainly known for its amazing selection of knitted jerseys, all manufactured locally under the boutique’s strict ‘Wear Fair’ policy. Buddha Wear is all about simple colours and top-quality material and part of the boutique’s profits go to helping take care of HIV positive kids in Bali.

Lovers of French fashion should look no further than Magali Pascal (Jalan Oberoi no.177X, magalipascal.com). Here you’ll find mostly lace, silk and cotton pieces, as well as a gorgeous selection of jewellery. In Bali terms, Magali Pascal is slightly pricey, but you’ll still get a better deal than you would back home.

Once you’ve exhausted everything Jalan Oberoi has to offer, hop in a taxi to Jalan Raya Seminyak, where even more stunning boutiques are waiting to be perused. Our favourites are Mist (Jalan Raya Seminyak no. 42, mistasiapacific.com.au) for summery kaftans, niconico mare (Jalan Raya Seminyak no. 13, niconicointimo.net) for sexy swimwear and eco-friendly Puravida (Jalan Raya Seminyak no. 38b, puravidafashion.com) for vibrant colours, patterns and graphics.

Don’t worry guys; we haven’t forgotten you! Although Seminyak shopping isn’t quite as good for men as it is for fashion-loving ladies, there are a couple of great options. Try Animale (Jalan Raya Seminyak no. 31, animale.com), founded by French designer Jacque Ruc, for tailored casual wear, and Susanna Perini’s Biasa (Raya Seminyak no. 36, biasabali.com) for classic linens and cottons.

Have you ever been shopping in Seminyak? What was your favourite boutique?

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