By Ollie Sungkar. Published on www.paradises.com
Surrounded by upscale beachfront hotels and resorts, Seminyak is a world of its own with a fun array of hangouts, delicious range of culinary options, as well as amazing art galleries and world-class shopping venues. Let’s quickly glance through the following places that can make the most of your stay in Seminyak.
- Seminyak Beach
An ideal venue for surfing, Seminyak Beach is the picture-perfect oceanfront featuring gorgeous sunsets. Stroll along the side streets and you’ll find rows of nice boutiques and dining venues. At night, popular gigs enliven scene at entertainment spots there.
- Petitenget Temple
Known as “Pura Petitenget” by locals, this centuries old temple is one of the very few cultural sites in Seminyak. The temple’s red bricks and sandstones somehow give a feeling of antique. Going upstairs is the courtyard housing shrines and small pavilions draped in typical Balinese chequered cloths.
- Potato Head Beach Club
Jl. Petitenget, T:+62 361 4737979, www.ptthead.com
It’s a very popular spot for a laidback fun by the pool, so you’d better come early to secure a cabana. After enjoying the sunset with cocktails and nibbles, you should head for a dinner at one of the three restaurants; Potato Head Bistro, Lilin (serving Asian style of tapas) and Tapping Shoes (French fare).
- Ku De Ta
Jl. Kayu Aya No. 9, T: +62 361 736969, www.kudeta.net
It’s a great place to have a sip of your cocktail while watching the sunset. Displaying the local charm, this beachfront bar and resto serves palatable dishes, for breakfast, lunch and dinner; and a tempting list of cocktails and mocktails.
- Biasa ArtSpace
Jl. Raya Seminyak 34, T: +62 361 847 5766, www.biasagroup.com/art
This art gallery is the home of artworks from Indonesian famous contemporary artists. Among the works exhibited are those of paintings, sculptures, figurines, and more. Since opening in 2005, the gallery has become an international platform for local artists.
- Kendra Gallery
Jl. Drupadi 88B, T: +62 361 736 628, www.kendragallery.com
Since opening in 2008, the gallery has featured various works of contemporary Indonesian and international artists. Their works represent different cultures from many corners of the world – all exhibited in a dynamic art space.
- Echo Beach
Known by local as “Pantai Batu Mejan”, Echo Beach is fit for surfing and also popular for its advanced reef breaks. If you happen to be there, visit one of the seafood cafes in the area, which are set on a high vantage point.
- Adventure Scuba Diving Bali
Jl. Mertanadi Gang Paloma 10, T: +62 877 6010 2000,
Exploring the beautiful reefs under the sea is really amazing. This PADI Dive Center accommodates visitors with exciting diving courses. Try their one-day trip program to explore diving sites in Padang Bai or Nusa Penida. It’s really fun.
- AJ Hackett Bungy Tower
Jalan Arjuna, T: +62 361 730 666,
Situated at Double Six nightclub on Seminyak Beach, the 45-meter bungy tower is the adventure that really gets your adrenaline going. You can enjoy the great panorama from that height, and with the thumping dance beats that accompany your fun evening.
- Trick Art Gallery 3D
JL.Sunset Road No.789, T: +62 361 849 6626, www.balitrickart.com
Try to squeeze your time for a couple hours here. The 3D paintings displayed in this gallery create visual illusion brought to life. With such amazing artworks, the artists are very talented. It’s a great place to go with children. Yet, adults can as well feel the fun.