Planning a trip to Bali can be equally as inspiring as it is overwhelming. So many things to do and perhaps a limited number of days to experience it all. How will it all fit in?
We like the idea of simplifying the planning process so that you can arrive in your luxurious accommodation in Bali and relax your mind. One of our favourite places to stay in Bali is the vibrant, beachside town of Seminyak.
Check out our blueprint of a day in life while staying in a Seminyak villa. From the early morning back to your linen sheets at night, we’ve planned it all out for you.
The way you start your day can be a good indication of how the remaining hours will go, so it’s important that you pick the right place to have breakfast! The consensus amongst travellers and residents alike is that Sisterfields Cafe has got, hands down, the best brekky in Seminyak. The interior design is elegant and uplifting and a perfect backdrop for their gorgeous food. The creative menu caters for an appetite at any time of the day so you can choose between anything from a raw Cacao, frozen banana smoothie bowl to crispy skin salmon with poached eggs or sticky Nam Jim pork belly! The coffee will satisfy even the hippest of Aussies and all the juices and smoothies are made from fresh local fruit and vegetables. If you love it (you will) you can even come back later in the day for dinner and cocktails.
Sisterfields Cafe// Jalan Kayu Cendana No. 7, Seminyak
Heritage and landscape
Now that you’re all fueled up you might want to convert that potential energy into body movement. There is no better way to do this in Seminyak than to take a long walk along the beach, enjoying the calm rolling waves and peeking into the various resort scenes along the way. From Sisterfields cafe it is roughly a 7-minute walk to the Masceti Temple Petitenget on Jalan Petitenget. Not only is the temple rich in cultural heritage, but it’s also the perfect launch point for a seaside stroll. The temple itself has an entry fee and traditional dress needs to be observed, but you can get all the details here before you check it out. The story of this ancient site is that it was constructed in order to protect people from the dark spirits that lurked in the nearby forest that made people ill, and locals still use the site to make offerings and give a prayer.
Petitenget Temple// Jalan Petitenget
You can exit the temple almost directly onto the warm sand and sparkling waters. Previous visitors recommend buying a fresh coconut from a local stand to take with you along the walk. Once on the beach, you can turn left to head south and meander your way down as long as you feel. It’s a little over 5 kilometres if you make it all the way down to Legian Beach, but remember that you need to get back! Depending on the season the days can start to really heat up near lunchtime so if you do like to eat breakfast later in the morning you can opt to take this walk first.
Spend a couple of hours meandering along the ocean, going for a swim, or relaxing under an umbrella with a cool drink.
Seminyak Beach// Petitenget
By the time you wander back into the main area of Seminyak, you’ll probably be ready for some air conditioning and a feed. While there are so many places in Seminyak that truly cater to the Western palate, why not try some of the local fares? One of the all-time favourite restaurants of Indonesians and Westerners alike is the quaint and charming Warung Nia. Warung is the word used for a local restaurant in Bali and anywhere with this title means traditional dishes on the menu! This humble locale is located within the Flea Market Utara and stays open until 10 pm, but is exceptional for lunch.
It is recommended to try a Rijsttaple, a combination plate, so you can get a taste for several dishes. The staff is always happy to help visitors pick a meal, or you can go with an old favourite like Nasi Goreng or Sate Campur. Enjoy your meal inside or outside and you’ll also be pleasantly surprised by the reasonable bill at the end.
Warung Nia// Jalan Kayu Aya
After lunch, you’ll probably feel like heading back to your Seminyak villa to take a little siesta and digest. Once you’re rested and rejuvenated, the best way to bring life back into your body in Bali is to indulge in one of the many incredible yoga classes on offer. The whole town is full of beautiful studios that follow different types of yoga philosophy and have developed their own styles of asana practice. One of the most-loved studios is the Seminyak Yoga Shala. This is a great place to visit before evening as a casual drop-in class usually costs a very reasonable $11AUD and they offer either a Hatha or Vinyasa class at 4 pm and 5:30 pm almost every day of the week. The only time they aren’t open is when they are observing one of their Moon Days.
Seminyak Yoga Shala// Jalan Raya Basangkasa No. 1200B
Heading out for dinner in Seminyak can be a little daunting due to the myriad options for exciting and innovative cuisine. The positive news about that is that you really can’t go wrong! One of the most highly reviewed and rated dinner spots around is Sea Circus with its eclectic, yet refined menu options. Visitors describe the atmosphere as both relaxed and hip, cozy and lively. Favourite dishes are the pulled pork tacos (or pulled jackfruit for the vegans) and the grilled barramundi burger with sriracha mayo. These guys are also famous for their margaritas which come in a classic style or are made with frozen fruit like lychee and strawberry, or passion fruit and guava. Sometimes they even have public dances parties, so be sure to check their website before you go!
Sea Circus// Jalan Kayu Aya
Now that you’re thoroughly fed, tanned, stretched, and nourished, you can head back to your luxurious Seminyak villa with satisfaction in true Bali fashion.