Seminyak is a beach resort area at the southern end of Bali, Indonesia, with many luxury hotels, villas and spas, as well as high-end shopping and restaurants. Sleek bars and clubs with busy sunset scenes line Seminyak and Petitenget beaches, which are wide, west-facing stretches of Indian Ocean shoreline with gray sand and good surfing conditions.
Fabulous Seminyak is the centre of life for hordes of the island’s expats, many of whom own boutiques, design clothes, surf, or do seemingly nothing at all. It may be immediately north of Kuta and Legian, but in many respects, not the least of which is its intangible sense of style, Seminyak feels almost like it’s on another island.
Located on the west coast of the southern region of Bali, to the north of Kuta and south of Umalas, Seminyak Beach is relatively quiet during the day. Its cool, sunny and breezy ambience provides a perfect site for hanging out with your friends, kite flying, sunbathing or swimming – but be sure to check the red flags displayed by lifeguards indicating a ‘No-Swim Zone’ before you jump into the ocean. Surfing in certain areas of the beach is allowed and you can rent surfing boards at the beach for same price as in Kuta.
Petitenget Temple, or ‘Pura Petitenget’ in the local tongue, is Seminyak’s sole and central cultural landmark. A must-see, especially if you’re staying in the area, the centuries-old temple comes to life during its festive 210-day anniversaries. The name of the street that runs parallel to the beach is actually taken from the temple. Also, the namesake Petitenget Beach is only a few steps away from the temple where visitors and locals enjoy the best spots to share in the gorgeous sunset moments. Another temple sits besides the main courtyard, named Masceti Ulun Tanjung Temple, and to which local villagers pray for protection – in historical times, against famine and disease.
Double Six Beach, also referred to as ‘Blue Ocean Beach’, is a half-kilometre stretch of golden-white sand that is part of the whole length of Seminyak Beach. The beach connects the northernmost strip of Legian, also referred to as ‘Blue Ocean Beach’ and Seminyak’s southernmost beachfront of The Oberoi Bali resort, which is often referred to simply as ‘Oberoi Beach’. Part of Jalan Double Six (also known as ‘Jalan Arjuna’), one of Legian’s main beach side streets, runs parallel the beach, lined with hip bars and restaurants.
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