Best Seminyak Restaurants – A Foodie’s Guide

Seminyak is Bali’s hip hot spot and is home to many good restaurants, beautiful beaches and plenty of trendy boutiques. This is a city of relaxation and indulgence, in every sense of the word. Food is one of Seminyak’s main attractions, so follow our guide to finding the best brunch, lunch and dinner restaurants.

Seminyak is one of the main stop-off points for anyone exploring Bali and is a firm favourite with all of the ex-pats who have set up camp (and businesses) there. The food in Seminyak is some of the best on the island, and there are plenty of opportunities to load up on smoothie bowls, seafood on the beach and Western spreads.

Brekkie and Brunch

Café Organic

Cafe Oragnic is a Bali-based chain restaurant that offers incredible brunch options, as well as plenty of dishes to carry you into the afternoon and evening. This is one of my top picks for any vegans and veggies out there – their menu is crammed with natural goodness! If you’re into sustainability and leading a conscious life, this is the place for you.

This little haven of plant-based goodness is based in the heart of Seminyak, and serves up amazing coffee, fresh juices and raw deserts if you fancy something sweet. This café has an Aussie vibe to it, which ties in perfectly with its comfy seating areas and friendly staff.

Cafe Organic, Bali, Indonesia
Cafe Organic, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by cafeorganicbali

Café Moonlight Bali

This has to be one of my favorite brunch places in Seminyak – a quirky little spot tucked just outside of Seminyak’s centre with a really chilled vibe. The WiFi here is super speedy, making it the perfect place to get lots of work done, or just update the ‘gram. If you’re as much of a caffeine-fiend as I am, you’ll definitely be satisfied here. Café Moonlight Bali is all about looking after your body and nourishing your soul – something I can get behind! Their menu is designed to be healthy, as well as delicious, so you can expect to find plenty of smoothies, fresh juices, hearty brekkies and sweet treats here.

Lunch

Sea Circus

Sea Circus is a colorful restaurant is located in the centre of Seminyak and is a must-visit place for any foodies! Their menu is focused on ‘balance’, as they say, themselves, so there are plenty of options ranging from super-healthy vegan meals to all-out indulgences. Go for tapas, tacos or opt for a liquid diet and enjoy the Margaritas.

The décor here is amazing, so make sure you get photos of everything. I love Sea Circus for its fun side, as well as how seriously it takes good food. There’s a slight Aussie edge to this place (a bit of a recurring theme in Seminyak!), and it’s a really welcoming and friendly place. Head here for funky cocktails and get ready to factor a nap into your afternoon plans.

Sea Circus, Bali, Indonesia
Sea Circus, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by seacircus

Kultar restaurant

If you’re after local food, head to Kultar. It’s recommended that you book first in order to guarantee a seat – it really does get that busy! Don’t let that put you off, though, as it’s actually a super friendly, chilled place to relax and enjoy delicious Indonesian food. They also offer an all-day brekkie menu for anyone else who’s too lazy to get up early.

You’ll be eating amongst the rice paddies, and can take in all traditional decorations dotted around the place. I’d suggest trying some of the local dishes here, just to get a really authentic experience, but they do have other tasty options. Mie Goreng (fried noodles!) will always be one of my favourite Indonesian dishes and makes a great benchmark when trying a new food spot. The Rendang gets really good reviews, too, so order a few dishes and experience as much as possible.

Dinner

Motel Mexicola

So, as you may have guessed by the name, Motel Mexicola isn’t all that focused on local food! If you fancy a break from Nasi Goreng, feast on Mexican deliciousness instead. The vibe here is pretty whacky, which is what makes it such a great place to head to in the evenings. Everything here is fun, loud and quirky, so dress up and get ready for a night of pitchers, guac and dancing in your seat.

They have delicious meat and seafood options, as well as tasty veggie options. If you’re after a quiet, intimate dinner, move along, please! Motel Mexicola is all about celebration and enjoyment, so round up your friends and head down for a night of festivities.

Mojito at Motel Mexicola Bali, Indonesia
Mojito at Motel Mexicola Bali, Indonesia. Photo by motelmexicola

KILN Petitenget

Just off the main Seminyak beach, KILN Petitenget is a lovely restaurant to visit in the evenings. Their menu focuses on Mediterranean delights in a stunning setting. This is a lovely place to visit for a romantic dinner, or a relaxed get-together with close friends. It’s the ‘grown-up’ spot in town, so expect great service, an extensive wine menu and incredible food.

Lovingly-cooked skewers of tender meat, tasty falafel and spiced kebabs (the fancy kind, not the 3 am kind!) make this place any foodie’s heaven. There are veggie options available, and a large evening menu with a range of sharing dishes for anyone who can’t make up their mind. Try and save room for their Banana Tarte Tatin.

KILN on Petitenget, Bali, Indonesia
KILN on Petitenget, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by kilnbali

Explore, Enjoy, Eat
Seminyak has so much to offer to a foodie that it’s impossible to fit it all into one guide. There truly is something for everyone in this lively city – whether you’re after tasty local dishes, vegan health-food spots or Aussie-owned burger chains! Follow your heart, and your nose, and make room for five meals a day. It’s the Bali way.


Where to stay in Seminyak *

Stay at The Legian Bali for a well located beachfront villa with modern and high class style. Or go for minimalist Balinese villas overlooking the Indian ocean at Alila. A famous hotel here is The Oberoi especially with the honeymooners and luxury seekers. Not to forget is also the Resort Courtyard by Marriott Bali with its own private terraces.

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Top 5 Ubud Temples to Visit in Bali

Spirituality is the main vibe in Bali, and Ubud, as the center of Bali, came with few of the best temples in Bali. Visiting temples in one of the things to do in Ubud besides the museums, spa, massages, and shopping.

The main religions here is Balinese Hinduism and its temple is known as pura. The term pura is originated from the Sansrkit word that means “walled city” or “palace” and has now evolved aptly to mean temple complex in the Balinese language.

Pura Taman Saraswati temple, Ubud

This temple is built 60 years ago and dedicated to the Goddess of Arts. It is well known for its lotus-filled pond, which is often called the “Lotus Open Pond Stage”. The gardens and pond can be visited during the day but only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. There is also a Cafe Lotus attached where you can slowly soaked in the serenity. This temple hosts a variety of traditional dances on different days and is touted to be one of the best in Bali.

How to get there:
Located in Ubud, this temple can be found at Jl. Kajeng.

Pura Taman Saraswati
Pura Taman Saraswati. Photo by Phil Whitehouse

Pura Dalem Taman Kaja, Ubud

Well-known for its kecak dance, it is touted to be the best place to enjoy this popular dance in Bali. You can find the shows on Mondays and Wednesdays. This temple is located beneath a huge banyan tree and the stairs leading up to it are lit by oil lamps. A truly magical experience going into the temple.

How to get there:
Located in Ubud, this temple can be found at Jl. Raya Ubud.

Forest Temple, Ubud, Indonesia
Forest Temple, Ubud, Indonesia. Photo by McKay Savage

Goa Gajah Temple

Goa Gajah temple is a temple dated back to the 10th century and is known as the Elephant cave. One of its main attractions is its carved entrance of menacing creatures and demons. Inside the cave, you will find statues of the Lord Ganesha (the God with the elephant head). Also within the site are an extensive bathing pools, which are not only excavated until the 1950s.

How to get there:
It takes only 10 minutes drive from Ubud city center.

Goa Gajah Temple, Ubud, Indonesia
Goa Gajah Temple, Ubud, Indonesia. Photo by Kohei

Pura Tirta Empul Temple

Also known as the water temple in Ubud, Pura Tirta Empul has its own sacred spring water with healing properties. This temple dates back to 926 AD and is well revered by the locals. Many will come and climb up to the temple for a bath and meditation in the long main pool. It is believed to bring good fortune and health. Base on a legend, this spring us created by the God Indra as an antidote to the poisonous spring of an evil demon King.

How to get there:
To get to Pura Tirta Empul would take 30 minutes drive from Ubud

Pura Tirta Empul, Ubud, Indonesia
Pura Tirta Empul, Ubud, Indonesia. Photo by Christ06

Pura Gunung Kawi Temple

This temple, known as the “valley of the Kings’ is located in the cliffs between rice fields at the south of Tampaksiring, Bali. The Pakerisan river flows through the ravine and flanking the river is the shrines and carved stones that are meant to commemorate the 11th-century kings and queens. Though technically not a temple, it is still revered as a holy place by the locals. This site is more of an actual tomb for the royalties that are cremated here base on Balinese customs.

How to get there:
This also takes 30 minutes drive north from Ubud

Gunung Kawi, Ubud, Indonesia
Gunung Kawi, Ubud, Indonesia. Photo by @yb_woodstock

As you can see, Ubud is a strong spiritual center of Bali with its variety of temples worth a visit. Along with the temples, you will also find shows and festivals that are bound to entertain. When I visited here, I have also chose Ubud as my central place to explore Bali, especially with so many good places to stay.


Where to stay in Ubud

Stay in Ubud for culture, nature, arts and markets. Ubud has plenty of places that tourists will enjoy staying at. There’s the Como Shambhala Estate *, which is a health retreat deep in the rainforest. There’s the Hanging Gardens Ubud *, which has a spectacular view and private pool villas. The Purist Villas & Spa * is another popular place to stay in Ubud, as it’s a stylish boutique villa complete with meal and spa facilities. A popular boutique hotel is Uma by COMO *, which is located on the hillside in Ubud.

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Best Beaches in Uluwatu, Bali

If you are looking for Uluwatu beach, then you are looking at this beautiful corner of southwest Bali, with some of the best beaches around. This area is well known for one of the best temples in Bali, Pura Luhur Uluwatu or Uluwatu Temple. This temple perched at the edge of the rock overlooking the sea, leaving a deep impression to those who visit it.

Besides visiting this majestic temple, there are actually a lot of places to discover in Uluwatu. One of the activities if of course checking out many beautiful beaches around here. Many of the spots are popular with the surfers, but some of the beaches are also great for swimming and just lying under the sun.

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Balangan Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Balangan Beach, Bali. Photo by Nate Robert

Balangan Beach

This beach top the list of best beaches in Bali for its secrecy. This small and quiet beach need to be accessed through local villages, where cattle graze the fields and local people go about their daily lives. The currents here are strong and the waves are high, therefore it is usually not recommended for swimming. But when the tide is low, it is a perfect beach for strolling, with waves lapping your feet as you enjoy the sun. One of the famous hotel in Bali is located at this beach, the RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA *

Geger Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Geger Beach, Bali. Photo by Annie Mole

Padang-Padang Beach

Located close to Uluwatu temple, this is a beautiful beach with big rock, overgrown plants and monkeys. To get here, you would need to pass a narrow passage and steep steps. Becuase of this, this beach is still somewhat of a hidden paradise. When the tide is high, it is good for swimming but beware of sharp corals and sea urchings. A luxurious villa that faces this beautiful secret beach is the Suarga Padang-Padang *. While an alternative affordable option would be the Pinkcoco Bali *

Lovina Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Sunset at Lovina Beach, Bali. Photo by Arian Zwegers

Nyang Nyang Beach

Yet another relatively unknown beach in Bali, Uluwatu seems to keep all of them. This beach also requires some effort to get to, with going uphill and downhill a winding street and through a small forest. As there is quite a slippery 550 steps down, it is not recommended for children. The effort is well worth it though when you find yourself on white sandy beach with crystal blue sea. There are not many tourists here usually and instead, you will find the locals harvesting seaweed. You may swim when the tide is low. Being such a secluded beach, it is not surprising to find that the only few places to stay around here, with top options are the luxurious Bulgari Resort Bali * with its own elevator down to the beach and the further afield Alila Villas Uluwatu *

Dream Beach at Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

Dream Beach at Nusa Lembongan, Bali. Photo by Bart Speelman

Bingin Beach

Well known to the locals, this beach provides good waves for surfers while also provide an opportunity to swim. There are many local bars, warungs and cafes here along with the many homestays to choose from. Though not the most beautiful beach, it still provides a good enough sun and sea experience. There are also big slippery rocks around here when the tide is out, so be careful. A good luxurious option here would be Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort * while Sal Secret Spot is an excellent mid-range option that is walking distance from the beach.

As you can see, Uluwatu beach would mean a myriad of beaches dotted around Uluwatu area. These beaches listed here are definitely worth a visit if you are in Bali. They are out off the usual beaten tracks of Bali despite their beauty.


Best Accommodations in Uluwatu Area

If you wish to stay in Uluwatu area, you will be spoilt for choices. There are a number of very good reviews hotel, bed & breakfasts and homestays around here.

Gravity
For those looking for a charming retreat or an alternative to their honeymoon, this is touted as the best accommodation in Uluwatu area with its chic and charming design. The view from the poolside here is also to die for. Check out the latest prices at Booking.com *

Yoga Searcher Bali
Another popular hotel here is the with yoga retreats, organic spas and cooking classes. The hotel also features a calming pool and delicious organic foods. Check out the latest prices at Booking.com *

Pandawa Beach Homestay
For a budget option in Uluwatu area, this is definitely the place. Located only 5 minutes drive from the Pandawa beach, this place is best value for your money, with air-conditioned rooms and personal terraces for chilling out. Check out the latest prices at Booking.com *

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Top 10 Best Beaches in Lombok

Lombok is one of the most beautiful islands in Indonesia and is rivalling Bali with its beaches. On a visit to Lombok you can expect the same white sandy beaches and azure waters but without the crowds.

Many people are now opting to skip Bali completely and travel straight to Lombok, and if you choose to go this way, you will be rewarded with a wide range of beaches to choose from. Here is our list of the best beaches in Lombok for you.

Tangsi Beach, Lombok, Indonesia
Tangsi Beach, Lombok, Indonesia. Photo by Frantisek Krivda

Pink Beach

If you have never visited a pink beach then now is your chance. Also known as Tangsi Beach, this beach has the in a pretty shade of pink. This is one of only two pink beaches in Indonesia (the other one is in Flores) and although it is famous for its strawberry blonde sand, it is rarely crowded. You can spend the day here relaxing on the sand or go for a swim in the neighbouring sea. Pink Beach is located in the small village Sekaroh, Jerowaru, eastern Lombok. The luxury hotel Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp is located along this pink coast,

Pink Beach of Lombok., Indonesia
Pink Beach of Lombok. Photo by Schristia

Selong Belanak Beach

If you want to learn to surf but don’t want to do with the crowd at Kuta Beach in Bali, then head to Selong Belanak Beach in Lombok. The surf here is of the same standard, with small to medium sized waves, and you can rent a board and hit the water in a more relaxed and serene environment. This beach is also used by local fisherman and you can take in the pretty coloured boats here that bob on the water. Right at this beach you will find very affordable boutique hotel such as the favourite Bukit Indah Boutique Accommodation *

Mawi Beach

Just a little down the coast from Selong Belanak is the Mawi beach. It is most famous as a surfing beach as there are some nice breaks here which make it popular with surfers who make their way here from Bali.  The breaks here are recommended for advanced surfers only as the sea has a rocky bottom. The water, however, is pristine as is the fluffy white sand, so if you don’t surf you can still come here and relax on the beach. You can also take in the stunning views here across the bay over to Selong Belanak. One thing to note here is that there is no board rental available so you will need to come prepared.

Selong Belanak Beach - Hidden Beautiful Beach in Lombok, Indonesia.
Selong Belanak Beach, a hidden one in Lombok. Photo by celebrityabc

Beaches on the Gili Islands

The Gili Islands off the coast of Lombok are made up of Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. Gili Trawangan is the most developed island and has a long strip of sandy beach that runs around it. The island is also known for its pristine seas, and you can go snorkelling or diving here and enjoy a range of underwater delights including turtles and sharks. If you want a more secluded beach spot, then consider heading to Gili Meno. This island is known for being popular with honeymoon couples thanks to its small size and intimate atmosphere and you can spend time on the main beach here enjoying the warm sand and the clear seas. If you want to stay on Lombok but still with quick access to the Gili Islands, Hotel Tugu * is an excellent choice.

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Gili Trawangan, one of the Gili Islands, Indonesia.
Gili Trawangan, one of the Gili Islands. Photo by Luis Medina via Wikimedia Commons

Segar Beach

To the east of Kuta Lombok is Segar Beach which sits in a delightful small cove. The is one of the best beach as it is made up of pretty sand and coral. When the tide is out it is possible to walk across the sand to a large rock which protrudes from the bay. This beach is also known for its nice surf break and some of the main surf competitions in Lombok are held here. During which the beach can get quite crowded, so it is best to check if there is a competition on ahead of time if you want to beat the crowds. The nearest hotel to this beach is the trusty Novotel Lombok Resorts and Villas *.

View of Kuta, Lombok from a hill near Pantai Seger, Indonesia, Indonesia.
View of Kuta, Lombok from a hill near Pantai Seger, Indonesia. Photo by Whatsinaname at wts wikivoyage via Wikimedia Commons

Pandanan Beach

To the north of Senggigi in Lombok is Pandanan Beach. This is one of the least visited beaches on the island so it is a good choice if you want to beat the crowds. The beach hugs a long strip of coastline and you can expect clear seas and fluffy white sand. If possible, try to come here in the late afternoon as the beach is known for its gorgeous sunsets. This is one of the most romantic and secluded beaches in Lombok which makes it perfect for couples. Best places to stay nearby here are Qunci Villas Hotel and Sundamala Suites and Villas *.

Tanjung Aan

Tanjung Aan has the claim to fame of being one of the most beautiful beaches around Kuta in Southern Lombok. The beach is surrounded by lush rolling hills and you can hike to the strip of sand here and then go for a swim to cool off. To get to Tanjung Aan from Mataram takes around an hour and a half but it is more than worth it for the pretty views. Not too far off is the popular and high-end luxury hotel Villa Sorgas *. Book well ahead if you want to secure a place here.

Blue sea of Tanjung Aan beach, Lombok, Indonesia
Blue sea of Tanjung Aan beach, Indonesia. Photo by Suryanata budi via Wikimedia Commons

Pantai Mawun

If you want to spend time relaxing on a beach in Lombok then head to Pantai Mawun. This secluded beach is around an hour and a half away from Mataram, the capital city of Lombok and 20 minutes drive from Kuta. This is also one of the best beaches for swimming as the waves are small and the currents are gentle. You can pass the afternoon here sunbathing on the white sand or enjoy a refreshing coconut from a local stall. If you want to stay near this beach, don’t miss out the beautiful Mawun Raya Resort *

Mawun Beach, Kuta Lombok, Indonesia.
Mawun Beach near Kuta, Lombok. Photo by Whatsinaname via Wikimedia Commons

Cemara Beach

If you want to get off the beaten track, then head to Cemara Beach in eastern Lombok. This beach is also known as one of the most beautiful in the area and it is surrounded by pretty vistas and lush scenery. The beach is made up of a long strip of white sand that backs onto clear seas and this is a great choice if you want to go swimming or snorkelling.

Picking fishes at Kuta Beach, Lombok, Indonesia.
Picking fishes at Kuta Beach, Lombok, Indonesia. Photo by Tanti Ruwani via Wikimedia Commons

Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach in Lombok is not to be confused with Kuta Beach in Bali and is one of the most popular beaches in Lombok. This is however also one of the most crowded beaches on the main island, especially at the weekends, but it is also a good place to choose as a base. The beach stretches for some seven kilometres and you can go swimming or snorkelling here. There are also a number of small local cafes dotted along the shore called warungs where you can get some simple Indonesian dishes like fried rice or noodles. You can also relax on the sand with a fresh coconut and this can be a good choice if you don’t have much time to explore the other more secluded beaches in Lombok. Nearby to Kuta, Lombok, there are many choices of places to stay, with best-rated Mana Retreats *.

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