A few miles north of Kuta is Seminyak which is the hippest part of southern Bali. More upmarket than Kuta and home to Bali's best bars, clubs and restaurants with new places opening almost weekly. Creative energy is the phrase that best sums up Seminyak, energy which also extends to the fashion boutiques.
Cool comes at a price, featuring strongly are world class hotels and resorts located next to the beach. Expect prices to be a little higher than Kuta.
WHERE TO STAY IN SEMINYAK BEACH
Seminyak has some excellent boutique and five star resorts with lovely gardens, Asian style and Balinese features.
Limited road access to the beach means that it's less busy here than Kuta. Conditions are monitored less here than in other places so be very careful when swimming.
SEMINYAK BEACH NIGHTLIFE
Lots of trendy restaurants, cafes and stylish bars are to be found in Seminyak which attract a cool crowd of locals and hotel guests from nearby boutique hotels.
It's still part of the Kuta area - but the trendy sophisticated end.
WHAT TO DO IN SEMINYAK BEACH
Seminyak over the last few years has quietly established itself as a centre for excellent shopping and fine dining.
Seminyak is a great place to go shopping. A walk along the main road can take much longer than planned because there are so many interesting individual shops to browse. Unlike many resorts where you will find the same goods sold in every shop, here you'll find so many different designs, styles and unusual items, reflecting Bali's unique culture. From jewellry to local designer clothing to lifestyle items.
Everything you need is withing walking distance Seminyak and Kuta centre is literally a five minute taxi ride.
Metered taxis and Bemos (a small open-air bus) can be found easily.