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Seminyak

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Seminyak is a beach town in South Bali.

The next town north of Legian, Seminyak is more upmarket with mostly luxury accommodation and fashionable high-end restaurants and bars.

The atmosphere is much more sophisticated and laid-back than Kuta, and the beach in particular is quieter during the day.
Seminyak is also the high end spa and boutique shopping capital of Bali. Nowhere is the upscaling of Bali in recent years more obvious than here.

It is hard to imagine that only ten years ago this was a distinctly separate village, and something of a backwater.
Development has occurred at an astonishing pace, and as well as absorbing all green space which formerly separated Seminyak from Legian,

it is now almost impossible to determine where Seminyak ends and the nearby villages of Petitenget, Umalas and Kerobokan begin. This certainly has its downside, and the whole district has become very congested.

Seminyak is part of the main west coast connurbation in South Bali and it can get very congested with traffic. There are two main routes in.

From Kuta and Legian, Jalan Legian runs parallel with the beach and at its western limit, becomes Jalan Seminyak. If at all possible try to avoid this road though, and take instead the eastern bypass called Jalan Sunset.

This is almost invariably the quicker route from Kuta and Legian into Seminyak, although it is actually further in distance.

Seminyak Beach and Petitenget Beach is a continuous expanse of grey sand stretching in both directions as far as the eye can see. To the south it becomes Legian Beach and then Kuta Beach, but is noticeably quieter than both.

The sunsets here are famous, and opportunites abound to mix with the glitterati who frequent the high end beach front estalilshments such as Ku De Ta.
Easy access points to the beach are at the end of Jalan Dhyana Pura, and from the large public car park between Petitenget Temple and La Luciola restaurant.
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