Nusa Dua is a peninsula in South Bali, well known as an enclave of high end hotels.
The place name Nusa Dua can be used in two ways: either it can refer to the entire eastern side of the Bukit Peninsula at the southern tip of Bali, or it can refer to the purpose-built, safe and rather sterile tourist enclave (Kawasan Pariwisata, quite literally Tourism District) at the southeast side of this peninsula.
This article covers everything in the Nusa Dua enclave plus the Tanjung Benoa peninsula and a few points west of the enclave to the village of Sawangan. Everything on the Bukit Peninsula to the west of Sawangan is covered by the Bukit Peninsula article.
Nusa Dua host some of best five star hotels in Bali and is the home of the most popular golf course and a convention centre.
Nusa Dua gets a lot of bad press amongst travelers as it is so artificial and sanitised. That does not change the fact though that the beaches here are glorious – white sand, deep, long and safe for swimming. The public beach at Geger is the best to head to if you are not staying at Nusa Dua. This is also home to one of the best museums in Bali. The fact that it is nearly always empty is testament that most visitors who stay here in the least Balinese part of the island are, unsurprisingly, rather uninterested in learning much about Bali.
The Nusa Dua enclave has three manned gates and everyone entering is subject to a security search. This can have a slightly claustrophobic effect, and only contributes further to the impression that you are in an artificial location.
Nusa Dua is located 40 km south of Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali. Access is easy from the Kuta area (20-30 minutes) and Jimbaran (15 minutes) on the main southern route called Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, which becomes Jalan Bypass Nusa Dua as it approaches the enclave.
The international airport is about 20 to 30 minutes by car and a pre-paid taxi fare from there will cost between Rp 95,000 and 110,000. If you are staying here, then your hotel will no doubt arrange to pick you up at the airport.
Public transport if far from regular in the area, but some bemos from Tegal terminal in Denpasar do ply the main bypass.
Cheap Flights to Denpasar
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What to see and do
- Pantai Geger (Geger Beach). This is the public beach in Nusa Dua. This splendid white sand beach at the western edge of the enclave retains lots of the character that is missing in the sanitised Nusa Dua resort zone. Generally safe for swimming and some beach side warungs. The restaurant, beachbeds and massage ladys all work for the local cooperative. By supporting them you support the locals. Geger has a cooling breeze as it is one of the few beaches facing east and because of the reef far out from the beach it has some of the warmest water temperatures in Bali. Head westwards out of the Nusa Dua enclave passing the golf course and then the St Regis Hotel (on your left). Shortly after the St Regis, take the first turning left towards to the beach and proceed to the Pantai Geger car park.
Pasifika Museum, Blok P, BTDC (near Bali Collection), . 10:00-18:00 daily. A truly under-appreciated and poorly known attraction. It is a splendid museum, and is highly recommended for anyone interested in the art of Bali, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific region.Look for the exhibitions focused on European artists who made Bali their home, as well as renowned local painters. The Indochinese exhibition is impressive, as are the displays of Polynesian artefacts.Featuring artworks of well known artists from around the world such us Paul Gauguin, Theo Meier, Le Mayeur, Rudolf Bonnet Hendrik Paulides and Emilio Ambron.
- Serangan Island (Turtle Island). Boats are available from Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa. These are usually glass-bottomed allowing observation of marine life from within the boat. The island can also be accessed via a bridge. As the name suggests, Serangan is a turtle conservation area. The local people keep turtle eggs in traditional conservation houses until they hatch and then the youngster are released from local beaches. Besides turtles, they also have reptiles, birds, snakes and bats. US$25-30.
Many companies in Nusa Dua offer water sports activities (banana boat, parasailing, jetski, diving, flying fish, etc.). You can book directly on the beach at Nusa Dua or Tanjung Benoa, or have your hotel organise for you. All the operators work together to ensure that there is very little (if any) price difference. Expect to pay about US$25-30 for most activities.
What to do
- Nusa Dua Golf and County Club, Kawasan Wisata, . Tee times 06:00-16:00 daily. One of three top notch golf courses in Bali, and perhaps the most popular of them all due to its convenient location. Any hotel will be able to arrange a round for you – ask about packages on offer as these can save you a lot of money. Booking a tee time is very important on this very busy course.
Nusa Dua is home to many good quality spas. If you are staying at a luxury resort, then you will certainly have access to in-house spa and treatment facilities.
- Alam Alang Bali Spa, Jln Mahardika No10X, Mumbul, , fax: . 11:00-21:00 daily. Facilities: Balinese creambath, stone massage, Balinese mandi lulur, Ayurvedic, facial, oil head massage.
- Spa Sekar Jagat, Jl Bypass, . 09:00-22:00 daily. Authentic Balinese massage and spa treatments.
- Tamara Spa Bali, Jl Bypass Ngurah Rai, No 999A, Jimbaran, . 09:00-17:00 daily. Body care salon offering body scrub, beauty treatments and various spa packages.
A large swathe of the Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa beachfront is connected via a nice walking path, and morning walks here are especially recommended. The footpath runs from just in front of the Ayodya Resort in the south for about 7 km north to the Grand Mirage on the Tanjung Benoa spit. This passes by two obvious spits, both of which host temples.
- Thalasso Bali Spa, Jl. Pratama 74, Tanjung Benoa, P.O.Box 43, . 09:00-22:00 Daily. In front of the beach, it offers wide range of Thalasso and spa treatments.
- Bali Collection. An open air shopping area with many clothes and swimwear shops, souvenirs shops. At the center is COCO Supermarket, with a wide range of local and foreign food and drinks, including fruits and alcohol.
There are not too many quality restaurants in Nusa Dua outside of the luxury hotels. Bali Collection has a dozen restaurants with reasonable prices. The main Jalan By Pass which connects Nusa Dua to Jimbaran, the airport and Kuta is the home of a large number of Japanese and other Asian restaurants aimed at tour groups, but generally these are best avoided.
- Bumbu Bali, Jl Pratama, Tanjung Benoa, . Daily 11:00-16:00, 18:00 – last order. Bali’s first authentic Balinese five star restaurant, with food prepared and served it in a traditional manner. There are now two Bumbu Bali restaurants, named Bumbu Bali One and Bumbu Bali Two respectively, about 500 metres from each other. The menu of Two is similar to One with the addition of meat and prawn skewers.
- Nusa Dua Beach Grill, Geger Beach (just west of the Nusa Dua enclave reached via a small turning south off the main road to the Nikko Hotel). A great long-established dining option on a dreamy white sand beach. One of the few quality options to dine outside of hotels in the Nusa Dua area.
- Bawang Merah, Jl By Pass Ngurah Rai Nusa Dua, Mumbul, . 12:00-23:00 daily. Balinese speciality restaurant.
Nusa Dua does not have much of a nightlife. It is known more for its luxurious 5-star resorts where cocktails on the beach are the go.
|This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:|
|Budget||Under US$ 25|
|Mid-range||US$ 25 to 125|
|Splurge||Over US$ 125|
There is little accommodation in Nusa Dua outside of the luxury price range although many of the large resorts do offer very substantial reductions in the low season; always check.
Hotels Nusa Dua: Popularity
|Hotel||Stars||Discount||Price before and discount||Select dates|
|Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort||★★★★★||-50%||163 82|
|Courtyard by Marriott Bali Nusa Dua Resort||★★★★★||-12%||375 332|
|Grand Hyatt Bali||★★★★★||-35%||144 93|
|Melia Bali||★★★★★||-34%||100 66|
|Hilton Bali Resort||★★★★★||-33%||118 79|
|Novotel Bali Benoa||★★★★★||-39%||1 346 821|
|Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Bali||★★★★★||-33%||75 50|
|Mulia Resort||★★★★★||-9%||206 188|
|Grand Whiz Hotel Nusa Dua Bali||★★★★||-13%||884 766|
|Conrad Bali||★★★★★||-40%||112 67|
|Bali Nusa Dua Hotel||★★★★★|
|Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali||★★★★★||-7%||60 56|
|Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa, an IHG Hotel||★★★★★|
|The Ritz-Carlton Bali||★★★★★||-47%||265 139|
|Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach||★★★★★||-19%||245 198|
|Rumah Bali Nusa Dua||★★★★|
|Hotel Santika Siligita Nusa Dua||★★★|
|Bali Tropic Resort & Spa||★★★★★||-10%||1 962 1 768|
- Rasa Sayang Beach Inn, Jl Pratama, Tanjung Benoa, . A simple but well located hotel on the main Tanjung Benoa strip. From about Rp 200,000.
- Manuh Home Stay, Jalan Gunung Payung 10, Desa Kutuh (Turn right to Bukit Peninsula from Hardys Traffic light), . Nice and tranquil close to Pandawa Beach. Wi-Fi and hot shower is included. IDR 150,000.
- Bali Tropic Resort and Spa, Jl Pratama 34a, . A 3/4 star beach front resort on the Tanjung Benoa strip. From Rp 950,000.
- Goodway Hotel, Jl Dalem Tarukan No 7, Taman Mumbul, . The resort offers a spa, large swimming pool, karaoke, jacuzzi, beauty parlor, shops and fitness area. It also has a sunken bar in the swimming pool, a restaurant and bar. Is a five minute drive north of the Nusa Dua enclave. From Rp600,000.
- Tjendana Villas Nusa Dua, Jl. Gedong Sari, Mumbul Hill, . Each private villa has a terrace with a dining area and semi open kitchen overlooking the swimming pool. The villas offer complimentary in-villa breakfast. AC, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, DVD player and a safe are among the amenities, while the private bathrooms come with a bathtub, shower and free toiletries. Airport transfers and bicycle rental can be arranged by staff as well as access to spa and guidance with tours and activities. from $150.
There are many deluxe hotels in the area and more are constantly being constructed.
- Aman Nusa, . A high class resort, and one of the best luxury hotels Bali. Relatively few visitors will want to spend the money required to stay here, but if you want to splurge on a meal at a super luxury resort, then you could do a lot worse. The restaurant serves excellent food and has fabulous views across to Nusa Penida. From US$750.
- Ayodya Resort Bali (formerly Bali Hilton). Set amongst lush tropical gardens with a large lagoon style pool and world class golf course. Offers a wide selection of restaurants and activities. About US$150.
- The Bale, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan (on the western side of Nusa Dua), . The Balé is a boutique five star hotel with 29 pavilions, each with their own private swimming pool and modern, fashionable interiors. The notably good restaurant is open to non-residents. From US$600.
- The Bali Khama, Jl Pratama, Tanjung Benoa, . The Bali Khama is on the Tanjung Benoa spit. Several different room types from garden suites to self-contained villas. All rooms are air-conditioned, have a mini-bar, deck/balcony, hot water shower with bath, safe and high-speed internet access. From US$200.
- Conrad Bali, Jl Pratama 168, Tanjung Benoa, . The best luxury hotel on the Tanjung Benoa spit. This is a huge property with 313 rooms and the largest swimming pool in Bali. All the facilities you would expect from a 5 star resort. Dining options here are highly rated. From about US$ 250.
- Grand Hyatt Bali, Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua BTDC, . Check-in: 02:00 PM, check-out: 12:00 PM. This hotel was beginning to show its age but a recent refurbishment has returned it to top form. Has 5 swimming pools, a sports centre and a spa. From US$160.
- Heavenly Residence, Jl Gunung Payung, Sawangan, . Waterfront private luxury 3 and 4 bedroom villas with 24-hour butler service. Five minutes’ drive west of Nusa Dua set on a spectacular cliff-front. Good for people who want total privacy and have no budgetary constraints. From US$840.
- Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & Spa, BTDC Area, . 20 contemporary villas with private pool, fully-equipped gourmet kitchen and 24-hours butler service.
- The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, , fax: . Rooms and suites set in a tropical garden landscape. Direct beach access, vast swimming lagoons, spa and butler service. From US$350.
- Melia Bali (The Garden Villas), . Excellent spa facilities, watersport activities, newly equipped fitness centre, jogging track, table tennis, Balinese cabaret shows, shopping arcade and large lagoon style swimming pool. Also offers private villas with their own pool.
- Nikko Bali Resort, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, . Five-star resort about five minutes west from the main Nusa Dua enclave. Offers everything from jungle style lagoon pools with water slide, beautiful spa set among its gardens, camel rides and even a ropes course for children. Has its own private beach with beachside dining as well. Very popular with Japanese tour parties. From US$150.
- Novotel Nusa Dua, . This apartment style hotel is surrounded by the Nusa Dua Golf Course. Includes a lagoon-style pool, beach club, kids club, spa and a restaurant. They take environmental considerations seriously, and are Green Globe certified. From US$106.
- Nusa Dua Beach Hotel, . Five-star resort which is a bit old and tired but still with good faciltiies. Several swimming pools, spa, kids club, cultural, recreational and water sport activities available. From US$140.
- Ocean Blue Hotel Bali, Jl Raya Kampial, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Hotel set up as a wedding chapel and a spa about 5 minutes out of Nusa Dua proper
- Sekar Nusa Villas, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Sawangan, . Check-in: 14.00, check-out: 12.00. Sekar Nusa is a low key luxury resort. All of the one and two bedroom villas are spacious, and are furnished with antique wood furniture. Suited to golfers and honeymooners and as a wedding venue. From US$225.
- Sunset Villa, Tanjung Benoa (Turn left at Bumbu Bali Two), . An waterfront villa with private jetty and boat in a quiet setting only minutes from shops and hotels 575 USD.
- St Regis Bali Resort, . Private villas and regular rooms available. A grand and stylish hotel. From US$475.
- Westin Resort, . A resort with a children’s club equipped with Play Station, mini playground and musical instruments. The rooms are big, there is an in-house spa and good Japanese and western dining options. From US$150.
- Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso Spa, Jl. Pratama 74 Tanjung Benoa, , fax: . A five star beachfront Resort, offering stay packages and complete all inclusive. From US$135.
- Bukit Peninsula – 20 minutes west to one of Bali’s most famous temples and surfing spots
- Jimbaran – fantastic seafood dinner on the beach and is only 15 minutes away
Denpasar | Covid-19 Travel Restrictions | Lockdown | Coronavirus Outbreak South Bali
Denpasar is the largest city and capital of the island of Bali, Indonesia. It is located in South Bali.
Denpasar is a bustling, multi-cultural city and although it can seem a little intimidating the first time you visit, just do not believe those travel guides which say it has nothing to offer.
Denpasar is bristling with temples, palaces and museums and its occupants are outstandingly friendly. You will be off the beaten tourist track here, so bring lots of time for a chat with the locals and a decent map of town. You can see many of the main sights comfortably on foot.
This is also a notable shopping city with options to please even the most jaded of world shoppers.
Denpasar is the seat of government in Bali and is therefore home to the provincial governor’s office as well as the administration of the Regency of Badung.
Tourist Information Office
Jalan Surapati 6, Denpasar. ☎ +62 361 234569. 8AM-4PM. A source of information for current events in the city and for picking up a free map.
Denpasar is centrally located and easily reached by car or taxi from the main tourist regions of south Bali. A trip from Kuta, Legian and Seminyak will take 20 to 30 minutes depending on traffic. Sanur is just 15 minutes to the east and Ubud about 30 minutes to the north. Tabanan is about 40 minutes to the northwest.
A pre-paid taxi from the airport will cost between Rp 70,000-100,000, depending on exactly where in Denpasar you are heading to.
The main bus terminal of Denpasar is Mengwi. The former bus terminal is Ubung, which is now only a bemo terminal.
Most buses to and from Java depart from here.
- To and from Surabaya, Java: expect to pay Rp 175.000 – Rp 200.000 by eksekutif night bus depend on the bus operator (famous: restu, wisata Komodo), including the ferry trip between Banyuwangi and Gilimanuk, mineral water and a meal. Buses arrive in the Bungurasih bus terminal in Surabaya. Depart everyday 7PM, duration 10 hr.
- Other services operate to and from most big cities in Java, including Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bandung and Semarang.
- For high season idul fitri and new year allowing extra Rp 50.000 – Rp 100.000 per ride per person
The bemo centre of Bali is Ubung. Inconveniently, bemo terminals are scattered all around town, and transfers between them can be time and money consuming. The major ones are:
- Batubulan, 6 km northeast, for points central and east: (Besakih, Candidasa, Kintamani, Klungkung, Padang Bai, Ubud).
- Tegal, to the west, for southern Bali: (Kuta, Legian,Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Bukit Peninsula).
- Ubung, to the north, for points north and west: (Gilimanuk, Negara, Singaraja, Tabanan).
Always ask a local for the normal price before getting in or expect to be charged a price up to ten times what it should be.
Don’t forget that a bemo departs when it wants (usually when it is “full enough”), which can sometimes require a lengthy wait, except in the early morning, where they are rather frequent. In any case, you won’t find any bemo after 4PM.
Travel by train to Denpasar
There is no train station in Denpasar, since there are actually no trains in Bali. But a travel agency in the Ubung bus terminal has an agreement with Kerata Api, the Indonesian train company.
You can buy so-called “train tickets” to and from Surabaya, including a bus (air-conditioned) to Banyuwangi, and the ferry between Gilimanuk and Banyuwangi, and then a train from Banyuwangi to Surabaya.
Price: Low season Business: Rp190.000 – Rp 235.000 Executive: Rp 240.000 – Rp 290.000
high season (eid fitri and new year) Business: Rp 255.000 – Rp 300.000 Executive: Rp 310.00- Rp 360.000
Business: air conditioning, seat can not be reclined, less leg space Executive: air conditioning, seat can be reclined, more leg space, have leg rest
Those prices include a commission to the travel agency.
There are two services in each direction, each day:
- 22:00 from Surabaya arrival 04:15 in Banyuwangi, arrival approx 11.30 noon in Denpasar.
- 14:45 from Denpasar, train departing 22:00 from Banyuwangi, arrival 04:17 in Surabaya.
Denpasar can be a bit steamy and the traffic pollution a worry, but the centre of this city does lend itself to getting around on foot and walking is recommended.
Taxis are widely available for hailing. If you have a group of people, you may want to negotiate a bemo (small van) for a set rate to your destination. Remember that pricing is negotiable. Indonesians are great people, however, they won’t think twice about overcharging you if they can.
Bemo routes in Denpasar are extremely complicated. In addition to the three terminals described in the section above which operate longer distance bemos, there are three more which handle the local routes (as do the long distance terminals!) – Gunung Agung, Sanglah and Kereneng. Unless you are very patient and somewhat adventurous, bemo transport within Denpasar is best left to the locals to figure out. As a rule of thumb though most routes in the city seem to come through Kereneng Terminal on Jalan Kamboja at some stage.
To go from one bemo terminal to another within the city, the fixed price is Rp 7,000 although non-Indonesians may be asked to pay much more. A taxi can work out cheaper, is certainly faster and is indescribably more comfortable.
As elsewhere in Bali, motorbikes can be rented, although it is more normal for a visitor to arrive with a bike rather than rent one here.
What to see and do
When visiting any of the temples in Denpasar, remember to bring a sarong and sash with you. These temples receive relatively few foreign visitors and are unlikely to have temple dress available for hire or loan.
- Alun-Alun Puputan (Puputan Square), Jl Gajah Mada/Jl Suprati. The huge four-faced, eight-armed Catur Mukha statue is situated here at the centre point of the city. Representing the Lord Brahma and it serves as a guardian of each cardinal point. The square is a key point of orientation for the whole city. If you get lost, find your way back here and all will be clear.
- Bali Museum (Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali), Jl Mayor Wisnu (eastern side of the Alun-Alun Puputan), . Sa-Th 08:00-15:30, F 08:00-11:00. A much under-patronised place by visitors which offers an informative introduction to all things Balinese, both historical and modern-day. Originally opened in 1910, the building was brought down in the 1917 earthquake and languished until 1932 when resident German artist Walter Spies sparked a major revival. The grounds and architecture are quite charming, and the museum is housed in four separate pavilions. The main pavilion has a great collection including ancient stone, bronze and wooden artifact. The southern pavilion houses many textiles, the northern pavilion concentrates on the history of Balinese performance art, and the central pavilion is devoted to Balinese Hinduism and ritual. If this place was in Kuta or Nusa Dua it would be swamped with tourists. Rp 11,000.
- Lapangan Puputan Margarana (Puputan Park), Jl Raya Puputan. This rather grandiose park is home to the huge Bajra Sandhi monument (literally Balinese Peoples Struggle). The design of the grey stone monument symbolises the date of Indonesian independence, August 17th 1945. There are eight entrances, 17 corners and the height is 45 m. The monument is most significant though for its commemoration of the various puputans (suicidal fight to the death) of the Balinese in the struggle against the Dutch in the early 20th century. At the northern edge of the park you will find the governor’s office and other government buildings.
- Palace of Satria and the Royal Temples, Jl Veteren (about 300 metres north of Alun-Alun Puputan). 08:00-16:00 daily. The palace and temple of the royal family of Denpasar which is beautifully kept. It is open to all residents of Denpasar for worship. Some wonderfully ornate carvings, even by Balinese standards. Donation.
- Pura Agung Jagatnata (Jagatnata Temple) (Adjacent to the northern boundary of the Bali Museum). A state temple which was built in 1953. Dedicated to the supreme being Sanghyang Widi Wasa, this temple is open to all worshipers without any restriction as it is a government building and not a village temple. There are large ceremonies here twice a month at full moon and dark moon. Ask at the tourist office for a detailed schedule.
- Pura Maospahit (Maospahit Temple), Jl Sutomo. An ancient temple with a long and glorious history thought to originate in the 14th century. This is a temple typical of the peak of the Majapahit period being constructed largely from red brick. Sadly, much of it was destroyed in the early 20th century earthquake but there are some original remnants including the guardian statues in the inner courtyard. This is a charming temple and one which is seldom visited by tourists, and so there’s every chance you will have it to yourself.
- Sidik Jari Museum (Finger Painting Museum), Jl Hayam Wuruk 175, . 09:00-17:00 daily. Small, private fine art museum established and owned by I Gusti Ngurah Gede Pemecutan and which exhibits his own work as well as that of other artists. Also has facilities for public dance and other performances.
- Taman Wedhi Budaya Cultural Centre, Jl Nusa Indah, . 08:00-15:30 daily. A museum that covers the history and essence of Balinese art. The classical schools are well represented by both paintings and sculpture and there is a large section featuring contemporary Balinese art. Gamelan orchestra performances are also held. Rp 3,000.
What to do in Denpasar
It is very much worth finding information from the official tourism office about scheduled cultural events in Denpasar. These are many and varied and include, dance, puppet theatre and art exhibitions.
Otherwise, apart from the numerous sights and excellent shopping, there are not really any specific activities to recommend in Denpasar.
Contrary to what you might read in many guide books, the best shopping in Bali is in Denpasar.
- Badung Central Market, Jl Gajah Mada is best visited in the early morning. The ground level is devoted to fresh foodstuffs, dried food and spices are on the second level and handicrafts can be found on the top level.
- Duta Silk, fabulous silk emporium located at Block 1, Komplex Duta Permai (next to Matahari Department store) on Jalan Dewi Sartika.
- Gold, competitive jewellery prices abound in Jl Hasanuddin and Jl Sulawesi.
- The myriad of small stores selling fabrics and local works in Jl Gajah Mada and Jl Thamrin will keep happy even the most jaded of world shoppers.
- There are several shopping malls in Denpasar, the most notable being Ramayana on Jl Diponegoro, Matahari Duta Plaza on Jl Dewi Sartika and Robinsons opposite Matahari. These malls have a huge range of stores selling everything from clothing to arts and crafts as well as more everyday shops such as pharmacies.
Denpasar is a melting pot of different cultures from all over Indonesia. There are few places where the results of the government trans-migration policy are more evident than here. For that reason it is a wonderful place to eat with restaurants specialising in different regional and ethnic Indonesian cuisines. Sometimes this can all seem a bit inaccessible and hard to find for visitors, so do not be shy to ask your driver or at your hotel.
- Atoom Bara, Jl Gajah Mada 106-108, . Chinese restaurant specialising in seafood. It appears unimpressive but the food is fantastic.
- Ayam Goreng Nyonya Suharti, Jl Gatot Subroto 109, Ubung, . Famous fried chicken cooked with an old family recipe from Java. A bit out of the way but definitely worth the effort in getting there.
- Ayam Taliwang, Jl Teuku Umar, . A restaurant noted for the Lombok speciality of Ayam Taliwang (grilled or fried young chicken). Spicy and delicious.
- Bali Bakery, Jl Hayam Wuruk 181, Tanjung Bungkak, . 8AM to 9.30PM. Long established bakery and bistro/cafe. Very good quality bread, pastries and cakes produced fresh every day. Large lunch and dinner menu which includes local favorites and some well chosen international dishes.
- Cianjur, Jl Cok Agung Tresna, Renon, . Named after a town in Western Java, its dishes are influenced by Sundanese cuisine. A little out of the city centre in the suburb of Renon. The grilled and sour-sweet Ikan Gurame is especially recommended.
- Kak Man, Jl Teuku Umar 135, . This place is an absolute institution. Truly excellent Balinese food including bebek betutu (smoked duck).
- Kereneng Night Market (Pasar Malam Kereneng), Jl Hayam Wuruk/Jl Kamboja. This market starts up at sunset eveyday and is open until dawn. All manner of Indonesian food served from dozens of stalls. It is rough and ready, but the food is excellent and 100% authentic.
- Warung Nasi Bali, Jl Hayam Wuruk 69A, . Excellent local food at very good prices. Highly recommended for a real tate of Indonesia in a very authentic environment.
- Warung Wardani, Jl Yudistira 2, . Excellent Indonesian cuisine. Look no further than the Nasi Campur (rice with various spicy side dishes) which is what everyone comes here to eat.
The foodcourts on the upper levels of Denpasar’s department stores all serve surprisingly good food at excellent value prices. Try Ramayana, Matahari and Tiara Dewata department stores.
- Ramayana (Jalan Diponegoro, Matahari Duta Plaza). Ramayana on Jalan Diponegoro, Matahari Duta Plaza on Jalan Dewi Sartika and Robinsons opposite Matahari. These malls have a huge range of stores selling everything from clothing to arts and crafts as well as more everyday shops such as pharmacies.
There are bars and nightlife in Denpasar but these are best left alone by visitors who will feel much more at home in Seminyak, Legian and Kuta.
- Bali Bakery, Jl Hayam Wuruk 181, Tanjung Bungkak. Long established bakery and bistro/cafe. Very good quality bread, pastries and cakes produced fresh every day. Large lunch and dinner menu which includes local favorites and some well chosen international dishes.
- Kereneng Night Market (Pasar Malam Kereneng), Jl Hayam Wuruk/Jl Kamboja. This market starts up at sunset eveyday and is open until dawn. All manner of Indonesian food served from dozens of stalls. It is rough and ready, but the food is excellent and authentic.
- Warung Nasi Bali, Jl Hayam Wuruk 69A. Excellent local food at very good prices. Highly recommended for a real tate of Indonesia in a very authentic environment.
- Bhineka Jaya Kopi Bali, Jl Gajah Madah 80, . An absolute must for coffee lovers. Indonesia produces some of the best coffee in the world and here you can order your favorite brew as well as buy the beans. Products include coffee from Central Java, Toraja from Sulawesi, Mandailing from Sumatra and of course the very best of Bali coffee. The outlet of the famous Butterfly Globe brand.
Where to stay in Denpasar
There are many small budget hotels in Denpasar which are primarily aimed at domestic business travellers as few foreign tourists stay in the city here. These are reasonably priced and comfortable enough. Within a 500 m walk of the Alul-Alun Puputan there are many options which will nearly always have availability. Shop around.
Hotels Denpasar: Popularity
|Hotel||Stars||Discount||Price before and discount||Select dates|
|Aston Denpasar Hotel & Convention||★★★★||-14%||183 156|
|HARRIS Hotel and Conventions Denpasar Bali||★★★★|
|Ibis Styles Bali Denpasar||★★★||-22%||107 83|
|Neo Denpasar by ASTON||★★★||-33%||615 410|
|Inna Bali Heritage Hotel||★★★|
|Capital O 1068 Grand Mirah Boutique Hotel|
|OYO 3850 Bali Kepundung Hotel||★★||-10%||56 51|
|Choice Stay Hotel Denpasar||★★★||-7%||116 107|
|The Graha Cakra Bali Hotel||★★★||-21%||500 395|
|Katang - Katang Guest House||★★|
|Golden Tulip Essential Denpasar Hotel|
|The Grand Santhi Hotel||★★★||-14%||711 610|
|Puri Saron Denpasar Hotel||★★|
|Monica Bali Villa||★★★★|
|OYO 1638 Cityzen Renon Hotel||★★||-9%||63 57|
|Puri Ayu Hotel|
|Sayang Residence 2||★|
|The Vasini Hotel|
- Aston Denpasar Hotel and Conference Centre, Jl Gatot Subroto Barat No 283, . 3/4 star hotel from the Aston chain. Probably the best standard hotel in Denpasar but very much aimed at the conference and business travel market. from about Rp 800,000.
- Genesis Hotel and Spa, Jl Bypass Ngurah Rai 888, . 4 star hotel & spa with 5 suites and 71 rooms, including 9 sets of interconnecting rooms for families. Easy access to the main Jl Ngurah Rai bypass. Rates start from US$ 85.
- Inna Bali Inn (Natour Bali Hotel), Jl Veteren, . Mid-market hotel owned by the government and designed principally for hosting conferences. Good city location though. Has an interesting colonial past and a few nice historical touches remain. Rp 400,000.
- Merta Sari Hotel, Jl Hasanudin 24 (2 minutes walk south from the Alun-Alun Puputan), . Simple clean hotel.
- Nakula Familiar Inn, Jl Nakula 4, . Huge, modern rooms, WiFi, each with a balcony and choice of fan or A/C, and a welcoming family-style. From Rp 130,000 single, Rp 150,000 double.
- Taman Suci Hotel, Jl Imam Bonjol 45, . 45 room hotel in a strategic city position. Popular with domestic travellers. From Rp 325,000.
- Tirta Lestari Hotel, Jl Nangka 62 (1 km north of the city centre), . Simple clean hotel which will appeal to travellers on a budget. From Rp 120,000.
Several nations have a consulate in Denpasar:
- Australian Consulate General in Denpasar, Bali, Jalan Tantular, No. 32, Renon, Denpasar (PO Box 3243), , fax: . For emergency contact: Call +62 361 241118. Follow the instructions (press 4, wait for the information recording to begin and then press 6), this will connect you to the 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra. The Australian consular service in Bali also provides a limited range of consular services to Canadian and New Zealand citizens.
- Austrian Representative for Consular Affairs in Denpasar, Bali, Jalan Ganetri 9 D, Gatot Subroto Timur, , fax: . Mo-Fr 09:00-13:00 Closed on Austrian and Indonesian holidays.
- Japanese Consulate General Branch Office in Denpasar, Bali, Jl Raya Puputan No 170, Renon, .
- Consulate of Switzerland in Denpasar, Bali, Jalan Ganetri 9 D, Gatot Subroto Timur, , fax: . Mo-Fr 09:00-13:00 Closed on Swiss and Indonesian holidays.
- United States Consular Agency in Denpasar, Bali, Jl. Hayam Wuruk 310, , fax: . Mon-Fri 09:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:30. Closed on American and Indonesian holidays.
If you don’t see the consulate you’re looking for in this section, check to see if it’s actually in Sanur, Kuta, Jimbaran or Legian, or see the “Cope” section of the Bali article for reference.
Virtually all of Bali can be accessed easily from Denpasar.
- After spending time in the crowded city, head 45 minutes north to Ubud for clean air and spiritual refreshment.
- The golden beaches of Sanur are just 15 minutes drive east.
Seminyak | Covid-19 Travel Restrictions | Lockdown | Coronavirus Outbreak 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 conurbation in South Bali and it can get very congested with traffic. There are two main routes in.
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.
Cheap Flights to Denpasar
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The streets of Seminyak are increasingly jammed, with Jalan Laksmana being a particular black-spot. Your best options here are to walk or rent a motorcycle/bicycle.
A number of roads in Seminyak have alternative names. Whilst this issue is not exclusive to Seminyak, it does seem to happen here more than anywhere else in Bali. There follows a list of road names with the most popular given first and the alternatives afterwards in brackets.
- Jalan Arjuna (Jalan Double Six, Jalan 66)
- Jalan Raya Seminyak (Jalan Raya Basangkasa)
- Jalan Dhyana Pura (Jalan Caplak Tanduk)
- Jalan Laksmana (Jalan Oberoi, Jalan Kayu Aya)
- Jalan Pantai Legian (Jalan Blue Ocean)
- Jalan Mertanadi (Jalan Penjara)
Tourist Information Office
Jalan Raya Seminyak Gang Baik-Baik. ☎ +62 85253 000066. firstname.lastname@example.org 08:00-18:00. A source of information for current events in the city and for picking up a free map.
What to see and do
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 establishments 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 (Rp 2,000) between Petitenget Temple and La Luciola restaurant.
- Pura Petitenget at the beachside off Jl Petitenget is a compact, pretty Balinese temple, which is known for particularly spectacular beach-side ceremonies. There has been a temple here since at least the 16th century, and although this is not one of the key nine directional temples of Bali, it is an important link in the series of west coast temples between Pura Uluwatu and Pura Tanah Lot.
What to do
- Nautilus Diving Bali, Jl. Drupadi 72 b, . 09:00 – 19:00. PADI dive center. Courses, trips and safaris around the island. Languages: English, German, Spanish, French and Bahasa.
Spas, massage and other treatments
Seminyak is the high-end spa capital of Bali. Your spa experience here will be one of great luxury in a sophisticated setting. You pay up for all of that of course, but the prices are still 50% or more cheaper than you would pay in a western country.
If you are staying in one of Seminyak’s high end hotels there will undoubtedly be an in-house spa service. If you are staying in a villa, then in-villa treatments will almost certainly be offered – check with the staff.
- Amo Beauty & Spa, Jl Petitenget 100x (opposite Bali Catering Company and Kayana), . 10:00-20:00 daily. A spa run by former model Navia Nguyen that offers massages and various spa treatments. From US$18.
- Amoaras Spa, Jl Laksmana 57, . 09:00-22:00. Traditional Balinese massage and treatments in a well established spa. From US$25.
- Coco Grande – male spa, Jl. Dhyanapura (in same building like Club Cosmio), . 11:00-24:00. Male spa offering wide range of treatments and quality services. Staff is male only. Also outcall service. From €25.
- Glo, Kunti Plaza , Jl Kunti 119, . 11:00-19:00. A self-styled hip spa offering many different treatments. Positions itself to appeal to younger clientele than many of Bali’s spa establishments. From about Rp 100,000.
- Jari Menari (Dancing Fingers), Jl Raya Seminyak, . 10:00-21:00. Superb massage centre in Seminyak. The team who set up Jari Menari consult worldwide for other spas and massage houses. Also offer massage training classes. From Rp 275,000.
- Prana Spa, Jl Kunti, . 10:00-22:00. Attached to The Villas, this is one of Bali’s very best spas. Themed on a Rajasthan Palace. Massages from Rp 450,000, treatments from Rp 750,000.
- Spa Venus Bali, Jl Raya Seminyak, Gg Plawa No33F (10 min walk from Bintang Supermarket), . 10:00-22:00. Simple Balinese traditional massage to a complete detox programme including colonic cleansing and fasting, infra red sauna, deep healing treatments, allergy elimination, herbal medicine. From US$45.
- Lagoon Spa, Jl Baik Baik, , fax: . 09:00-22:00. Lagoon Spa offers a wide arrange of indulging body and beauty treatments. With relaxing environment, a Romanesque jacuzzi, sauna, rain shower and public pool. The treatments are drawn on the ancient health and beauty traditions of Asia. From about US$10.
A little bit of surfing goes on here, but it is not as good as off Legian and Kuta beaches to the south, or at Canggu to the north.
Seminyak is the centre in Bali for hip and inventive fashion boutiques, other designer stores and art studios. A good starting point for any shopper would be the legion of small boutiques and designer stores on Jalan Laksmana.
Clothing and accessories
- Bamboo Blonde, Jl Laksmana 61, . 10:00-21:00. Innovative women’s wear and notably helpful and friendly staff.
- Biasa, Jl Raya Seminyak 36, . 10:00-21:00. This is the flagsghip store of the Bali fashion brand. Lightweight womenswear using natural fabrics.
- Bong’s, Jl Raya Seminyak 42A, . 09:00-22:00. This second line store owned by an Indonesian haute couture designer. High end fashion clothing made out of silk, linen and cotton.
- Body and Soul, Jl Raya Seminyak 11i, . 10:00-21:00. Women’s sportswear, beachwear and swimwear. Flagship store is on Jl Raya Seminyak and they also have a outlet in Seminyak Square.
- Indigo & Rose, Jl Seminyak (50 m from Bintang Supermarket) and Jl Oberoi, opposite Seminyak Square, . 09:00-20:00. Sister label of Indigo Kids. Stylish women’s clothes, accessories, sandals, jewellery and children’s wear. The flagship store is on Jl Oberoi next to Seminyak Square and there is a second store on Jl Seminyak.
- Mario Silver, Jl Raya Seminyak 19 (just south of Bintang Supermarket), . 10:00-21:00. The retail outlet of one of Bali’s leading silver jewellery designers and manufacturers. Wide range of high quality items.
- Milo’s, Jl Laksmana 38, . 10:00-21:00.
- Religion, Jl Laksmana 4A, . 10:00-22:00. A well established fashion boutique. Funky, eclectic and popular with a young clientele.
- Sabbatha, Jl Raya Seminyak 97, . 10:00-21:00. If bling is your thing, you will like it here. Those of a more tasteful disposition might not. Glitzy, kitschy bags and other accessories.
- Shaman, Jl Raya Seminyak 127 (next to Cafe Seminyak). 09:00-22:00. A funky store which is an outlet for the Shaman Electro brand. Young streetwear.
- we’ar concept store, Jl Laksmana 12 (next to Corner Store). 09:00-22:00. A very nice and colourful store which is the concept store for the we’ar brand. Great yoga we’ar and street wear.
- Buddha Gallery Bali, Jl. Raya Basangkasa, . Extraordinary collection of antique Buddha statues and sculptures, ritual implements and other related items, originating from Thailand, Burma, Laos, China and Japan. starts from US$100.
- Folk Art Gallery, Jl Laksmana 17, Also known as Jl Oberio, . A great collection of art from all over South East Asia with an emphasis on Burma. fabulous collection of Burmese Buddhas but also beads, textiles, jewellery. Prices are from a few dollars up to US$10,000 (for an almost life-sized Marble Buddha). Caters to collectors or for gifts to take home.
- Lukisan traditional & modern paintings, Jl Kunti 3. 10:00-18:30. Stocks traditional Balinese, Buddhist, abstract, modern and pop art paintings. It is all a bit production line, but this is a gallery with very reasonable prices.
- Richard Meyer Culture, Jl Petintenget 200x, . 10:00-20:00. An elegant gallery showcasing art, photography and sculpture from contemporary Balinese artists.
- Bintang Supermarket, Jl Raya Seminyak. 10:00-22:00 daily. This is the grand old aunt of supermarkets in Bali. It is a bit faded and old-fashioned looking these days but remains popular, and is a very convenient one stop for those visitors looking for the supermarket-type items that they would find at home. Also has a hardware section upstairs.
- Seminyak Square, Jl Laksmana (on the corner of Jl Laksmana and Jl Kayu Jati), . 1000-22:00. Chic and modern shopping complex housing designer stores, restaurants and an excellent Periplus bookshop. Most unusually for Seminyak, there is a lot of public parking available here.
If you are looking for Indonesian antiques (genuine or reproductions), or just enjoy browsing for eclectic homewares, try Jalan Kerobokan between the junction with Jalan Seminyak and the next set of traffic lights to the north. This is a very busy road and moving around is not easy, but both sides of the street are lined with numerous furniture, antique and homeware stores. A quieter, but just as rewarding option for similar products, is Jalan Mertanadi which runs parallel to Jalan Kerobokan just to the east.Two traditional fresh produce markets remain in Seminyak. The most convenient is on the west side of the last bend at the very northern end of Jalan Raya Seminyak, and is widely known as Seminyak Market. A little more out of the way is a similar market in Kerobokan, called Taman Sari. Take Jalan Raya Kerobokan north from Jalan Raya Seminyak until you reach the first set of lights. Turn right and Taman Sari market is almost immediately on your righthand side. Both are best in the mornings from 07:00-11:00, and provide visitors with the opportunity to examine and purchase traditional, fresh local fruit and vegetables.
Over the past 10 years, Seminyak has developed a world-class dining scene. If you want to splurge on one very special dinner while you are in Bali, look no further than the higher end options in Seminyak. Prices are high by Bali standards but on an international scale still good value for the highest quality of food and eating environment. The clientele is demanding here and the turnover of restaurants quite high, so those that make it and stick around are invariably very good.
- Hallo Restaurants, Jl Nakula 4, Seminyak, . This handy service will deliver food to you anywhere in the Seminyak area. Their menu includes several of the restaurants listed below – you simply order with them and they pass on the order to the restaurant, pick it up and deliver to you. Allow about 45 min for delivery. Particularly useful for those staying at one of Seminyak’s private villas, many of which carry a copy of their menu and ordering instructions. If not, you can pick one up at their office or simply check the website. For the extremely lazy, they will even deliver beer and cigarettes. Delivery charge Rp 12,000.
Although they have become harder to find in recent years, there are still some excellent budget options available in the area.
- Baku Dapa, Jl Dhyana Pura. This great value warung is something of a legend in Seminyak. Stays open very late and is popular with the partying crowd. Serves Manado style Indonesian food at very keen prices. Highly recommended as a real taste of Indonesia.
- Café Tahu (Tofu Cafe), Jl Petitenget 20. Popular with locals, this restaurant has raised seating around a central courtyard and offers up a menu of tofu, tofu and more tofu, cooked Indonesian style for about Rp 10,000 per dish. The tofu is all made on premises and you can even buy a pack to take home. Concessions to meat-eaters include satay and grilled chicken.
- Kolega, Jl Petitenget, . About 11:00-15:00, sometimes open in the early evening also. This simple, unassuming Javanese warung is an absolute institution amongst locals and expats alike. When it first gained the attention of travel guides there was a collective groan, but it has remained remarkably free from attention of the tourist hoardes. Choose your rice (options of plain, yellow and sometimes red) and the dishes to go with it. The various beef, chicken and fish dishes are fabulous, and the vegetables always fresh and fiery. Go easy on the sambal until you understand your heat tolerance. It is hard to think of a better, more authentic introduction to Indonesian food anywhere in Bali. Packed every day, and especially at lunch time. around Rp 20,000.
- Little Green Cafe, Jl Mertanadi 11, Kerobokan (turn north from Jl Sunset into Jl Mertanadi, look for the cafe on your left side after about 300 m), . 09:00-17:00 daily. 100% vegetarian and uses almost exclusively organic ingredients, most of them locally sourced. Excellent homemade cakes, cookies, fruit bars and fresh juices, as well as salads, soups, veggie burgers and daily specials. A little off the beaten path, but well worth the effort to get there. Mains Rp 25,000-35,000.
- Mano Beach Side Café, Seminyak Beach (opposite Pura Petitenget). 10:00-20:00. True to the name, this is a simple but stylish blue building by the beach, offering all sorts of drinks for around Rp 10,000 as well as sandwiches and pasta for around Rp 30,000 — not to mention cool breezes and great sunsets.
- Warung Batavia, Jl Kunti Utara (turn north off Jl Sunset at the Jl Kunti lights and it is on the first bend you reach), . 11:00-19:00. After years on Jl Kerobokan this long-established warung which serves excellent Javanese food has opened at a location with better parking. Always busy, but lunchtimes especially. Choose your food at the counter and sit at the sociable, shared tables. Spend Rp 25,000 for a fantastic quality meal.
- Warung Sobat, Jl Batu Belig (About half way down Batu Belig on the right hand side heading towards the beach), . 11:00-21:00. Good value and popular Indonesian restaurant. Main dishes about Rp 20,000 to 30,000.
- Biku, . 09:00-21:00 daily. Exactly what it says on the label, “a tea lounge, restaurant, antiques and bookstore”. Quirky place with a lovely atmosphere. Great range of homemade deserts, salads and sandwiches, amongst more formal fare. The traditional English tea, complete with scones and cream, is a real hit. When you have finished eating have a browse through the antique gallery and the branch of Ubud’s famous Ganesha Bookshop.
- Cafe Jemme, Jl Petitenget 28, . 11:00-22:00 daily. Discrete, charming small restaurant set away from the road behind the Jemme jewellery shop. Serves creative food with Asian accents at very reasonable prices for the area. The crispy duck is especially recommended, and leave space for a superb line in desserts.
- Cafe Seminyak, Jl Raya Seminyak 17 (right in front of Bintang supermarket), . 07:00-23:00. Established in 2000, this is where the local community meets. All day long, this very busy cafe serves breakfasts with French croissants, baguettes and a big English breakfast with beans and sausage. The only downside here is that it is an outdoor cafe right beside a very busy and noisy road.
- Gourmet Cafe (Bali Catering Co Cafe), Jl Petitenget, . 07:00-21:00 daily. This is the cafe outlet of Bali’s most gourmet catering company. Superb salads, pastries, home baked breads, all day breakfasts, Italian coffee, and a quite remarkable range of teas. Also have great line in high quality frozen and fresh ready meals, both here and in their nearby shop. This is very handy if you are staying in one of Seminyak’s private villas. Indoor seating area which is non-smoking, and being Seminyak, a large alfresco smoking area.
- Grocer and Grind, Jl Kayu Jati 3x, . 08:00-22/00. Very contemporary deli-style cafe serving superb sandwiches, salads and pastries, and possibly the best coffee in Seminyak. Free WiFi.
- Junction Cafe, Jl Laksmana (on the corner of Jl Laksmana and Jl Kayu Jati), . 11:00-22:00. Excellent cafe serving the best baguettes imaginable and salads at lunchtime, and specialising in pasta in the evening. Free WiFi. Belgian owned and operates.
- Le Tebu, Jl Petitenget 40X, . The French-owned Le Tebu offers diners salads, sandwiches and a few token Indonesian items. Dishes start from Rp 30,000.
- Made’s Warung, Jl Raya Seminyak, . 11:00-23:00. A Seminyak institution first established (in a different location) in 1969. Wonderful Indonesian food in a great location in a courtyard off of the main road in Seminyak. The western food is OK but nothing special; stay with the Indonesian dishes. Certainly not over-priced by Seminyak standards.
- Queen’s Tandoor, Jl Raya Seminyak, Number 1/73, . 12:00AM–23:30PM. The best Indian restaurant in Bali by a country mile. Consistently wins awards and it is easy to understand why. Superb tandoori chicken and fish, and huge, authentic biryanis. Vegan options available. Also has a delivery service. Rp 50,000.
- Rumours, Jl Laksmana, Seminyak, . 18:00-23:00. Incredibly popular restaurant serving great value western food. You cannot book here and there is often a long queue for tables.
- Sate Bali, Jl Laskmana 22A (opposite Samaya resort), . 11:00-22:00. Low-key but tastefully done open-air restaurant with well presented Balinese favorites like sate lilit (spiced meat on lemon grass sticks), plenty of pork dishes and fresh fish. Rp 50,000.
- Ultimo, Jl Laksmana 104 X, . 17:00-23:00 daily. Italian food is the go at this popular Laksmana restaurant. Has recently improved enormously. Good pastas and steak and carpaccio are the highlights. Same ownership as Rumours, just a few doors up the street. Mains Rp 40,000-100,000.
- Waroeng Bonita, Jl Petitenget 100X. A vast selection of western and Indonesian dishes, served in a garden courtyard. Prices start from Rp 50,000.
- La Lucciola (on the south side of the Petitenget temple car park). Right on Petitenget beach, serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Home of the Frangipani Bar, a popular choice for watching the sunset.
- Metis, Jl Petitenget No6 (at the Kerobokan end of Jl Petitenget), . After 10 years as Bali’s top French restaurant the former Warisan closed and the management team from there have opened Metis, has ample parking. About Rp 1,000,000 per head.
- Sardine, Jl Petitenget 21 (northern end of Jl Petitenget, almost opposite Metis), . closed Mondays. Specialises in fish and other seafood prepared with a Mediterranean ethic. Intimate restaurant with a all bamboo design and clear views over the rice paddies. Mains Rp 100,000-150,0000.
- Sarong Restaurant, Jl Petitenget No19x, . Original takes on Asian street and country food in a chic 5 star setting.
Many of Bali’s hippest nightspots are in Seminyak.
- Hu’u, Jl Petitenget, . Part of the Singaporean nightspot chain. The star attraction is the lit central swimming pool, where the bold and the beautiful can jump in. The rest of the complex is chilled-out drinking and dining in the garden and pavilion. Draught beer at Rp 20,000 a glass, with cocktails around Rp 115,000+.
- Ku De Ta, Jl Oberoi (Laksmana) 9, . Stylish bar-restaurant complex with 2 bars, restaurant seating indoors and beachside divans to laze on while the DJ spins an eclectic mix of music, new and old. Soft drinks from Rp 20,000, cocktails from Rp 70,000, including bizarre selections such as black pepper and grilled pineapple Martini. Gets packed at weekends.
- Lita Gunardi & The Backyard Lounge, Kunti Arcade 2&3, Jl Kunti I, . 11:00-24:00. A lounge bar and restaurant attached to the Lita Gunardi boutique. The bar serves good cocktails and the restaurant specialises in Italian food.
- The Living Room, Jl Petitenget 2000x, . Just across the road from Hu’u and a similar bar which attracts a similarly hip clientele. Good cocktails and excellent DJ music. The restaurant is unreliable.
- Red Carpet Champagne Bar, Jl. Kayu Aya no 42, . Daily noon to late. A fairly ritzy bar, unsurprisingly, specialising in Champagne. Not as expensive as you might imagine, but by no means a place for a cheap drink.
- Syndicate Club Bali, Jl Blue Ocean (right on he beach, next door to 66), . 22:00 to 04:00. Late night dance bar with great ocean and beach views.
- Potato Head, Jln. Petitenget (next to W hotel), . Great beach club to mingle through the day and do people watching. Day beds are to be seen and require reservation. Food and drinks are nice. Especially popular for sunset
- Pop’s Bar. Nice rooftop bar with dinner options. Great ambiance.
- Motel Mexicola, Jl Kayu Jati No 9, Petingenget Beach, . Mexican bar and restaurant that is popular for the Mexican dishes and the colourful design. Popular for drinks in the evening and the small dishes.
Where to stay in Seminyak
There is virtually no backpacker accommodation in Seminyak. Budget travellers will generally do better to stay in nearby Kuta or Legian. However, there are some (fairly uninspiring) losmen type places in Gang Bima which runs south off the northern end of Jalan Dhyana Pura, right in the heart of Seminyak.
The main choices are villas and higher end hotels. There are some good bargains to be had in the mid-range though in low season, so shop around.
Beware of false advertising. Only the most expensive “villas” are completely private and self-contained, while many share at least some facilities, and the cheaper ones are just clusters of bungalows.
Room occupancy rate of classified hotel in Bali is decreasing since 2013 and in 2016 the room occupancy rate is less than 54 percent, a significant drop by about 4.5 percent from 2015. Experts predict that in 2017 and next, hotels oversupply will be more severe due to mass development of big hotels with more than a hundred rooms each. Many hotels give big discount, including 5, 4 and 3 stars hotels, make 2 stars hotels and below maybe collapse. It is difficult to differentiate between Budget and Mid-range hotel as usual based on stars, so a usual 4 or 3 stars mid-range hotel may be nowadays will be a budget hotel. Seminyak is vast area compare to Legian and Kuta, many 4 stars hotels give big discount.
The prices are stated below are normal price, except if it stated as discount price.
Hotels Seminyak: Popularity
|Hotel||Stars||Discount||Price before and discount||Select dates|
|Grandmas Plus Hotel Seminyak||★★★||-16%||155 130|
|Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak Resort||★★★★★||-28%||301 215|
|The Trans Resort Bali||★★★★★||-36%||719 463|
|Dash Hotel Seminyak||★★★★||-40%||245 146|
|The Haven Bali Seminyak||★★★★||-44%||1 077 606|
|Ibis Styles Bali Petitenget||★★★||-22%||124 97|
|Amadea Resort & Villas Seminyak Bali||★★★★||-45%||1 000 553|
|W Bali - Seminyak||★★★★★||-39%||280 170|
|HARRIS Hotel Seminyak||★★★★||-24%||557 423|
|Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach, an IHG Hotel||★★★★★||-17%||105 88|
|Horison Seminyak Bali||★★★★|
|Montigo Resorts Seminyak||★★★★★|
|The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali - MGallery Collection||★★★★★|
|U Paasha Seminyak Bali||★★★★||-31%||1 154 793|
|4S Villas At Seminyak Square||★★★★|
|Double - Six, Luxury Hotel - Seminyak||★★★★★||-24%||521 398|
|Tijili Hotel Seminyak|
|Alila Seminyak||★★★★★||-22%||225 177|
|Blu-Zea Resort by Double-Six||★★★★|
|Sleepwell Seminyak||★★||-21%||74 58|
|This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:|
|Budget||Un to US$ 40|
|Mid-range||US$ 40 to 130|
|Splurge||Over US$ 130|
Any villas listed in this section do not have private courtyards and share facilities like a swimming pool.
- The Harmony Seminyak, Jl Drupadi 234 (About 200m from the beach on the junction of Jl Dhyanapura and Jl Drupadi), . Simple, functional, modern rooms all equipped with satellite TV channels. Reasonable restaurant and a good-sized pool. Good value for the area. From Rp350,000.
- Marbella Pool Suites Seminyak, Jl. Lebak Sari 20 X, Kerobokan, Petitenget, Seminyak, , fax: . Junior Suite Garden View room, 44 square meters, 4 stars hotel. From $31 discount price with breakfast.
- Pandawa All Suites Hotel, Jl. Umalas Klecung No. 8X, Umalas 2, Kerobokan, Kerobokan Kelod, North Kuta, Seminyak, . Suite Garden View room with private balcony, 50 square meters, 3 stars aparthotel. From USD 23 discount price without breakfast or USD 25 discount price with breakfast.
- Si Doi Hotel Legian, Jl. Legian No. 363, . Modern rooms with a private bathroom, outdoor pool, bar and a restaurant on site. 10-minute walk to Legian’s shopping area and restaurants. Kuta Beach is a 15-minute walk away From USD 20.
- Bali Agung Village, JL.Sarinande No. 3, . Balinese-style accommodations. From USD 50.
- Clio Studio Apartment, Jl Raya Seminyak, Gang Mangga 7x (just behind cafe moka), . Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 11:00. Modern boutique hotel in the minimalist style with 13 rooms, 4 different kinds of minimalist loft spaces, and 5 studio spaces. Very good value by Seminyak standards, Rooms include flat-screen TV, speaker system and free Wi-Fi. Staff are friendly. From US$50.
- Grand Balisani Suites, Jalan Batubelig Beach, . Directly in front of Seminyak Batubelig beach with excellent sea view. Satr From US$80.
- Ivory Resort Seminyak, Jl. Raya Petitenget 35, , fax: . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. A resort in the minimalist style with 23 rooms and 1 2-bedroom villa. Very good value by Seminyak standards. Free W-iFi available in rooms and throughout resort area. Staff are friendly. From US$80.
- Kokonut Suites, Jl Petitenget 88 (next door to Metis), . This well presented, modern all-suite hotel is an extremely good value by Seminyak standards. One- and two-bedroom suites offered. In-house spa, gym and business centre. Moderately priced restaurant. From Rp110,000.
- M Suite Bali, Jl. Nakula Gang Baik-baik, . Deluxe rooms for couples and suites with one or two separate bedrooms and bathrooms catering for families. From USD 50.
- New Pondok Sara Villas, Jalan Arjuna (Double Six Street) Gang Raja, . One- and two-bedroom villas that are traditionally elegant. From USD 120.
- Puri Cendana, Jl Dhyana Pura (at the beach end of Dhyana Pura, close to The Sofitel), . A simple, old-style Bali hotel that almost seems a little out of place in Seminyak these days. Great value for this area and it is only 50 m from the beach. Has a lot of loyal repeat customers. The restaurant is ordinary. From US$50.
- Seminyak Lagoon All Suites, Jl. Dewi Saraswati III No. 4, . 40-metre lagoon pool, 19 rooms, balcony/terrace, seating area, in-house movies, and kitchenette. from USD 90.
- Summerhome Seminyak, Complex Umasari, Block D No.1 – Petitenget, . 11 bedrooms, bed & breakfast type accommodation. From USD 45.
- Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort, Jl. Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), . Check-out: Late check-out until 4.00 pm (subject to availability). Situated on 3,500² m of beachfront with 59 suites of approximately 80² m each. Tastefully furnished and decorated 5-star boutique resort. Clear and direct ocean views from all the suites. $ 368.
- Bismarkia Suite, Jalan Intan Permai No.18, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Spacious, with a private pool, private parking, equipped kitchen, air-con and an expansive living room area. One to four bedroom suites available. US$129++.
- Breezes Seminyak Resort and Spa (Contiki Resort Bali), Jl Dhyana Pura, . Previously a Contiki Resort designed exclusively for the 18-35 age range. Multi-level pool with bar, lounge bar & nightclub, modern architecture, day spa, tennis court. Free shuttles to Kuta.
- Chez Bali Villa and Spa, Jl Beraban, . 17 villas with a large shared pool. Complimentary airport pick-up. Prices range from Rp 1,700,000-4,600,000 per villa in the high/low season, including breakfast.
- Cicada, Jl Pura Telaga Waja, Petitenget (on the entrance road to Sentosa), . 6 contemporary single- and double-storey townhouses, set amongst tropical grounds, opening out to a shared 25 m lap pool and jacuzzi.
- The Haven, Jl Raya Seminyak 500, . 160 room contemporary-styled hotel. Offers regular hotel rooms, suites and a few private villas. Big downside is the noisy location on the busiest part of Jl Raya Seminyak.
- The Legian, Jl Laksmana, . On the beach in Petitenget. An impressive 5-star property, the prices are amongst the highest in Bali. Restaurant, spa and gym facilities.
- Jas Villas Bali, JL. Laksamana, Gang Bugis, Oberoi Seminyak, . One- and two-bedroom villas, each with a kitchenette, a comfortable lounge and private pool. From USD 120.
- The Samaya, Jl Laksmana. Stylish villa resort with 46 villas, 24 of which are along the beachfront. It has its own restaurant called The Breeze, and you get 180⁰ beach and ocean views from its Olympic-sized swimming pool.
- Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort, Jl. Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), . Complete with suites, penthouses and an infinity-edge swimming pool. Starting from $ 368.
Villas listed here are either private individual properties with their own pool, or are within a all-villa hotel which offers only completely private units.
- GoCanggu (Jl Canggu Club). Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Private 4-bedroom villas with pool and a fully equipped kitchen. Daily housekeeping. AU$200 per night.
- Jas Green Villas (JL. Laksamana, Oberoi Seminyak), . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. from 40 rooms, One and Two Bedroom villas with private Pool AU$90 per night.
- Kutaville, Jl. Kayu Aya 57, . Simple, private and value holiday villas, with one main big swimming pool and pool side bar. from USD 90.
- Leacott Retreats (Jl Pantai Berawa). Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Private 3-bedroom villa with pool and a fully equipped kitchen. Daily housekeeping, private driver for 10 hr/day. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. 24 hr security and resident dog. AU$330 per night.
- Villa Lulito, Jl Kayu Aya, No. 12B, Oberoi, . 4 bedroom villa. US$1,100-1,800/night.
- Villa Bugis, Jl. Drupadi gang Cempaka 14, , fax: . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. From US$260/night.
- Aqua Villa (Jl Kayu Jati). Tropical villa with modern architecture, 4 master bedrooms all with ensuite, 20 m private pool, an entertainment room with flat screen TV and pool table. Walking distance to Petitenget beach. Fully staffed, including a private chef. US$775-1,250 per night.
- Danoya Villa, Jl Batubelig 559 (before Naughty Nuri’s, left side of the Batubelig road), , fax: . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. 20 private villas of a mixed Mediterranean and Balinese style including 1-5 bedroom private pool villa, kitchen, all rooms have air-con and private bathroom. Walking distance to Batubelig beach. 24 hr reception and security. Room service available from 07:00-23:00. US$360-1,250 per night.
- Atas Ombak (right on Batubelig beach). 5 bedroom beachfront villa sleeps up to 10 people. Private pool and extensive gardens over a one acre property. Fully staffed with 20 person team, including private cook, maids and security. From US$1,500 per night.
- b villa (email@example.com), Jl Braban, . Contemporary, minimalist 1, 2 and 3 bedroom private villas within a managed complex. In a quiet spot and quite good value by Seminyak standards. From US$ 235.
- Bali Aroma Exclusive Villas, Jl. Batu Belig Gg. Pelangi No 8. 11 furnished villas with private pool in a quiet area. from US$155.
- Beach House (located on Petitenget beach). Contemporary 4 bedroom villa that fronts onto the beach. Has private pool and is fully staffed. From US$975/night.
- Chandra Luxury Villas Bali,, Jl Sari Temuku (Gang Sandat) Seminyak, . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:00. 2 and 3 bedroom private pool villas. 3-bedroom has the option of an additional bedroom or nanny’s room. from US$484/night.
- The Dusun, Jl Kayu Jati No 8, Petitenget (just off Jl Petitenget), . Full service villa resort. 14 private villas with either 1 or 3 bedrooms. All have a full kitchen and their own small private pool. These have been around for a while, and some might find them a bit old fashioned compared to the newer villa offerings in Seminyak. Still a good option, and a well managed property. US$260-465.
- Royal Samaja Villas (formerly Kubu Pesisi Villas), Jalan Kayu Cendana No. 7A, Oberoi, . Gorgeous villas surrounded by spacious and delightful tropical garden. From Rp2,400,000.
- The Kunja, Jl Lebak Sari No 8 (just off Jl Petitenget), . Full service villa resort, 18 villas (1 and 3 bedroom options). All villas have a full kitchen and their own private pool. US$290-590.
- Kunti Villas, Kunti II (10-minutes’ walk to Legian Beach), . Has 7 private villas complete with private swimming pool, sun deck, kitchen, mini bar, semi open bathroom with shower and bathtub. Consists of 4 1-bedroom private pool villas and 3 2-bedroom private pool villas. $142 – $273.
- Lataliana Villas, Jl Camplung Tanduk. Stylish two-villa enclave with spa, flower-filled gardens, gourmet cuisine and top-rate service. Quiet but central Seminyak location near the beach. Villas provide a 5 bedroom or a 2 bedroom option. The two villas can be rented individually or together. From US$445.
- Maya Sayang, Jl Mertasari No1, . Boutique villa resort offering all the usual services. 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas, all with their own private pool. Japanese-owned. From US$350.
- My Villas in Bali, Jl. Camplung Tanduk No. 24, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. 800m walk to beach. Each villa has a private pool, marble bathroom and private garden entry. Full butler service and daily breakfast provided. From USD$250.
- The Residence Seminyak, Jl Pangkung Sari No 1A, , fax: . Managed estate of 12 privately owned villas. 2-5 bedroom villas available each with its own private pool. From US$300.
- Sentosa Villas and Resort, Jl Pura Telaga Waja, Petitenget. Each villa has its own pool. Common areas include a gym and spa. The only downside is the food, which is dreadful for such an otherwise quality property: eat elsewhere. 10 min walk to Petitenget Beach. From US$550.
- The Seri Villas, Gang Telaga Waja, , fax: . 9 luxury pool villas of either 2-3 bedrooms. 5 min walk to the beach. In-house spa service, friendly team of staff and free shuttle service in Seminyak area. US$400-720 per night.
- The Seminyak Suite – Private Villa, Jl Raya Seminyak 17, , fax: . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. 17 contemporary Balinese style private villas, each has a personal garden compound and a private swimming pool. Located down a secluded lane way. US$375-700 per night.
- Sitara Villas Bali, Jl Raya Kerobokan and Jl Laksmana. 5 private villas in the main shopping and dining areas of Seminyak, pool, fully staffed, airport transfers and all inclusions From US$280.
- Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa, Jl Baik Baik,, , fax: . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. 76 rooms in 52 villas. US$180-750/night.
- Jas Boutique Villas, Jalan Raya Seminyak, Gang Taman Sari, . 18 private villas, each of which features a kitchenette with full-sized refrigerator/freezer, microwave, a separate dining area and private pool. From US$ 160.
- Villa Elegancia Bali, 29 Jalan Braban. Private villa.
- Villa Oost Indies, Jl. Laksmana, Gang Astinapura, . 2-bedroom villa with private pool.
- The Club Villas, Jalan Laksamana Basangkasa, Kuta Utara (the heart of Seminyak, opposite the Ultimo Italian Restaurant), . Offer 34 private villas with private pools, kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom. Personalized service, SPA facilities, 24-hour security and front desk, laundry service, daily housekeeping and room service, contemporarily Balinese design. Available as 1-bedroom private pool villa, 2-bedroom pool villa, 1-bedroom honeymoon pool vlla, family 2-bedroom pool villa, family and 3-bedroom pool villa. $177 – $411.
- Villa Desuma, Jl. Kayu Aya, Gg Astinapura, . 4-bedroom private villa with private pool in the heart of Seminyak.
- Optimum Bali
Stay safe and avoid Scams in Seminyak
Seminyak is the centre of Bali’s party drug scene with offers of ecstasy and cocaine especially common. Pay heed to the advice here, and avoid at all costs.
Indicative of its place in the elite group of high end Asian travel destinations, Seminyak has its very own lifestyle magazine. The Yak is an impressive, glossy magazine produced four times each year, and has the full run-down on the Seminyak scene: happening restaurants and bars, fashion boutiques, and reviews of the latest hip hotels and villas. Pick up a copy at any local news-stand for Rp 70,000.
- The bright lights, shopping centres and traffic jams of Kuta are just 15 minutes away to the south.
- The rural tranquility of Canggu is 25 minutes drive to the north.
- The temple of Tanah Lot, famed for its sunsets, is 40 minutes away by car.
- Further to the south lie Jimbaran, famous for its luxury hotels and beach front dinners, and the Bukit Peninsula area, which boasts top beaches and cultural destinations, such as the Uluwatu temple.
- To the east and the other side of the island, one will find sedate Sanur – one of Bali’s oldest tourism destinations featuring a mix of tourist attractions.
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Sanur is a town on the east coast of South Bali.
Sanur is Bali’s oldest upscale resort area and is a mature beach-side town. Despite the abundance of restaurants and accommodation, it has a quiet and relaxed feel to it. Sanur tends to appeal most to middle-aged and older families, especially Europeans. Most hotels in Sanur are big, with spacious gardens.
The Sanur area is sandwiched between the main Jalan Ngurah Rai bypass and the beach. One main route called Jalan Danau Tamblingan runs north to south through the town and it is easy to orient yourself with reference to this road.
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Sanur is a 20-30 minute taxi ride from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, and a pre-paid coupon costs Rp 150,000. There are plenty of metered taxis all over the island who will be keen to take you to Sanur.
If you are driving yourself, this is one of the more staightforward areas of Bali to find as the main Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai is the western boundary of Sanur. There are many well signposted exit points from this main road into the heart of Sanur. Allow about 20 minutes driving time from Kuta or Legian, about 30 minutes from Seminyak or Ubud and 10 to 15 minutes from Denpasar.
Sanur is well serviced by shuttle buses and bemos from the north and south and also from Denpasar’s Tegal terminal.
The bus company Perama has its Sanur office in Jalan Hangtuah, and offers difrect transfer here from Candidasa, Kuta, Lovina, Padang Bai and Ubud.
There’s also a bus service called Trans Sarbagita that runs the following route Terminal Batu Bulan (Gianyar) – Tohpati (DPS) – Sanur (DPS) – Kuta Central Park (Badung) – Jimbaran (Badung) – Nusa Dua (Badung).
Kura-Kura Bus is another bus company that passes through Sanur and other popular areas in Bali.
Boats from Nusa Lembongan arrive at the beach at the end of Jalan Hangtuah, and detailed schedules are given in the Nusa Lembongan article.
Jalan Danau Tamblingan, the main street in Sanur, has a number of outlets for car, motorbike and bicycle rental. A large number of metered taxis patrol the streets looking for passengers. Local bemos run with some regularity up and down both Jalan Danau Tamblingan and Jalan Danau Poso.
Sanur is also a great place to walk. Distances are not large, the streets are relatively quiet, and there is a splendid, paved beach front path which runs the whole length of the district.
- Bali Store Luggage, Gang Telagasari 3, Jalan Danau Tempe I. You can store luggage here.
Walking in Sanur is pleasant. The pavement is about 2.5 m wide along Sanur Beach, suitable for the senior citizens who frequent this town to avoid the loud nightlife in nearby Kuta. Rental bikes sometimes use the pavement, too, but no motorcycles do.
What to see and do
This is a town with a wealth of cultural, natural and historical attractions, as well as the shopping and beach-related sights.
- International Kite Festival, Padang Galak beach (just north of Sanur, east off the main Jalan Ngurah Rai bypass). The annual international kite festival takes place here every July. Traditional Balinese giant kites up to 10 m in length are made and flown competitively by teams from different villages around Bali. The origins of this event are as a festival intended to send a message to the Hindu Gods to create abundant crops and harvests. Aside from the actual organised festival, from June to August each year, visitors will see many giant kites being flown.
- Le Mayeur Museum, Jl Hangtuah (go the end of Jalan Hangtuah and turn right at the beach. Proceed along the paved footpath through the souvenir stalls and look for the entrance to the museum on your right), . Su-F 07:30-15:30. This is the former home of noted Belgian impressionist Adrian Jean Le Mayeur, which is now a museum dedicated to his works. Le Mayeur arrived in Bali in 1932 and soon immersed himself in the culture of the island, and married a noted Balinese Legong dancer. Much of the house stands just as it did when he died in 1958, and apart from viewing his works, visitors will gain an insight into what it must have been like to be one of Bali’s very first expats. The whole place is in need of some maintenance, but this remains one of Bali’s hidden treasures. Rp 10,000.
- Mangrove Information Centre (Mangrove Forest Suwung Kawuh), Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai Km. 21, Suwung Kauh (just south of Sanur, singposted east off the main Jl Bypass Ngurah Rai), . Daily 08:00-18:00. Visit the well-appointed Mangrove Information Centre set in the huge 600-hectare mangrove forest which fringes the east coast south of Sanur. There are two different boardwalks through the mangrove forest. This centre is doing great work in educating local schoolchildren as well as visitors, about the importance of mangrove forests. A good place to spend half a day for adults and children. Rp 200,000 for foreigners, Rp 50,000 for locals.
- Pura Blanjong (Blanjong Temple), Jl Danau Poso, Blanjong (just south of Sanur). The most notable temple in Sanur which contains a major, important inscription on a stone pillar called the Prasati Blanjong. The inscription tells of a Javanese king who visited Bali in the 10th century and installed what was probably Bali’s first formal government. This is Bali’s oldest known artifact.
- Serangan Island Turtle Conservation Centre (Turtle Island) (about 3 km south of Sanur, reached by turning east off the main Jl Ngurah Rai bypass), . 09:00-17:00 daily. Visit the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre here and learn about current conservation initiatives. This island used to be the centre of the Balinese trade in turtle meat until the practice was banned. Donation.
As well as shopping and eating, there are plenty of photo opportunities while walking along the splendid 5-km beachside paved path. The local night markets are a sensory delight, with plenty of food options.
What to do
Sanur’s splendid paved beachfront cycle-path stretches some 5 km from the Jalan Mertasari area in south Sanur, north to the main beach at Jalan Hangtuah. This makes for a lovely scenic bike ride, especially in the early morning. Some bikes are better maintained than others so you might want to test your hire-bike close to home for a while in case the pedals have a tendency to fall off.
Although the diving available around Sanur is not the best Bali has to offer, nearly all of Bali’s most established dive operators are located here. All offer trips further afield.
- Atlantis Bali Diving, Jl .By Pass Ngurah Rai 96E, . Full range of dives and courses offered at this PADI 5-star dive operator. English, French, German, Spanish and Indonesian speaking instructors
- BIDP (Bali International Diving Professionals), Jl. Blanjong I No. 333, . Large and long-established PADI dive centre offering dive trips all around Bali and full range of courses including technical diving
- Blue Season Bali, Jl Danau Tamblingan 69x, . PADI Career Development Centre. Dive trips and safaris around Bali, and PADI courses from beginner to instructor. Also offers technical diving courses. Instruction offered in English, Japanese, Mandarin, French, Spanish, Dutch, German and Indonesian.
- Crystal Divers, Jl Danau Tamblingan 168, . 7am – 9pm. This was the first PADI Career Development Centre in Indonesia. A full range of courses is available from intro dives to instructor courses as well as day dive trips and dive safaris around Bali. Offers PADI courses in Swedish, Danish, English, Indonesian, German, Japanese and Mandarin.
- Diving Bali, Jl Danau Tamblingan 27c, . One of the best dive centres in Sanur offering dive courses, fun dives and liveaboard trips. Offers a full range of fun dives and courses
- Joe’s Gone Diving Bali, Ngurah Rai Bypass 44A, . A professional, Dutch-owned PADI 5-star IDC dive center offering PADI dive courses, daily dive trips and dive safaris around Bali. Courses are given in multiple languages.
- Neptune Scuba Diving (Neptune Diving Bali), Jl. Suka Merta, Sanur, Bali, . Daily 07:00-19:00. PADI 5-star IDC and Disabled Divers International dive resort in Sanur, Bali. Take your first breath underwater, go for a fun dive, get your padi certification in Bali or join a family snorkelling trip. US$100.
Bali is one of the most famous surfing locations in the world and Sanur is one of the most famous surfing locations for intermediate surfers coming to Bali. With already well established surf schools located here, beginner, intermediate and even families can join these establishments for some surfing fun.
There are many places to do your laundry in Sanur. Most hotels provides they own laundry service, mostly with more expensive rates than local laundry rooms. Almost every street corner has a laundry service.
- Cinta Alam Organic Laundry, Jl. Batur Sari 44 (the end of Jl. Sekuta turn left 50 m left on side). 08:00-20:00. High-quality laundry service without the use of harmful chemicals. You can choose an aromatherapy fragrance. Pick up and delivery is on request and free in the Sanur area. Rp 15,000/kg.
A day at any of the spas in Sanur is exactly what you would expect during your stay in Bali: full service treatment steeped in Balinese tradition. Take advantage of any opportunity to enjoy a spa during your stay, the cost here is at least half what you would pay in North America or Europe. All major hotels have in-house spa facilities and there are also several well established independents in Sanur.
- Mandurah Spa, Jl Danau Tamblingan, .
- Puri Esthetic, Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai 209, .
The more active could try one or more of the many watersports on offer at Sanur Beach. Try kitesurfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, surfing or paragliding. For those less active, hire a banana boat and hit the calm waters.
The surfing here is not great by Bali standards but there are reasonable breaks about 1 km offshore during the northwest wind season (about October to March). In that period you will have no problem locating the breaks — just follow the locals. Boards can be rented on the beach for Rp 100,000.
- Bali Kite Surfing School, Mertasari (at the beach close to Mertasari temple), . IKO certified kite surfing school. The lessons are conducted in a safe, user-friendly environment and lessons can be structured to suit individual needs. The school uses three specially designed rescue boats to keep a close eye on you.
- Blue Oasis Beach Club, Sanur Beach (on the beach in front of the Sanur Beach Hotel), . A specialist water sports centre which offers sea-kayaking, kitesurfing, parasailing, wakeboarding, waterskiing and windsurfing, as well as being a dive school.
- Neptune Surfing School, Jl. Suka Merta, Sanur – Call Front Office: [361 4490 568] or Reservations: [812 3856 1332] – ISA and IKO certified surfing and kitesurfing school – biggest, most modern and unique in Bali.
There are countless shops along Jalan Danau Tamblingan and the side streets leading from it. You will find everything from local t-shirts to Balinese handicrafts.
- Hardy’s Grosir, Jl Danua Tamblingan 193, . 08:00-22:30 daily. This is Sanur’s main supermarket, and a good place for stocking up on regular items.
- Gudang Keramik, Jl Danau Tamblingan, . 10:00-22:00 daily. This is the outlet for seconds of the famed Jengala Ceramics company (main showroom in Jimbaran). Their standards are very high and you may not notice why some of these items are classed as seconds. Some superb bargains to be had in everything from decorative vases to flatware.
- Nogo Bali Ikat Centre, Jl Danau Tamblingan 104, . M-Sa 08:30-21:00, Su 09:00-20:00. Specialises in the quality woven ikat fabrics from Bali and elsewhere in Indonesia. If you are looking for cheapies, don’t go here. You can purchase fabric by the piece, made up as clothing or homewares, and examine their impressive genuine antique collection.
At the northern end of Jalan Pungutan, just before it hits Jalan Danau Tamblingan, there is an art market, sometimes referred to as Sindhu Market. This is a one stop shop for all manner of Balinese handicrafts, sarongs, T-shirts and knock-offs such as sunglasses. A similar set up can be found at beachfront Art Market at the end of Jalan Hangtuah. Take the foot path leading north which weaves through a maze of stalls and the odd cafe.
For very cheap local food try the Night Market at the northern end of Jalan Danau Tamblingan where it meets Jalan Pungutan.
- Abian Boga Restaurant, Jl Kesuma Sari No 5, . 10:00-22:00 daily. Grilled seafood accompanied by a Balinese dance performance. Great service too with a local hotel pick up and drop off. Mains Rp 30,000-60,000.
- The Bali Pub, Jl Danau Tamblingan (just north of Hardys, opposite Circle K). Owned by a former Masterchef UK contestant. Serves Sunday roasts, steaks, western and Balinese dishes. Live music after 20:00.
- Cafe Batu Jimbar, Jl Danau Tamblingan, . Every Sanur expat’s favourite cafe hang out. Good deli food and passable coffee. 08:00-22:00 daily.
- Kayu Manis, Jl Danau Tamblingan (north end of Jl Danau Tamblingan), . 11:00-22:00 daily. Western and Asian fusion cuisine at great value prices. A favourite with both travellers for the price and foodies for the quality of the meals. About Rp 40,000-70,000 per entree.
- Massimo, Jl Danau Tamblingan 228, . 11:00-22:00 daily. The superb home made gelato here is the ideal treat after a hot day wandering in Sanur. Also excellent pizzas and pastas at this authentic south Italian-owned and -run restaurant. About Rp 100,000 per head.
- Smorgås Café, Jl Danua Tamblingan/Pantai Karang II, . Perhaps the best coffee shop in Sanur. Homemade sandwiches, pastry and quiche. Owned by Swedes and they make their own gravlax.
- Stiff Chilli, Jl Kesumasari 11, Semawang Beach (right on the beach at the end of Jl Kesumasari), . 11:00-23:00 daily. Beach-front restaurant from the Stiff Chilli chain. Mid-priced, mainly Italian food in a great location. Most mains about Rp 50,000.
- Treo Beach Cafe, Mertasari Beach (100 metres from the Mercure Hotel on the beach), . Daily 08:00-20:00. Beautiful beach location and a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Enjoy your meal in the restaurant or on the outdoor tables on the beach. Tasty food and friendly staff.
- The Village, Jl Danau Tamblingan 66, . 11:00-22:00 daily. Attached to the Griya Santrian Hotel, this is perhaps the best known upmarket eatery in Sanur. The food is slick Italian style and they do a reasonable job of creating a suitable atmosphere. Not a good as it was and certainly not cheap, but a decent option in a part of Bali not known for it high quality restaurants. Has an independent street front entrance, and you would not know it is attached to a hotel. Rp 70,000-200,000.
- Warung Blanjong, Jl Danau Poso 78, . Daily 11:00-21:00. One of the best places to eat Balinese in Sanur. They are especially well known for their pepes be pashi (steamed fish wrapped in banana leaves), and the be siap betutu (chicken prepared similarly) is also good. Very much worth a visit. Rp 30,000–70,000 mains.
- Fortune Cookie, Jl Sudamala 5 (bet. Danau poso & Mertasari), . Daily 11:00-23:00. Healthy western-style Chinese Restaurant, no MSG, organic ingredients, they also have free delivery in Sanur. Popular with expats.
- The Fire Station, Jalan Danau Poso 108, . Daily 16:00-00:00. Gastropub style food, cold beer and cocktails.
There are lots of bars along Jalan Danau Tamblingan.
- Arena Sports Cafe, Jl ByPass Ngurah Rai 115, . Daily 10:00-23:00. Austrian owned and run sports bar and cafe. The beer is very cold, reasonably priced and this place is always busy.
- Nu Lazer Bar, Jl Danau Tamblingan 82, . Daily 11:00-03:00. Shows all the English football, has friendly staff and also serves food. Live music in weekends.
- Maya’s Coffee & Smoothie Bar, Jl Pantai Sindhu (100-150 m from the beach and Inna Sindhu Beach hotel.), . Daily 08:00-19:00. Small coffee and smoothie bar serving Italian coffees, smoothies and fresh juices combined with a breakfast menu, lighter snacks, bakeries and pastries. Free Internet and Wi-Fi for customers.
- Manic Organic, Jl Danau Tamblingan. Excellent raw juices and smoothies- organic full menu available as well. They also have yoga upstairs daily.
- Angel’s Bar, Jalan Sekar Waru.
- Crystal Bar, Jalan Tamblingan 168, . This little bar is found right on the street. They have a nice selection of drinks and snacks. In the back of the bar they also have a diveshop and a hotel. Wednesday nights this place is packed with both divers and non divers alike for quiz night.
Where to stay in Sanur
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Most of Sanur’s accommodation is in the medium and high sector of the market and is aimed at families. Hotels in Sanur are usually a distance apart, not as close together as Kuta hotels. Hotel price competition in Sanur is tame compared to Kuta, which has a severe oversupply.
Hotels Sanur: Popularity
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|Inna Grand Bali Beach||★★★★||-23%||177 137|
|Prama Sanur Beach Bali||★★★★★||-25%||91 68|
|Artotel Sanur - Bali|
|Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali||★★★★||-32%||904 619|
|Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar||★★★★||-11%||162 144|
|Grand Palace Hotel Sanur - Bali||★★★★||-32%||94 64|
|Puri Santrian||★★★★||-50%||104 51|
|Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali Suites and Villa||★★★★★|
|Segara Village Hotel||★★★★||-59%||1 923 788|
|Maya Sanur Resort & Spa||★★★★★||-35%||113 73|
|Nike Villas||★★★||-13%||933 812|
|Klumpu Bali Resort||★★★★||-12%||219 193|
|Griya Santrian a Beach Resort||★★★★||-39%||153 93|
|OYO 401 The Frog Homestay Sanur||★★||-18%||78 63|
|Kembali Lagi Guest House||★★★|
|Bumi Ayu Villa||★|
|Puri Mesari Hotel|
|Inna Sindhu Beach Hotel & Resort||★★★||-11%||159 141|
- Flashbacks, Jl Danau Tamblingan. Good, clean budget accommodation in a convenient location. Has a cafe which is open 19:00-23:00. Airport pickup. from Rp 185,000.
- Kayu Sugih Guesthouse, Jl. Danau Tamblingan No.76, . Has traditional beautiful garden, but no swimming pool. from Rp 350,000 (Fan). US$10/daily surcharge in peak seasons: Jul-Aug and Dec-Jan.
- Kesumasari Beach Hotel (Kesumasari Guest House), Jl Pantai Kesumasari, Semawang, . On the beach with a spacious and well kept tropical garden and a swimming pool open until 22:00 daily. From about Rp 275,000.
- Little Pond, 19 Jalan Danau Tamblingan, . Nice laidback homestay with a small pool. Good value basic rooms and can get full easily during peak season. Rp 170,000 – 250,000.
- Cafe Locca Homestay (Puri Anom Hostel), Jl.Sudamala 8 (between Jl Danau Posso and Jl.Cemara turistic promenade, 7 min walk to beach), . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Clean new renovated rooms,mixed dorm (4-3 bed), private double room with minibar, free WiFi internet broadband. Spacious garden, public cable TV and DVD, kitchen with fridge and cooker, housekeeping daily, towels, toiletries and bedlinen provided. Rp100,000 (A/C bed)-250.000 (private double air-con, fridge).
- Mango Guesthouse, Jl Danau Tamblingan. Long established and well-known budget accommodation at the northern end of Sanur’s main street Rp 250,000.
- Prima Cottage, Jl Bumi Ayu 23 (close to Jl Tamblingan,10 min walk to beach), . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Price includes Wi-Fi and breakfast. The complex, which consists of regular hotel rooms and cottages, has a nice pool. Rp 350,000 (room, air-con, TV, fridge), Rp 450,000 (cottage).
- Ratna Beach Hotel, Jl Segara Ayu. Price includes taxes and breakfast. Hotel rooms, a nice pool and very close to the beach. From Rp 350,000.
- Yulia 1 Homestay, 38 Jalan Danau Tamblingan, . Comfortable and clean rooms are in a garden full of birds with a small pool. Wi-Fi and breakfast is included. A bit on the expensive side for budget but you can save Rp 30,000 by refusing the included breakfast and get a cheaper one in town. As of August 2017, the construction noises reported on other websites have stopped. Rp 170,000 – 400,000.
- Ananda Beach Hotel, Jl Hangtuah, . Good, clean budget accommodation located at Sanur Beach, about 100 m from the Grand Bali Beach Hotel and close to the boat boarding point for Nusa Lembongan. Airport pickup offered. From Rp 300,000.
- Baruna Hotel, Segara Ayu Sreet No. 3, . Check-out: 12:00. Cozy framed complex with budget villas. Lots of details that capture your eyes. Very friendly staff, goes well beyond the call of duty. Rooms have hot water, air-com, fridge. Breakfast included. Decent sized pool. Free Wi-Fi. Small library with English, Dutch, German and Swedish literature. Highly recommended for families as well as the lonely traveller. 200 m from the beach, 200 m from shopping street. From Rp 200,000.
- Smart Comfort Apartments (Batu Jimbar), Jalan Pungutan, Gang Jasmin, . A small service apartment complex with holidays lettings on a weekly basis. All studios and apartments have their own kichenette and private balcony. From Rp1,300,000.
- Gazebo Beach Hotel, Jl.Danau Tamblingan No.35, . A not-very-big beachfront hotel. From Rp 600,000.
- Natah Bale Villas, Jl Cemara, . Each tradtional Balinese inspired villa in the compound features its own private entrance and open air living room, dining room as well as a fully equipped kitchen. From US$95.
- Peneeda View Beach Hotel, Jl Danau Tamblingan 89, . A quiet, good value. A bungalow style hotel committed to quality, Located nearest to the beach. From US$60.
- Pondok Ayu Hotel, Sanur, . Small boutique hotel with personalised service. Includes a restaurant (Benno’s) and a pool. Very quiet, suitable for families. US$70-90.
- Sativa Sanur, Jl Cemara, . Situated in between the beach and the main road, two levels of standard rooms are arranged around lush gardens and a swimming pool. The hotel is quiet, clean and has fine service in addition to a pleasant morning breakfast. US$60-90.
- Sekuta Condo Suites, Jl Sekuta No12, . Each suite has its own living and dining room and fully-equipped kitchen. Facilities include The Cavern Bar, featuring Beatles memorabilia and a large swimming pool. From US$50.
- Vila Shanti Hotel, Jl Danau Tamblingan No 47/Jl Pantai Karang, . On Sanur Beach. Restaurant, 24 hour room service, pool, laundry and safe deposit boxes. Note that this is not a villa despite the name. From Rp 1,000,000.
- Zen Villas, Jalan Kesari II No3b. This is a medium standard private villa rental complex in a good Sanur location not far from the Bali Hyatt. Managed by an Indonesian-Dutch couple. From US$90.
- Arimbi Villa Sanur, Jl Pengembak 14, . Colonial villa for lovers of tropical gardens and Balinese architecture. from US$700.
- Hotel Santai (Crystal Divers), Jalan Tamblingan 168, . A cosy little hotel with 2 floors. Rooms are a little more sophisticated with air-conditioning and direct access to a swimming pool, bar and a restaurant. The hotel is located in the back of a dive school so it’s perfect if you want to do some diving while you stay here. Between Rp 472,500 and Rp 2,700,000.
- Bali Hyatt (Jl Danau Tamblingan), . Large hotel with beachfront location. 5 restaurants, 5 bars, huge gardens and a village style spa. Mature grounds with some well established trees. Double from US$125, $135 with breakfast.
- Dampati Villas (A minute walk to famous Sunrise beach of Sanur), Jalan Segara Ayu, . Contemporary, spacious villas with two floors, outfitted with modern touch including private swimming pool, garden, living room, kitchen, bathroom amenities, satellite TV, AC, free Wi-fi, complimentary breakfast, in-dining, daily complimentary water and cleaning, etc. US$80-287.
- Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa (formerly Gangsa Private Villa), Jl Tirta Akasa No. 28, . 11 contemporary villas with private pool, fully-equipped gourmet kitchen and 24-hour butler service. From Rp7,000,000.
- Hotel La Taverna, Jl Tamblingan 29, . Beachfront hotel with an old world Sanur charm. Rooms are simple but charming. Gardens pool and beachfront setting are amongst the best in Sanur. Good restaurant. From US$80.
- Mahagiri Villas Sanur, Jl Pungutan 31 (near Sindhu beach), . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom private villas. All have air-con and have private swimming pool, kitchen and living room from US$475.
- Villa Mahapala, Jl Pantai Sindhu, . 20 private villas each with their own plunge pools, massage bale and outdoor shower. The resort also has its own French fusion restaurant, a bar and full service spa. From US$325.
- Mercure Resort Sanur, Jl Mertasari. Large resort on the beach towards the southern end of Sanur. 186 guest rooms, large beachfront restaurant, 3 bars and huge pool. From US$122.
- Parigata Resort and Spa, Jl Danau Tamblingan 87, . A quiet, good value resort just off the main street. High quality in-house spa plus restaurant, bar and pool area. The same group also has an impressive complex of private villas in southern Sanur. From US$100.
- Puri Santrian, Jl Cemara 35, . Beach front hotel in the quiet southern part of Sanur. Two pools, beach club and good dining facilities. Choose of regular rooms in the garden block, individual bungalows and some very smart suites. From US$95.
- Sanur Paradise Plaza (formerly The Radisson Plaza Hotel), Jl Hang Tuah 46, . Large hotel with numerous facilities including kid’s club, in-house spa, fitness centre, restaurant and bars. Good convenient location with easy beach access. Has a nearby sister property which is all suites and apartments. Good family option. From US$95.
- Sanur Residence (in Padang Galak, about 5 minutes north of Sanur). Three 3-bedroom villas located on the beach forming a 9-bedroom estate The villas were built for a large family and are normally rented in a block of at least 6 bedrooms thus giving exclusive use of the entire estate along with its private swimming pool. Fully staffed with cooks, maids and gardeners. From US$180.
- Segara Village Hotel, Jl Segara Ayu, . Sprawling, refurbished 6-hectare resort complex with 5 distinct traditionally themed Balinese villages. 120 renovated rooms with balcony, private toilet and bath and other amenities. 3 swimming pools, tennis courts and massage services. From US$110.
- Stana Puri Gopa Hotel, Jl Kesumasari No 4, . Traditional styled Balinese villas in a lush tropical garden. Private pool villas, restaurant, watersports activities, spa and modern meeting room facilities. Walking distance to the beach
- Maya Sanur Resort & Spa, Jalan Danau Tamblingan No. 89M, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. A beachfront resort with 103 rooms, three swimming pools and a 158-meter divided lagoon.
Telecommunications in Sanur
There are numerous internet cafes on Jalan Danau Tamblingan as well as cafes offering free wireless internet for customers.
- Sanur Internet Service, Jl Danau Tamblingan 27 (next to Circle K), . A comfortable and speedy internet cafe. Air-con, 2 seater sofa and equipped with 17-inch LCD monitors, head sets, scanner & printer. Free mineral water and helpful staff. Rp 400/min.
Several nations have consulates in Sanur, including some with titles that confusingly include the words “in Denpasar”.
- Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic for Bali and NTB, Jl Pengembak 17, , fax: .
- Finnish Honorary Consulate in Denpasar, Bali, Segara Village Hotel, Jl Segara (PO BOX 91), .
- French Consular Agency in Denpasar, Bali, Jl Mertasari Gang 2 No 8, Banjang Tanjung, .
- German Consulate General in Denpasar, Bali, Jl Pantai Karang No 17, Batujimbar, .
- Royal Swedish Honorary Consulate in Denpasar, Bali, Segara Village Hotel, Jl Segara (PO Box 91 Denpasar), .
- UK Honorary Consulate in Denpasar, Bali, Jl Mertasari No 2, .