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Our Seminyak Field Guide is everything you need to hit the floor operating. Forget those hours (or days) planning the perfect trip to Seminyak, Bali. We have put all our favourite picks from our several years of go Bali and place them as well as our very own map of Seminyak so you can effortlessly find and go through the most readily useful of Seminyak.
We call this our Seminyak Field Guide, because we didn’t desire to simply provide you with a range of places, but an easy way to make use of them ‘in the field’. Using our Seminyak Field Guide should suggest small to no planning is required through your stay in Seminyak.
For all your important info you must know before planning your complete day at Bali, we now have our Beginners Guide To Bali.
What’s Inside Our Seminyak Field Guide
Our favourite thing about this guide may be the simple to follow Seminyak Map with all our favourites picks pin pointed. Additionally, you will find our favourite picks for:
Places To Eat (Coffee | Healthier | Indonesian + Warungs | Cafe | Fun + Everyday | A Little Bit Fancy | Sweets)
Items to See + Do (Spas | Beach Clubs)
Just How To Arrange Every Day
Format: PDF – down load to your device or printing it out
Length: 31 Pages
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Could Be The Seminyak Field Guide Available?
We created the Seminyak Field Guide because it had been what we’d have loved before our very first day at Seminyak. it is very easy for lost in the wonderful world of TripAdvisor, 500 pages of travel guides detailing every restaurant that exists and on line noise. If you’d like to know every place to consume and every thing to complete, than this guide most likely isn’t for you. But if like us, you merely want the most readily useful of every thing, than this guide is everything required. We have included only our favourite picks for Seminyak plus map to exhibit you in which you need to be 😉 Think of it like having a best friend it is possible to ask where you can eat each time you have hungry. It still offers you 100percent freedom to complete whatever you want in your Seminyak Holiday, nevertheless get access to the greatest information when you need it.
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If you’re trying to decide where to stay in Seminyak, take a look at our favourite picks right here.
If you still haven’t quite decided where you can in Bali you wish to remain, or have actually questions regarding making your way around or packing, than try our Beginners Guide To Bali too.
Should You Want To combine your stay in Seminyak with Ubud, then take a look at our Ubud Field Guide 🙂
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Candidasa is a great coastal destination that definitely is a nice slower paced, beautiful area of Bali. This does not mean there is nothing to do in Candidasa. Here are some great ways to spend your time and great things to do in Candidasa.
Bike Through The Surrounding Villages
We used the bikes from our hotel and asked for a map and off we went. The surrounding scenery and villages are beautiful and one of the great things to do in Candidasa. No matter where you stay try and stay at a place with bicycle rental and just ask for some great routes. We timed our ride around sunset, but as soon as it gets dark it can get really dark! Not many street lights through the villages
Whilst you can do cooking classes anywhere in Bali, one of our favourites that we have done was through Alila Manggis, so if you where thinking of doing a cooking class in Bali, this could be your option if your visiting Candidasa. The experience is set in their organic garden with amazing views and delicious food, which is the most important thing.
Visit Bias Tugel Beach
This is one of our favourite beaches but sometimes, as with other Bali beaches, it may not have the best swimming conditions, with strong currents being a challenge. Beautiful small beach though.
Visit Virgin Beach (Aka White Sand Beach Aka Pasir Putih)
As Candidasa doesn’t have a proper ’beach’, White Sand beach, aka Pasir Putih beach, aka Virgin beach as it is now more popularly called is another beach option and another one of the great things to do in Candidasa. Easier to get to than Bias Tugel and more food and activity choice. Snorkelling is popular here, both from the beach or being taken further by boat. We snorkelled from the beach which to be honest wasn’t great, but glad we did it, and was still fun and something to do if you don’t just want to lay on the beach. I did enjoy my juice, cheers to you, beach with a thousand names.
Hire A Private Driver
This was how we chose to see the area and visit the beaches. Unfortunately I cannot find our drivers details, but he was great. Hotels will often have a list of private drivers at either ‘hotel organised’ rates or provide you with drivers details to negotiate your own rate. Private drivers are great as they often share local knowledge of the area, as well as being your driver for the arranged time, meaning if you visit Bias Tugel for example, your driver will be waiting for you and take you back too (or to the next stop!).
Stay In Accommodation With A Seaside View
We stayed at Alila Manggis which was a beautiful hotel which had a great seaside view. This stretch of coast seems very tide affected. There is not a ‘Candidasa Beach’ because when it is high tide there is no beach. Hence staying ‘seaside’ not ‘beach’ but I actually loved watching the waves crash into land. If you’re looking for another hotel option, there are great options on Agoda and Booking.com if your looking for something else.
So there are definitely some great things to do in Candidasa on your trip. These are just what we have done ourselves and would love to hear in the comments some of your favourite sites and activities in Candidasa.
Bali is filled with incredible things to see and do and Tanah Lot is one of them. Sunset is one of the most popular times to visit this temple but is it the best time to visit? Tanah Lot is home to not only pretty scenery but a special temple too. There are so many incredible temples in Bali it would be impossible to pick a favourite, but Tanah Lot was definitely worth a visit.
Visiting Tanah Lot
How To Get To Tanah Lot
We used a Private Driver which we think is one of the best and stress free ways to experience parts of Bali. Taxi is another option but you would need to pay for the taxi to wait, and for parking, as you may have trouble getting a taxi for you return trip. Private Drivers may seem and may be more expensive, however you may be able to plan your trip so you can use a private driver in-between accommodation and see a few different amazing places on the way, making it a lot more value. You could do it as part of an organised tour too, if that is something you enjoy.
How Long Does It Take To Get To There?
How long from Seminyak to Tanah Lot? Around the 40 Minute mark depending on traffic, but if you go for sunset we have heard this could double or even triple. Same applies when you and everyone else there leave straight after sunset. We left from Canggu to Tanah Lot and it took us about 20 minutes.
Tanah Lot Entrance Fee
I believe we paid 30,000 IDR which is affordable. If you want to experience a blessing at the temple a small donation is needed.
Is Sunset The Best Time To Go To Tanah Lot?
We had plans to make the trip to Tanah Lot for sunset on previous trips but never managed to make it. Traffic played a role for one our cancelations to the temple. This in mind we changed our Tanah Lot game plan this time round.
Both getting to and from sunset at Tanah Lot brings massive traffic congestion. One road in and one road out. You will need to be patient. Not one of my strong points when it comes to travel.
We decided to try to avoid as much of the crowds as possible and avoid sunset. Bali is filled with incredible sunset spots so its not a huge sacrifice at all. We had a private driver starting from Canggu and ending in Ubud, so we decided that Tanah Lot could be a stop on the way.
When we got there, around 9am it was already very hot and not too busy but definitely a lot of visitors. If your planning when to come, and are happy to miss sunset, try to arrive in the morning before 10am. We left around 10am and it was really getting busy with tour groups by then. Also like all over Bali, the heat can get intense.
Although we have seen some photographers getting incredible photos at high tide with the temple being an ‘island’ with soft flowing water all around it, and sunset looking amazing, we think that the morning is a great alternative. Not only can you walk over to the temple and get blessed, from the stories and traffic we have both heard and experienced, you will have a lot less time in traffic and experience Tanah Lot in a more relaxed way.
Is Tanah Lot Worth It?
The pathways and grounds were pretty well maintained and I really enjoyed it from the get go. It was really nice from the clifftops looking out to the sea, the temples and the beaches.
The Tanah Lot Temple itself is what most people come for. We timed the tides well, in that we could walk across to the temple, experience the blessings and get back to ‘land’ before the tide gets too high. By the time we left you would have needed to take your shoes off and walked through shallow flowing water to get across, and I believe that during high tide you cannot get across at all. I was slightly disappointed that the whole temple was not able to be visited. In fact the whole temple section seen on the top of the island is not able to be visited, which I can respect as the amount of people that would visit the top may be detrimental to the temple, so at the end of the day I am happy to have it unaccessible to visitors.
Overall, crowds included, we enjoyed Tanah Lot and are glad we went. With so many incredible temples in Bali you may need to decide which you would prefer to see. The rest of your Bali itinerary would play a role too, but if you can visit, we think it is worth it.
So you want to go to Bali, your excited but have no idea where to go in Bali. Bali has many different sides. This is a great thing, especially if you know a little bit before you plan, so you can plan the best Bali trip for you.
So much goes into planing a Bali trip, as does for any holiday or new adventure. Everyone is after something different. Time and interests are the main two things to consider.
How long your trip is plays a huge role. For example, if you’re going to Bali for only one week, you will probably only be staying in 1 – 3 places, and 3 would be a very fast paced trip.
On the other hand, if you have One Month in Bali, 3 places might not be enough for you or it might be perfect. It all depends how slow/fast you want to travel.
Our recommendations would be to try and visit Bali for at least 10 days and if it’s your first trip to Bali, try and stay in two different areas.
The most important thing is to consider what you want to take away from your Bali trip. Do you want to taste the best food (or learn to cook it), learn the language, be adventurous and challenge yourself, live the party life or just be in the most relaxing spot to rejuvenate and escape. Bali is definitely a place that caters to most interests.
Best For Beaches
Bali has some nice beaches, but it’s easy to miss the most beautiful beaches if you don’t know where to look.
Our favourite beaches around Uluwatu include Bingin, Padang Padang and the beaches at Karma Kendara Beach Club and Sundays Beach Club. These beaches can be reached easily from Uluwatu and Jimbaran within 15 – 30 minutes, or from the Seminyak region within an hour, as always in Bali, depending on traffic.
Another favourite is Pandawa beach which is only a 10 minute drive from Nusa Dua and easily reached from Uluwatu and Jimbaran within 20 – 30 minutes.
There are some beautiful beaches along the East Coast of Bali, which are best explored whilst based there. Most of these beaches would be at least a 2 hour drive from Seminyak, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua areas, so we wouldn’t recommend the drive just to visit the beach as a day trip. Our favourite beaches here include Bias Tugul, which depending on the tides may not always be great for swimming. Another beautiful beach is White Sand Beach, further to the North.
It really depends what you want out of a beach; a beautiful view, good for swimming, good for surfing, good for water sports, or a good atmosphere. Every beach in Bali has something different to offer. We love Seminyak for it’s atmosphere, Jimbaran for it’s seafood dinners on the beach, Nusa Dua is perfect for water sports and those who prefer flat water.
Best For Food
Seminyak and Ubud are probably the best two areas overall for food options. There are plenty of delicious restaurants and cuisines to choose from in both areas. Jimbaran Bay is great for Seafood dinners on the beach. This is not to say there aren’t some great restaurants in other areas, but there are just not as many options.
Best For Rice Fields + Natural Scenery
Beautiful rice fields can be found around Ubud and Surrounds, Jatiluwih Rice Fields and Sidemen. These can be seen by doing rice terrace treks, bicycle tours and private drivers. If you’re not planning on going to these areas, you can also see some rice fields near Canggu.
Munduk is another area in Bali with beautiful natural scenery which also has some waterfalls. Other areas are probably best explored by getting a private driver and discussing what you want to see.
Best For Adventure
Ubud is great for walks, white water rafting, bike rides and one of the closest access points to the Mount Batur trek.
Depending on what ‘adventure’ means to you, there are lots of different tours available for different activities. Usually, if you’re staying in a main area, pick up and drop off is included in the activity.
Best For Water Sports
Tanjung Benoa and Nusa Dua are great areas for a range of water sports. For snorkelling and diving, Nusa Lembongan, Menjangan Island, Amed and parts of the East Coast of Bali are beautiful. Snorkelling and diving can also be arranged through tour companies, so you may or may not have to be based in the area.
Best For Culture
Ubud is known as the cultural heart of Bali. Here, you often see traditional Balinese ceremonies. Having said that, you can see Balinese culture almost everywhere you go in Bali. There are also many temples to visit, including Uluwatu Temple and Tanah Lot.
Best For Spas
Seminyak has everything from cheap and cheerful to super luxurious spas. We love Ubud, as it’s great for a mixture of cheap to mid-range, with luxury spas found mainly in the hotels. Amazing spas can be found in luxury hotels all over Bali. But really, in Bali, a massage is never to far away.
Best For Peacefulness
Bali definitely has a beautiful peaceful side. If you want to have peace and quiet, away from the crowds, you can find this in areas like Sidemen, Candidasa, the outskirts of Ubud and Munduk.
Best For Plenty Of Things On Your Doorstep
If you stay in Seminyak, Legian and Kuta, you will have easy access to lots of restaurants and shops. You also have the beach, beach clubs and depending on what your interests are there are lots of other things nearby. Ubud is another area where you will have easy access to lot’s of restaurants, shops and activities if you stay in Ubud village.
Best For Nightlife
Depending on what type of nightlife you’re after, there are plenty of options in Bali. Kuta and Legian are known for having lots of bars and clubs, however we prefer the nightlife scene in Seminyak. Seminyak has a range of options from laid-back beach clubs to venues hosting international guests.
Ubud is seen as the cultural heart of Bali. It’s pretty common to see traditional Balinese ceremonies and there’s always a rice field somewhere nearby. Ubud is full of health food cafes, spas, monkeys and yoga pants… and mats. The village itself has become more touristy and busy over the years, although the charm still remains particularly in the mornings and evenings. This is why I always recommend to stay in Ubud rather than do a day trip, it’s the only way to see the best of Ubud. Here’s our guide for Ubud Accommodation…
Luxe For Less
Hotels In Ubud Under $200/night
Where To Stay In Ubud? Lets Get Oriented.
When we talk about staying in Ubud, that really means two different options, staying in the village itself and staying in the outskirts. In the map above, you can see Ubud Village, with the main streets being Monkey Forest Road, Jl. Hanoman and Jl. Raya Ubud.
Option 1: Staying in Ubud Village
There are lots of pros to staying in the Ubud Village. If it’s your first time to Ubud it will make it easier to explore the streets, eat at the restaurants, go shopping and visit different spas. You will also have easy access to Ubud Monkey Forrest. However, staying in Ubud village will mean that it will be more touristy and much busier than if you stay in the outskirts, and depending on what you do, you may miss out on some of the natural beauty. This of course can be overcome by going on rice field walks, visiting waterfalls like Tegenungan and getting a private driver etc.
Option 2: Staying in the outskirts of Ubud
A lot of Ubud accommodation is located in the outskirts of Ubud, some not too far away from the village, others perhaps 30 minutes away. These hotels are often surrounded by the beautiful jungle or rice fields and often offer experiences to explore the surrounding nature and community. Your hotel may offer free shuttle transport into the village. Despite this, you will still be a little more isolated and may not have the same amount of time to explore the village. Having said that, If you’re staying in a beautiful hotel with restaurants, pool, a spa and other experiences, the isolation won’t be an issue, rather a time to relax.
There’s no right or wrong option, just different. We’ve stayed in both the village and different areas around Ubud and have absolutely loved all experiences.
Booking Accommodation In Ubud
We love using Agoda as they have a great range of properties in Bali at competitive prices.
Booking.com is another great option, one of our favourite ways to book accommodation.
Airbnb tend to have a lot of villa options for Bali, so another good option if looking to stay in a villa. Often have discounts for stays of a week or more.
Ubud Accommodation Guide
We have been lucky enough to stay in lots of amazing accommodation throughout Ubud, but we haven’t stayed everywhere and want to make sure we are recommending the best. So our Ubud Accommodation recommendations below are based on our favourites that we have stayed in, knowledge of Ubud hotels and their specific locations throughout Ubud, lots of research, reading reviews, hearing from you guys and just putting this all together with our own experience of Ubud.
Please note: Prices were accurate at the time of this post and are per night.
Absolute Splurge: Luxury Accommodation In Ubud
Padma Resort Ubud | from $437 AUD
Padma Resort Ubud only just opened at the beginning of 2016. We have such beautiful memories from our stay, from the amazing infinity pool, to the delicious food, and beautiful rooms. Padma Resort Ubud have stunning grounds including a walking path through the surrounding jungle. As cliched as it sounds, the thing I loved most about Padma Resort Ubud was the staff, who were so helpful and kind, it made our stay here something more.
Alila Ubud | from $271 AUD |
Our stay at Alila Ubud was fantastic. We had great food, beautiful surrounds, a beautiful pool and friendly staff. We loved doing one of their Alila Experiences, where we walked through the local community and rice fields. Read more about our stay here.
Mandapa, A Ritz Carlton Hotel | from $675 AUD
Photo Credit: Mandapa, Ritz-Carlton
Mandapa, Ritz-Carlton is another new addition to Ubud. A stunning hotel which comes well reviewed, located in the outskirts of Ubud.
Four Seasons Resort Bali At Sayan | from $764 AUD
Photo Credit: Four Seasons Resort Sayan
Four Seasons Resort Sayan is a beautiful resort set amongst tranquil greenery. The rooms and grounds look beautiful and it comes well reviewed. Although it’s on the outskirts of Ubud, capitalising on scenery, it’s also only a 10 minute drive to Ubud Village.
Hanging Gardens of Bali | from $548 AUD
Photo Credit: Hanging Gardens Ubud Bali
Hanging Gardens Ubud has one of the most iconic pools in Bali. Set in the beautiful outskirts of Bali, it’s a beautiful hotel that comes well reviewed.
Kayumanis Ubud Private Villas and Spa | from $372 AUD
Kayumanis Ubud is located in the outskirts of Ubud, but only about a 10-15 minute drive to Ubud Village. The hotel is beautiful and comes well reviewed.
Uma by COMO Ubud | from $334 AUD
Photo Credit: Uma by Como Ubud
Uma by Como Ubud is a beautiful hotel located only just on the outskirts of Ubud. Although a free 5 minute shuttle is provided to Ubud, it is still possible to walk into the village if you’re happy too.
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Royal Kamuela Villas | from $303 AUD
Photo Credit: Royal Kamuela Villas Ubud
We loved our stay at Royal Kamuela Villas. Although it’s located in the centre of Ubud Village, it still feels like your private, quiet sanctuary being set back from the road. Royal Kamuela has 12 pool villas.
Komaneka at Bisma | from $313 AUD
Photo Credit: Komaneka At Bisma
Located on Jl. Bisma, Komaneka at Bisma is a great location, still within Ubud Village but on a quieter road.
Komaneka at Monkey Forest | from $275 AUD
Komaneka At Monkey Forest
Komaneka at Monkey Forest is located right in the centre of Ubud Village, perfect if you want to spend your days exploring Ubud’s streets.
Bisma Eight | from $238 AUD
Photo Credit: Bisma Eight Ubud
Another hotel located on Jl. Bisma, which means you will still be within Ubud village, but far enough away to get some tranquility. A beautiful hotel wth great reviews.
Kamandalu Ubud | from $254 AUD
Kamandalu is located in the outskirts of Ubud, surrounded by beautiful tropical greenery. It consists of rooms and villas with beautiful grounds
Warwick Ibah | from $214 AUD
Photo Credit: Warwick Ibah
Warwick Ibah is beautifully designed in line with Balinese traditions. It’s located only 5 minutes walk from the centre of Ubud, making it convenient to explore Ubud.
The Ubud Village Resort and Spa | from $266 AUD
Photo Credit: The Ubud Village
The Ubud Village Resort is located just on the edge of Ubud Village, either a bit of a walk or a free shuttle into the centre. We are yet to stay here, but it looks like a beautiful hotel that comes well reviewed.
Aria Villas Ubud | from $223 AUD
Photo Credit: Aria Villas Ubud
Aria Villas Ubud are only a 10 minute walk into Ubud centre. They are private villas with a modern design.
Hotels In Ubud For Under $200/night
Alaya Resort Ubud | from $137 AUD
Photo Credit: Alaya Ubud
A great location in Ubud Village, with a great design.
Puri Sebali Resort | from $132
Photo Credit: Puri Sebali Resort Ubud
Located in the outskirts of Ubud, Puri Sebali Resort is a nicely designed hotel with a 20 minute shuttle to Ubud.
The Samara Villas and Restaurant | from $150
Photo Credit: Samara Ubud
Samara Villas and Restaurant are located within Ubud Village, but please note that the hotel is in a car restricted area therefore the hotel provides a 400m motorbike shuttle service to reach the hotel. Samara Villas have a beautiful design and come well reviewed.
Sankara Resort Ubud | from $134
Photo Credit: Sankara Ubud
Sankara Resort is located on the outskirts of Ubud, but also provide a free shuttle into Ubud Village.
Tebesaya Cottage | from $73
Photo Credit: Tebesaya Cottage Ubud
Tebesaya Cottage offers value for money, with a great location in Ubud village but on a quieter street.
We will be continually updating this post with any new places we stay and love, to make sure we are recommending the best Ubud Accommodation.
Ubud Field Guide
Once you’ve found the perfect place to stay in Ubud, take a look at our Ubud Field Guide for some more inspiration. Our Ubud Field Guide has everything you need to hit the ground running, including our favourite food, culture, shops, things to see + do, day trips, walks and short walking itineraries. We’ve also put all of our favourites onto our own Ubud Map so you can literally just take it out with you and no research or planning is required.