Seminyak

Just north of Kuta and Legian is the up-market area of Seminyak, a busy village offering a glimpse of the island's growing reputation as a stop on the international jet-set circuit and favoured by Europeans as well as the local "expat" community.

Seminyak, only a 15 minute drive from Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, runs from the trendy Blue Ocean Boulevard across Double Six Road to the restaurants and bars of Dhyana Pura Street. With the combined allure of being close to town and yet far enough away to maintain a semblance of serenity. The famous Oberoi plays host to luxury hotels and fabulous beachfront restaurants and bars, and properties with excellent views. There are plenty of car and motorbike rental places on Jalan Dhyana Pura, plus the usual omnipresent transport tours.

Seminyak is quiet and pleasant, attracting return visitors seeking more peace and seclusion second time around. Many expats with businesses in Bali choose to live here, so the shops and restaurants tend to cater for these more discerning tastes. The further north you go the classier the hotels get, with a particularly exclusive enclave now occupying the fine stretch of shoreline near Pura Petitenget, off Jalan Laksamana. A combination of beautiful beaches, sunsets and rice fields make Seminyak area a perfect place for relaxation. Lifestyle here is peaceful.