Roll up your sleeves and slip into a comfy pair of walking shoes: this is your complete guide to covering the grounds of Seminyak and Petitenget.
We’ve archived the best shops, spas, restaurants, nightlife venues and hotels in the area with the help of L’Hotel Seminyak’s chief butler, Gede, who not only pointed us in the right direction, but also clued us in on the unique culture of the Petitenget strip.
Ladies, you might want to hurl this one at your besties. And seduce them with a subject line like: “Why haven’t we done our girls trip to Bali yet, damn it.”
The best shopping in Seminyak & Petitenget
Mass-produced goods and fast-fashion takeouts that are high on price and low on quality is the staple shopping diet of the modern urbanite. The eclectic island of Bali, on the other hand, has become a mecca for top quality, hand-crafted and high-end fashion shopping.
Talented fashion designers from all around the world call Bali home, and many of them work with incredibly skilful local garment makers, as well as master artisans, to produce divine dresses, shoes, handbags and handmade products for the home.
If you can come to Bali and fight the urge to shop, we applaud you. For the average Joanne Normal, resistance is futile. Between treating yourself to a few spa treatments in Petitenget and enjoying the superb restaurants and nightlife on Oberoi, there’s a lot of shopping ground to cover.
The Seminyak markets, close to Oberoi are the definitive starting line for a shopping marathon – the kind that will leave you beaming with the smugly satisfied smile of consumerism. While the market itself doesn’t need much of a look in, taking this route and walking back up Jalan Laksama should see you hitting Café Bali for a perfectly timed mid morning latte.
MasterCards ready? These 5 luxe boutiques in Seminyak & Petitenget should be on any heavy wallet shopper’s itinerary.
For luxurious bath and body products, and irresistible bathroom accessories, you can’t look past Bathe. Bathe is the brainchild of Annie Pham, a long-time Bali expat who travelled the world testing virtually every cream and jelly in the market before creating her scrumptious line of body care products. Best of all, they are made here in Bali.
Jalan Raya Batubelig No. 88, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
Namu is needed for stylish leather goods. Seriously, pay attention to their signature leather sandals. Designed with simplicity and made with extremely high quality leather, you’d expect to pay triple for a lesser pair made from pig skin leather in other parts of the world. A pair in every colour, size 8, s’il vous plait!!
Jl. Petitenget 234X, Petitenget, Bali 80361
Tel. +62 361 279 7524
Not surprisingly, Knit is known for beautifully draped knitwear dresses and jumpsuits that flatter curvy figures. The bare-walled store and no-frills racks of garments might not be the most enticing boutique to enter along Jalan Laksama, but if you’re in the market for buttery cotton t-shirts, dressed-up leggings and a large selection of versatile dresses – all at around IDR350,000 – 700,000 a pop – you could easily do all your wardrobe shopping here.
A18#1 Bali Collection, Jalan Laksama, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel. +62 361 778 482
Stylish street-wear and glamorous cocktail dresses inspired by the designer’s eclectic Brazilian and European heritage make Lily Jean a must do. Her contemporary style will take you from the beaches of Bali and right back to the city, where your friends will be squealing with fashion-envy, “Ooooooh… Wheeeere did you get That?!??” The answer to that question could easily be Paris, but hooray for us, it’s actually Bali. High style comes with a steep price tag of about US$100-300 per item, but hey – holidays! And these days you pay that for a mass-produced blazer at Zara, anyway.
Jalan Kayu Aya No. 102X Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 7435717
Find more places to shop in Bali with our comprehensive Bali shopping guide.
The salons & spas
Where else can you get your spa and salon fix without flinching at the price list? Bali’s upmarket spas and salons offer the full suite of quality beauty treatments at a fraction of the price. From Shellac manicures to Brazilian blowouts and even teeth whitening, these are the best spas and salons in the Seminyak area that won’t break the bank.
Welcome to AMO, a utilitarian salon where you can afford to stock up on quality beauty treatments such as Shellac manicures, eyelash extensions, and waxing — at a wonderfully low price. The service is professional and quick, but you will need to make an appointment because this spa in Petitenget is flat out in the afternoons and evenings. Did we mention the complimentary ginger tea and banana crisps? Sold.
Jalan Petitenget 100x, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 275 3337
CHRISTOPHE C. HAIR & BEAUTY
This is the Ferrari of beauty salons in Bali. From its ultra-glam decor to the range of world-class hair and beauty services, Christophe C. Hair & Beauty is for the princess within. Head to the Christophe clan for a Brazilian Blowout starting from just IDR2 million – a true necessity in a climate where hideous humidified hair seems unavoidable. This is the place to catch up on premium hair and beauty services whipped up for a decent price.
CHRISTOPHE C. HAIR & BEAUTY
Jalan Kunti #9, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: 0361 738025
L’Spa, on the other hand, is a pampering affair that offers Ayurvedic treatments such as Shirodara and Indian head massages. If massages aren’t doing it for you anymore (yes, “too-many massages” is an actual sentence, but we’ve certainly never used it), then L’Spa’s exotic treatments are for you. If you suffer from insomnia, or just low-quality sleep, these stimulating and regenerative treatments will work wonders.
Jalan Raya Petitenget No. 8L Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 473 3147
The wining & dining
The wine and dine scene in Seminyak & Petitenget is all sorts of fabulous. Here, you can enjoy every cuisine under the sun and creative fine dining is more common than local street food. These restaurants serve plates that are a little more special than the rest.
Teatro is a sensational fine dining restaurant that fuses sophisticated twists on traditional French fare. Alluring flavours that linger on the palette accompanied by bold presentations and a top selection of wines keep swarve diners coming back for more.
Jalan Kayu Aya Blok C No. 1-2, Kuta Utara, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 8700078
Need a little taste of Italy in Bali? Trattoria is your answer. With standout pizzas (arguably the best pizzas in Bali) and a quality lineup of starters and fresh salads, this is the perfect place for a spot of lunch in the midst of your shopping marathon.
Jalan Leskmana No 100x, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 737082
Gourmet Cafe lets you create your own salads and sandwiches, for those who know exactly what they’re after. This spot is known for its all-day breakfast menu and really good coffee. The can’t-go-wrong cafe of the area.
Jalan Petitenget No. 45, Kuta, Indonesia, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 8475115
The mouthwatering South American food is amazing, but it’s the line-up of visiting DJs and intoxicatingly delicious cocktails that really seals the deal. A great spot to hit if you fancy mingling with travellers and Bali expats alike.
Jalan Laksamana Oberoi 177x Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 730010
Beach clubs and nightlife
In Seminyak and Petitenget, a jiving good time is available seven nights a week. Boasting some of the best beach bars in Bali as well as dimly lit New York style haunts, there’s a hot international DJ and a world class venue to suit every stay-up-late style.
Part organic juice bar, part bistro gallery and part lounge and rooftop bar, Townhouse is a sleek venue that you absolutely must check out in Seminyak. Spread out over five floors with a different theme on every level, you’ll have no trouble finding a cozy spot to suit your mood.
Jalan Laksmana Oberoi 151, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 885 0577
KU DE TA
Ku De Ta is an oldie but a goodie. Parties and events are always major, and always guaranteed to go off. On a normal day, the place fills up at sundown, but we prefer to come here for lunch, when it’s far less busy. The waves on Ku De Ta’s doorstep offer fantastic surfing, so if you’ve come to Bali with a partner in tow, this is the perfect spot to leave him while you go shopping.
KU DE TA
Jalan Kayu Aya no.9, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 736969
(next to Hotel Oberoi)
Enter the host of the hottest events in Bali: Potato Head Beach Club. On a normal day, it makes a great all-day spot to relax with a few friends, but it can get overcrowded at sundown. Avoid the queue at the door and get in early for a killer spot by the pool.
Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali 83061
Tel: +62 361 4737979
A dose of culture
No trip to Bali is complete without a balancing dose of culture. And so we share with you the curious legend surrounding Petitenget’s sacred spirit.
Petitenget Temple is a sacred and peaceful place of worship. The legend has it that a high priest from Java was on his way to Uluwatu from Tanah Lot when he found himself stranded in Petitenget. He felt the presence of a tormented creature following him, lurking in the shadows. The creature was lost and deeply unhappy, causing the local people to fall ill with mysterious sicknesses. So, the priest gave the creature a box to look after, and the creature obeyed. You’ll notice a small junction at Petitenget Temple – this is where locals worship the creature before entering the temple.
Discover more of Bali’s unique culture by touring the regencies beyond Seminyak.
Where to stay: L’Hotel
L’Hotel is the only centrally located SLH hotel in Bali. This boutique hotel in Petitenget opened in 2012, and the level of personalised service is unbeatable. Every guest gets a personal butler, who is extremely clued-in on the best of nearby shopping, nightlife and culture.
If you need extra help (and hands!), you can also enlist the services of a personal shopper. What’s more, the L’Hotel operates a free shuttle that does the rounds between Petitenget and Seminyak throughout the day. It is everything you’d expect from an SLH member at a very reasonable price – JOY!
The lifestyle suites are superbly appointed with smooth bedding, oversized king beds and iPod docks (nothing like rocking out to your own tunes in the shower!). But it’s the little things that make us happy, like the shampoo, conditioner and facial cleanser by Kiehl’s.
The hotel is well located along Jalan Petitenget. After a deeply satisfying day of shopping, retreating to the sanctuary of the hotel’s rooftop Luna Bar for a sundown vino is simply sublime.
Jalan Raya Petitenget No. 8L Seminyak Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 894 7898