Woman relaxing in hotel swimming pool overlooking beach at hotel in Seminyak

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Our guide covers the best accommodation in Seminyak, from trendy and boutique hotels to options with the best on-site facilities and the top resorts for couples, families and business travellers.

Seminyak, located on the southwest coast of Bali, Indonesia, is known for its sophisticated and upscale ambience. Its stylish boutiques and nightclubs, premium shopping, and refined culinary scene attract a discerning crowd. But one of the best parts of a holiday in this area is a stay at one of its many luxurious accommodations. Seminyak hotels and resorts stand out for their chic sophistication and cosmopolitan vibes. The main accommodation types include 5-star resorts, family resorts, boutique hotels and luxury villas, catering to a wide range of travellers and tastes. Neither all-inclusive nor adults-only resorts are particularly common in this part of Bali.

The best resorts and hotels in Seminyak tend to go beyond mere accommodation, instead offering immersive experiences, exceptional hospitality, and unparalleled amenities that redefine luxury and elevate the overall stay. While some high-end resorts offer extra degrees of luxury like concierge services and VIP treatments, that’s not the only way to create a memorable Seminyak holiday. Others excel through the level of authenticity they offer, their integration of local culture into guest experiences, or the atmosphere and ambience they provide

The main factors that determine the overall quality of a hotel or resort typically include the property itself, the location, the overall atmosphere, the quality of the amenities, the standard of the food and drinks, and the level of service. Below we have identified and ranked the top Seminyak accommodations according to these criteria.

The 12 best hotels and resorts in Seminyak are listed below.

  1. W Bali Seminyak - Best Luxury Resort in SeminyakThe epitome of luxury in Seminyak, W Bali boasts stylish rooms, a vibrant beach club and top-notch facilities like the AWAY® Spa and FIT fitness centre.

  2. The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa - Best for CouplesThe Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa offers couples a romantic experience with its incredible infinity pool, traditional Balinese spa, and serene beachfront ambience.

  3. Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach - Best All-Round ExperienceHotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach infuses traditional Balinese design with modern luxury, boasting diverse dining options and a top-notch wellness centre.

  4. Courtyard by Marriott Bali - Best for Leisure and BusinessCourtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak is a 5-star luxury resort conveniently located just a short walk from Seminyak Beach. The hotel offers a modern yet relaxed atmosphere, perfect for both business and leisure travellers.

  5. Double Six Luxury Hotel - Best On-Site RestaurantsDouble Six Luxury Hotel treats guests to an impressive array of dining experiences, from gourmet steakhouses to cosy Italian eateries, all with stunning ocean views.

  6. The Legian Seminyak - Best Boutique Hotel in SeminyakThe Legian Seminyak, Bali is a stylish beachfront property offering bespoke luxury without sacrificing cosiness.

  7. Peppers Seminyak - Best Family Resort in SeminyakPeppers Seminyak merges the privacy of villas with the indulgence of resort amenities, creating a perfect setting for a family holiday set amidst spectacular gardens.

  8. Kayumas Seminyak Resort - Best In-House SpaKayumas Seminyak Resort stands out for Arana Spa & Wellness, a deluxe spa that offers guests a holistic, nature-inspired experience with treatments that are both relaxing and uplifting.

  9. The Samaya Seminyak Bali - Best for ActivitiesThe Samaya Seminyak Bali is celebrated for its range of amazing activities like cooking classes, weaving demonstrations and fruit carving workshops.

  10. Grand Mercure Bali Seminyak - Best for EventsGrand Mercure Bali Seminyak is the go-to for memorable events held in elegant meeting rooms and with excellent hotel facilities.

  11. Cross Paasha Seminyak Bali - Best Sunset ViewsCross Paasha boasts a rooftop pool with unrivalled views, modern suites, and a strategic location near Petitenget Beach.

  12. Alila Seminyak - Seminyak’s Trendiest HotelAlila Seminyak stands out for its trendsetting design, diverse pools, and exceptional service, encapsulating the chic essence of Seminyak’s beachfront luxury.

1. W Bali Seminyak - Best Luxury Resort in Seminyak

The W Bali - Seminyak, often called W Bali or simply “the W”, is a 5-star luxury resort owned by the esteemed Marriott International hotel group. Easily recognisable by the prominent “W '' monument that adorns its beachfront, the W Bali is an expansive property with a tropical paradise feel and some of the most upscale facilities on the island. Surrounded by blue lagoons and swaying palm trees, the east-facing beachfront resort provides the perfect vantage point for gorgeous golden sunsets and sets the stage for the holiday of a lifetime. With such a charming layout and aspect, it’s easy to forget that the W Bali is widely considered one of the best luxury resorts in Bali.

Guests at the W Bali are greeted with a range of stylish rooms, deluxe villas, and suites, each meticulously designed to ensure a standout stay. The opulent decor within each combines the signature elegant style of the W hotel chain with the unique colours and textures of Bali itself. The result of this combination is an elevated beach-meets-jungle aesthetic, with unobtrusively modern touches that make it feel like a home away from home. The Ocean View rooms are particularly stunning, with all-glass facades and private balconies directly overlooking the sea. The villas cost extra but are fully decked out with private pools and state-of-the-art entertainment systems, including a BOSE® system so powerful it could give Potato Head Beach Club a run for its money. At the end of another perfect Seminyak day, guests slip into bed with the security of knowing that their tired, sun-kissed bodies are being comforted and caressed by 350-thread-count sheets! How’s that for fancy?

It isn't just the rooms that make W Bali a fantastic place to stay. The W Bali offers premium facilities like the on-site Woobar beachclub, AWAY® Spa and the FIT fitness centre. Woobar is W Bali’s very own beach club, offering a relaxed poolside lounging experience by day that turns into a sophisticated cocktail and fluorescent lighting frenzy by night. The AWAY Spa is a lavish facility with hot and cold pools, a steam room, and world-class beauty and wellness treatments. The “Midnight Delight” spa package offers value in a luxury setting, offering a 25% discount for massage treatments booked between 12am and 6am. For those who want to keep up the fitness regime while away, the elite FIT fitness centre goes far beyond the typical “hotel gym”, fully fitted out and with exclusive services like free daily exercise classes (from yoga to HIIT to pilates) and a personal training add-on service.

Eating is one of the most important parts of any excellent resort stay (in our opinion anyway), and even more so at a luxury resort. The W Seminyak is home to fabulous restaurants like the “Fire” grill, inspired by the famous “Kecak” dance, a Balinese Hindu ritual. Kecak is a cornerstone of Balinese culture, a fire dance with origins in an ancient form of exorcism that’s designed to repel evil spirits. There’s no need to repel the restaurant’s delicious dry-aged and sizzling flame-cooked meat though. For more of a relaxed seaside dining feel, head to Starfish Bloo for a lavish morning brunch overlooking the water, which is well worth prepaying for. The brunch buffet dishes go well beyond the typical resort fare, with unusual but sumptuous plates like oyster trays, BBQ seafood, Peking duck, babi guling (suckling pig) and ending with a host of sweet treats, cakes and desserts. When it comes time for a post-dinner digestivo, the W Lounge is a sophisticated cocktail bar with inviting pink lighting and one of the best martinis on the island.

The service at “the W” is another notch on its already glistening belt. With its policy of “Whatever, Whenever,” the resort aims to go above and beyond to meet the needs of its guests, with a 24-hour concierge desk and a lightning-fast response to the needs of guests, be it a “need” or really just a want! Most of all, it’s truly impressive how the staff looks after its visitors, a factor that has an immeasurable impact on the quality of a holiday.

Still, with all that the W has to offer, the standout feature of this stunning hotel is its unmatched location in Seminyak. Step outside the resort into the district famous for sophisticated shopping, unique art galleries, and many of Bali’s best restaurants like Merah Putih and Mama San. Just keep in mind that while the W Bali - Seminyak offers relaxation, the area itself is on the lively side. We aren’t in tranquil Ubud anymore!

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Location: Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

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2. The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa - Best for Couples

The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa is an elegant, privately owned hotel perched on the glamorous shores of Seminyak. Ideal for partners on holiday, this top-rate resort is located just a stone’s throw from iconic landmarks such as the Ku De Ta Beach Club without ever losing its private and secluded feel.

The centrepiece of the Seminyak Beach Resort is its Infinity Beach Club, which features a pool that stretches 45 metres in parallel to the Seminyak beachfront. As the sun is setting, the reflected glow of the pool matches that of the ocean, providing an incredibly romantic ambience. There are loungers and a bar where couples can spend the day resting, relaxing and enjoying some fun in the sun.

Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa derives its name for a reason. Not only does it proudly span the beach, it is also home to the highly-rated Kahyangan Spa which offers no less than three couples massage rooms, as well as a salon, hot and cold plunge pools and a steam room. The treatments at Kahyangan Spa typically include an exfoliation from JUARA Skincare that’s inspired by Jamu, an ancient Indonesian healing tradition that uses herbal medicines. After your treatments, couples have some seriously comfortable rooms to head home to.

The rooms at the Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa are elegantly appointed, blending modern furnishings with traditional Balinese design elements and offering a choice of garden and ocean views. The Ocean Suite offers a larger space complete with a king-size bed, a balcony overlooking the ocean and its very own jacuzzi, with enough space for two. By morning, the bedrooms provide a dark and cool space for a sleep-in, thanks to blackout curtains and powerful A/C. By evening, the sun streams through the suite as the sun sets. For an added touch of luxury, the pool villas are an option particularly nice for a honeymoon. They boast a spacious living room, a beautifully decorated en-suite bedroom, and a 5x7 metre private pool.

The service offered by the Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa is truly on point, with friendly staff consistently going the extra mile to ensure a pleasant stay for you and your loved one. Whether surprising a guest with a treat for a special occasion or setting up a luxurious 100-Candle Romantic Dinner, the attention to detail and commitment to guest satisfaction shines through in every aspect.

The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa is one of the best choices for a wedding venue in Bali, thanks to its prime beachfront location and outstanding venues like the Purnama Beachfront Pavilion. The Purnama is a stunning pitch-roofed chapel with an all-glass facade, providing ocean views from all angles. The resort’s dedicated wedding planners and staff are committed to personalised service, ensuring every detail of your special day goes to plan.

The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa provides a romantic atmosphere, luxurious spa experiences, elegant accommodations and exceptional service. Add to that the stunning wedding venues, and its no wonder that the Seminyak Beach Resort is one of the best resorts in Bali for couples. Its beachfront location, along with amenities like the Infinity Beach Club and Kahyangan Spa, ensures a memorable getaway that neither of you will soon forget.

A small note for guests: expect waiting times of over 20 minutes at the resort's restaurants during peak hours.

Book your stay at The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa.

Location: Jl. Kayu Aya, Pantai Seminyak, Kuta, Seminyak, Kec. Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

 

Dining tables and sun lounges on the sand at The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa

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3. Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach - Best All-Round Experience

Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach is a 5-star boutique resort owned by InterContinental Hotels Group, a luxury hotel brand with over 200 successful destinations worldwide. Hotel Indigo is an incredible resort that satisfies most travellers, making it one of the best Seminyak stays for an overall combination of a beautifully designed resort, high-quality restaurants and friendly, readily available service.

The design of Hotel Indigo blends comfort, tradition and aesthetic beauty. It’s clear that Hotel Indigo has gone to lengths to create spacious, naturally lit rooms which regardless of the exact orientation, provide an amazing aspect be it of pools, the garden or even the ocean. Named for the Sanskrit word for ocean, the Sagar suites are particularly lush with wide-open views of the ocean. The room interiors are well-lit and beautifully furnished, drawing from Bali's rich heritage through references to traditional Bebali (ceremonial) cloth and the architecture of Hindu temples.

Laid out in five wings, guests are easily able to navigate to shared amenities like pools, bars, restaurants and cafes, and a 24/7 fitness centre. The quality of the dining at Hotel Indigo Bali outshines other resorts, with amazing restaurants like SugarSand and Makase. Sugarsand is a neighbourhood-style Japanese eatery serving delicious Japanese cuisine like sushi and gyoza. Makase serves authentic dishes from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia in celebration of Southeast Asian cuisine. One of the main culinary attractions at Hotel Indigo Bali is the 5-course omakase menu prepared by Japanese specialty chef Syamsul Rizal. The term omakase means “I Leave the Details Up to You”, meaning that guests' choices are entrusted to the expertise of the chef, who provides a curated sushi and sashimi tasting menu. At 1,600,000 IDR (~160 AUD) per person, it's well worth splurging for such a unique and memorable experience.

The Hotel Indigo Bali is renowned for having excellent guest service, with warm and friendly staff who strive to exceed the expectations of every patron. This provides a feeling of being truly at home and not having to worry about the usual life practicalities while on holiday. The staff demonstrate their care and attentiveness daily, whether responding promptly to a request for a baby bathtub or personalising your breakfast to accommodate dietary needs. Guests at the Hotel Indigo Bali praise the staff for their kindness and courteousness, both of which contribute to the resort's welcoming atmosphere, which attracts repeat visitors.

The Hotel Indigo Bali is incredibly luxurious and beautifully furnished but a minor drawback is that it lacks entertainment for children like a kid's club. This is important information to note for families with young children looking to book a holiday.

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Location: Jl. Camplung Tanduk No.10, Seminyak, Bali, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Aerial view of Hotel Indigo pool and beach

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4. Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak Resort - Best for Leisure & Business

Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak, or Courtyard Bali, is a 5-star luxury resort located just a five-minute walk from Seminyak Beach. Perfect for both business and leisure travellers, the hotel marries the modern functionality of a hotel with the relaxed feel of an island oasis. The Courtyard building is built high in a rectangular formation surrounding a large lagoon-style pool, creating a feeling of city-like sophistication for travellers without losing a sense of being truly “on holiday.” 

The rooms at the Marriot are well-appointed with either pool or city views, and tastefully decorated with a soothing colour palette and contemporary décor, accentuated by Balinese wall hangings. While not as picturesque as some other hotels, the Courtyard Bali is a perfect fit for a few days in Seminyak especially for business trips or families wanting to enjoy the hotel’s prime position in downtown Seminyak, close to top restaurants, bars and spas.

For those who don’t feel like venturing out, the Courtyard features one of the best in-house spas in all of Bali, Zanti The Retreat. Zanti is your go-to spot when you need some serious downtime from too much work or even too much vacation (yes, it's totally a thing!). Located directly within the Courtyard property, the spa offers a signature Balinese Massage with Hot Stone which is too good to pass up —a full 120 minutes where traditional Balinese massage meet the muscle-melting magic of hot stones. There’s even an After Sun treatment with cooling Aloe Vera and cucumber for those who have come back burnt and red after a day at Seminyak beach.

The food at the Courtyard is amongst the best in the area, and the breakfast buffet at the Seminyak Kitchen restaurant is particularly good. There’s a daily changing selection of options and all the gourmet hotel breakfast hallmarks including an omelette station, onsite baristas and eggs benedict - crucial for a productive day of business or leisure. The hotel makes a lot of effort to create elevated evening dining experiences as well, with well-thought-out dinner events like beach BBQs, themed dinners and romantic candlelight dinners.

For business travellers, the resort offers convenient amenities such as high-speed internet, a business centre, and meeting rooms. The resort's proximity to the Bali International Convention Centre makes it an ideal choice for those attending conferences and events there

Location: Sp, Jl. Camplung Tanduk Jl. Dhyana Pura No.103, Seminyak, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Aerial view of hotel rooms overlooking swimming pool at Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak Resort

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5. Double Six Luxury Hotel - Best On-Site Restaurants

Double Six Luxury Hotel is a 5-star beachfront palatial hotel in the exclusive neighbourhood of Seminyak. The hotel provides the best of both worlds, equally as close to Seminyak’s bustling shopping area as Double Six Beach. Renowned for its amazing atmosphere and live music, Double Six is widely considered one of Bali’s best beaches . Just steps away from the beach, Double Six Luxury Hotel itself exudes tropical vibes and easy holiday fun. The property is expansive, with a meandering and visually impressive pool that separates the hotel from the shore. The hotel's architecture combines modern elements with traditional Balinese influences, featuring spacious balconies, a sleek, understated colour palette, and green surrounds.

The Double Six Luxury Hotel is one of the best stays in Seminyak when it comes to dining options, with five restaurants and bars to choose from. The signature restaurant is the Plantation Grill, a highly-rated restaurant that specialises in dry-aged meats and sustainable seafood prepared on custom coal and wood grills. The restaurant takes you back to the opulence of the Prohibition era with its twenties-style luxury, marble finishes, and vaulted double-height ceiling. There is also an onsite rooftop bar, cocktail lounge, and Italian restaurant.  For a more relaxed dining experience, Suzie-Q Asian Twist Kitchen is your go-to for shared plates and nibbles at Double Six Luxury Hotel. The buzz of Seminyak feels worlds away when eating in this cosy kitchen, and the view over the pool is as delightful as the menu. Here, it’s all about smaller meals and snacks with a punch of local flavour, offering a twist on traditional Asian cuisine that’s perfect for kick-starting your evening or winding down after a day in the sun.

Oftentimes Bali’s resorts are highly praised by visitors, more so for the shared facilities than the rooms themselves, but that’s not the case here. Double Six Luxury Hotels offers plenty of suites and penthouses to choose from, which are spacious and beautifully designed with pool or ocean views. The only minor drawback is that they tend to have just one power outlet. It’s not as simple to navigate power outlets in Bali, which is why we recommend bringing an adaptor that converts to a Type C or Type F plug type. Regardless, the rooms are a pleasure to stay in, with all the modern amenities you need. For an extra special stay, try the Deluxe Suites with a choice of pool or ocean view and the crowning jewel of the hotel, the 66 Penthouse. The Penthouse is a 3-bedroom construction with a huge jacuzzi. Bathed in natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows, it offers sweeping views of the ocean and a complete living space to come back to after exploring Seminyak’s beaches and cultural landmarks.

Rounding up the luxurious experience at Double Six Luxury Hotel is the exemplary service that sets it apart, even by Asia’s high standards. The staff, always friendly and polite, master the art of being present without ever feeling intrusive. With a 24-hour butler service ready to cater to your every need, guests are offered conveniences such as a packing and unpacking service – which is a thoughtful touch for those of us who would rather spend every minute soaking in the beauty of Seminyak.

The only drawback is that the restaurants at Double Six Luxury Hotel sometimes get a bit crowded. However, this is only a testament to their popularity and the exceptional dining experiences on offer.

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Location: Jl. Pantai Legian Jl. Double Six No.66, Seminyak, Kec. Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Night time at Double Six Luxury Hotel

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6. The Legian Seminyak - Best Boutique Hotel in Seminyak

The Legian Seminyak, Bali, is a 5-star beachfront hotel located just south of Soner Beach in Seminyak. Owned by Legian Hotel Management (LHM), the Legian is a boutique luxury hotel that has been honoured with its inclusion in the global ‘Leading Hotels of The World’ network, which recognises some of the world’s best accommodations. A boutique hotel denotes an accommodation that operates on a smaller scale, focusing its attention on creating the best possible experience for guests.

The staff at the Legian are incredibly attentive and well-trained in their service areas. One surprising aspect of the service is the transport services on offer as a premium feature. The Legian encourages guests to explore the local area, offering private car transfers upon request to ensure smooth and comfortable travel between the resort and their adventures. Guests in the signature suites, which feature an ocean-facing duplex terrace and direct access to the beach, are entitled to pick-up and drop-off into Seminyak by a private limousine for an added layer of luxury. Another welcome feature of the service is that families are well looked after. Parents staying at the hotel with young children are able to enjoy some alone time thanks to the ‘kid’s club’ and accredited babysitting services.

The Legian property itself is amazing, sitting squarely on Seminyak Beach and featuring a strategically positioned blue swimming pool that seems to spill into the Indian Ocean. Many guests choose to spend their time whittling away the hours at the pool, lying back on loungers, enjoying the occasional dip, and enjoying the food and drink service.

In case all that sun and relaxation gets too much, there is plenty to see by venturing beyond the property bounds into Seminyak itself. The Legian has plenty of visit-worthy landmarks on its doorsteps, from the boutiques of Jalan Laksmana and the main Jalan Raya walking street, to the incredible local art galleries, like the Yaman Gallery and the Purpa Fine Art Gallery. The restaurants in the Seminyak area are excellent as well, and just a short walk from the resort you’ll find gems like the Parisian-themed Junction House, the Shrimpis seafood restaurant and the beachfront Chez Gado Gado offering international cuisine with an ocean view. Of course, there’s no need to venture outside the resort if you don’t want to. The Legian Seminyak offers its own beachfront dining experience, with a menu fusing European and Southeast Asian flavours using organic Balinese ingredients, as well as a seafood grill accompanied by live jazz on Friday evenings.

The rooms at the Legian showcase interior design which embodies Balinese traditions through indigenous art and tropical gardens with quietly luxurious touches like antique teak furniture and parquet floors. Each “room” at the Legian is in fact a full-scale suite, meaning each guest has complete privacy with a separate living and dining area in their room. The rooms are incredibly stately, featuring spacious balconies, elegant marble bathrooms (with his-and-her sinks) and handsome four-poster beds. The Studio Suite at the Legian Seminyak is a guest favourite, allowing visitors to indulge in luxury with amenities like separate outdoor decks for dining and lounging, a deep soak bath, a rainshower and a minibar stocked for arrival.

As one of the best boutique hotels in Bali, the Legian places a strong emphasis on creating an atmosphere that artfully reflects the local Seminyak culture. Plus, the relatively small size of the hotel helps maintain a sense of exclusivity and a personal touch when it comes to guest service. Well worth a visit during your stay in Seminyak, the only drawback is that the on-site restaurants are not the most budget-friendly, but the quality of the food confidently justifies the price nonetheless.

Location: Jl. Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Kec. Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Outdoor swimming pool and lounge area in villa at The Legian Seminyak

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7. Peppers Seminyak - Best Family Resort in Seminyak

Peppers Seminyak is a world-class villa resort located just 10 minutes from Seminyak Beach. Perfect for families, Peppers Seminyak combines the comforts of a private home with the amenities of a full-service resort.

Embracing their natural surroundings, Peppers’ villas are surrounded by abundant gardens and lotus ponds, creating the perfect atmosphere for a family holiday. Each villa offers a harmonious blend of indoor and outdoor living, with huge bedrooms containing four-poster beds covered with linens - creating a super comfy atmosphere. Peppers Seminyak villas transition effortlessly to the outdoors, where a swimming pool awaits playful splashes and bonding time between parents and kids. Just keep in mind that rules around pool fencing are less strict in Bali, so make sure to carefully watch young children at all times. Around the pool, the comfortable seating is ideal for family mealtimes or simply basking in the Balinese sun after a leisurely swim.

The activities for kids available at Peppers Seminyak are excellent. Like many of the best family resorts in Bali, Peppers has a “kids' club” that is perfect for keeping children entertained for hours and giving parents the chance to relax by the pool or indulge in spa treatments. Called Kids@Peppers, this family-friendly play area is equipped with games and activities and is supervised by resort staff. The activities and games are suitable for a range of ages, with everything from colouring and building blocks to mini bowling and a Playstation 3. The club is suitable for children between four and fourteen years of age and is open from 8 AM to 5 PM at no additional cost.

Another highlight of staying at Peppers Seminyak is the in-villa BBQ experience, where a personal chef whips up a culinary feast at your villa, right in front of the whole household. Parents are able to observe and learn from the chef's techniques, and kids find it such an engaging spectacle of sights, sounds and tastes. The guided gastronomic tour will enrich the understanding and appreciation of Balinese culture for the whole family. As part of the BBQ evening, the resort provides a complimentary karaoke setup to make the night even more fun, giving everyone a chance to bond over some singing (whether in tune or not). It's all about having a good laugh and a bit of friendly competition, bringing family and friends closer through music.

This is just a heads-up for those who prefer privacy when swimming - the central pool in the resort is a shared zone, hugged by five of the villas. For those not too keen on mingling or making a splash with other guests, don’t let this catch you off guard! The excellent private pools attached to each villa are likely to be more your speed if that’s the case.

Location: Jl. Pura Telaga Waja, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

Outdoor swimming pool and lounge area in villa at Peppers Seminyak

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8. Kayumas Seminyak Resort - Best In-House Spa    

The Kayumas Seminyak Bali is a modern-contemporary resort with natural interiors located just 500 metres from Batu Belig Beach. The Kayumas Seminyak Resort in Bali is a striking example of modern architecture blending seamlessly with nature. The resort features sharp, angular lines and a flat wooden roof that slopes to the ground, creating a distinctively modern silhouette. At the very centre of the resort, a swimming pool surrounded by vibrant vegetation and lined with inviting lounge chairs serves as the social heart of this amazing Seminyak resort. Beyond its uniquely contemporary design, Kayumas  Seminyak Resort has some of the best in-house restaurants and spas in Bali.

The best part of a stay at Kayumas is the onsite spa, Arana Spa & Wellness. The spa offering is created around the theme of the four elements, Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Each procedure at Arana is an interpretation of these elements, designed to align with the individual's personal needs and preferences. For example, the “air” treatments combine gentle massage strokes and the aromatic essences of local herbs to lift the spirit, allowing guests to settle into a peaceful and calming state. “Fire” therapies, on the other hand, are designed to energise and invigorate, using the warmth of hot stone massages and deep-tissue techniques to improve circulation and ignite an inner glow. This holistic, element-centric approach is unlike any other spa experience you’ll find in Bali!

Kayumas offers rooms and suites that seamlessly blend modern aesthetics with natural elements, emphasising wooden and bamboo accents. Among Kamuya’s stunning accommodation options, the 90 sqm Two Bedroom Suite is a standout, perfect for families or groups. This suite showcases a generous layout, featuring one king and one twin bedroom, each with its marble en-suite bathroom. Modern furnishings merge gracefully with natural light streaming through floor-to-ceiling glass doors, leading to a private terrace. The suite also boasts a spacious dining and living area, perfect for moments of bonding and relaxation.

The Kayumas Seminyak Resort has one spectacular on-site restaurant, The Tlaga Bar & Resto, which offers a variety of Indonesian and international dishes in an all-day, open-air setting. Breakfast here is particularly amazing. For the culinary adventurous travellers, there's the Indonesian breakfast featuring Nasi Goreng Jawa or Mie Goreng Jawa, accompanied by savoury Chicken Satay, a sunny-side-up egg, crisp Acar, and the distinctively flavorful Sambal Terasi. On the other hand, the American breakfast appeals to children and those looking for a taste of comfort. However, the real star of the morning is the Kayumas Egg Benedict. This signature dish is a delightful twist on the classic, served with smoked beef ham and chicken sausage.

Beyond the spa treatments, another highlight of The Kayumas Seminyak Bali is the atmosphere, which strikes a perfect balance between modern luxury and enjoyment of nature. Those looking for opulence and gigantic facilities, however, are advised to choose a different hotel, as this is a more intimate setting that prioritises relaxation and a harmonious connection with nature.

Location: Jl. Pura Telaga Waja No.18a, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Night view of hotel lobby lit up under dark sky at Kayumas Seminyak Resort

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9. The Samaya Seminyak Bali - Best for Activities

The Samaya Seminyak is a 5-star beachfront resort located just off Petinget Beach. Owned by Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts Group, the Samaya is an acclaimed accommodation that takes care of your Bali holiday itinerary for you. Seminyak is the perfect place for spending at least a day of your trip, providing luxury holiday vibes only 25 minutes from the airport.

What sets The Samaya Seminyak apart is its range of amazing complimentary activities designed to introduce guests to Balinese culture. These activities include morning Yoga classes, Kite Painting sessions, and even Fruit Carving workshops. Additionally, the hotel hosts a coconut leaf weaving workshop to educate guests about the Balinese practice of weaving, and a cooking class to teach visitors about Balinese cuisine and show them how to recreate the delicious flavours at home. Not only are these in-house activities fun and culturally enriching, but the staff in charge are incredibly knowledgeable and eager to share the unique heritage of the Island.

The design of the Samaya Seminyak beachfront villas is pared down, and less ornate than other resorts in the area, letting the sparkling white sand and towering palm trees take centre stage instead. The architecture is designed to enhance the natural charms of the seaside setting, with the villa's thatched roofs and natural stone pathways paying homage to traditional Balinese style while maintaining a chic, modern aesthetic.

The Samaya Seminyak is composed of 52 private villas, each featuring private pools, pagodas and terraces so guests are able to decompress from their busy itineraries in total peace. The villas at Samaya Seminyak boast jacuzzi hot tubs, with strategically placed jets and contoured seating, perfect for spending evenings relaxing during the milder months. The villas are divided into two categories, the beachside villas for guests who want to wake up to the ocean, versus the Royal Courtyard Villas which are family living spaces located across the main road and decorated in the style of traditional Balinese houses.

Another delightful aspect of the Samaya Seminyak Resort is the food. The meals are top-quality, and the breakfast is especially good, with a choice of both buffet and a la carte options. The highlight is the floating breakfast, allowing you to enjoy a spread of fresh tropical fruits, freshly cooked eggs, croissants, and coffee while relaxing in the pool.

It’s important to note that the Samaya Seminyak has a relatively high tempo compared to other hotels, there are a lot of activities on and guests are encouraged to get involved, so it's less suitable for holidayers whose priorities are rest and relaxation.

Book your stay at Samaya Seminyak Resort

Location: Seminyak Beach, Jl. Laksmana, Seminyak, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Aerial view of swimming pool and lush greenery overlooking ocean at Samaya Seminyak Resort

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10. Grand Mercure Bali Seminyak - Best for Events

Grand Mercure Bali Seminyak is a 5-star resort within just a 5-minute walk of Double Six Beach and Seminyak Beach. Offering easy access to entertainment and shopping outlets in Legian and Seminyak, Grand Mercure is an ideal base for hosting events in Bali for large numbers of people - whether it be a wedding, conference or reunion. Grand Mercure Bali Seminyak exudes a regal charm with its stately architecture, featuring a grand entrance that welcomes guests into a world of sophistication. The expansive outdoor pools are complemented by well-appointed poolside cabanas and dining areas, allowing guests to indulge in al fresco snacks without straying far from the water's edge.

The Grand Mercure Seminyak Hotel is the ideal location for both corporate events and private gatherings, where premium international standards blend with the charm of local culture. The Grand Mercure boasts a whopping 269 elegant rooms and suites, making it easy to accommodate large groups of people. The hotel boasts flexible function rooms and a grand ballroom for larger events, alongside cosy breakout spaces perfect for smaller group interactions. These venues are adorned with distinctive Balinese touches, all while providing the comfort and technology expected of a high-end international brand. The amazing facilities include three outdoor pools, kids-only amenities, a ballroom, and five meeting rooms, the Grand Mercure meets all your family needs.

Grand Mercure Seminyak Hotel is a great option for families as well. It features a kids-only pool and a kids club, guaranteeing fun for younger guests, while the all-day dining restaurant offers a variety of tasty snacks to enjoy after a day of splashing in the water. While the service isn’t quite as widely praised as other Bali resorts, the staff do go out of their way to be helpful, whether helping you secure a table at a restaurant or taking you to your room.

Due to the resort's popularity, it's recommended to arrive early at your favourite pool to avoid missing out on the best sunbathing spots.

Location: Jl. Arjuna No.40, Seminyak, Kec. Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

11. Cross Paasha Seminyak Bali - Best Sunset Views

Cross Paasha Seminyak Bali is a 99-suite and penthouse hotel in Seminyak, the most upscale district of Bali. Located just steps away from the amazing Petitenget Beach, Cross Paasha Bali epitomises contemporary elegance with its modern room designs that weave in the charm of local rattan accents.

The signature feature of the Cross Paasha Bali is its stunning rooftop, which features a large pool, bar and arguably the best sunset views in Bali. This is such an amazing place to watch the sunset while sitting back on a lounger, relaxing in the pool or even sipping on a 2-for-1 cocktail at Happy Hour, from 5pm to 7pm. The pool is large, but shallow, great for wading around in and sitting to enjoy the pool movie nights. While it's easy to get swept up in the chill vibes at Cross Paasha Bali Seminyak, this place is more than just a pretty space to lounge around. It's decked out with some seriously luxe features, including two amazing dining spots, a fitness centre right by the pool, and free bikes to cruise around Seminyak.

At Cross Paasha Bali, guests have two distinctive dining options to choose from. Ciao Restaurant, conveniently situated at the lobby level, welcomes guests daily from breakfast through to dinner. This contemporary café delights with a menu that echoes Bali's health-conscious culinary culture. A show kitchen and panoramic views provide a dynamic backdrop to the dining experience, making it accessible not just to guests but also to visiting patrons. When it comes to unwinding, the Rooftop Bar is the ultimate spot. Centred around a generous pool, this laid-back lounge area is dotted with daybeds, oversized bean bags, and plush cushions, inviting guests to relax under the sun or enjoy the captivating Balinese sunsets.

Cross Paasha Bali Seminyak offers amazing opportunities for both fitness enthusiasts and those seeking relaxation. Next to the rooftop pool, there's a well-appointed gym available for extended hours where you get to work out at your own pace or join professionally-led yoga sessions. Adding to the focus on health and exploration, the hotel provides a complimentary bicycle service. This perk enables guests to venture out and explore Seminyak, whether it's a leisurely cycle to the beach or a quick jaunt to Seminyak Square. Cycling around is a convenient and enjoyable way to immerse yourself in the lively spirit of the area during your stay.

A standout feature of Cross Paasha Bali Seminyak is undoubtedly the rooftop pool! With its breathtaking ocean views and abundant sunlight, this spot surely makes for a memorable experience. The great service at the poolside bar adds a nice touch to the relaxed pool atmosphere

However, it's worth noting that due to its popularity, the pool area becomes quite crowded, so guests looking for solitude need to plan their pool time accordingly and turn up on the early side.

Book your stay at Cross Paasha Seminyak Bali

Location: Jl. Kayu Aya No.78, Seminyak, Kec. Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Sunbeds near swimming pool overlook palm trees on beach at Cross Paasha Seminyak Bali

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12. Alila Seminyak - Seminyak’s Trendiest Hotel

The Alila is a luxurious 5-star hotel just north of Seminyak on Seminyak Beach. Owned by Alila Hotels and Resorts, this stylish and contemporary property consists of imposing terraced levels that look out across the modern infinity pool and into the expanse of the wider beach and Indian Ocean. The location is prime, with proximity to some of the most trendy and popular spots in Seminyak like Potato Head Beach Club, California-inspired Pizza restaurant Flat Stanley and authentic Indonesian restaurant Kaum. For visitors looking to paint the town red, Alila is only a hop, skip and jump from fantastic nightlife venues like Red Ruby, ShiShi Nightclub and Paris Cat Jazz Club where you can enjoy the best of Bali nightlife.

Alila Seminyak is a hidden gem with a trendy vibe, combining a luxe aesthetic of clean lines and minimalist furniture with a laid-back atmosphere. There’s plenty to do, including fashionable activities like HIIT, yoga and sip-and-paint. The main pool has a swim-up bar, which young people love, and then there are separate pools for families with children or guests who want an 'adult only' experience without the splashing and screaming of kids. This innovative approach elegantly addresses the perennial challenge of accommodating both families and adults in one resort.

The guest services at the Alila Seminyak are excellent. The staff are warm and attentive, and they continually check in on the guests throughout their stay to ensure they feel like valued members at the resort. The staff at the Alila Seminyak are committed to guest satisfaction, indicated not only by their helpful attitude but also the warmth that they bring to every interaction to make guests feel pampered. The Alila even provides a cool buggy service where a member of staff drives guests to the main street entrance when they are leaving the resort to venture into Seminyak, adding a layer of convenience to your trips into town. Additionally, guests are greeted with a fully stocked minibar when they check into their room.

The Alila Seminyak is a destination for seafood lovers, with an extensive menu of locally wild-caught and sustainably harvested fish prepared with a Japanese twist. The reputation of the fine dining at Alila Seminyak precedes the menu, and the grilled sand lobster served with pickled beetroot and wasabi gel is locally famous. Complimentary yoga and fitness classes complement the healthy and fresh food available at the Alila in Seminyak, promoting holistic wellness for guests during their stay.

The Alila Seminyak is made up of 240 beachside suites and one breathtaking 3-bedroom penthouse with a private sundeck and pool, creating a sense of 'serenity by the sea' on the grounds. Whilst it's an extensive property with literally hundreds of rooms, the grounds are divided into smaller areas to maintain the boutique feel. The ocean-facing part of the complex is geared towards families, and the second more secluded part of the complex is aimed at honeymooners and couples. The rooms in Alila Seminyak combine spaciousness (every room has a private terrace or balcony), remarkable ocean views and the convenience of accessing the beach in a number of steps. The 1 King Bed Deluxe bedroom at the Alila Seminyak, the basic room, has a secluded pool, private balcony and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to seamlessly connect the indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Hands down, the best thing about Alila is how on-trend it is. It exudes a modern, minimalist charm that's effortlessly chic, with architecture that harmonises with the stunning backdrop of Seminyak Beach. It's like every corner has been thoughtfully curated to provide an Instagram-worthy vista—crisp, clean lines, a palette that reflects both the sand and the sea!

It is important to note that the menus at the Alila Seminyak lack an allergen listing, so take care when ordering food for people with allergies or intolerances.

Book your stay at Alila Seminyak

Location: Jl. Taman Ganesha Jl. Petitenget No.9, Seminyak, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Lounges on beach overlooking waves at Alila Seminyak

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Is Seminyak a good place to stay in Bali?

Yes, Seminyak is an excellent location for a stay in Bali, especially for those who enjoy a blend of city vibes and amazing beaches. The town of Seminyak is known for its upscale clubs, luxury shops and high-quality restaurants. It offers stunning beaches like Double Six and Seminyak Beach, and is situated conveniently close to Bali Denpasar Airport. Seminyak is a busy location so it’s wise to choose somewhere like Ubud or Jimbaran if you are looking for quiet and seclusion.

What Are the Best 5-Star Resorts in Seminyak?

A 5-star resort in Bali refers to a luxury accommodation that offers top-tier amenities, services, restaurants and facilities. Two of the best 5-star resorts in Seminyak are W Bali - Seminyak and Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach. Both resorts offer impeccable service, direct beach access, nice restaurants and typically leave guests feeling fully content with their choice. Other excellent five-star resorts in the Seminyak area include The Royal Beach Seminyak, The Legian Seminyak, and Ayana Resorts.

Which are the Best Beachfront Hotels in Seminyak?

A beachfront hotel or resort is an accommodation that offers either views of the beach, close proximity to the beach, direct access to the beach or even its own private beach. The best beachfront hotels in Seminyak include The Anvaya Beach Resort Bali, the Legian, the Samaya, Cross Paasha and Alila Seminyak. Each of these resorts not only provides an incredible view of Seminyak’s coastline but also offers an overall excellent holiday experience.

While beachfront hotels and resorts tend to be more expensive, they add additional value to a holiday that pays off, allowing guests to easily saunter from the pool to the beach and back again, without needing to worry about transportation or getting sunburnt. For those less interested in metropolitan Seminyak, another area of Bali with a lot of beachfront resorts is Nusa Dua.

Is Seminyak a good place for a honeymoon?

Yes, Seminyak is a great place for a honeymoon for those seeking a combination of city fun and beach relaxation. Just keep in mind that it's a busy and popular area with many bars and clubs, making it unsuited for couples looking for an isolated getaway. For a more peaceful retreat, honeymooners prefer Ubud, Uluwatu or Jimbaran.

That being said, there is plenty of fun in the sun to be had for newlyweds in Seminyak. Its beaches like Double Six and Seminyak Beach are beautiful, and there are many excellent restaurants including Boy’N’Cow and Merah Putih in the area. It's a great place for nightlife as well with the iconic bar Motel Mexicola and popular Potato Head beach club both in the area. While more built up than some of Bali’s most popular areas like the peaceful Ubud or laidback Uluwatu, there are still no highrise buildings in Seminyak due to regulations on the island. Some of the best honeymoon resorts in Seminyak include the Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa, Hotel Indigo Seminyak Beach and The Oberoi Beach Resort

Should I Choose a Resort or a Villa for a Stay in Bali?

Deciding between a resort or villa for your Bali holiday depends on the type of experience you’re looking to have. Bali’s hotels and resorts tend to offer a comprehensive service experience with onsite restaurants and facilities, while villas provide more privacy and a sense of being at home.

Choosing a villa for your stay in Seminyak is a good idea if you prefer a more private and personalised experience. Seminyak is quite a busy area, with plenty of restaurants, spas and activities that reduce reliance on a hotel or resort to provide those experiences. Even aspects of a hotel experience like room service, hotel transfer and private tours can be replicated in a villa. For food, simply order from Grab or Gojek, Bali’s ridesharing services that double as food delivery apps, you can try a new restaurant every single day. For car transfers and private tours, simply book a private driver online - it’s one of the easiest ways of getting around Bali,  especially for larger groups. Gojek and Grab offer quick rides around town that often cost less than 30,000 IDR (~$3 AUD).

The advantage of a villa stay in Seminyak is that it’s often cheaper for families and groups compared to booking multiple rooms within a resort. With a villa, you get to enjoy quiet breakfasts in your own kitchen, lazy afternoons by the pool, and the comfort of living space to call your own, all while still being just a short distance from all that Seminyak has to offer.