Lives in Ballina, Australia
Since Jun 2007
50-64 year old female
From 1985 - 1992 I lived and worked in Jakarta, Singapore and Bali. From 1992 - 2000 I lived in Jakarta and then Probolinggo in Java. I have been back living in Australia since 2000 and have holidays to Bali and meet up with family twice a year.
A good start to the day is an early morning beach walk and a visit to Petitenget Temple. This beach has greyish-colored sand and is less crowded than the other beaches in the area. The 'Pura' (temple) is shaded by very large, old trees that look like they've been there as long as the temple!
Indulge in some shopping therapy! Although this complex is small, it does have a wide range of merchandise, from international brands to local designer labels. The ground level is an open-air market with goods similar to what you would find on Jl. Legian, though the price might be a bit higher at the Square.
If you want an introduction to authentic Indonesian food, Cabe Rawit is your best port of call. A small warung specializing in Javanese food, it is cheap, clean, and has friendly staff. The food is consistently good and full of the flavors you expect from the Spice Islands. Vegetarians are catered to as well, and there is a special kids' menu.
This is a fun, interactive place to spend an hour or two. If you ever wanted to play a role in a movie, classical painting, or fairytale, here is where the magic can happen. Step into the 3D murals and become part of the illusion. For the young and the young at heart.
No trip to Seminyak is complete without a visit to one of the well-known spas. Bodyworks, with its cool Moroccan decor, is just the place to unwind, relax, and be pampered. Manicures, pedicures, facials, flower petal baths, hairdressers, make-up artists, and all types of massages are available at very reasonable prices.
The beach at Seminyak is the setting for picture postcard sunsets, and there is no better way to experience them than on a bean bag in the sand at La Plancha. At the beach end of Jl. Arjuna you will find a row of beach bars offering speciality cocktails, cold beers, food, and music. Just before sunset, it becomes crowded and full of life.
The famous Made's Warung in Kuta has been around the longest, and it is such an asset that Made's has opened in Seminyak, and with a much larger premises. It is open and spacious with a stage for live entertainment and Balinese dancers who perform nightly for the patrons. The food and drinks are always of high standard, and the staff are helpful and friendly. The cuisine is local Balinese, Indonesian, and international — so something for everyone.