Sophisticated Seminyak, the Pride of Bali
By Ray Clark
For The Bali Times
SEMINYAK ~ An island readily known for its relaxing charm, a mystical fiesta for the senses, with kilometers of dreamlike beaches and eventful nightlife. Seminyak is a fusion of all, with a subtle elegance found with the most luxurious hotels, an array of amazing gastronomy amongst the hard-to-choose-from fashionable restaurants, many next to beaches of fine sand, light waves and mighty palm trees and elegant, upscale, easy-to-reach discotheques. The upsurge of individual designer-type boutiques has taken the area by storm, plus the newest and best in villa designs to attract a discerning clientele.
Seminyakâ€™s natural and cultural appeal, along with its exquisite entertainment facilities, surpasses all other destinations on the island. From my own personal experience, this is where you have the best of everything, without having to endure the worst. For those visiting, it is the experience of calm and tranquility with the ability to access the islandâ€™s tourist attractions, if needed.
In the southern region of Bali, you have Kuta, the playful, carefree region where tourists indulge in various activities, from shopping to a vibrant nightlife. Further north you have Ubud, a place of retreat where the temperature is cooler, the climate more humid and the scenery aplenty. On the peninsula of the island, half an hour from Kuta, you have Nusa Dua, a place of hospitality and resort dining. With Seminyak, you have a fusion of all three: excitement and serenity, sophistication and relaxation, a place that is both laid-back, yet serious about fulfilling all your needs. If you want to experience the relaxation of the island, to meet its delightful indigenous community, whilst staying and dining in international comfort, Seminyak is the place to be.
It is relatively quiet compared with its close neighbor of Kuta, with equivalent, if not better, beaches. You will find more sand to choose where to lay your towel along this stretch of coastline, without having to share it with excessive amounts of surfers and beach vendors. An area that has retained its village traditions and community spirit, daily processions and ceremonies can be seen from its dutiful people. For romantic sunsets, itâ€™s the place where you can only dream of walking with that special person. Once your visit to Bali has been and gone, certain things may be forgotten, but the sunsets will be remembered forever.
The area is growing from what was once a separate township to what can now been seen to have merged with the southern development of Kuta. However, following the coastline from the beaches of Kuta, going north, you will notice the change in atmosphere and its surroundings. You will come to the islandâ€™s more famous restaurants, Ku De Ta, Breeze at Samaya, La Lucciola, which are set on the beach and are an evening must on a visit to the area.
Just up the road, with easy access, we have the islandâ€™s favored Warisan, Living Room & Huâ€™u Bar, all world-class and very different, and a stoneâ€™s throw away we have the infamous Jl. Laksmana, with its bountiful, hard-to-get-a-seat, multicultural restaurants. Some of these restaurants were the first tourist landmarks to the area, and have remained some of the most popular. This has encouraged rival eateries where there is an underlying competitive streak throughout the menus, and along with the areaâ€™s paradisiacal charm, has helped to separate Seminyak from its noisier neighbor.
Location and facilities play a key part in experiencing the best of any area; what also helps is ensuring you chose the right resort. Seminyak has the personal touch, which is sometimes lost from the larger resorts in other areas of the island. A majority of villa-style resorts gives the area the calm that is needed to unwind, with the luxurious indigenous villas helping to make your stay more unique. What we have tried to achieve at The Samaya is a delicate blend of welcoming hospitality with the privacy needed to rest, unwind and relax. The resort epitomizes the ethos of Seminyak, both offering the opportunity to experience peace and tranquility, whilst being able to absorb the delights of easy access to international cuisine and cultured entertainment.
The Seminyak area is precious, a jewel in the crown of Bali that has been discovered, and is being enjoyed by many, but still retains its charm, sophistication, distinct style and clientele. These guests donâ€™t do or wonâ€™t do hotels, no matter how high-end; the renting of luxury villas is their norm.
Seminyak needs to be experienced to understand modern Balinese culture, where the fusion of tradition and culture meets the Western world. And whilst this gem is still sparkling, make sure everyone you know gets the chance to see it.
The writer is general manager of The Samaya.Filed under: , The Island