It has been a long time since we have stayed in Seminyak and were very interested to see any changes. Seminyak has developed a reputation of being slightly more upmarket than say....Kuta or Legian and this is probably true in most instances. There is any number of coffee shops and boutiques spread thickly amongst the interestingly decorated restaurants and plenty of choice from Vegetarian to Italian.
The prices here also reflect the quality you receive so be prepared to dig a little deeper than some of the other Bali locations but the old adage, "you get what you pay for" applies in most cases. It however does lack a little of what I would call the old Bali "flavour" which may suit you down to the ground. You are more likely to find stores with fixed prices so if haggling is not your scene then this is the place. You are also less likely to find the local Balinese shopkeepers that seem to have a sixth sense that enables them to pick a passer-by's nationality and imitate their accents impeccably. I never thought Australians had a particular look but who knows.
There is one Seminyak institution that we never miss paying a visit to and that is the Potato Head Beach Club. It has been in existence for nearly 10 years now and still presents as worthy of an afternoon's laze by the pool or enjoying a crisp cold one viewing the water from a comfy lounge.
We have booked six nights in the Marriot Courtyard Seminyak so will fill you in on our experiences there shortly.
View our Seminyak and Potato Head video on Youtube-