Seminyak, Indonesia

It was Sunday 9th June, and the start of three exciting weeks in Indonesia. After landing in Denpasar airport, we made our way to the first hotel; The Haven Bali, located in the popular resort of Seminyak. Luckily, the jet lag was manageable because we landed at 8pm, meaning we could get an early night and start the next day fresh and ready to explore – we did go for a cheeky Pina before bed though, obviously

Day one was spent mainly by the pool – after travelling from notoriously rainy Manchester, it was the first time we’d seen true sunlight in what felt like forever; as you can imagine, we basked in the heat and enjoyed those bright and delicious rays on our faces. I also love to swim so it was fantastic to be able to dunk into the pool and have a cool down. 

Despite enjoying the morning, there’s only so much tanning you can do, and the thought of getting out and having a nosey around was a very exciting one.

After a quick change, we left the hotel and made our way to the nearby beach.  It’s lined with lovely bars and cafes, all of which have a very relaxed vibe. One particular spot caught our eye, D’joglo Beach Cafe, and we ended up stopping there for a drink; little did we know this would become a place which we revisited on several occasions throughout our time in Seminyak. 

We got there just shy of 4pm, and noticed that the staff were beginning to line the beach with an array of colourful bean bags shielded by equally vibrant umbrellas. When they opened to the public, we quickly made ourselves comfortable and pinched a great spot ready for the approaching sunset; it was around 2 hours away at 6pm, but we definitely weren’t in any rush. 

Turns out, we’d chosen the perfect place to sit – I’ll tell you why. The waves on Seminyak beach are feisty and strong, they don’t hold back; even when there’s lots of pretty beanbags in their way. Those who had chosen to sit closest to the sea quickly found out why it wasn’t the most idyllic spot. On multiple occasions, the waves came crashing to the shore and washed away everything in their path. Beanbags, umbrellas, shoes, handbags… people. After a lot of screaming everyone affected went rushing into the sea to chase their belongings. Peace was restored, although it was only a matter of time before the next vigorous wave struck and the scene was repeated. 

Sunsets in Indonesia are beautiful, and there’s many spots where you can go to watch them; although if you’re planning on viewing at a beach close to the lively sea, you might want to really consider where you choose to sit.

Highlights 

I’m not going to bore you with all of the tiny details of our time in Seminyak, but here’s a few of our highlights.

The people 

First and foremost, the Balinese people that we came across during our time in Indonesia were some of the nicest humans I’ve ever met. We noticed as soon as we reached our hotel in Seminyak. Everyone had the most polite, helpful and genuine nature. 

Frankensteins Bar and Restaurant 

As a couple from the UK, one of the first things that struck us was the number of Australians holidaying in Seminyak! It makes complete sense as it’s so close, but we were definitely outnumbered. 

One of the places we felt this most was Frankensteins Laboratory. We stumbled across it one night, and you could immediately sense the fantastic atmosphere which was oozing out onto the streets. 

We went in, and although the only people from Britain, it was a night to remember. The bar is quirky to say the least, offering gory face painting, zombie dancers and cocktails served through an IV drip. 

By the end of the night, there was several drunk and hilarious Aussies hanging from lampshades, dancing on the tables and twerking on the dance floor.

Whether you’re looking for a quick drink, or a full night out, I definitely recommend stopping by Frankenstein’s. 

Naughty Nuri’s

Not sure what to have for tea, my boyfriend started searching through TripAdvisor recommendations looking for a good spot. He found a popular restaurant fairly close by so we decided to have a wander over.

The restaurant was called Naughty Nuri’s, and their specialism was a giant plate of ribs. Not something we’d usually go for, but I’m glad we did! In England I have a small fear of eating ribs in public, there’s just no easy way to do it. As a naturally messy eater, I’m destined to end up in a big mess with sauce on my clothes, smeared on my cheeks and chunks of pork in my teeth. So attractive. I didn’t have the same apprehension in Indonesia though, it was unlikely – although not impossible – that I was going to bump into someone I knew.

The ribs were really delicious, it’s worth a visit if you get the opportunity.

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