Seminyak has also become extremely popular for its wide range of restaurants featuring all cuisines with eateries lining the beach. The multitude of upmarket boutiques, shops and markets make for fascinating shopping trips. Seminyak has become the luxury spa destination in Bali. By local standards, treatments may seem expensive but are probably half the price, or less, than you would pay at home. Most hotels offer an in-house service and in-villa treatments are widely available.
Further north of Seminyak is Canggu that is widely used to refer to the eight-kilometre coastal stretch running north from the village of Berawa, just north of Seminyak, to the village of Cemagi, just south of Tanah Lot.
The beach is popular with surfers at certain times of the year, but due to the lack of public transport it remains a fairly isolated spot with few visitors, even though it’s only a short drive from Kuta. A quaint fishing village, it is home to one of the most untouched beaches on the southwest coast of Bali. The beach is Canggu’s main attraction as well as the rice fields that go right down to the shore.
Over thousands of years, the tiny island of Tanah Lot was gradually formed as a result of erosion by ocean tides. Surprisingly modest, it comprises of two shrines with tiered roofs, two pavilions and a few small buildings. Access down to the temple is through a sideshow alley of souvenir shops and market stalls. It is a highly spiritual place, and visitors will often see people making the trip to meditate nearby or walking to the water in order to receive the ministrations of priests...