Southern Bali has a beach for everyone, from the seemingly endless stretch of biscuit coloured sand stretching from backpacker hub Kuta, through trendy Seminyak, to the golden crescent and calm sea of Jimbaran Bay, the surf enclaves and stunning beaches of the Bukit Peninsula, and the low-key, laid back Sanur, which shakes off its retiree haven tag with one of the most happening kite-surfing spots on the island.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The perfect beginners surf breaks (and soft, sandy landings) at Seminyak Beach
  • A buzzing nightlife, and some of the islands best restaurants
  • Home to many of Bali's most luxurious and spoiling hotels

Our guide to holidays in Seminyak & Southern Bali

A stalwart on the luxury hotel scene is the town of Seminyak, which is home to some of the islands finest hotels and restaurants. It's also the expat home of choice, many of whom run fashion and interiors boutiques, or the latest organic-clean-food-clean-living café. Fronted by five miles of soft sand beach and rolling waves, Seminyak hosts some of seriously fiery sunsets, best enjoyed with a chilled Bintang or Mojito in hand. And if you're a 'long walks on the beach' kind of person you'll find plenty of roaming space here, though stray too far and you'll end up in the backpacker party scene of Kuta - you'll notice as the shorts get shorter and the singlet's sparser.

For a little more low-key beach break, the golden sand beaches of Jimbaran and Sanur are hard to beat. Jimbaran sits just south of the airport, meaning it's the quickest option for a flight to hotel flop, with some of our favourite hotels perched on the golden arc bay. The southern end of the beach hosts the famous Jimbaran pop up seafood restaurants each evening, for a fresh-off-the-line mahi mahi to be enjoyed with greasy fingers, a chilled beer and plastic seating. The beach at Sanur is protected by an offshore reef, so offers calm paddle-friendly water, as well as some charming boutique hotels.

At Bali's southern tip, you'll find the Bukit Peninsula, which is home to laid-back surf spots, and some of the islands most exclusive, cliff top hotels. This is the spot to lock yourself away in a luxury villa, but perhaps venture out to explore some of the picturesque surf spots and powdery sand beaches by day. Perhaps.

Some of Bali's most beautiful (and most visited) temples are tucked away in the South, including the cliff top Uluwatu temple, and the coastal temple of Tanah Lot, which is only accessible at low tide. It's also the spot to learn to surf, kite surf, or scuba dive with Mola Mola in our summer months.


Top picks for Seminyak & Southern Bali

The Pavilions

The Pavilions

Seminyak & Southern Bali

Tucked away in one of the sleepiest of Southern Bali enclaves, Pavilions Sanur is the perfect post flight hideaway. The 24 Villas offer privacy and comfort, just a short walk from the golden sandy beach of Sanur.

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Soori Bali

Soori Bali

Seminyak & Southern Bali

Bali’s rugged south-west coast is where coal black sands meet verdant green rice paddies, a region of traditional culture and values, and home to some serious surf. The stunning Soori Bali is a collection of modern pool villas, nestled in this quiet, unassuming corner of Bali.

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Alila Seminyak

Alila Seminyak

Seminyak & Southern Bali

Nestled along Bali’s southwestern coast, Alila Seminyak combines innovative design with tropical indulgence: the ultimate in beach cool.

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Kejora Suites

Kejora Suites

Seminyak & Southern Bali

Located just 300m from the golden sand beach, Kejora Suites is a stylish boutique hotel in the heart of Sanur. With only 24 suites sitting around a courtyard swimming pool, with shaded loungers and swaying palms, Kejora Suites is a lovely little retreat amid the bustle of one of Bali’s most popular beach resorts.

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Oberoi Bali

Oberoi Bali

Seminyak & Southern Bali

Amid the bustle of Seminyak, The Oberoi Bali is a quiet retreat, with luxurious guestrooms and villas scattered within fifteen acres of tropical gardens, just steps from the sweeping sandy beach of Seminyak.

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Amanusa

Amanusa

Seminyak & Southern Bali

Sitting pretty on the crest of a hill, Amanusa – meaning ‘peaceful isle’ – is an exclusive retreat amid the bustle of Southern Bali. There are just 37 luxurious thatched suites set within tropical gardens, each hidden behind bougainvillea-shaded stone walls.

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