I’m not sure what I was expecting when I arrived in Seminyak, Bali, but I do remember feeling surprised at the amount of traffic and noise that fills this bustling place. Drivers are erratic and follow their own highway code, brightly lit shops line crumbling streets and there are so many bars and restaurants it would take months to try them all.
When I’m hot, feeling flustered and my senses go into overdrive I get super crabby so because of this I knew I needed some relaxing accommodation to escape the buzz and make sure Mr Notwedordead would continue to be my travel partner as I morphed into a sweating, grouchy Hulk.
Lakshmi villas are part of the Elite Havens group, (you can check out another of their properties that we were lucky enough to stay at here) and thankfully offer this taste of tranquility despite having a fantastic central location. Win win!
If you imagine all of Bali to be full of lush paddy fields, spiritual awakenings and golden empty beaches then you’ll be disappointed by a trip to Seminyak. However, what this place lacks in chilled out bliss it makes up for in lively bars, boutique shops and incredible fine dining restaurants. It’s one of these places where there’s always something going on.
I’m all for fun filled days but there comes a time when you want to relax with a good book, get some R&R and take the time to unwind; that’s what a holiday is for, after all! This place was fab as you got the best of both worlds, if you can tear yourself away from the villa to get stuck in with the Seminyak party that is.
One of the things I liked about this villa is the fact that you’re left alone to do what you please, knowing that a member of staff is not far away if you do have any questions, no-one wants to be pestered, do they?
Breakfast was served in the tropical dining room of our villa by a friendly chap who was great at sharing his tips on places to go. To be honest he probably just downloaded Elite Havens free app as that’s packed full of insider information including guest-only discounts on loads of fancy restaurants and shops.
You know how much I lurve my food, so it’s no surprise that I have two awesome restaurants that you must try when you’re in Seminyak. As great as the breakfast was at our villa it would have been a crime to have missed out on brunch at Shelter. Try the Nalu bowls, get a super fresh and healthy smoothie and soak up the trendy atmosphere of digital nomads and backpackers who hang out upstairs here.
The other place I loved hanging out was La Lucciola, with the thrashing ocean and super skinny palms right in front of you it was hard to have a conversation with your dining partner. Aren’t those kids of places the best?! Food was a little pricy and the servings not massive so I’d go purely for an ice cold granita (these have rocked my world in this humid, sticky heat) and gaze at that view.
I have a feeling that Seminyak and the surrounding neighbourhoods is one of these places where every week there’s a new ‘must visit’ place that has tourists and ex pats flocking.
I was happy enough having a taste of the mayhem then retreating to our perfectly formed villa. With a pool, sun trap decking and dose of tranquility in the lively city, why would you want to stray too far?
Thanks to Elite Havens and the guys at Lakshmi Villas for hosting our two night stay, as always all views are 100% my own. Planning a trip to Bali? Why not catch up on my other Bali posts here, here and here?