Seminyak is famous for its strip of shops, bars, restaurants and day spas but at one of its newest hotels, the Double Six, you won’t need to leave the hotel. Double Six Seminyak sits across the road from Double Six Beach, with its back to the busy shopping district and rooms looking straight out at the ocean. If you’re after no-brainer Bali break, this is the spot for you.
On my very first visit to Seminyak I’m shocked – the sheer amount of shops and restaurants lining the narrow streets really took me by surprise. In one of the Double Six fleet of hire cars, we pass rainforest cafés, Italian trattorias, libraries turned late night bars. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks – how do you choose from so many options? Well, I’m a little embarrassed to say that I didn’t try a single one.
From the moment we pulled into the long Double Six driveway, I had no desire to leave. Instead, I spent a few days soaking up the Bali buzz from the hotel – before you judge me, you can actually see a fair amount of life going on from the hotel pool. One Bali’s longest, the pool stretches 120 metres around the building. Each morning I pop into the water and swim all the way along the beachfront section of the resort. I watch surfer instructors run drills at the Rip Curl Surf School directly opposite, see dogs running along the beach with their owners and chuckle at the cute local kids playing soccer on the sand. Hopping straight out onto the private terrace of my Pool Access Suite, I spend some more time people watching from the deck chairs. I could of course cross the road and hang out at the Double Six’s private patch of the beach but that seems like too much trouble.