Seminyak and Legian
For many people, the combination of varied restaurants, great nightlife and a noticeably slower pace make the areas just north of Kuta Beach an ideal place to look for Bali Apartments. Seminyak and Legian seem to have it all, and while they have their share of tourists many people here are in an interesting place somewhere in between ‘visiting’ and ‘staying’ in Bali. If you’re renting an apartment, that might describe you too.Here’s is some background to keep in mind as you are searching online for Bali apartments.
Getting here is simple: just go north from Kuta along the main drag of Jalan Legian (Legian Street). Along the way you’ll pass Jalan Padma, Jalan Werkudara, Jalan 66 (Double Six Road), the Bintang supermarket, then as you continue north Legian turns to the left and becomes Jalan Oberoi (otherwise known as “Eat Street” for its superb dining choices) in the north.
In terms of population, Seminyak has a bit of everything: along with the local Balinese you’ll find lots of longer-term ex-pat residents, Indonesians from all parts of Indonesia working in Bali, and probably a more upmarket tourist crowd more interested in villa stays than cheap apartments. The beach itself is crowded in front of Jalan 66 and the popular and excellent beach restaurants like Zanzibar, Lanai, Seaside, Tekor and the new Cocoon Beach Club. For a little seclusion walk a short distance north of 66 Road and the crowds thin out a bit.
Seminyak and Legian have a lot of the new, reasonably-priced apartment buildings in Bali, such as the Jayakarta Bali Beach Resort aka the Jayakarta Hotel, with four and five story apartments now quite common. Larger apartment complexes are popping up to the east of Legian St., and while these units would still only be 10 minutes or so to the beach, finding a place to the west of the busy Legian might be your best bet.
A word about Bali street traffic in this area: it does seem to be getting more crowded on the roads. As prosperity comes to Indonesia and more people buy cars, you see a real difference between traffic volumes today and that of 10 years ago, especially on main streets like Legian, Sunset Road, and Imam Bonjol on the way to Denpasar. No matter how long you stay in Bali, if visiting the beach is important to you, take this into account when you choose your apartment, villa or hotel. Generally if you’re on the west side of Legian you will have a much shorter trip to your day at the beach or your sunset beach walk. Legian Street is only 10 minutes or so from the beach, and it’s a pleasure to walk through one of the many traffic-free small alleyways and on through the grounds of hotels with manicured landscaping, to the sand.