My last visit to Bali was a very short one, but I wasn’t there to relax by the Luna2 Studiotel pool all day… I was there with the intent to experience the newly opened Seminyak Village shopping hub!
Located in the heart of busy Seminyak, the brand new Seminyak Village shopping centre brings luxury shopping and quality local fare together, under the one, air conditioned roof.
I had always questioned the lack of ‘shopping malls’ in Seminyak, as the hot, humid weather is not really conducive with spending hours shopping the lengths of Jl. Kayu Aya and Jl. Raya Seminyak. I guess it was only a matter of time before a mall popped up, and Seminyak Village just so happens to be the happy compromise between a comfortably air conditioned indoor shopping centre, and a sunny outdoor mall. The specially designed glass roof keeps the cool in and the heat out, but the open, airy feel of the centre as well as the view of the sky is a keen reminder that you are, in fact, shopping up a storm in sunny Bali.
As well as being home to Indonesia’s first stand alone MCM store, Australia’s Shakuhachi label, and high end designer Farah Khan’s first Bali boutique, Seminyak Village also pays careful attention to the fostering of up and coming local and international labels. The Indonesian emporium brings the best of the easily transportable local hand crafts to the one location, while the Marketplace gives brands from all over the world the opportunity to showcase their product to the market in Bali.
While the centre is quite the resort wear mecca, there is a lot more to Seminyak Village than fashion. Kevin and I ate our way through traditional chicken rice from Mrs Lee, the most delicious gelato I have had in a long time from Nitrogenie, and a post AirAsia dinner espresso martini (or 5) from Tiger Palm. There is a rooftop spa for all your pampering needs, and the most beautiful (and certainly bang on trend) monochromatic, French boudoir nail bar to tend to your fingers and toes… there is even a free buggy service to get you to and from your hotel and the village!
Now that Seminyak Village is complete, I feel a little void in the Seminyak shopping scene disappear. After seeing the progress of the building site each time I visited Seminyak, it is great to come back and finally be able to shop the finished mall… in the cool and comfort. Unlike any of the malls in neighbouring areas like Kuta, Seminyak Village is Bali’s answer to a boutique, well curated shopping centre.
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Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia