Petitenget is a chic cosmopolitan district blending in with neighbouring Seminyak seamlessly. The two neighbourhoods are very much alike, with streets lined with amazing restaurants, trendy coffee shops, blissful spas and edgy boutiques. Petitenget is home to some of the most popular beach clubs in Bali and the beach offers fabulous views during sunset.
Petitenget exudes a chic, sophisticated ambiance with a colourful Balinese twist. The line between Petitenget and Seminyak is hazy and it’s hard to say where one area ends and the other one begins. Petitenget centres around the winding main street of Jalan Petitenget, which snakes past endless restaurants, cafes and spas before leading down to Petitenget Temple and the beach of the same name. This popular area is home to some of the most celebrated restaurants and most iconic beach clubs in Bali and as a result, it has grown into one of the most sought-after locations on the island.
Offering easy beach access, endless restaurants, pampering spa treatments and world-class entertainment, it’s little wonder Petitenget has emerged as one of the most popular areas in Bali. Bustling Petitenget attracts travellers from all walks of life, though the scene tends to be more sophisticated than down south in Legian and Kuta.
Planning Your Trip to Petitenget
Petitenget is a vibrant neighbourhood with something new and interesting happening throughout the year. The area offers a seemingly endless selection of restaurants, spas and beach clubs to choose from, so the biggest problem might be choosing where to start! Our Petitenget travel guide aims to give you the essential information, list the most popular things to do in Petitenget, provide more information on locations you want to visit, and finish with some inspiration from our travel writers. For more information on events and festivals taking place throughout the year, check out our comprehensive Bali guide.
Bali is pleasant all year round! May through September has the best weather (drier, less humid) and is the best time for many activities including diving and surfing. November though March is rainy season – though rainfall is never excessive so you can do most activities except volcano treks.
The temperature ranges from 24 degrees to 31 degrees all year round.
Rainfall ranges from 0cm to 140cm during the wet season.
Things to See & Do in Petitenget
Petitenget offers a sophisticated beach getaway surrounded by world class restaurants and boutiques. This cosmopolitan neighbourhood is ideal for travellers who are looking to lounge by the pool and sample of some of Bali’s most sophisticated offerings.
No one should visit Bali without getting at least one Balinese massage and lucky for you, Petitenget is filled with spas ranging from affordable to luxurious. You’ll find plenty of options lining the main street of Jalan Petitenget, ranging from high end spas to more casual local venues. If you’re staying in one of our villas, our concierge team can organise massages and other spa treatments to be carried out in the privacy of your villa. Pure Bali bliss!
Petitenget is one of the best addresses for shopping in Bali, with the main street of Jalan Petitenget lined with cute boutiques. This is the perfect destination for shopping for some luxe resort wear or picking up beautiful island style homewares. True to the area’s high end pedigree, all established boutiques in Petitenget offer fixed pricing so bargaining is not necessary.
Tours & Activities
Petitenget Beach blends in seamlessly with Seminyak Beach in the south and Batubelig Beach a little further up the coast. Like the neighbourhood itself, the beach takes its name from Petitenget Temple which is located right by the beach entrance. The beach is famed for its sunsets and attracts crowds of locals and visitors every evening. Due to strong currents, swimming is generally not encouraged. If you do decide to swim, you should only do so between the yellow flags. Besides the sunsets, the main attraction on Petitenget Beach are the beach clubs with iconic venues offering the perfect setting for soaking in the rays or drinking in a colourful tropical sunset.
Petitenget has undergone rampant development and to soak up authentic Balinese culture, it’s best to head out for a day trip to Ubud or further a field. Once you get away from the busy southwest coast, you can also enjoy activities like mountain biking, white water rafting, cooking classes and more. Ministry of Villas can arrange a private car and driver so you can explore further afield.
Eating & Drinking in Petitenget
Petitenget is one of the best foodie destinations on the island, with new and exciting restaurants popping up on what seems like a daily basis. The area offers an incredibly varied selection of restaurants, cafes and nightlife spots to choose from, making it an ideal destination for foodies and night owls alike.
The main street of Jalan Petitenget is lined with some of the most celebrated restaurants on the island, amiably rubbing shoulders with innovative newcomers. You’ll find almost every cuisine imaginable represented here, ranging from local Indonesian to French, Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, Peruvian and beyond. Besides offering spectacular variety, Petitenget is also home to many of the most popular restaurants in Bali, so if you’re travelling during peak season, it’s a good idea to book a table to avoid disappointment. Besides refined fine dining venues, there are plenty of more relaxed options in the area, including cafes, bakeries and relaxed plant based eateries – there are literally countless options to choose from.
Petitenget is home to some of the most iconic beach clubs on the island, so a cold drink served by the pool is never too far out of reach. Besides the famed beachfront venues, the area offers elegant restaurants for enjoying a luxuriant dinner with drinks, along with pulsating nightclubs where the good times keep rolling well into the night. All in all, Petitenget is a great destinations for those looking to have a good time after hours but luckily, the scene has remained more refined than that in rowdy Kuta.
Petitenget is a densely built area so no matter where you’re staying, chances are you’ll be close to the action. One thing to consider is how close to the beach you want to be. Most if not all accommodation will be within a short walk of restaurants, but not everything will be walking distance to the beach – unless you’re up for a 30-minute walk in the tropical sun. Most villas, hotels and resorts are located right off the main street of Jalan Petitenget. If you’re looking for a relaxing stay away from the noise, it’s best to look for accommodation that’s located down a side lane rather than one built right along the main street.
Petitenget & Surrounds
Petitenget blends in seamlessly with Seminyak located right down the coast – in fact, Petitenget is widely considered a part of wider Seminyak. Continuing down south along the coastline, you’ll get acquainted with the more low-brow neighbourhood of Legian which is followed by rowdy Kuta. Moving up the coast from Petitenget, you’ll reach the relaxed Batubelig neighbourhood followed by the cooler than cool surf district of Canggu. Travelling inland, Petitenget is neighbourhood by laid-back Umalas and Kerobokan which offer hidden gem eateries and fabulous villas surrounded by verdant rice fields, hidden off the beaten path.
There are over 20 Ministry Approved villas in Petitenget and near 300 villas in the greater Seminyak area. Petitenget is one of the most popular areas in Bali so villa prices tend to be higher than in other parts of the island – but as there are so many options in the area, there is also greater variety when it comes to pricing.
Petitenget villas range from around USD $150 per night for a one-bedroom villa to over USD $1,000 per night for a six-bedroom luxury villa. All of our villas come with professionally trained staff. Many villas offer personalised services including: butlers, chefs, nannies, 24-hour security personnel, drivers and other services you won’t find in a hotel.
Ngurah Rai International Airport, the only airport on the island, is centrally located in Tuban in South Bali and serves around 20 million passengers a year. This busy airport is well connected to international destinations, with direct flights to Bali offered from Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Dubai, Melbourne, Sydney and beyond. Airlines offering direct flights to Bali include Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Air Asia, Jetstar and more. There are some early plans to build a second airport in North Bali.
Though an overwhelming majority of visitors fly into Bali, it is also possible to reach Bali by boat. This would usually mean landing at an international airport on the neighbouring islands of Java or Lombok and then catching a boat or ferry over to Bali. From Java, ferries arrive in Gilimanuk which is located about 3.5 hours from Petitenget. From Lombok, boats land in Benoa, Sanur, Serangan, Padang Bai and Amed. Benoa, Serangan and Sanur are all located about 40 minutes from Petitenget.
Nationalities from over 160 countries are eligible for visa free entry into Indonesia. This means your passport will be stamped on arrival at the airport, allowing you to stay in the country for 30 days. For stays longer than 30 days, you will need to obtain a visa which will require further arrangements. Please note your passport must be valid for six months after your date of arrival in Indonesia.
There is no public transport to get you from the airport to your accommodation, so the only option is to use a private driver or a taxi. Ministry of Villas can arrange a chauffeur to greet you upon arrival and escort you to your villa. This service is included for most villas when booking more than four nights. To avoid queuing at the immigration counter, we can also arrange a VIP airport service for guests. This service includes lounge access, allowing you to relax while waiting for your luggage.
If you haven’t organised your transfers prior to arrival, you can also get a taxi directly at the airport. You will find an official taxi stand at the international arrivals hall, next to the information text. This taxi stand offers fixed price and metered fares throughout Bali. The pricing changes frequently, making it very difficult to find up to date pricing online. Besides the taxi stand, there are countless independent drivers floating about the arrivals hall, offering rides at varying rates. For the smoothest arrival possible, we strongly recommend organising your arrival transfers before landing in Bali.
There are plenty of options for getting around Petitenget, so we’ve ranked them according to our recommendations for first-time travellers.
The main street of Jalan Petitenget and many of the smaller side streets are lined with a narrow walkway, making Petitenget one of the most walkable neighbourhoods in Bali. Distances are also not too great, though the tropical heat might take its toll on you. Remember to drink plenty of water and to protect your skin from the equatorial sun when out and about.
Taxis are easy to come by and make for an easy and affordable mode of transport. You can easily hail a taxi right off the street. The most recommended company to use is Blue Bird Taxi which offers trusty metered fares starting at IDR 7,000 (USD $0.5). Other taxis might refuse to use a meter altogether. It might be tricky to spot an authentic Blue Bird taxi due to copycat taxis cruising the street, but try to look out for the Blue Bird logo on the taxi heading, the taxi’s number on the rear of the car, corporate logos on the windscreen and on the side of the car and the driver’s blue uniform. Though taxis are easy to come by simply walking down the street in Petitenget, you can also order one through the Blue Bird app or by calling +62 (0) 361 701 111 (a minimum fare of IDR 30,000 (USD $2) will incur). To avoid things getting lost in translation, you can also ask your villa or hotel staff to call a taxi for you. If you do take a ride from taxi with no meter, always agree on the price before getting in.
If you’re staying locally in Petitenget, it’s unlikely you’ll need a car and driver to get around. In fact, considering the traffic, walking will often be a quicker option! If, however, you’re planning to explore the wider area or aim for a day trip to Ubud or Uluwatu, a car and driver is the way to go. Ministry of Villas can arrange a private car and chauffeur for you. This little luxury is remarkably affordable and we can also help you arrange an itinerary, instructing your driver in advance.
Scooters are a very popular way of getting around Bali but if you’re staying locally in Petitenget, you probably won’t need one since distances are often walkable and taxis are readily available. Still, a scooter can be a handy way of getting from A to B, especially if you’re wanting to hop over to Seminyak or further out. You should only rent one if you have previous experience driving and hold a valid international driver’s licence. And of course, you should always wear a helmet! Scooter rentals usually start at around IDR 50,000 (USD $4) per day.
Due to fierce competition between local drivers, the use of ride hailing apps like Go-Jek and Grab has been banned by local banjars (village communities) throughout Petitenget and Seminyak. You’ll see large posters enforcing the ban throughout the area. To avoid any unwanted drama, we recommend sticking to normal taxis.
The Balinese are among the friendliest and most welcoming people on the planet. This is all the more reason to return the favour and be respectful towards the local culture. Like anywhere else in the world, common sense and basic human decency goes a long way. For more detailed information about local culture, language and safety in Bali, check out our comprehensive Bali guide.
Petitenget is home to sophisticated boutiques which all offer fixed pricing, making bargaining unnecessary. When shopping at markets and local stalls, bargaining can be an enjoyable part of shopping in Bali… or it can be frustrating! To ensure a smooth exchange first decide what the item is worth to you, then ask the seller for their price – your first offer can be from one-third to two-thirds of that price. They are likely to respond with a counteroffer, which you can either accept or negotiate further. If you don’t like the price and you walk away there is a good chance the vendor will call out to you with a better (usually final) price. Keep in mind, if an agreement is reached, you’re committed – you should buy if your offer is accepted.
In late 2018, Bali’s governor banned single use plastic on the island, meaning shops, boutiques and supermarkets no longer give out plastic bags. When out and about, it’s best to carry a reusable bag with you.
Most restaurants and villas include a service component already so tipping is not expected, but if service is good, an additional cash tip is appreciated.
Most restaurants and villas include a service component already so tipping is not expected, but if service is good, an additional cash tip is appreciated.
Health & Safety
It’s important to note that compared to many places in the world, Bali is fairly safe. There have been some high-profile cases of visitors being injured or killed on Bali, but in many cases these tragedies have been inflamed by media sensationalism.
Many of Bali’s beaches, Petitenget included, are subject to heavy surf and strong currents – always swim between the yellow flags. Trained lifeguards are on duty in Petitenget. Be careful when swimming over coral and never walk on it. It can be very sharp and coral cuts are easily infected. In addition, you are damaging a fragile environment. Lastly, water pollution is a problem in busy neighbourhoods. Avoid swimming near open streams flowing into the sea as they are often contaminated by run-off from built-up areas.
Violent crime is uncommon in Bali, however bag-snatching from motorbikes and petty theft does occur. Take extra care with your phone if riding pillion on a motorbike as phones regularly get snatched from unsuspecting tourists using a navigation app. Otherwise, take the same precautions you would in any urban area and secure your money before leaving an ATM (and don’t forget your card!), don’t leave valuables on a beach while swimming, and use in-villa safes to store your valuables.
Tap water in Bali is not safe to drink. Bottled water is widely available and cheap, however Ministry of Villas encourages visitors to keep a reusable water bottle to reduce plastic consumption.
Travel insurance is absolutely essential for every traveller. A typical travel insurance policy will have coverage for a traveller’s main concerns, including trip cancellations, medical emergencies, travel delays, and lost luggage. Most policies are built to be comprehensive to protect travellers from a variety of events that may cause financial loss before or during their trip. Some policies specifically exclude ‘dangerous activities’ which can include scuba diving, renting a local motorcycle and even trekking.
Worldwide travel insurance is available at World Nomads and you can buy, extend and claim online anytime – even if you’re already on the road.
Vibrant Petitenget is constantly evolving, with new restaurants, beach clubs, cafes, spas and boutiques simply waiting to be discovered. Our team is always on the lookout for what’s cool and interesting in this cosmopolitan neighbourhood. Check out our latest blog posts written by experienced Ministry of Villas writers: