When I first moved to Bali almost 16 years ago, Seminyak was still about 80% farm land, or sawah...rice fields. Today there isn't one are of farm land or sawah left in Seminyak. Greed and development took precedent, just as it previously had in Kuta, Legian, Kerobokan, and other areas of southern Bali.
While those radical changes to southern Bali are irreversible, many Balinese living outside southern Bali have taken notice, and they are not willing to see their ancestral lands succumb to concrete, paved roads, and endless development.
This photo, linked below, is just one of many overt expressions by Balinese outside of southern Bali which reflects current thinking, and this thinking is growing.
http://www.homeinbali.com/forum/uploads … 867409.jpg
Representative of this new wave of thinking is the foundation of this organization in Bali, called Sawah Bali:
Or their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/yayasansawahbali
The days of remote villas located in prime and currently undeveloped lands on Bali are numbered. And, as leases come up for renewal in future years, many of them built on lands where they should have never have been built in the first place, will not be renewed, and the structures removed.
Things are changing here, and in IMHO, for the better.