The Layar - A sweet escape

The Locale

The Layar is an exclusive residential enclave set well back from a quiet road a short stroll from Jalan Laksmana, Seminyak’s culinary and fashion epi-centre. Bali’s best-known restaurants are all within easy walking distance, as are boutiques, galleries, gourmet shops and homeware stores. Mere moments away is the sweep of the black-sand Petitenget Beach, famed for its surf breaks and sunset bars, and Canggu, where one can find a collection of casual cafés, trendy bars and a myriad of dining options. A complimentary buggy service is available based on a daily schedule for drop off in the Oberoi/Petitenget area.


1 km
Petitenget Beach
1 km
7 km
Echo Beach
8 km
Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS)
12 km
Tanah Lot
16 km
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Things to Do

Staff at The Layar will have a wealth of information about places of interest, both locally and island-wide, and will be happy to help arrange transport and make any restaurant reservations or tour bookings. Many of the team will live nearby and can give an interesting insight into some of the fascinating aspects of local Bali life.

In the meantime, here’s a taste of the many and varied activities on offer within reach of The Layar.

  • You could eat out at a different restaurant in Seminyak every night – for months – and still not run out of options. Jalan Laksmana (also known as Jalan Oberoi and Jalan Kayu Aya) is Bali’s fashionable ‘Eat Street’, offering plenty of high-end restaurants including Nutmegs at Hu’u Bar. The Breeze at The Samaya are great for sunset drinks. Two new beachclubs, Cocoon and Potato Head, are classy seaside alternatives. Then there’s La Plancha, a rustic beach bar between Double Six and Gado Gado, very popular, good tapas, very reasonably priced drinks, with live music and DJ events. A short taxi ride will bring you to Sardine, Métis and Naughty Nuri's, famous for barbecue ribs and wicked Martinis.
  • Shop til you drop! In Seminyak and neighbouring Kerobokan you can rummage for treasures through cluttered little stores and dark junkshops crammed to the ceiling with curios and made-to-order ‘antiques’, derive inspiration from classy homeware shops, or wander through huge furniture warehouses. In Jalan Laksmana (Eat Street) you can shop between courses! Boutiques include Paul Ropp, Biasa, Magali Pascal, Anouck, Lily Jean, Bamboo Blond, Dinda Rella, Innuendo, Religion, Body & Soul, Buddha Wear, M. Harcourt, Pura Vida, and Uma & Leopold to name but a few. Kids fashion stores include Kidsagogo and Kiki’s Closet. For art lovers, galleries worth visiting in Seminyak include Randelli Gallery, Biasa and Kendra.
  • It’s possible to walk the sands of Seminyak’s Petitenget beach all the way to Kuta in the south, or north to Canggu. The beach is more popular with locals than tourists (not safe for swimming in most sections), but is a great spot for building sandcastles or to watch the sunset as you sip a cocktail from one of the many beachside bars.
  • Pura Petitenget at the beachside off Jalan Petitenget is a compact, pretty Balinese temple, which is known for particularly spectacular beachside ceremonies. There has been a temple here since at least the 16th century, and although this is not one of the key nine directional temples of Bali, it is an important link in the series of west coast temples between Pura Uluwatu and Pura Tanah Lot.
  • Make a pilgrimage to sacred Pura Tanah Lot, one of Bali’s biggest tourist magnets. Perched high on a craggy, wave-lashed rock, this ancient sea temple is best savoured at sunset; be sure to receive a blessing from the Hindu Priests (and watch out for the monkeys, who are very adept at helping themselves to anything from snacks to sunglasses and even cameras!)
  • Play a round of golf at the well-laid out 18-hole Bali Beach Golf Course or go further afield to Kuta for the 85-hectare New Kuta Golf for a natural desert-like landscape and fantastic view. 
  • Drive westwards to explore the charming Tabanan Regency, revealing terraced rice fields of emerald green, volcanic mountains and beaches dotted with fishing communities. Or head north to explore the volcanic lakes near the mountain town of Bedugul, including Lake Bratan with its photogenic and stunningly positioned Pura Ulun Danu – one of Bali’s most important temples.
  • With its warm seas, almost year-round surf season, relatively uncrowded beach and reef breaks, and suitability for all levels of experience, Bali surfing is world-renowned.
  • Hire a bicycle and explore the scenic rice-field landscape and rural villages; a great way to get under the skin of the ‘real’ Bali. Stop off at a local warung (café) to sample some basic Balinese fare or cool off with a cold drink.
  • Discover Bali’s lakes, volcanoes, forests and beaches on the back of a Harley Davidson bike with Island Biker Tours. Full day Harley tours, customised tours or shorter joy rides can all be accommodated.
  • Guest Reviews

    • Nestled in a lush green garden adorned with exotic plants - a true paradise retreat. Upon entering our villa, we were immediately impressed by the outdoor living concept. The villa seamlessly integrated indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing to enjoy beautiful green gardens with exotic plants and private outdoor pool while still having all the comforts of a well-furnished "home". The bedding was truly exceptional. The mattresses were heavenly, the sheets of the highest quality and the pillows true highlight. It was like sleeping on a fluffy cloud. While the bedrooms offer indoor comfort, the outdoor bathroom with a hot tub allowing to connect with nature in the most indulgent way. A truly remarkable experience. An other one feature that truly captured our attention and added an extra touch of enchantment was the mesmerizing fish pond. It added a touch of magic and elegance to the villa. The fully equipped kitchen was a pleasant surprise, and we appreciated the option to have a chef come

      Meng H, Hong Kong

      June 22nd, 2023 - June 25th, 2023

    • Exceptional - The villa was super cool. Very kind and helpful staff. Everything was great. It was our honeymoon and they decorated the room and the bathtub. Definitely recommended.

      Burçem Bengisu I, Turkey

      May 18th, 2023 - May 20th, 2023

    • The best place to stay for privacy in a luxurious villa and location is close to all the best day clubs.

      Jean Philippe V, Reunion

      January 2nd, 2023 - January 10th, 2023

    • Good villa with big garden

      Yasmine Jane A, Malaysia

      July 5th, 2022 - July 7th, 2022

    • Loved the villa - everything was superb Thank you.

      Jenni O, Australia

      December 5th, 2016 - December 10th, 2016

    • I recently stayed at the Layar, my stay was perfect, my villa was absolutely beautiful, the staff were outstanding, breakfasts were delicious. A fantastic place to stay to wind down and relax. I would have no hesitation in recommending the Layar villas.

      Donna L, Australia

      December 2nd, 2016 - December 7th, 2016

    • Gorgeous villa and grounds, ideal place to relax in the centre of town.

      Hamish M, Australia

      July 5th, 2016 - July 8th, 2016

    • We loved our stay at The Layar, would definitely come again.

      SUE T, Australia

      June 30th, 2016 - July 8th, 2016

    • Awesome!

      Krystal L, Taiwan

      May 5th, 2016 - May 7th, 2016

    • Great stay - location was a little further out than we were expecting however the buggy down to Seminyak Square was a great way to travel. Villas were super quiet - with only staff coming in to clean or deliver food. Breakfasts were absolutely fabulous.

      Devyn D, Australia

      April 19th, 2016 - April 26th, 2016

    • Absolutely stunning villa. Felt like a newly developed villa complex. Lots of privacy and short stroll to the main Seminyak shops. Also was very impressed with the buggy service into town.

      Kate F, Australia

      April 11th, 2016 - April 16th, 2016

    • Lovely villa suitable for group of friends or family. We enjoyed the large space and had a wonderful and relaxing holiday.

      Metteline P, Singapore

      February 19th, 2016 - February 23rd, 2016

    • We enjoyed a relaxing and tranquil stay in the 4 bedroom villa. Beautifully appointed with stylish indoor and outdoor living areas - the Villa was well equipped and afforded our family fun times to enjoy around the private pool. The location is ideal and central to some terrific restaurants and bars and boutique shops. We would definitely recommend the Layar to our friends and family.

      Krystal A,

      January 16th, 2016 - January 18th, 2016

    • It's a gorgeous villa in great location of Seminyak eventhough it's not on the beachfront. The design is so unique. We had a wonderful stay here.

      Mr. Naresh S,

      January 9th, 2016 - January 12th, 2016

    • Beautiful experience. Everyone was so friendly. The villas were private and well maintained. The in house spa and BBQ was excellent and the buggy into town was so convenient. It was great having both air conditioned as well as indoor/outdoor spaces.

      Gemille C, Australia

      December 27th, 2015 - January 3rd, 2016

    • Lovely staff lovely villas, surely will come again

      Yuxuan Si, China

      October 18th, 2015 - October 20th, 2015

    • Our family loved staying at The Layar. We would happily recommend it to others.

      Kellie E, Australia

      May 30th, 2015 - June 7th, 2015

    • WOW We booked a 3 and 4 bedroom villa, staying with 14 family and friends, the villas met all expectations and then some, villas were beautifully presented, cleaned everyday, the pool was stunning and thankfully refreshing, and the staff at the Layar were great, location was perfect, you are far away from the madness out on the street, but only a short walk to all the bars and restaurants, would certainly recommend the Layar to anyone. Paul hogarth.

      Paul H, Indonesia

      May 30th, 2015 - June 9th, 2015

    • I felt like I was in heaven from the minute I stepped into Villa 5 (4 Bed Villa) at The Layer. My husband & I were in the Master Bedroom, that is seperate to the Main Villa, which meant we had our own little private hideaway.Apart from the 3 bedrooms & ensuites in the Main Villa, there was a magnificent TV room, with wrap around lounge. The kitchen was well equiped, the dining table very comfortably accommodated our large family. Also has it's own massage room with shower & toilet, that was handy for when we were out by the pool. Most of our entertaining was out by the Pool & Spa.The Garden/ Pool area set in a lush garden setting, can only be described as Paradise. The staff were absolutely amazing, if ever we needed anything, they were at the Villa within seconds to accomodate our request.They serviced the Villa, Pool & Gardens daily & all staff were always happy & friendly. The breakfast provided was amazing with the staff coming in at the requested time & setting everything up & then coming back to clear away. Also would like to mention we utilised room service for lunch & sometimes afternoon snacks, prices were very reasonable & again meals magnificent. I thoroughly recommend staying at The Layar especially at Villa 5.A very memorable experience.

      Linda W, Australia

      April 11th, 2015 - April 21st, 2015

    • Given the relatively higher price of these villas, we had very high expectations of the accommodations, amenities and staff. Pleasingly, these expectations were not only met, but significantly exceeded. I am not prone to exaggeration either!! Outstanding villas, with truly helpful staff. There are a multitude of villas in Bali and it is often difficult to discern which offers the best value. We have stayed at some others, and researched many more. Let me save you the time and risk. Layar Villas are the only way to go (on the proviso you are pitching in that upper price range) Kris

      Kris H, Australia

      March 18th, 2015 - March 22nd, 2015

    • Absolute 5 star facilities. Great location in Seminyak, and very friendly staff. Our villa handled two families and five children with ease.

      Luke C, Australia

      March 6th, 2015 - March 12th, 2015

    • Me and bunch of friends went there for a short break and The Layar has it all. The rooms are perfect and let me not start with the bathroom. It was so spacious that you can dance around and have your bath with peace. The swimming pool itself is also a big temptation for everyone to jump in right after check in. We couldn't handle the aqua color pool. As for the butler service is very helpful since we were travelling with little kid,so there are some menu that needs to be adjusted to suit little kid taste bud. I can't say anymore but perfection.

      Luisa Yustina Halim, Malaysia

      March 4th, 2015 - March 6th, 2015

    • I stayed in the Layar for 4 nights and had an absolute fabulous time. The service and quality of the villa I stayed in was unmatched with any other hotel or villa I stayed in.

      Peter W, Netherlands

      November 15th, 2014 - November 19th, 2014

    • Fantastic architecture - modern but classic Balinese style. Friendly and helpful staff. Beautiful gardens. Can't wait to return!

      Anne Suttie , Indonesia

      November 12th, 2014 - November 22nd, 2014

    • Great Location - nice big spacious villa for a couple

      Jess D, Australia

      October 21st, 2014 - October 31st, 2014

    • Staff were incredible! for the second part of my trip I booked another villa and ended up cancelling and coming back as the Layar was so great!Highly recommend.

      Brooke / Michael and Erica Wedding, Australia

      October 10th, 2014 - October 14th, 2014

    • Perfect place to relax. Very friendly and service oriented stuff. Recommendable!

      Wolfgang K, China

      April 3rd, 2014 - April 7th, 2014

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