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. And mere moments away is the sweep of the black-sand Petitenget Beach, famed for its surf breaks and sunset bars. A complimentary buggy service is available based on a daily schedule for drop off in the Oberoi/Petitenget area.
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 Sarong and Nutmegs at Hu’u Bar. La Lucciola Restaurant is great for sunset drinks, as is The Breeze at The Samaya. While Ku Dé Ta is still the place to see and be seen, 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.
December 21st, 2016 - December 28th, 2016“Had an amazing time and would highly recommend these villas to friends, absolute luxury! ”
Helen N, Australia - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 8 (3BR)
December 20th, 2016 - December 23rd, 2016“Amazing villa with amazing food. ”
Natasha Asoka, Indonesia - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 13 (3BR)
December 19th, 2016 - December 21st, 2016“Decoration villa is unique yet comfortable. Its like living on the deck of a ship. And the privacy is good. We able to used accommodation transport from villa to Seminyak area in a day (drop off only) . Sometimes the tropical animals/insect usually come up in the night at the bathroom area. Overall the villa is very very comfortable, we can enjoyed our stay there. Hope we can back again.”
Inez Felicia, Indonesia - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 3B (1BR)
December 6th, 2016 - December 9th, 2016“Very clean and great roof features. Staff are friendly and helpful too. Very reasonably priced and great tasting western cuisine.”
Irene C, Australia - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 18 (2BR)
December 5th, 2016 - December 10th, 2016“Loved the villa - everything was superb Thank you.”
Jenni O, Australia - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 2A (1BR)
December 2nd, 2016 - December 7th, 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 - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 1 (2BR)
November 30th, 2016 - December 3rd, 2016“Nice Place.. ”
Dedi Irawan, Indonesia - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 8 (3BR)
November 23rd, 2016 - November 30th, 2016“The best I have stayed in in Bali. Great staff. Couldn't recommend it enough.”
Leanne S, Australia - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 21 (2BR)
November 18th, 2016 - November 21st, 2016“Beautiful villa in the perfect location! Close to absolutely everything and yet so quiet and private. Staff were amazing - respectful, polite and very well trained. Such a wonderful trip, made even better by the staff at The Layar! ”
Peter F, Australia - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 15 (2BR)
November 18th, 2016 - November 22nd, 2016“Loved every minute staying here, such a beautiful Villa and amazing staff. Could not recommend enough. Cant wait to come back.”
Shae H, Australia - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 11 (2BR)
November 16th, 2016 - November 18th, 2016“A taste of luxury! We didn't want to leave. ”
Katherine G, Australia - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 17 (3BR)
November 4th, 2016 - November 9th, 2016“Our first stay at The Layar exceeded our expectations. The villa was beautifully presented and designed. The gardens and pool were amazing. We loved the breakfast every morning, great selection and quality. We also really appreciated the free buggy service. ”
Ben Callegari, Australia - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 2B (1BR)
July 5th, 2016 - July 8th, 2016“Gorgeous villa and grounds, ideal place to relax in the centre of town.”
Hamish M, Australia - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 5 (4BR)
June 30th, 2016 - July 8th, 2016“We loved our stay at The Layar, would definitely come again.”
SUE T, Australia - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 1 (2BR)
June 29th, 2016 - July 6th, 2016“Lovely staff and a good central location.”
Rebecca K, Australia - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 9 (3BR)
June 24th, 2016 - July 8th, 2016“We found The Layar absolutely fantastic and everything we hoped for. Villa, Garden, Pool and Staff all superb.”
Emma H, United Kingdom - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 22 (3BR)
June 20th, 2016 - June 26th, 2016“Beautiful villa with everything we needed. Staff were exceptionally helpful and courteous. We loved the breakfasts - the pastries were delicious and our two young boys have not stopped talking about the hot cakes! ”
Loretta O, Australia - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 10 (3BR)
June 11th, 2016 - June 13th, 2016“Beautiful good sized villa for 3 couples with all the facilities for a relaxing enjoyable stay.”
Mac Y, Malaysia - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 22 (3BR)
June 1st, 2016 - June 5th, 2016“We had a great time at your villa. Almost everything in the villa is near to perfect.Your staff services are commendable.The promptness with which your house keeping or for that matter any other services are available is worth praising.The staff is very well trained and courteous. Wish to come back again .And of course your buggy service to town, its a very thoughtful gesture from you. Thanks for your services. We recommend this for a great stay in Bali.”
Ashwini V, Singapore - Stayed at The Layar - Villa 16 (3BR)
For a faultless fusion of inspired architecture and easy tropical living, The Layar is in a class of its own. This iconic enclave in the heart of Seminyak comprises 23 villas, each set in its own very private garden sanctuary fanning out from a central colonnade of mature flowering trees. An elevated setting means the villas’ front boundary walls all but disappear, creating a sense of openness and space that’s rare in this most popular of Bali’s resort areas.
Design enthusiasts are sure to love The Layar – meaning ‘sail’ in the Indonesian language and named in tribute to the villas’ distinctive roofs that taper dramatically to the ground like the rigging of a traditional sail boat. These iconic roofs, which are the signature of The Layar’s architects, create exciting split-level open living spaces with curved and angled walls and contrasting natural finishes that include tropical hardwoods, marble and stone sourced from the Indonesian archipelago.
Light, spacious and open-plan for easy entertaining, living areas flow smoothly out to the swimming pool and jacuzzi deck and on into the garden. Many of the villas have mezzanine-level media rooms, and all have plenty of comfortable seating areas. The bedroom suites are large and designed for privacy – every room, even the bathrooms, enjoys garden views.
The Layar offers a choice of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom villas, each with its own distinctive design and all with an uncurbed feeling of space and openness. The one-bedroom villas are so romantic, yet even the largest four-bedroom villa has intimate, away-from-it-all corners.
Pleasing to those who treasure their privacy, staff only appear when you need them; The Layar is run along the lines of a boutique resort – complete with central kitchen and room service – so staff are on hand to tidy or serve up a sumptuous breakfast or poolside barbecue, otherwise you’ll have the villa entirely to yourself. And if you can tear yourself away, Bali’s best restaurants, bars and boutiques are only moments away,including the resorts own stylish Settimo Cielo for some fine Italian cuisine.