The Layar in Seminyak is an elite haven for lovers of architecture, luxury and Bali. This luxurious resort is a boutique collection of villas that sits upon an expansive plot of prime Seminyak land. The name ‘Layar’ in Indonesian means ‘sails’. An apt name for the resort given the unique slanting pitched roofs atop each villa.
Each villa features subtle differences, but what they all share in common is gigantic private pools, luscious gardens and lavish indoor/outdoor bathrooms. We seriously fell in love with The Layar and would love to build a home with a similar design one day in the future! The following is the complete rundown of our epic time at The Layar Seminyak.
The Layar – Seminyak, Bali
No matter who you are travelling with, The Layar has a fully self-contained villa to suit any groups needs, 23 of them to be precise. With one-bedroom villas to suit romantic couple getaways, to the gigantic four-bedroom villa perfect for large families and groups. Whilst all villas have their own private pools, the 2,3 & 4 bedroom villas also have tempting outdoor jacuzzis!
Although The Layar complex is located in the tourist mecca of Seminyak, it’s easy to forget. With villas set far back from the main roads and the property being so large, you’ll feel instant tranquillity amongst the serene gardens.
Within minutes walk you can find yourself at some of Bali’s hottest restaurants, galleries, shopping, spas and bars, whilst the beach is just five minutes drive away. Although it can be hard to pull yourself away from your villa, it’s great to know everything you could want to see or do is within arms reach! The Layar also provides a complimentary scheduled shuttle service to the Oberoi/Petitenget area should you want to beat the heat or save your legs!
An Elite Havens Property
The Layar is managed by luxury villa rental management company, Elite Havens. They boast an impressive collection of handpicked high-end holiday homes across Asia and are the number one choice for luxury villa rentals. With luxurious holiday homes in Bali, Lombok, Phuket, Koh Samui, Sri Lanka, Japan and the Maldives, you will be sure to find the perfect villa for your perfect holiday. All villas have been personally inspected by the team, so you need not worry about a thing, what you see is what you get – 5* all the way.
This was our first Elite Havens trip and we can safely say we have nothing but positive things to write. From the excellent communication and friendliness to how smoothly our trip went, nothing was less than 110%. Their concierge team are the kings of luxurious travel and are able to curate the ideal trip.
Inside our Two Bedroom Pool Villa
Upon arrival we were relieved of our bags and whisked down a lengthy driveway to our villa aboard a buggy. We were seriously surprised at just how big the property was and there was excitement in the air as we reached our compounds enormous entrance. Once we entered we were teleported to our own tropical paradise to call home…for the night!
Pool, Jacuzzi & Gardens
The first thing that we spotted, well it was more in our face. Was the large and oh so enticing 49 square metre private pool. This was surrounded by luscious green gardens, the iconic sloped roof of the villa and a wraparound deck. The villa itself was two stories and the sloping roofs plunged to nearly ground level, creating a dramatic statement of lavish architectural design. To add icing on the cake, right next to the pool within the decking was a jacuzzi (Ollie’s favourite spot!).
Living Area & Kitchen
Continuing through into the villa we found the spacious lounge and dining area, cleverly designed as an outdoor/indoor space. The slopes of the roof making it feel more ‘room’ like yet still allowing you full view of the pool and garden. Stepping down the stone steps into the heart of our villa, we found a fully self-contained kitchen begging to be used. But being in foodie heaven, Seminyak, it wasn’t going to be used by us on this trip! Although the coffee machine definitely caught our eye.
We also loved the Bluetooth surround sound system that pumped our favourite tunes throughout the villa. Holiday mode was well and truly activated hanging out here!
Then came the bedrooms, of which felt grand in their own right. With luxuriously large beds, private gardens and large open air bathrooms. One of the bedrooms had a really ‘James Bond’ lair vibe, not in a bad way, in a way like woah this is nice. The other bedroom had sliding door access straight to the pool deck, perfect for a quick escape for a moonlit midnight swim.
Both bathrooms featured decadent stone tubs, as well as standalone shower and gardens to look out at. They felt like a truly tranquil spot to relax and soak up those Bali vibes! We loved the use of stonework and at nighttime when it was all lit up, wow!
But that wasn’t it for the villa, there was still a second mezzanine level to be explored. This breezy upper level provided the perfect chill zone, with a large sofa and tv. It also provided a great vantage point over the living area and pool!
In Villa Breakfast
We were offered the option of taking our included breakfast in our villa – or in the highly acclaimed Italian restaurant at the front of the property, Settimo Cielo. Wanting to make the most of our time in the Layar, we opted to enjoy our breakfast poolside in our villa.
You have the choice of American, Indonesian, International and a-la-carte to choose from as well as a range of drink options. It was all delish and we wish we stayed longer to try out the breakfast at Settimo as well.
Aside from breakfast, you always have the option to order in villa (room) service! The Layar also have a cool sunset BBQ dinner package, where a private chef will come to your villa and grill up a storm!
How Kid Friendly is The Layar Seminyak?
Being a villa on its own large allotment, you have complete privacy. As such you will definitely not have any annoying glances from other guests about your kid screaming their head off in the pool! Speaking of the pool, you can ask the staff at reception to borrow some swim floaties! There is also a much shallower section of the main pool great for kiddies to paddle around in. However, Ollie was a great fan of the Jacuzzi and all the bubbles!
Having a fully equipped kitchen always makes things much easier when travelling with kids too. Being able to whip up some scrambled eggs or other quick feed comes in more handy than you would think. Especially when your little one decides they don’t want to eat in a restaurant that day for whatever reason! We also really liked the water dispenser that offered chilled and boiling safe drinking water. Perfect for both drinking and washing up baby stuff.
The Layar is prepared well for those travelling with little ones and you can have a baby cot and high chair provided if necessary. You can also get them to setup a pool fence for you at an extra cost. In all honesty yes the pool and jacuzzi are a bit of a hazard to young ones so we suggest renting a pool fence for a piece of mind!
The Layar is also happy to source reliable and trustworthy babysitting services should you feel the need for a little escape of your own. The concierge team will also be happy to cater to any request to ensure you have the smoothest, safest and most enjoyable trip possible.
Plus, they supply a bowl of fresh local fruit and descriptions of each, many of which we had never seen before! Ollie loved the random assortment and we found out he loves guava fruit!
Book Your Stay at the Layar Seminyak – Bali
Address: Seminyak, Jl. Pangkung Sari No.10 X, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
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Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Elite Havens. As always, all the reviews and opinions expressed are based on our personal view and experience.