Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By Lisa Maroun elite­

The Layar is an ex­clu­sive res­i­den­tial en­clave in the heart of chic Seminyak fea­tur­ing 23 pri­vate one-, two-, three­and four-bed­room self-con­tained vil­las. The prop­erty is sit­u­ated on a quiet road and is just a short stroll from Petitenget Beach and Jalan Laks­mana, where some of Bali’s best restau­rants, bou­tiques and bars are lo­cated.

Con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­ture and chic in­te­ri­ors char­ac­terise each villa, pro­vid­ing im­pres­sive liv­ing spa­ces that are sculpted by the planes of the ar­chi­tects’ sig­na­ture over­lap­ping and slop­ing roofs. The con­cept of the two-tiered villa is open liv­ing and din­ing, and in­cludes a light-flooded liv­ing and din­ing area, partly re­cessed kitchen with bar counter and open-tread stairs that lead to the mez­za­nine me­dia room that gazes to­wards the pool.

For pri­vacy and re­lax­ation, the bed­room suites are lo­cated on sep­a­rate sides of the villa, built with an en­suite bath­room that faces a small pri­vate gar­den. The glam­orous bath­room is fit­ted with a large bath­tub, shower and dou­ble basin.

Sur­round­ing each villa is a pri­vate land­scaped gar­den fea­tur­ing a Bengki­rai-wood sun deck with a curved swim­ming pool and Jacuzzi, avail­able in all vil­las with two to four bed­rooms.

The Layar of­fers a host of de­li­cious all-day din­ing op­tions and an ex­ten­sive in-villa menu through serv­ing sim­ple op­tions such as burg­ers and piz­zas to de­lec­ta­ble dishes such as rab­bit and porcini pap­pardelle. There is also a ded­i­cated kids' menu.

For a more ca­sual op­tion, The Layar’s pri­vate bar­be­cue din­ners are a guest favourite – pre­pared, cooked and served at sun­set in your villa gar­den. If you’re after some­thing spe­cial why not en­gage in a pri­vate chef who will de­sign a dis­tinc­tive menu for you to en­joy?

And if you’re after a more su­pe­rior din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, Set­timo Cielo is a must. This chic Ital­ian restau­rant is con­ve­niently perched at the front of the prop­erty and of­fers su­perb food, a stylish in­te­rior and great vibe.

A wide range of pam­per­ing treat­ments and ther­a­pies from re­me­dial mas­sages to body wraps can also be car­ried out in the pri­vacy of your villa by pro­fes­sion­ally trained spa ther­a­pists.

The Layar boasts a team of over

150 ded­i­cated staff, most of whom live nearby and pro­vide a wealth of in­for­ma­tion about places of in­ter­est, and will also give an in­ter­est­ing in­sight into some of the cap­ti­vat­ing facets of lo­cal Bali life. A stay at the Layar is five stars all the way.

The Layar is part of the Elite Havens col­lec­tion.

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