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The Layar - Designer Villas and Spa
Ranked #59 of 146 Hotels in Seminyak
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Fantastic honeymoon villas”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

We stayed at the Layar from March 4-14th 2013. From the moment we arrived the service was excellent. We stayed in the 1 bedroom villa for 8 night and then upgraded to the 2 bedroom for 2 nights.
All of the villas are absolutely amazing. Pure paradise!!
Every single member of staff were extremely professional, friendly and so polite. We would recommended the layar villas to everyone wishing for pure luxurious accommodations in Bali.

All of the villas are a fantastic size, clean and beautiful pools. The breakfasts are served in your villa and were so nice. The staff that delivered the breakfast everyday were also just lovely.
The reception staff, security, gardeners, cleaners and infact every staff member were friendly and courteous.

Room Tip: All of the villas were beautiful
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Celebrating our 3rd Wedding anniversary at the Layar was as good if not better than our honeymoon; we had the most relaxing time in this very spacious and open villa. We swam in the beautiful pool every morning while watching our fresh breakfast being delivered poolside by the very friendly and accommodating staff, I have never had staff so willing to help out and "go beyond the call" to make us feel welcome and at home. We ate out most nights with most restaurants only a short stroll to the main eating strip, and some of the bigger more prominent eating places a short (very cheap) cab ride away. We also had our own driver for the week who took us everywhere and anywhere we wanted, without fuss and he was also a great tour guide.
We will be back, hopefully before our 4th anniversary!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Matt H
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2013

My partner and a friend and I stayed at the Layar during the soft opening period over Xmas / New Year. It was just magic. Of all the villas we've stayed at (and some we've just checked out) there's none as stunning as this. The gardens are (by Seminyak villa standards) huge with lots of lawn. And it's in about the best location you could hope for - for eating out and shopping - between Jl Laksmana and Jl Petitenget.
The staff are all lovely and can even make great coffee. I showed Kadek how I liked mine made. And the next morning, Putu (or was it Nyoman?) made our breakfast and got the coffee just right - without any intervention from me. I've never had that in Bali.
So..... we've just booked 8 days in May!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Rodney W
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2013

I stayed with my wife at The Layar at the end of February 2013. I had visited the place a year ago but most of the common areas and in particular the reception was still to be finished.

Luckily we were upgraded into a two room villa and it was like a paradise week we spent there.

While I had been travelling to Bali every now and then in the last 25 years what made the stay special was the design of the villa, the pool and he furniture. From an architectural stand point the place deserves a visit even if you are not staying there. Not sure how many villas there are but what makes the resort special is the fact that each one has a different design and a different pool shape to preserve the harmony of each land plot.

The 24/7 service was great for all our needs. Moreover we thought we were getting genuine advises and options rather than a commission based "you have to go there" kind of approach, familiar in the region.

Breakfast were extremely generous and could be ordered according to personal taste in a variety of fashions.

Location is great and I believe most of the best restaurants of Bali are within a few minutes.

We thought that there actually was a SPA area but then realized that SPA services were provided in room...and it was great, timely and relaxing.

When travelling back to Europe we really thought this was more of a honeymoon than a week off... We will definitely stay at The Layar again...

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Sacha_Paris07
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Stayed at The Layar for 5D4N from end Feb'13 to 4th Mar'13. The villa we got was a 1 bedroom private pool villa. Overall stay was excellant but there are some things that can still be improved for The Layar.

Location: Very nice quiet area at Jln Pangkung Sari. It's situated about 10minutes walk to the main road of Jalan Kayu Ayer where all the fashion shops and dining areas are. (including Seminyak Square). I believe the street where The Layar is situated is still being developed as roads are rather bumpy with many pot holes. However i notice that there were at least 3-4 high end villas there for example K Villas etc.

Service: Service was excellant as the staff were very friendly and always helpful to make sure your request were being met.

Private pool: The pool was very clean and good enough to do a few short laps and soak in.

Room: Room was indeed very clean with no smells. Queen size bedding was very comfortable with a small LCD TV inside.

Living Area: Living area was spacious with a home entertainment unit and 32inch LCD TV. Remember to bring along some CDs/DVDS or ipod to plug in so that you can enjoy some music or movies while you laze in the living room or soak in the pool. Will actually be good if they could include a fan in the living room as it tends to get rather stuffy & warm.

Kitchen: Kitchen had all the necessary full amenities (pots, pans, toaster, utencils etc) including a wine chiller. Just lack of a microwave oven to heat up your snacks. The kitchen area could be cleaner if staff took more effort to clean it up.

Bath area (Open concept): Bath area was good. Clean with 2 sinks and a rain shower. However water pressure was abit weak.

Outdoor bathtub: The outdoor bathtub was very pretty but a bit not practical as the water pressure from the tap filling the tub was like trickling....

Dining Area: Nice round table that sits 4.

Spa: As it is just the soft launch of The Layar, there was a 30% discount on the spa packages. Didnt try though.

Breakfast: Daily Breakfast selection was so so with selections of American, Continental, Layar or Indonesian breakfast. Can be improved.

Other services: Car/Bike rentals, half/full day tours, transfers etc: Pricing quite reasonable.

Overall I will rate it about 4 out of 5, with more improvements.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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The-Layar-Manager, Manager at The Layar - Designer Villas and Spa, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
Dear Erwin

Thank you very much for sharing your feedback.

I’m happy to hear you have enjoyed yours stay with us. As you pointed out we are in soft opening so guests feedbacks are very important to us. We noted the areas of improvement you have highlighted and we’ll work to improve in the short term.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

Kind Regards
The Management
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Property: The Layar - Designer Villas and Spa
Address: Jalan Pangkung Sari 10X, Seminyak 80361, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Seminyak
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#49 Spa Hotel in Seminyak
#50 Luxury Hotel in Seminyak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Layar - Designer Villas and Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Layar - Designer Villas and Spa is a spectacular design-led villa resort in the heart of chic Seminyak, moments from Bali's best restaurants, boutiques and sunset beach bars. Cutting-edge contemporary architecture and ultrachic interiors characterise the 23 villas, which offer stunning living spaces sculpted by the planes of the architects signature sloping roofs. Each individual 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom villa is set within a private landscaped tropical garden with large swimming pool, and from one to four spacious bedroom suites oriented for privacy. With its cool design, hot location, and five-star service provided by 150 staff, The Layar is designed for those with strong aesthetic principles seeking original experiences. ... more   less 
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