The Layar Villas is located in the heart of Bali ‘s most important residential area of Seminyak. Maximum privacy, tranquillity and security just 20 minutes from the airport and a stone’s throw from the shores of the Indian Ocean. Within walking distance are exclusive boutiques and spas and renowned restaurants and bars. A short drive will take you inland, to explore rice paddies, volcanoes and traditional villages but also to enjoy world class golf courses; or to the South coast, with its white sandy beaches dominated by majestic cliffs, and some of the best surfers’ waves in the world.
The Layar is a dream come true. An estate of 23 private pool and Jacuzzi villas, each with its own garden, pool, and Jacuzzi, designed by renowned GM architects, and located in the heart of the most sought after area of Bali. Elements of two different worlds are combined in harmony through the design of each villa; the richness of tropical materials and colours with the essentials of contemporary design; indoor-outdoor living with the comfort of independent suites; the dream of a home in the tropics with the knowledge of a sound financial investment; the advantages of a fully managed property with the customisation and the views of a unique villa, we call it THE NEW INTERNATIONAL TROPICALISM.
The Layar is a five star private gated community, comprising of 23 unique villas, a large communal green area, reception, guests’ parking, and all the facilities needed to provide five star service. The total area of the estate is 16,800 sqm (172,222 sq ft), with 27% dedicated to common facilities. The total built area comprises of just 25% of the total, probably the lowest in a residential development in Bali. Each villa in The Layar sits on a generous plot of land, ranging from 450 sqm to 750 sqm; the average plot size is 600 sqm. The villas come in one, two, three and four bedroom configurations, each with landscaped tropical gardens, a curvaceous swimming pool, open-air Jacuzzi, and private parking.
The Layar is the latest creation of influential GM Architects. A signature that has created a new vision of tropical architecture, where the modern use of design and space is integrated with natural materials in complete respect of the surrounding environment. Their architecture has been defined as modern, tropical, and organic: a modern vision of space and design, combined with the use of tropical colours and materials, and organically integrated in their natural surroundings. Each of GM’s villas is a unique masterpiece, carefully studied in every detail, and often cited as examples in several books on tropical design. GM Architects have redefined Bali and in the tropical world the Modern Tropical Living, synthesis of comfort, nature, and design.
GM’s signature are the distinctive sloping roofs that extend from almost ground level and made from natural ironwood shingles, creating, within open-plan areas, some points of cosy corners while opening the view to natural surroundings in others. These are unique and outstandingly noticeable villas, of which The Layar represents a splendid example. The “sails” (layar in Indonesian) are an eloquent symbol of a timeless beauty, modern yet soft. Underneath high pitched ceilings, open plan living areas are the heart of the home; the close proximity of the swimming pool enhances the indoor-outdoor living typical of Bali, creating a fluid transition between indoor ambiences and gardens. Natural stone pathways, walls covered with Indian stones, flooring in natural wood and unpolished marble finished with acid, create a contrast with the angular roof design representing the fusion of modern and tropical, which is typically GM’s style.
Also in the interior, GM surprises with unexpected touches and details; the curvaceous lines of the swimming pools are reflected in rounded walls that bring the outdoor in; living areas on different interconnected levels create harmony in the house and charming open spaces allow natural light to soak in and permeate living spaces.
Privacy is a priority in The Layar, also within each villa. Every room has its own private garden or access to the pool deck, ensuring tranquillity is never disturbed. Bathrooms with indoor bathtubs and outdoor showers surrounded by tropical vegetation are an ideal place to relax and contemplate the colours and perfumes of a tropical paradise.
The interiors are created by designer Matteo Polizzi which perfectly complement GM’s architectural style with attentive and refined design solutions, decorative but at the same time functional. Furniture and fittings have been entirely custom designed; lines are modern, yet using natural materials and finishing, including teak wood, Indian stones, local palimanan stone and marble, terrazzo and rustic cotton. The result is an organic ambience with a modern touch that is timeless in style, yet relaxed and informal. The attention to detail is extreme, from custom made door handles and washbasins down to the choice of cutlery.
Kitchens are fitted with imported Italian appliances and fittings. Each bedroom boast its own LCD flat panel TV with music system, while the central entertainment system in the living area boasts a further LCD flat panel TV and a Bose or JBL sound system with ceiling speakers. Construction is at the highest international standard, with structure compliant to European regulations and designed to resist earthquakes in the Indonesian region.