From the creators of Seminyak’s popular Potato Head Beach Club comes a boutique hotel next door where almost every facet of the building has been crafted by Indonesian artisans and the in-house restaurant is courtesy of Melbourne’s MoVida.
Opening next Friday, Katamama has been developed by the Jakarta-based hospitality and lifestyle company PTT Family, which plans two more hotels in Bali, one to be designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas’s renowned firm OMA.
Located behind the beach club, Katamama features just 58 suites offering some of the most spacious hotel digs on the island. Warm interiors combine Balinese materials, including hand-dyed indigo textiles, with mid-century design classics by Louis Poulsen, Le Corbusier and Arne Jacobsen.
All rooms feature a private balcony or garden and are beautifully crafted featuring Balinese bricks, teak, hand-hewn Javanese tiles and terrazzo made on site.
More than 100 pieces of contemporary Indonesian art are scattered throughout the hotel, complemented by local textiles and objects from the owner’s private collection.
Attention to detail is everywhere, from the locally made, handwoven bathrobes to bespoke organic bath amenities and guest beach-going kits featuring a traditional Borneo rattan bag, hat and sarong.
The Rooftop-category suites have a private aerial garden complete with dining table, daybed, jacuzzi, outdoor shower and ocean views. Pool suites come with private swimming spaces. Hotel facilities include a pool, 24/7 gym, free Wi-Fi and a complimentary neighbourhood shuttle service.
DON’T MISS: An artisanal (of course) cocktail in Akademi, the in-house bar overseen by awardwinning London (now Bali-based) mixologist Dre Masso. Or you could dive into your wellstocked in-room cocktail bar. DINING IN: Katamama is home to MoVida’s first international outpost. The menu takes inspiration from its new island location while retaining the restaurant’s Spanish roots. Head chef Jimmy Parker is working closely with local producers to grow ingredients native to Spain. Balinese-sourced produce is used to recreate signature MoVida dishes such as anchoa (Cantabrian anchovy, crouton and smoked tomato sorbet) and atun rojo (tuna belly, watermelon and beetroot). The wine list features four sangrias by the glass.
DINING OUT: Lilin at Potato Head Beach Club for authentic Indonesian fare; and the old neighbourhood favourite, La Lucciola (La Looch to those in the know), affording one of the best beach aspects in Seminyak.
ASK THE CONCIERGE: Be sure to check out the Biasa Art Space (combining designer boutique with gallery) on Jalan Seminyak.
CHECKING IN: Suites from $450, including service and tax. Until the end of May, get four nights for the price of three. More: katamama.com.
ALSO TRY: Hotel Hotel, Canberra; Phum Baitang, Cambodia; La Fiermontina, Puglia, Italy.
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