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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.

CHRIS­TINE McCABE Old Mon­treal gets a fresh and very con­tem­po­rary ho­tel this north­ern sum­mer; the Wil­liam Gray will in­cor­po­rate a new glass tower and two re­stored her­itage build­ings hous­ing 127 gue­strooms, a restau­rant, day spa, out­door pool and rooftop ter­race • Ibis has opened a 368room down­town ho­tel in Bris­bane; the Ibis Styles Bris­bane El­iz­a­beth Street of­fers the group’s sig­na­ture “pre­mium econ­omy” ex­pe­ri­ence with tech-savvy rooms fea­tur­ing smart TVs and a lively restau­rant and bar; open­ing rates from $135 • Lon­don’s Dorch­ester wel­comes fam­i­lies this Easter with a spe­cial pack­age of­fer­ing lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion for two, 50 per cent off a se­cond room for chil­dren, full English break­fast and Easter eggs for all; rates from £530 ($1016) a night • Bangkok’s Sher­a­ton Grande Sukhumvit, a Lux­ury Col­lec­tion Ho­tel, is of­fer­ing four nights for the price of three, in­clud­ing break­fast daily, un­til the end of the year • Fans of Alexan­der McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies’ De­tec­tive Agency se­ries of nov­els can join the au­thor in Botswana with Bel­mond Sa­faris; the jour­ney, from Novem­ber 10-16, fea­tures stays at the op­er­a­tor’s three lux­ury wildlife-view­ing prop­er­ties — Savute Ele­phant Lodge, Kh­wai River Lodge and Ea­gle Is­land Lodge — and costs from $7985 a per­son, twin-share.

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