Surrounded by the hippest hangouts on Bali, Katamama looks set to hold its own when it opens its doors in March. The all-suite hotel is the brainchild of the people behind Seminyakâ€™s wildly popular Potato Head Beach Club (which it sits behind) and has likewise been designed by idiosyncratic Indonesian architect Andra Matin. But unlike Potato Headâ€™s Colosseum-inspired curves and cladding of painted teak shutters, Katamama is all geometry and burnished red bricks, more than a million of which adorn its facade. Inside, staff uniforms and upholstery bear the hotelâ€™s signature shade of indigo, hand-dyed by local craftsmen, while a selection of Balinese arak liquors puts a local spin on the drinks list at the Akademi Bar, helmed by ex-London mixologist Dre Masso. Another draw? The first overseas outpost of Melbourneâ€™s beloved tapas restaurant, MoVida (62-361/302-9999; doubles from US$270). â€”Ariko Ahmad
This article originally appeared in theÂ February/MarchÂ print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śMama Mia”).