Katamama Opens as Bali’s Hottest New Hotel

  • At the hotel's entrance.

    At the hotel's entrance.

  • The Akademi bar serves cocktails based around a seasonal root-to-flower concept.

    The Akademi bar serves cocktails based around a seasonal root-to-flower concept.

  • Standalone bathtubs and clean lines in a Pool Suite bathroom.

    Standalone bathtubs and clean lines in a Pool Suite bathroom.

  • The 268-square-meter rooftop suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with ocean views

    The 268-square-meter rooftop suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with ocean views

  • Jimmy Parker, executive chef of the hotel's MoVida Spanish restaurant.

    Jimmy Parker, executive chef of the hotel's MoVida Spanish restaurant.

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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 Seminyak’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 Head’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 hotel’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 Melbourne’s beloved tapas restaurant, MoVida (62-361/302-9999; doubles from US$270). —Ariko Ahmad

This article originally appeared in the February/March print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Mama Mia”).

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