With a staggering appearance thanks to their Bali-style all-red brick exterior, Katamama definitely stands out among its counterparts along the Petitenget skyline. The latest venture and first hotel of PTT Family – the group behind Potato Head Beach Club, the boutique hotel enjoys everything that the uber-popular beach club offers – and more. The group’s extension doesn’t stop at the post-modern accommodation, as they have also added several more retail slots right under the hotel. One Fifteenth Coffee (1/15) café, Canaan shop with its sustainable traditional products, and the raw and healthy Alchemy restaurant complete this cutting-edge destination.
The wonders on the outside continued inside as we stepped into our suite. The very homey interior welcomed us home. The swanky retro-modern arrangement is a very lovely combination of materials like wood, crummy copper, tie-dyed rug, and white marble, which complement the already earthy red brick walls. Most of these high quality materials are courtesy of curated local artisan vendors that go on to even the littlest details. Look closer to appreciate the sartorialist natural-dyed bathrobes from Tarum in GianyarGainyar, the unique hats and traditional anjatbaskets made from hand-woven rattan from Pulang Pisau in Kalimatan, teak amenities boxes from Denpasar, and delicate ceramics from frontrunners Gaya and Jenggala. That’s not all. Each corner has a story, each brick has a history at Katamama.
Our favourite feature? The actual functioning bar in the room with various homemade infused liquors, bitters, an ice well full of ice, and all the staple mixes and the tools – strainer, shaker, muddler, mixing spoon, you name it! And we’re just talking about our Island Suite. The 58-suite property rightfully boasts other, more jaw-dropping, types too; including the Pool Suites with their own private pool, and the Rooftop Suites and Katamama Suite that have their own dining area and private rooftop garden and Jacuzzi.
As one of the best Spanish restaurants on the island, MoVida serves excellent tapas made from the highest quality ingredients – internationally and locally sourced. Tables are booked and filled up in lightning speed during weekends, but lucky for us we got to enjoy the selection of super fine breakfasts here. Akademi is also a revolutionary bar, where most of their bases are homemade infused liquors made from local ingredients. As the name suggests, they also provide a how-to session for guests who want to mix themselves in the world of bartending. Don’t forget the understated pool with its own bar and lounge area, and the 24-hour gym.
in a nutshell
It’s really hard to sum up our astonishment in a few words. Design: monumental, both to see and to bask in – the artisan vendors wrapped up the theme remarkably. Facilities: splendid, especially that particular Spanish restaurant and the bar. Experience: entirely unique, definitely setting a new standard. Verdict: one of the best hotels on the island – by a mile. This one is a game changer that you have to see for yourself!
The published rate for the Island Suite starts at US$399++
what we love
• That head-turning super sexy red brick façade
• Locally produced elements that bring out the hotel’s charm
• Knowing that we’re staying above Akademi and MoVida
• Personal rooftop access for the top floor suites
• Lastly, of course, our own in-room personal bar
Jl. Petitenget no. 51
T +62 361 302 9999