Some of the most desirable rooms in Bali right now belong not to the latest carved-teak, thatched-roof villa compound or minimal, glassy resort—styles that make up most of the island’s hotel scene—but rather to the contemporary Katamama. Opened in May as the first hotel from Indonesian hospitality group PTT Family (which is also behind the wildly popular Potato Head Beach Club that fronts the hotel on Seminyak Beach), Katamama is an ode to Indonesian art and culture. To construct Jakarta-based architect Andra Matin’s striking design, more than 1.5 million bricks were individually cut and laid in the manner of building a Balinese temple; works from Indonesian artists such as Eko Nugroho are hung throughout. The 58 suites feature amenities by local brand Sensatia, hand-dyed indigo textiles, and six house-infused liquors, which are also available at Akademi, the lobby bar. “Akademi was the final piece of the hotel puzzle,” says mixologist Dre Masso. “It’s a research center for using the finest ingredients Indonesia has to offer.” The same could be said for Katamama as a whole. Rooms from $270; Jl. Petitenget No. 51, Seminyak; 62-361/302-9999, katamama.com.
Midcentury Modern Bali
The new Katamama hotel is not the usual Indonesian resort.