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51B Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak T: (0361) 302 9999


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Like to party? Want to be in the thick of it and have your “name on the door” at Bali’s celebrated Potato Head Beach Club? Funky, luxurious and stylish Katamama is ground zero for the beautiful party people (you know you are), run by the folks at Potato Head.

Designed by one of Indonesia’s foremost architectural firms, Andra Matin, and using striking traditional handcrafted red bricks, the multi-storey L-shaped block hugs a small tropical garden and swimming pool. Balconies overlook the gardens and some offer sea glimpses, but for decent views you’ll have to book into one of the rooftop suites, or just head to the club next door.

We love the Indonesia-meets-mid-century vibe.

We love the Indonesia-meets-mid-century vibe. Photo: Sally Arnold

Unconventional from when you first step in the door—reminiscent of the Apple store’s no-check-out concept, Katamama has replaced the check-in desk with a bar, an infinitely more welcoming meeting point.

Sophisticated contemporary rooms in warm tones feature local finishes and hand-crafted furnishings. The feel is mid-century classic, with elements from Indonesia’s cultural heritage. Think (sustainable) teak floors and indigo ikats and batik mixed with Danish-style furniture and the odd Arne Jacobsen lamp—a contemporary yet unpretentious celebration of local (and international) artists and artisans. The designers worked with Ubud’s Threads of Life Gallery, Gaya Ceramics and village master-craftspeople to create bespoke pieces.

Jacuzzi jive.

Jacuzzi jive. Photo: Sally Arnold

We love the “maxi-bar” (it’s not mini)—a wall display of artisanal infused spirits and local snacks as well as a selection of glassware for just the right drink, with a notable lack of plastic (and a proper tea pot). Luxurious beds float in the open-plan living area in the lower category (but spacious) suites and can be partitioned from the living space in the larger high-end suites. Bathrooms feature deep tubs, bespoke potions and hand-woven robes. Pool suites offer private courtyard plunge pools, but if the credit card is flexible, go for a rooftop suite (although you’ll want to be fairly able-bodied), as a narrow spiral staircase within the rooms leads to a private roof garden with barbecue and Jacuzzi, as well as a table setting for six and lounges—invite your friends over for a hot-tub-barbie party.

The hotel’s in-house eatery is run by Australia’s renowned MoVida, the brand’s first international jaunt. In keeping with the overall values of Katamama, the Spanish cuisine uses locally and sustainably sourced produce. Or head back to the reception, er, Akademi Bar, for some cool tunes and world class master-mixed tipples. If you’d prefer your cocktails poolside, there’s another bar shaded by the palm trees, so pull up a sun lounge on the ironwood deck or float your stresses away in the secluded pool, long enough for a lap too if that tickles your fancy.

Pass the bubble bath, please.

Pass the bubble bath, please. Photo: Sally Arnold

When it’s time to party, cruise over to Potato Head where you have priority booking for the day lounges for no minimum spend. Katamama also offers free yoga, or for the more energetic, a personal trainer. Learn how to mix a cocktail (additional charge), or join a ceremony at the hotel’s temple. Friendly staff and “cultural concierges” can set you exploring for the day, book you a massage, or arrange for you to attend cultural events.

We think Katamama is a top pick for your top dollar; you can play by day (or night) and get a decent sleep. Be warned: when we dropped by in June 2017, construction was beginning on a neighbouring property (also set to be another Potato Head hotel).

If you want to lay in bed and gaze at the sea, yet still want to be close to the party, you could also consider the more classical style of super luxurious The Legian, or for a more traditional Balinese ambience, The Oberoi. If your budget is more midrange, but contemporary Indonesian style appeals, the funky Tijili Hotel may entice.

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Walk-in rates at Katamama

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
4,900,000 rupiah
4,900,000 rupiah
Deluxe Suite
5,700,000 rupiah
5,700,000 rupiah
Garden suite. Pool suite: 6,600,000 rupiah.
7,400,000 rupiah
7,400,000 rupiah
Two-bedroom suite. Rooftop suite: 7,800,000 rupiah.
Room: Suite, low season: 4,900,000 rupiah, high season 4,900,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Deluxe Suite, low season: 5,700,000 rupiah, high season 5,700,000 rupiah. Notes: Garden suite. Pool suite: 6,600,000 rupiah.
Room: House, low season: 7,400,000 rupiah, high season 7,400,000 rupiah. Notes: Two-bedroom suite. Rooftop suite: 7,800,000 rupiah.

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Where is Katamama

51B Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak
T: (0361) 302 9999
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º9'2.39" E, 8º40'44.58" S
Room rates: over 2,500,000 Rp

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