Bali, Indonesia

Katamama

Rates from (ex tax)$250.23

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (IDR4,083,750.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Brutalist brickwork

Setting

Perched by Potato Head

Katamama is little brother to Seminyak favourite Potato Head Beach Club, so you know you’re in safe hands. Its style is all its own, though – those 1,000,000 red bricks, for starters. Inside, mid-century furniture, lashings of marble and concrete, contemporary art and striking lighting keep sartorial success-levels high; additional lures include the MoVida restaurant, masterful bar and sea-spying suites.

Smith Extra

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A 60-minute massage for up to two guests (reservation is required at least one day in advance)

Facilities

Photos Katamama facilities

Need to know

Rooms

58 suites.

Check–Out

Flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $250.23 (IDR3,375,000), excluding tax at 21 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (IDR4,083,750.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually exclude à la carte breakfast from MoVida (IDR411,400 a person, for one dish and one drink).

Also

You’ll want to take some of the locally made, hand-dyed indigo home with you: it plays a starring role in uniforms, rugs, throws and other soft furnishings. Mid-century-furniture fans will go weak at the knees when confronted with Katamama’s rooms, styled with Louis Poulsen pendant lamps, Le Corbusier and Arne Jacobsen chairs – and more.

Hotel closed

No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 17 April 2018, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.

At the hotel

Access to Potato Head beach club; tropical garden; gym; gallery and retail space showcasing work by local artisans and artists; on-loan audio equipment; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: cocktail kit and ‘bar’; beach bag with sarong and matching hat; Katamama bath products, including a gift set with room spray, face mist, face scrub and body lotion; TV; maxibar.

Our favourite rooms

You’re in Seminyak: you’re clearly in the market for sea-and-sunset views: the Rooftop Suites deliver generously on the above (they also come with a barbecue kit). Waterbabies will love the Pool Suites for the private plunge pools; wannabe DJs might want to opt for the palatial Katamama Suite, whose charms include an on-loan turntable (plus speakers). If you choose a Garden Suite, be prepared for the occasional Tom, Dick and Wayan to veer into view (these rooms are overlooked from the street).

Poolside

There’s a small, gated pool shaded by leafy greenery, so passersby can’t gawp upon you. Swim up to the pool bar and order a tropical cocktail – inspired by the Indonesian archipelago – whenever you get thirsty. A fleet of chic green-and-blue sun loungers are positioned by the pool for horizontal lazing.

Spa

No spa, but it’s not hard to find a nimble-knuckled masseuse in Seminyak.

Packing tips

Remember to bring: easy breezy linen layers, your most artistic expression and threads for Potato Head.

Also

Guests are invited to take part in Katamama’s cultural programme, which sees regular events staged at both the hotel and likeminded, arty neighbours: Potato Head, Escalier boutique and Alchemy (Bali’s first raw-food-only restaurant), to name a few.

Children

Little Smiths are welcome. The hotel reckons it’s best suited to teens, but babysitters and nannies can be arranged (IDR50,000 per hour; a four-hour minimum applies). Katamama can also provide cots, cribs, high chairs, baby baths and baby toiletries.

Food and Drink

Photos Katamama food and drink

Top Table

Nab a side or corner table, so you can alternate between admiring food, fellow guests and each other.

Dress Code

Balinese boho, but don’t don flip-flops for the restaurant – this food is far too tasty to be served in the presence of plastic-clad toes.

Hotel restaurant

Australians won’t need any encouragement to hit MoVida: Katamama’s restaurant and café space, which already boasts crowd-pleasing outposts in Melbourne and Sydney. This is the brand’s first foray outside of Australia: Potato Head’s distinctive design ethos – characterised here in reds and blues, brick walls and statement lights – meets moreish tapas with an Aussie twist. Try croquettes, soft-shell crab in a squid-ink bun, Spanish wine (including the ravishing rioja) and – most importantly of all – the signature flan dessert. (We’d write sonnets in its honour, if we had space here.)

Hotel bar

Forget fishbowls, sugary punches and unfortunately named cocktails: Seminyak drinking is a refined affair at Akademi, styled with concrete and marble, grey and blue hues and sleek geometric furniture. The cocktail list comes courtesy of master mixologist Dre Masso – even his name is impressive – and the lobbyside drinking den has been proclaimed a ‘centre of mixology’. There’s also the pool bar...

Last orders

MoVida closes at midnight (breakfast is available between 7am and 11am; lunch between noon and 3.30pm). Akademi bar quenches thirsts between 10am and 1am. If you’re still thirsty, head back to your room: an impressive cocktail kit and ‘bar’ await you.

Room service

Order snacks, meals and drinks to your room around the clock.

Location

Photos Katamama location
Address
Katamama
Jl. Petitenget No.51, Kuta Utara
Kabupaten Badung
80361
Kabupaten Badung
Indonesia

Planes

Ngurah Rai International Airport is 13km from the hotel, a 45-minute drive. Hotel transfers can be arranged (IDR630,000 per car, each way).

Automobiles

Denpasar is a 45-minute drive from the hotel. There’s guest parking 200m from the hotel, but you’ll probably have a more restful time if you leave the driving to the locals.

Worth getting out of bed for

Ask staff about Katama’s cultural programme – chances are, the hotel will be hosting an interesting talk or workshop during your visit. Buy beautiful Balinese ceramics from Kevala, browse the traditional Indonesian products made by local artists at craftmen at Canaan gallery, or trawl Seminyak’s wealth of fashion boutiques for both men and women. Spend some time on the beach; don’t miss sunset drinks at one of the relaxed, waveside shacks. Obviously, it would be rude not to visit Potato Head beach club, given that it’s Katamama’s sibling (and totally brilliant). 

Local restaurants

Tick off brunch, lunch and dinner at mellow MoVida right next door to the hotel. They offer set menus, sharing tapas plates, cut-to-order curred meats and seasonal meal packages so you can keep coming back without having to dine on the same dish twice (unless you want to). Sisterfields at Jl. Kayu Cendana No.7 serves up some of Seminyak’s best brunch options (we’re not counting MoVida of course, as we fear we’re biased). Australian in feel and focus – and in its undying affection for ‘smashed avo’ – Sisterfields showcases local ingredients in healthy dishes. 

Local cafés

Caffeine-fans will appreciate the care and attention put in to each cup at the artisan One Fifteenth coffee shop. Only the best qaulity beans go into their coffees, made with a their golden ratio of 1:15 coffee-to-water. 

Local bars

Shanghai Baby pays tribute to the glamour of Shanghai in the 1930s, when the city was known as the ‘Paris of the East’. You can dine here too, but the cocktails are particularly tempting. Try to wrangle seats on the garden roof terrace. Book a mixology class at Akademi and learn to twist, shake and stir like a pro – specifically, the bar's founder, the award-winning mixologist, Dre Masso. Located in Katamama’s lobby, you can then take your new-found skills back to your room, where a cocktail kit awaits. 

Reviews

Photos Katamama reviews

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this design-conscious hotel in Seminyak and unpacked their ceramics and swimwear, a full account of their Balinese beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Katamama in Seminyak…

Katamama’s imposing exterior is covered in  more than 1,000,000 traditional Indonesian red bricks, usually used in the construction of temples. If anything were to move us to worship, it would be this place, whose charms include covetable mid-century style, potent cocktails at Akademi bar and suites that survey the sea and sunset. There’s a peaceful pool for frolicking around in, too, plus an interesting gallery and retail space that champions Bali’s bounty of artisans and artists. Everything here has been curated carefully, even the coffee – courtesy of Jakarta favourite, One Fifteenth. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Katamama’s little brother (and next-door neighbour) is Bali’s best-loved beach club – Potato Head. Staying here is your golden ticket to everything Potato Head has to offer, from cultural events to boozy beachy parties. We’ll give thanks for that.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Katamama’s Guestbook below.

We loved

EVERYTHING!!! My husband and I stayed here with our two year old son. I was hesitant as Katamama appeared to be mainly for couples, business etc. however, we requested a cot in our room... not only was there a cot set up on arrival but a baby bath in the bathroom! Highly recommend: Spring beauty place across the road. Great for massages, pedicure, manicure, facials, hair etc. Motel mexicola, revolver, Sea Circus, sisterfields, Kim Soo (awesome food and homewares!), and of course Potato Head.

Don’t expect

To hear the busy street, or the feel second rate.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Feb 2017

We loved

Large spacious room, beautiful design, homely, safe, amazing food, amazing staff. Go to the Spring Spa for any massages or treatments.

Don’t expect

To be dissapointed

Rating

Stayed on 27 Jan 2017

We loved

Our chic studio style Pool View Suite. Breakfast at Movida was delicious, with excellent Spanish inspired food and fresh pressed juices. The Katamama soaps, body lotions, and sunscreen all smelled lovely! Bambu is a restaurant with Indonesian style cuisine and great cocktails; it's worth a visit and it's walking distance from Katamama.

Don’t expect

...A big pool at the hotel. However, Potato Head Beach Club is right next door so if you want a large pool and buzzy atmosphere its very easily accessible!

Rating

Stayed on 12 Nov 2016

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