Need to know
Flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $256.18 (IDR3,680,000), excluding tax at 21 per cent.
Rates usually exclude à la carte breakfast.
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.
No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 7 March 2019, 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).
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.
Let the gently wafting scents of jasmine, turmeric, ginger and coffee guide you to Nila Spa, where expert therapists offer massages, body treatments and facials that use Indonesia’s traditional herbal remedies and techniques. A range of Balinese spices, herbs, local flowers, and exotic fruits are used in these Jamu-inspired spa sessions; we recommend the lulur (scrub) that’s based on the beauty regimes of Javanese princesses.
Remember to bring: easy breezy linen layers, your most artistic expression and threads for Potato Head.
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.
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.