Launching a hotel in Bali – an island already heaving with first-rate properties - is always a dicey business, but our bets are firmly on Katamama. Opening on one of Seminyak’s last prime stretches of beach, the 58-suite hotel is the first salvo in an ambitious mega-development that will eventually include – over the next couple of years – a second hotel designed by OMA’s Rem Koolhaas, and a third by Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan.
For Katamama, the owners – who are also behind the island’s beloved Potato Head Beach Club – have tapped Indonesian architect Andra Martin and Singapore-based interior designers Takenouchi Webb. The result is a quietly modern space that’s layered with acres of terrazzo, Balinese bricks, teak, and hand-made Javanese tiles.
Scattered throughout the public spaces and suites are artwork, furniture and precious tchotchkes from the owners’ personal collection though it’s likely that the focus will be on the mod-Spanish menu at the house restaurant MoVida, and the tropical-inflected cocktails at the Akademi bar.