bali: katamama hotel opening

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headquartered in a leafy southern suburb of jakarta, acclaimed hospitality and lifestyle company ptt family has increasingly become known for an expanding portfolio of happening venues. initially focusing mainly on two the two most cosmopolitan destinations on home turf – yes, that would be the sprawling indonesian capital city and bali – 2014 saw the arrival of potato head folk, a prestigious venue in singapore's scenic chinatown. and now, under the guidance of its visionary founder ronald akili, ptt family adds a new chapter by opening katamama, a hotel concept that aims to innovate by blending indonesian culture with contemporary design in a tightly curated fashion.

situated inseminyak, widely considered as bali's most buzzing seaside area, it's a logical and seamless lifestyle extension of potato head beach club, the company's best known venue. the boutique hotel features just 58 suites, and is the first of three new hospitality projects on the island. the intimate and modest scale of the set-up is paired with a cleverly balanced cultural approach, resulting in contemporary settings that not only take cues from the island's lushness, but also honour the exquisite local arts and crafts. mind you, ptt family has gone the extra yard, enlisting indonesia’s finest craftsmen, utilising many a dying practice unique to the region.

the katamama hotel is a collab effort of jakarta-based architect andra matin, who designed the building, and singaporean design practice takenouchi webb which created the interiors with a little help from the hotel owners. the suites are infused with cherry picked furniture pieces, art works and one-off items, many of them originally part of the akili's personal collection. as said, katamama oozes the unique spirit of bali, and as such, each of the suites comes with a spacious and private outdoor extension, whether as balcony, garden or pool. and speaking of pools: set in the hotel’s tropical garden, surrounded by lush greenery, is an alluring 130 sqm. [1,399 sq.ft.] swimming pool that's accessible only to hotel guests.

the pool is decked with ironwood and finished with locally made natural light green tiles. a pool bar, you wonder? check. for those who love living large there's the katamama suite, a supersized 320 sqm. [3,445 sq.ft.] apartment-like residence with two bedrooms, a separate living and dining area, and as the icing on the cake, a completely private rooftop garden with stunning ocean views. and that's not all, folks. the katamama simultaneously introduces a number of facilities that add up to its very own eclectic concept, while also complementing the cluster of venues by next door's potato head beach club.

the movida x potato head restaurant is a unique collab that combines the spanish cuisine of movida, a highly popular dining establishment from melbourne, with the indonesian company’s quirky approach to design and architecture. informal and homey, but with the allure of a members only club. the matching palette comprises of exposed red bricks, rattan and natural stone. another happening venue on the premises is akademi, an adjoining bar created by award-winning mixologist dre masso, and one that'll also be a hub for many of leading peers from across the planet. here, the setting strongly leans towards modernism, featuring chunky furnishings of natural stone and a tiled-up ceiling. location: jalan petitenget 51b [seminyak].

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