Tony Rice checks in to Katamama, a recently opened all-suite luxury resort in Seminyak, Bali.
More than 1.5 million handmade bricks, traditionally used in Balinese temples, are a design highlight at Bali’s new boutique resort hotel, Katamama (katamama.com). The bricks line the feature walls of the property’s 58 rooms and its rustic, mud-coloured façade, which rises in stark contrast to the surrounding tropical gardens.
The resort is located in one of Seminyak’s most beautiful precincts, with the inviting waters of the Indian Ocean a mere stumble away. Popular beach club Potato Head is right next door. In fact, a Katamama key will get you dibs on Potato Head’s highly sought-after day beds overlooking the pool. You may never want to leave. Hunker down here with an El Hombre wagyu burger and a glass of locally brewed Stark unfiltered lager.
Or wander back over to the hotel for a bite at MoVida Bali, the first international outpost of one of Australia’s favourite Spanish eateries. It’s decked out with cane furniture, hand-woven fabrics and a 15-metre-long polished green stone bar. The menu is quintessential Frank Camorra with an Indonesian twist – try pepita crisps laden with goat’s curd, local honey and Indonesian macadamias.
The rollcall of great on-site facilities doesn’t end there, though: swanky cocktail bar Akademi is in the lobby; there’s a 24-hour gym on the first floor and a vast pool in the hotel’s coconut- and frangipani-tree-filled garden.
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