Meet Carina, Katamama’s cultural concierge

Carina is one of Katamama’s cultural concierges–the welcoming face that greets you, a custodian of the hotel’s cultural programme and our island insiders.

 

A former preschool teacher, Jakarta girl Carina moved to Bali six years ago, claiming it was “the best decision of her life.” Finding her balance in Bali, Carina swapped the teeming nightlife in Indonesia’s capital city for lazy beach days with her dogs and casual breakfasts every weekend.

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Carina, one of Katamama’s Cultural Concierges

Thanks to much island exploration and plenty of guest requests, Carina really knows best when it comes to what to experience while in Bali. Here, she shares some of her Bali picks, “island musts,” in terms of dining, drinking, shopping and traversing authentic Bali.

Self-indulgent brunch venue …

At the moment, love Kim Soo, it sits in a beautiful interior store with all sorts of great local produced finds.

Boutique stocking local designers …

My favourite local brands are Beachgold, Faithfull the Brand and Paloma, boutiques I like are Biasa, Magali Pascal and of course, Escalier.

Spa treatment unique to Bali …

In addition to our Nila Spa, Gooseberry flagship store is known for its stunning French lingerie and has a very nice salon on the first floor where they do a great mani/pedi. They give really good service, the staff are all experienced and they offer you a glass of wine while your nails are drying. Further afield, there’s Five Elements, Ubud. It’s a holistic healing and spa destination drawing on the ancient wisdom of Bali.

True Balinese experience …

Nothing compares to Nyepi as that’s when you feel the true serenity of Bali–my favourite time of the year. If you’re not here for that, try a traditional blessing at Puri Sebatu.

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Restaurant with a view …

Metis has a nice ambiance and is still one of my favourites.

Sunset Cocktails …

Potato Head Beach Club, of course.

Hidden beach …

There are a few close to Bingin Beach (Uluwatu) that I’ve been to and nobody else was there, or there’s Thomas Beach, the secret spot near Green Bowl.

Local food must-try …

I always recommend Made’s Warung or Jimbaran for seafood. Pak Malen Babi Guling has the best traditional spit-roasted pig in Bali.

Great coffee …

Revolver. Best on the island!

Kid-friendly excursion …

It’s great to take kids to one of the many waterfalls around the island, Tegenungan waterfall near Ubud is ideal even for smaller children. Or take a day trip to one of the nearby islands like Lembongan, Ceningan, Penida.

Activity for adventure lovers …

Carina: Exploring Ubud or Nusa Lembongan, or trekking in Jatiluwih.

Place to people-watch …

I don’t party anymore these days so it has to be the gym Soham and Canggu Club. I love my workout as much as I love looking at the motivation walking around the gym! But if I had to pick an island favourite, Old Man’s, beachfront in Canggu.

Bespoke Bali souvenir …

Our beautiful sarongs, they are a must-have and the perfect present to bring home!

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