Welcome to Katamama
Katamama means ‘mama says…’ in our native language of Bahasa Indonesia. A reference to the wisdom handed down from generation to generation, in this same way, our Balinese boutique hotel has many stories to tell. Balancing tradition with modernity, we wanted to showcase and preserve the centuries-old crafts of Indonesia in a contemporary context for all to experience. Specially commissioned artworks and handmade furnishings represent Bali’s rich history and share the archipelago’s authentic culture. Bold, meaningful architecture, detail-obsessed design, sustainably-minded menus and warm Indonesian hospitality — we are proud to express all that is special about our island heritage, genuine people and skilled artisans. We look forward to welcoming anyone who appreciates authenticity, ecocentric accommodation and being part of an extraordinary community.
We hope you feel like it’s your home while you’re here.
More than 1.5 million hand-pressed Balinese bricks make up Katamama’s extraordinary facade, the vision of leading Indonesian architect Andra Matin. Traditionally, these hand-pressed red bricks were used for the island’s holy temples, but as factory-made versions came into play this ancient art was at threat of being lost. It took three years for all of ours to be moulded, air dried, hand finished and kiln-fired over wood and coconut shells in a village not far from the hotel. We are proud to showcase these remarkable bricks in a new light, lending a modern expression to these sacred building blocks.
In Pejeng, a village on the outskirts of Ubud, Tjok Agung and his wife still operate an indigo dye workshop using traditional, sustainable colouring and stamping techniques. Rich palettes crafted into one-of-a-kind table runners, distinctive delicate wall art and soft-to-the-touch furoshiki-inspired wrappings for our in-suite amenity boxes, Tjok Agung’s hand-dyed custom-made textiles are proudly displayed throughout Katamama. Deep-blue hues, rich textures and artisanal quality are characteristic to these natural indigo fabrics and reflect our sustainable heart and tropical oceanfront setting. Speak to us about arranging a fascinating tour to experience how these fabrics are created by hand.
Hand-woven by the women of Blahbatuh village in Bali, the softly hued cloths that decorate each of our hand-dressed suites are made with naturally made threads. Yielding beautiful, pastel tones, this artisanal method honours tradition and produces entirely individual products. Craftspeople from Tarum, Ubud’s natural dye workshop, create many of the table runners and soft throws that set Katamama’s suites apart from chain hotels and other contemporary design stays. Distinctive moss-green carpets, forged from recycled textiles which have been cut into thin strips, washed, re-dyed with botanical dyes and sewn together, add Tarum’s artisanal touch to each living space. Speak to us to arrange a personal tour to Tarum’s workshop and explore their microbatches.
“More than 1.5 million hand-pressed bricks — coconut-shell fired and moulded — make up Katamama’s facade.”
Sourced from certified forests, all of the timber at Katamama is Indonesian Grade-A teak. We’re involved in every stage of the development process, from the prototyping of all furnishings with a Javanese manufacturer through to final installation. This dedicated attention to detail allows us greater creative and quality control. Indonesian mid-century designs—what locals refer to as “jenky” or “jenki”—are a big influence. Derived from the word “yankee” this style hails from when Post-War America’s look and feel was blended with local materials, such as teak and Indonesian ash. By retaining a natural finish on the joinery and furniture, the wood’s natural beauty is accentuated.
Ceremonies are part of everyday life in the Island of the Gods, and you are invited to be part of this unique cultural experience. Canang sari—the Indonesian name for these Balinese Hindu offerings—are lovingly laid out daily. Fragrant incense is lit and as part of the tradition the local arak spirit and holy water are sprinkled in gratitude to the gods.Pak Mangku—whose given name is Nyoman—is Katamama’s own pemangku, or priest, and he is entrusted with the spiritual wellbeing of Katamama’s environment. Every morning, Pak Mangku and his daughter Dewi, wake up early to prepare the offerings to place at each of Katamama’s three temples. Stay with us, and you are invited to take part in a traditional Balinese blessing.
Bold geometry, hand-pressed temple bricks, extraordinary dappled light throughout the day – Katamama’s award-winning architecture is the work of Indonesian creative Andra Matin. Inspired by the beautiful simplicity of life in the ancient Bali Aga village of Tenganan, Andra blends traditional elements with a modern design ethic. Shadows and light interplay in the indoor-outdoor corridors thanks to carefully placed bricks, echoing the transitional time between afternoon and evening that our architect loves.
The Dayak tribe from one of the oldest Kalimantan villages are known for their respect for their ancestors, their indigenous fighting customs, and their meticulously crafted baskets. The weavers, primarily women, are farmers by day, weavers at night and during Borneo’s rainy season. It takes several days to make one basket: after harvesting the rattan in the forest, it’s dried, cleaned, thinned, and prepared as strips. Hand-woven from naturally-dyed rattan bast fibres, decorative motifs depicting creepers, ferns, fruits, shoots and vines. Our version of the Anjat basket is a beach-ready backpack for you to borrow. A natural material crafted in Pulang Pisau, a small Kalimantan village, was used to make the hats we provide. This was sent to Bali and shaped into the creations you’ll find in the closet. The hats and bags are available to buy too if you’d like to take them home.
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Distinctive architecture and design, personalised service and a tropical beachside spirit are all part of the Katamama experience.
From our design to our drinks, we prefer to gather our materials from sustainable, nearby sources, revealing the best of Indonesia.
Every suite at Katamama has a custom-made kingsize bed, timeless mid-century pieces and hand-finished furnishings.
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