“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.
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.”