First look: inside Ovolo Group’s first Bali hotel, Mamaka Kuta Beach

by James Wilkinson

Contemporary hotel collection Ovolo Group has offered a stylish first-glimpse inside the company’s first property in Indonesia, Mamaka.

The first hotel outside of its Australian and Hong Kong offerings, Mamaka by Ovolo is located on the beachfront of Bali’s bustling and rejuvenated Kuta.

Having purchased the Citadines Kuta Beach Bali late last year, Ovolo Group will transform the existing structure into an urban resort and re-open in late-2020 with 191 designer rooms and suites, innovative food and drink concepts, and unique experiences.

No rule book existed and adding to the continued rejuvenation of Kuta precinct is what drove Ovolo in the creation Mamaka, says Ovolo Group Founder and CEO, Girish Jhunjhnuwala.

“Convention was not considered, this is our take on a resort,” he says. “It will be a playground for travellers through food and drink with attitude, wellness and activities, a surf school and shop, and a little self-indulgence – they won’t want to leave!

“This urban resort will bring a killer experience to Kuta adding to its already and growing vibe,” Jhunjhnuwala says.

He says Mamaka by Ovolo was envisioned by the Ovolo team and realised by ara design International, the brand behind many international hotel and resort projects.

Heavily inspired by its island home, Mamaka by Ovolo has merged the global brand ethos of Ovolo – that of vibrant, dynamic spaces – with ancient Balinese culture. In fact, that’s exactly what the name refers to. In ancient Pali language ‘mamaka’ refers to one who shows affection not only for oneʼs self.

In ode to Bali, the hotel’s design has embraced vibrant colours and traditional Balinese textiles like kebaya baju, alongside natural materials, ample weaving, bold patterns, and lantern effect lighting.

In true Ovolo style, the food and drink experience will be innovative and bring a new culinary dynamic to the Kuta precinct.

The first of its kind on the island is the highest rooftop pool club with 270-degree views of the Bali’s western beaches from Jimbaran to Canggu and beyond.

A dining destination in its own right, Mamaka by Ovolo’s edible offerings will remain in line with Ovolo’s existing focus on outstanding food and drink – expect the announcement of a Creative Culinary Partner to direct the Cocktail Bar and the Rooftop concept imminently.

As part of the Mamaka development, furnishings and kitchen items from 10 existing rooms have been donated to the local Bali non -profit charitable foundation Yayasan Solemen Indonesia (‘Solemen’) which provides direct support and funding for the disadvantaged.

Solemen have received anything from sofas to cutlery and microwaves to mini bar fridges and much more which will be given directly to people in need or sold to assist the charity continue its important work in the community.

Mamaka Kuta Beach joins this distinctive collection of hotels which includes Nishi Apartments Canberra Australia, Mojo Nomad Aberdeen Harbour Hong Kong and soon-to-launch The Sheung Wan Central Hong Kong, expected in April 2020.