In May 2022, Indonesia dropped its COVID-19 testing requirements for inbound vaccinated travelers, and no longer requires visitors to wear masks outdoors. Hotel and tour operators in tourism-dependent parts of Indonesia, such as Bali, welcomed the move.
For Ovolo Group’s design-led hotel collection, with properties throughout Australia and Hong Kong, this year marked the perfect time to open its first-ever resort in Bali.
Formerly Citadines Kuta Beach Hotel, Mamaka by Ovolo Bali offers 191 designer rooms and suites, as well as innovative food and drink concepts. Heavily inspired by its island home, Mamaka by Ovolo merged the global brand ethos of Ovolo with traditional Balinese culture (in the ancient Pali language, “mamaka” translates as one who shows affection not only for oneself). The hotel’s design embraces vibrant colors and traditional Balinese textiles like kebaya baju, alongside natural materials with ample weaving, bold patterns and lantern-effect lighting.
Mamaka by Ovolo Bali provides several all-day bar and dining venues, including the island’s highest rooftop pool club, with 270-degree views of Bali’s western beaches. Because Kuta Beach is home to the island’s best surf break for beginners and recreational surfers, the resort boasts its own in-house surf school, as well as a circuit-training mechanical surfboard for core strength, a horizontal climbing wall, wellness center and unisex salon.
Mamaka also features a new food and beverage concept.
“Traditional resort ambiance was not considered for this new property, this is our take on a 2022 resort,” said Girish Jhunjhnuwala, founder and CEO, Ovolo Group. “The property is a playground for travelers through food and drink with attitude, wellness and activities, a surf school and shop, and a little self-indulgence. This urban resort will bring amazing experiences to Kuta, adding to its growing vibe.”
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