What’s the only thing more fabulous than your own private poolside cabana at one of the world’s fanciest resorts? Having one decorated for you by a world-famous fashion designer.
While most folks might think of the fashion world as seasonal runways and haute couture, many designers still create robust resort-wear lines for jetsetters jaunting between their various vacation homes. Some even forge one-off partnerships with hotels and resorts around the globe not only to decorate guest rooms and suites, but also to create custom pool cabanas that heighten the aquatic experience to a whole new, fabulous level.
It's always summer somewhere... so plan a visit to these marvelously modish cabanas around the world. Sunbathing has never been this stylish!
1. Trina Turk Cabanas at W Los Angeles — West Beverly Hills
It seems like it’s summer all year round in Los Angeles, and the new cabanas at the W Los Angeles — West Beverly Hills are sure to keep sun seekers satisfied. The new cabanas were just unveiled in July and feature Trina Turk's signature bright prints and bold patterns. With equal parts mid-century modern elegance and tropical radiance, the cabanas’ palette contains myriad shades of blue and green, reflecting the hotel’s sceney pool and surrounding gardens. The prints come from Turk’s indoor/outdoor Schumacher collection featuring the Carmel Coastline pattern (think waves) and the Peacock Ikat print that resembles the eponymous bird’s tail feathers. The white-capped cabanas also feature comfy sectionals, curtains for privacy, woven wicker chandeliers and eye-catching ice buckets for keeping all those potables from the Airstream bar on the WET deck frosty.
2. Missoni Cabanas at the Four Seasons Resort Maui
The Four Seasons Resort Maui on the island’s Wailea coast launched a partnership with venerable Italian fashion brand Missoni back in 2012 to decorate two of the exclusive cabanas by the resort’s adults-only Serenity Pool. The 160-square-foot cabanas are updated regularly, and though you’re likely to spot some of Missoni’s signature zigzag patterns, there are also colorful stripes and florals as well as bright overhead lanterns, all in homage to the beachfront setting. The cabanas are ultra-private, thanks to folding wooden doors. Guests who book them can enjoy amenities including fridges stocked with champagne, water and Italian gelato, individual espresso machines, shaded sectionals, HDTVs, and dedicated sun loungers. If you want the pool all to yourself, you can even book it after hours from dusk until dawn and enjoy the entire complex of two saltwater pools, whirlpools, and all six cabanas to yourself, not to mention add-ons like a private couple’s massage in one of the Missoni cabanas, a personalized multi-course tasting menu by the resort’s executive chef.
3. Karl Lagerfeld’s Odyssey at the Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo
A place as fabulous as Monte-Carlo attracts tycoons and trendsetters alike, so it should be no surprise that no less an icon than Karl Lagerfeld himself designed one of the city’s most exclusive hotel pools. Back in 2013, the Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo commissioned Lagerfeld to reconceive its Belle Epoque-style top-floor pool area, including a new Joël Robuchon outdoor restaurant. The designer took Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, as his inspiration and designed a custom 65-foot mural of etched-glass panels depicting models in classical poses and settings from various episodes in the story. He also installed a dazzling constellation of lights into the saltwater pool’s bottom, calling to mind the stars by which Odysseus and his crew navigated the ancient seas. The rest of the aesthetic is rather pared down with a sort of '60s look to it that hearkens to the heyday of the French RIviera. The cabanas are more like daybeds with stark white frames and thick cushions with azure throw pillows while the accompanying Acapulco-style lounge chairs are woven in black and white.
4. Lalesso Cabanas at the One&Only Cape Town
If you can’t make it for summer in the Northern Hemisphere, there’s hope for you yet. This urban resort from luxury chain One&Only sits in the heart of Cape Town and has one of the best pool scenes in town. For the past couple seasons, the hotel has partnered with African lifestyle brand Lalesso to decorate the four exclusive daybeds around the pool. Each one is inspired by one of Lalesso’s collections, and each is unique. However, all feature plush wood-framed daybeds with plenty of accent pillows, billowing curtains, and a dedicated butler who will swing by throughout the day to ply guests with unlimited oysters and sparkling wine.
5. Tory Burch at the Palazzo Las Vegas
This past April, the Palazzo Las Vegas launched The Aquatic Club as a new pool day-club alternative that hearkens to the classic social and athletic clubs of days gone by. Although the cabanas were not designed by anyone in the fashion world, they do feature artwork and murals reminiscent of 1940s and 1950s abstract Expressionist art (think Mondrian or Kandinsky). There are also deluxe amenities like personal cabana hosts for food and beverage service, dedicated chaise lounges, sofas and chairs, air conditioners and heaters, HDTVs, phones, fans, fridges stocked with water, and Wi-Fi, among others. The fashion touch comes in with the staff’s uniforms, which include swimwear and resort pieces from Tory Burch’s Tory Sport line. The overall look emphasizes crisp lines and bright splashes of primary colors that set the tone for a day by the pool.
6. Cabana Packages at Australia’s Palazzo Versace
With a name like Palazzo Versace, you can expect pretty much everything at this resort on Australia’s tropical Gold Coast to come with gilded Versace-branded products and flourishes. The opulence extends to the hotel’s poolside cabanas, where guests can indulge in themed packages this summer (well, winter down under). The simple Maldives one costs just about $55 in U.S. equivalent, and includes a half-day cabana, two glasses of Aussie white wine, water, fresh sliced fruit and sunscreen and face mist…presumably applied by cabana boys approved by Donatella herself. The all-out Dom Pérignon Cabana package includes a bottle of the bubbly as well as the other amenities and goes for nearly $400. The cabanas themselves are simple but posh. They’re basically four-poster daybeds with flowing white curtains, soft cushions and cylindrical pouf pillows with various Versace patterns on them. But for a day out by the pool, what more do you need?
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