Prepare to Drool Over the 9 Best Pool Cabanas on the Planet

Prepare to Drool Over the 9 Best Pool Cabanas on the Planet

Now this is how to go for a dip in style.

By Janice Tober
Alright, Lisa Rinna and Britney Spears: We see the gauntlet has been thrown. We're super jealous of your beachy spring vacations, and we've been over here drooling over your poolside snaps. Now we want in on the action! So we're getting our travel plans ready... and keeping top of mind these nine hotels with the swankiest pool and beach cabanas for lounging, luxuriating — and selfies galore — by the water.

1. Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Miami is a hotbed of the Bali bed, with cabanas so posh that they put cabana wannabes to shame. The Morris Lapidus-designed, 1,504-room Fontainebleau Miami Beach — a celebrity favorite — offers 30 private cabanas as part of its huge watery poolscape. Along with the freeform main pool, an abstract take on Lapidus’s iconic bowtie shape, there are multiple dipping pools, the secluded Oasis pool and the adults-only Arkadia pool, where the VIP cabanas lay in wait. Enclosed in your wooden sanctuary, stay perfectly hydrated by sipping on a Voss water that you’ve grabbed from your mini-fridge while you (and five of your friends) watch Real Housewives on your 32-inch flat screen from the comfort of your sectional lounger. When you start to feel a bit peckish, order a bite from your personal butler and, when it’s time for a nap, close your white privacy curtains and rest under the cooling ceiling fan while seagulls caw the distance. Cabana rentals start at $550 per day.

2. Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali

Situated around the hotel’s gorgeous cliff edge infinity pool lie the private cabanas of Alila Villas Uluwatu. Crisp whites, weather-worn bamboo, and fresh green flora surround you as you lie in your cabana looking out over the endless spread of the Indian Ocean. This is tropical living for the stylish at heart, with award-winning design that causes lovers of modern architecture to have heart palpitations. Besides some well-deserved chill time and the ocean view, make sure to ask to have a sunset dinner set up in your private preserve. There is no extra charge if you’re a lucky duck guest, but if not then you must spend a minimum of IDR 750,000; relax, though — that’s only around $55 USD.

3. Riviera Palm Springs

The Riviera Palm Springs’ family-styled poolside cabanas manage to be both luxe and kooky at the same time, imparting some tropical tiki into their look. (The hotel also has “regular” Bikini Bar and Chiki Bar cabanas that are straight-up classy.) Cocooned in dark rattan, vivid yellow, and aqua blue you’ll be too cool for school sunbathing on your chaise loungers, sipping on soda — or something stronger — while being revived by the misters found in the ceiling fans. Rates start at $200 per day and go up to $900 per day for 10 of you to enjoy.

4. Paradisus Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The palapa-type cabanas at Paradisus Punta Cana definitely give off a serene vibe with white-covered Bali beds, tropical wood construction, and thatched roofs. Throw in a little bougainvillea and a pool and they virtually shout tropical vacation. With cabana packages entitled “Groove,” “Chill” (Moët and lobster included), and “Relax” — which also comes with a 20-minute massage — you can plan to simply relax the day away. A cabana rental ranges to $200 for the massage package.

5. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii

The Beach Tree Pool cabanas at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai surround a palm tree-lined, mosaic-tiled pool that sits looking out to the ocean. These chichi cabanas — done up in neutral, trés chic tones — sit on the wooden pool deck and are equipped with teak chaise loungers. Lie back and relax between hourly breaks that include Evian mists, fresh fruit kabobs, popsicles, sunglass cleaning, and a splash of aloe vera mint gel. Cabana use is complimentary for hotel guests but if you want to raise the luxury bar you can order the “Body” experience for $500 and receive two 30-minute poolside massages, lunch for two, two cocktails, two chilled bottled waters, two coconut waters, your own Evian mist, chilled towels, and a newspaper to keep you informed of what’s going on outside of your private enclave.

6. Monastero Santa Rosa, Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Perched on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this monastery-turned-boutique hotel — the Monastero Santa Rosa — houses intimate cabanas on its terraced grounds. The posh white canvas and wood cabanas, with warm wicker and bright, striped pillows, look like they belong in a high-style home décor mag. Views are to die for: Look out to the sea, the bluer-than-blue infinity pool, and the lushly landscaped gardens. Cabanas are complimentary for guests with more than enough to go around, so find your favorite spot and park it for the day.

7. W Retreat and Spa, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

The W Retreat and Spa, Vieques Island can best be described as a super sleek design-centric hotel. Its infinity WET splash pool — complete with underwater sound system pumping a bespoke mix of tunes — has six private cabanas with big built-in chaises in which to lounge. The chic cabanas look out over the pool and the Atlantic Ocean, so there’s really no need to look at your plasma TV — especially with the stylish pool attendants around to provide you with ice cream in wacky flavors such as pinto beans, massages, bottle service and high-tech Netatmo June sun care bracelets that tell you when you’ve had too much (sun, that is). Cabana rentals start at $150.

8. Viceroy Santa Monica

Looking like the perfect setting for a garden party, the cabanas at Viceroy Santa Monica win points for having the most amenities. The white, gray, and moss green-decorated cabanas include things like a pair of TOMS Traveler sunglasses, a carafe of mimosa, sangria, or Peruvian pisco punch, a bottle of CooLA Suncare sunscreen, towels, water... and the list goes on and on. Plus, you’re surrounded by lush greenery and blue-hued plunge pools to induce some chillaxing. The rental fee is $500 for a half-day and $800 for a full day.

9. The Beverly Hills Hotel

We end our around-the-world tour of killer cabanas with a hotel known for its celebrity clientele, The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows. This historic hotel has housed Hollywood icons from Marilyn Monroe to Johnny Depp, who come to the property to make a deal in the famous Polo Lounge or hide out for a while amongst the foliage surrounding the secluded bungalows. Around the palm-tree-lined pool, you’ll find the newly redone private cabanas. With a (gargantuan for a cabana) 46-inch TV and Blu-ray player, you can catch up on all of your Monroe movies while noshing on a frozen peanut butter cup, a mojito popsicle, or a kiwi strawberry lemonade. Prices start at $300 during the week and $400 on the weekends.

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