Many luxury hotels have cabanas tucked next to their glimmering pools or sandy beaches, but a few take the concept of shade and relaxation over the top. We've collected five private cabanas from Palm Beach to Maui with unique amenities (think: your very own pool butler), truly cushy comfort and indescribable views. Check out our list and let the daydreaming begin.
1. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. These thatch-roofed cabanas with waterproof upholstered beds and throw pillows are all about the view-you'll peer out to an infinity-edge pool, a turquoise lagoon and the foliage-covered Mount Otemanu. And unlike many resorts, the cabanas here are complimentary. Spend the afternoon taking in the view, sneak in a nap, and wake up to lunch and cocktails. Attendants are on hand to provide ice water and chilled towels. More luxury amenities include Evian water spritzes, sunglass cleaning, fresh fruit and Popsicles-if you're in the mood for heavier fare, you can stroll over to the shaded pool bar.
2. The Resort at Pelican Hill. The Coliseum pool, inspired by Rome's iconic landmark, is the centerpiece of this Four-Star Newport Beach, Calif. resort. It makes perfect sense-the pool is certainly grand. Below three-feet of heated salt water, the pool's bottom is decorated with a mosaic of 1.1 million hand-cut glass tiles. The Roman-influenced architecture of the pool area has vaulted arches, corniced columns and an amphitheater of terraced decks that house the 18 suite-like (170-square-foot) cabanas which come with drapes for privacy and views overlooking the ocean and pool. Guests can take advantage of pool butler-delivered food and beverage service, a Bose music system, 30-inch flat-screen HD TV, a mini refrigerator (stocked with complimentary sodas, juices and water), seasonal fruit, and Wi-Fi. Not just for daytime lounging, the cabanas are also equipped for romantic dinners-there's recessed lighting on dimmer switches, a circular dining table and lounge chairs for two.
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