Five Best: Poolside cabanas

Why fight for space on the beach when you can revel in a private tent?


Grand Hotel Son Net, Mallorca

You have uninterrupted views of the Tramuntana Mountains from the forest green cabañas at the Hotel Son Net. Once a grand country mansion dating from the 18th century, the hotel perches above the tiny village of Puigpunyent on Mallorca's west coast. The 25 cabañas cluster around the pool and along a Jacuzzi-lined terrace below. While away an afternoon sipping delicious cocktails made by resident poolside barman, Lewis.

Castillo de Sonnet, Puigpunyent, Mallorca (00 34 971 147 000; www.steinhotels.com/sonnet). Doubles start at €280 (£200). Cabaña rental costs €40 (£28) per day.

The Peninsula, Bangkok

Teetering on the edge of the Chao Phraya river in the heart of the Thai capital, the Peninsula Bangkok is a gleaming paean to pared-back Oriental chic. Its 12 teak wood pavilions surrounding the three-tiered pool exude the same understated glamour and offer a serene retreat when the bustle and heat of the city streets become too much to bear.

Peninsula Bangkok, 333 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok, Thailand (00 66 2 861 2888; www.bangkok.peninsula.com). Double rooms from US$200 (£117) including breakfast. Cabañas are available free of charge.

Jumby Bay, Antigua

Jumby Bay is a private island fringed with the requisite powder-white sand beaches off the isle of Antigua. Its eight cabañas cluster around the 25m lap-pool. You can arrange for a butler to be on hand to cater to your every whim, a nanny to amuse your little darlings or an in-cabaña treatment from the spa. This also means guests have plenty of time to indulge in some holiday reading aided by the resort's "Hot Type" service - previews of future bestsellers from leading publishers, before they hit the bookshops' shelves.

Jumby Bay Island, PO Box 243, St Johns, Antigua, West Indies (001 268 462 6000; www.jumbybayresort.com). Double rooms from US$889 (£522) including all meals and cocktails. Cabañas are available free of charge for guests.

Hotel Cipriani, Venice

The Hotel Cipriani occupies a prestigious corner of Giudecca island with panoramic views of Venice and the Lagoon. Its new poolside cabañas are perfect for the numerous visiting A-listers and offer plenty of privacy from the eager eyes of fellow bathers. Needless to say, these are no ordinary cabañas; armchairs, sunbeds, mini-bars and fruit baskets are the norm, while the interiors are draped with pastel-coloured linen. Massages are also available from the wellness centre.

Hotel Cipriani (00 39 041 520 7744; www.orient-express.com). Double rooms start from €625 (£435) including breakfast. Cabaña rental costs from $200 (£145) per day.

Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles

The double-decker tier of cabañas around the pool of the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel is a hive of activity in the run-up to the Oscars. Celebrities love to come here and have their treatments from the hotel's large La Prairie Spa, in the privacy of a cabaña. They also have their own flat-screen TVs, bathrooms and changing rooms and an endless supply of chilled towels and sorbets. At other times of the year, you can lounge and peep over your sunglasses to see if you can catch a glimpse of any of the visiting stars that like to call the Pink Palace their home away from home.

The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California (001 310 276 2251; www.thebeverlyhillshotel.com), Doubles start at $410 (£241) room only. Cabaña rental from $100 (£59) per day.

Arts and Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch has refused to deny his involvement in the upcoming new Star Wars film
filmBenedict Cumberbatch reignites those Star Wars rumours
News
Russell Brand has written a book of political analysis called Revolution
peopleFilm star says he is 'not interested in making money anymore'
News
newsMcKamey Manor says 'there is no escape until the tour is completed'
News
people

Britain First criticised for using actress's memory to draw attention to their 'hate-filled home page'

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
JK Rowling is releasing a new Harry Potter story about Dolores Umbridge
booksChristmas comes early for wizard fans
News
news

Emergency call 'started off dumb, but got pretty serious'

News
news
Arts and Entertainment
On The Apprentice, “serious” left the room many moons ago and yet still we watch
tv

Greatest mystery about the hit BBC1 show is how it continues to be made at all, writes Grace Dent

Voices
Hunted: A stag lies dead on Jura, where David Cameron holidays and has himself stalked deer
voicesThe Scotland I know is becoming a playground for the rich
News
i100
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Arts and Entertainment
filmsOculus Rift offers breathtakingly realistic simulation of zero gravity
Sport
footballAccording to revelations from Sergio Aguero's new biography
Life and Style
tech

News
people'When I see people who look totally different, it brings me back to that time in my life'
Arts and Entertainment
A scene from David Ayer's 'Fury'
film

"History is violent," says the US Army tank commander Don "Wardaddy" Collier

Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Junior Application Support Engineer (ERP / SSRS)

    £23000 - £30000 per annum + pension, 25days holiday: Ashdown Group: An industr...

    IT Systems Analyst / Application Support Engineer (ERP / SSRS)

    £23000 - £30000 per annum + pension, 25days holiday: Ashdown Group: An industr...

    SCRUM Master

    £30 - 50k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a SCRUM Master to joi...

    Franchise Support Assistant

    £13,520: Recruitment Genius: As this role can be customer facing at times, the...

    Day In a Page

    Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

    Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

    Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
    Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

    Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

    The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
    New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

    New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

    Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
    Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

    Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

    The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
    DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

    Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

    Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
    The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

    Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

    The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
    Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

    Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

    The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
    11 best sonic skincare brushes

    11 best sonic skincare brushes

    Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
    Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

    Paul Scholes column

    I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
    Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

    Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

    While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
    Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

    Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

    Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
    How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

    A crime that reveals London's dark heart

    How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
    Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

    Lost in translation: Western monikers

    Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
    Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

    Handy hacks that make life easier

    New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
    KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

    KidZania: It's a small world

    The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker