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What Is a Cabana & Why You’re Missing Out on Ultimate Leisure

June 14, 2023 6 min read

Ladies and gentlemen, gather 'round as we dive into the glamorous world of cabanas! Picture yourself lounging by the poolside, surrounded by sheer bliss and luxury. 

But wait, what exactly is a cabana, you ask? Prepare to be whisked away on a journey where relaxation and ultimate leisure reign supreme. 

In this article, we'll unravel the secrets of these lavish retreats and reveal why you're missing out on a slice of paradise. So if you're ready to upgrade your R&R game and step into a world where leisure knows no bounds — keep reading. 

The Origins of Cabanas

To truly appreciate the marvels of a cabana, let's dive into their fascinating history. Today we associate cabanas with upscale resorts in tropical locales (or backyards, if you’re lucky), but don’t be fooled by their modern style. Cabanas date back to Ancient Rome in 2,500 B.C., although the original word “cabaña” comes from Mexico.

Originally, cabanas were initially designed as shaded structures to provide relief from the scorching sun. Over time, they evolved into private havens, offering an exclusive escape from the bustling crowds.

Today, cabanas have become synonymous with luxury and leisure, transforming any ordinary setting into a serene oasis. Found in resorts and clubs around the world, they provide an ideal spot to enjoy a relaxing day by the water. With their plush furnishings, refreshing amenities, and personalized concierge services — it's no wonder why they're all the rage.

What Is a Cabana?

A cabana is a shelter with open sides, typically set up near a swimming pool or beach. It can be made from various materials such as wood, canvas, or even thatched palm leaves. They often come with a variety of amenities such as comfortable seating, sun umbrellas, and in some cases, even mini-fridges like FUNBOY’s Yellow & White striped Cabana Bar

Although the basic structure of a cabana remains (mostly) unchanged, modern versions have evolved to offer supreme levels of luxury. Depending on the location, you can now find cabanas equipped with air-conditioning, TVs, and even private pools — transforming it into the perfect retreat.

The Allure of Cabanas

What sets cabanas apart from regular lounging areas? The answer lies in their irresistible appeal. Cabanas epitomize comfort and style, featuring plush seating, cozy amenities, and often stunning views. 

Whether nestled by a poolside, perched on a sandy beach, or tucked away in a lush garden, they provide a sanctuary of relaxation, shielding you from the outside world. From sipping refreshing cocktails to enjoying a tranquil nap, cabanas offer the ultimate leisure experience.

Here are some additional benefits of cabanas:

Protection From the Elements

Cabanas offer protection from the sun, wind, and other outdoor elements. With their shaded structure or overhead coverings, they provide a respite from intense sunlight and offer a cool, shaded space to enjoy the outdoors.

Exclusive Experience

Cabanas provide an exclusive experience, making you feel like a VIP. Whether you're enjoying a resort's private cabana, renting one at a beach club, or enjoying your very own Giant FUNBOY Cabana Dayclub, the exclusivity adds a touch of glamor and elevates your leisure time to a special and memorable occasion.


Another benefit of a cabana is the convenience it offers. Cabanas provide a dedicated space for you to relax, unwind, and store your belongings. 

Instead of constantly having to search for a spot to set up your towels, beach chairs, or personal items, a cabana provides a designated area where you can conveniently keep everything within reach. This allows you to fully enjoy your time without worrying about managing your belongings or constantly moving them around.

Enhanced Socializing

Cabanas create an inviting space for socializing with friends, family, or loved ones. They offer a comfortable gathering spot where you can relax, share conversations, and create cherished memories in a private and intimate setting.

Pro Tip: Take your cabana experience up a notch with our Floating Cabana Bar! Use it in the pool for the ultimate floating drink station or a lemonade stand! 


Sometimes, all you want is a little alone time. Cabanas offer a private space where you can relax, read a book, or have a nap without any interruptions. You won't have to worry about someone stealing your spot, and you won't have to listen to other people's conversations. You can focus on your own peace of mind and unwind in your cozy little oasis.

Elevated Poolside Status

Let's be honest, who doesn't love a little bit of luxury? Cabanas can be a status symbol to show off while also providing essential comfort and relaxation. Your friends will be impressed, and you'll look like the ultimate poolside pro. Plus, our FUNBOY cabanas are Instagram-worthy, and you'll make everyone jealous with your stylish beach pics. 

Promotes Sunshine

Finally, cabanas can encourage you to spend more time by the pool or beach. Instead of retreating to your hotel room or car to cool off, you can spend hours lounging in your cabana, enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. Plus, you'll get to appreciate all the beautiful scenery without worrying about painful sunburns.

Tips for Cabana Success

To ensure a successful cabana experience, here are some tips to keep in mind:

Tip 1. Reserve in Advance

If you're planning to enjoy a cabana at a resort or beach club, it's advisable to reserve it in advance. Cabanas are often limited in number and high in demand, especially during peak seasons. Booking ahead ensures you secure your spot and can enjoy the full benefits of a cabana. Of course, if you have a cabana in your backyard, like the Blue Sol Giant Cabana Dayclub, no reservations are needed. 

Tip 2. Arrive Early

To make the most of your cabana experience, arrive early. This allows you to choose your preferred location, settle in, and maximize your time in the relaxing oasis. Plus, you'll have ample time to familiarize yourself with the cabana amenities and make any necessary arrangements. You might want to arrive a tad early to a friend’s pool party if you’re bringing your own inflatable cabana (read: 70s Wave Bali Shaded Cabana Island), but with a dedicated pump, you won’t really have to worry about it/ 

Tip 3. Personalize the Space

Put your own touch on the cabana to make it feel more like your own private retreat. Bring along your favorite FUNBOY beach towels, cushions, or personal items to add comfort and personalize the space to your liking. Make your Tropical Bali Cabana Lounger a cozy and inviting environment that suits your preferences.

Tip 4. Stay Hydrated and Protected

Spending time outdoors in a cabana means being exposed to the elements. Remember to stay hydrated by bringing plenty of water or refreshing beverages. Additionally, protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. Take breaks from direct sunlight if needed, and prioritize your well-being.

Tip 5. Indulge in the Amenities

Cabanas often come with various amenities like comfortable seating, food, and beverage service, and even private pools or beach access. Take full advantage of these perks and indulge in the luxury provided. Order delicious snacks or drinks, kick back, and let the attentive service enhance your cabana experience.

Tip 6. Transform Your Backyard

Don't have the means to go on vacation? Transform your backyard into a cabana-style oasis with our Blue Sol Giant Cabana Dayclub Set. Featuring a removable mesh shade with fringe, this stylish cabana is designed for up to four friends — the ultimate floating experience.

Prefer to stay out of the water? Set the Blue Sol Cabana on a soft patch of grass and enjoy the outdoors in style.

Tip 7. Relax and Unwind

The ultimate goal of a cabana is to offer a space for relaxation and leisure. Embrace the tranquil environment, disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and allow yourself to unwind fully. Whether you choose to read a book, listen to music, or simply enjoy the sounds of nature, let the cabana be your sanctuary of serenity.

A Final Word

If you're looking for ultimate leisure and relaxation, you can't go wrong with a cabana. With their unique design, comfort, and luxuries, they're the perfect spot for anyone looking to escape into the sun and sand. Whether you're lounging by the pool, beach, or garden — a cabana offers shelter, shade, and privacy to make your outdoor experience unforgettable. 

Not sure where to find the best cabanas? Check out our luxe inventory here at FUNBOY. From our Giant Cabana Day Club to our 70s Wave Bali Shaded Cabana Island, we have something for everyone. 


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