by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 01, 2006

The Viceroy Santa Monica


Peerless: Sunning at the
Viceroy Santa Monica

Sipping a pina colada by the pool is even more appealing when the drink is delivered to a private tent. It’s easy to spend the entire day in such a haven, many of which are hooked up with TVs, butler service, spa treatments and more.

At Florida’s Ritz-Carlton, South Beach (, poolside VIP Dens have retractable shades over king-size beds. Spend $550 for the day and get unlimited Fiji water, fruit, champagne, two 50-minute massages and more.

Some cabanas will have automatic water misters at the Sandals Grande Antigua’s new Mediterranean Village (, opening in February. All will feature butler service.

Spa services and private yoga classes can be arranged at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s pool in Scottsdale, Ariz. ( Guests can even have an exercise machine delivered outdoors.

In California, couches line the three elegant cabanas at the Viceroy Santa Monica (, available for up to 25 people. Outside the property’s Whist Restaurant in the Chef’s Cabana, executive chef Warren Schwartz will serve seven-course meals.

The Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort ( in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., offers 24 cabanas at two outdoor pools, each with a 25-inch TV. Groups can rent several cabanas in a row.