Australia may be girt by sea and boast plenty of pools in plenty of backyards, but we're not really cabana dwellers. When we go for a splash, we throw our towels down on the beach or cement, bake under umbrellas, and eat ice cream and fish and chips, instead of hanging out in white-walled structures.
If you'd like to experience a rather European-style of going for a dip, however, Noosa's latest addition has the answer — that is, five new luxe poolside spaces on Hastings Street. Part of the Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, The Cabanas takes inspiration from the French Riviera with their pristine shelters and decadent menus, aiming to make visitors think they've been whisked away to Europe.
Open to those staying at the resort, they come complete with personalised butler service, fresh fruit platters, a selection of French still and sparkling water, and an iPad loaded with reading material. Champagne and seafood are available as part of customisable packages, and live music is also planned.
In short, it's the type of luxurious waterside experience you won't get if you just head up for a Brissie day trip to the nearby beach, or as part of your usual Noosa long weekend. The resort is calling the first of its kind in Queensland, but, unsurprisingly, it doesn't come cheap. The basic half-day offering (sans booze and seafood) costs $125 and the full-day stint $175 — but, given that each cabana holds a maximum of four people, splitting the cost with your mates makes it much more reasonable.
Find The Cabanas at Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, 14-16 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, or check out the hotel website for further details.
UPDATE 13/9: This article originally stated that The Cabanas was open to everyone. As per the updated hotel website, anyone eager for a French Riveria-style poolside experience will need to be checked in for an overnight stay at the resort.