When it comes to outdoor living, no one knows luxury like the world’s finest resorts. We took a virtual tour of award-winning hotels and let their relaxing gardens, decks, and lanais inspire our own versions.
Theirs: The tranquil, seaside sunbeds at the Afro Chic Diani Beach Kenya rest on one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Africa. These inviting bungalows provide shelter from the sun with stretched canvas rooftops and pillows galore. Sheer, billowing curtains not only create privacy, they look posh and luxurious.
Ours: Craft your own private cabana by hanging white cotton sheers around your deck or balcony. Give it resort-style flair by tying them back with sunny yellow scarves. For a beachy touch, set out jars filled with sand, seashells, and pillar candles.
Theirs: The Four Seasons Resort Bali elevates outdoor décor with sophisticated textiles and dramatic details. High contrast prints and solids in neutral colors have a modern and rich air. And accents usually reserved for indoors give the covered breezeway a polished look.
Ours: To heighten drama on your veranda, combine contrasting cushions that have bold patterns. Add upscale accessories like a bed scarf, sculptures or vases, and a single orchid. A coffee table book outdoors makes this exterior feel a little more like a living room.
Theirs: The oceanfront pool at The Montage Laguna Beach reflects the calming blue of the sky and the sea. Just the sight of the turquoise water soothes and relaxes. Imagine a carefree day sitting by the pool reading and daydreaming.
Ours: Create your own relaxation zone with a hand-painted rug inspired by a mosaic swimming pool. A plain bamboo mat takes on the color of azure waters with just a can of exterior spraypaint, painted acrylic designs, and a coat of clear sealant. Then pull up a chair, dive into in a good book, and get away from it all!
Theirs: The Palmilla in Los Cabos is famous for their five-star accommodations including private patios you may never want to leave. Spend the morning sipping coffee at your own bistro table, recline in a lounger and enjoy the view, then while away the afternoon curled up on a comfy divan loaded with colorful cushions.
Ours: Improvise your own place to lounge by converting a chaise into a daybed. Lay the headrest flat, then flank the sides with all kinds of pillows. Mix and match stripes and patterns in a vibrant and trendy palette that says, “I’m on vacation.”