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A cabana or cabaña is a structure of either of these types: an 'indigenous hut' or a 'recreational structure'.
A temporary, seasonal, or permanent free standing shade structure with:
- adjustable curtains or shades; and/or
- decorative drapes or solid walls; all on one or more sides.
These are often adjacent to swimming pools at resorts and hotels, and in private gardens. Urban luxury hotels, such as the Mondrian Hotel and Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, have semi-permanent ensembles of cabanas on the grounds or on a rooftop terrace that offer outdoor privacy, and can acquire some social cachet.
The etymology of the word 'cabana' comes from the Spanish 'cabaña,' which literally means 'cabin.'
A cabana can be fabricated from a variety of materials and in sizes. Cabana frames can be made of: aluminum or steel with a polyester powder coat paint or other durable finish; treated wood; or composite construction grade plastics. Roofs or top covers, side walls, and curtains can made of exterior grade fabrics, thatched materials, prefabricated panels of lumber, and/or translucent glass-lucite type plastic.
More elaborate cabanas can include utilities such as power, communications and entertainment connections, potable water, and/or natural gas. Accessories can include lighting, ceiling fans, outdoor space heaters, entertainment equipment, cold-hot food appliances, and partitions for dressing rooms and minor storage. Furnishings can range from simple patio furniture to more designed outdoor furnishings.