This patio may or may not be near a body of water, but it doesn't matter; it easily translates into elements for a successful cabana. The natural wood furniture with white fabric feels light and airy, and along with the fan and nearby plantings, the whole look has a by-the-water feel.
This cozy daybed tucked between a door and a window just begs to be flopped on for a nap or a good read. The simple color palette (primarily white with black and neutral accents) makes the effortless, casual feel a reality; a coat of paint and some toss pillows really can transform a space!
Of course, adding color never hurts. Take a cue from this arrangement meant for sharing and invite some friends over! A similar look can be achieved with a little creative carpentry and covering some high-density foam to create fast, affordable seating. Throw some well-coordinated pillows into the mix and you've got yourself a relaxation station that will be the talk of the neighborhood.
Does anything say breezy luxury more than a cabana with a thatched roof? This may be more of a pool house than an actual cabana, but scaled down, the same idea can be used for a poolside (or yard-side) cabana.
If you have a backyard with some spare room, consider turning a shed-like structure into a mini beach oasis. Prefab options, like ones from Decorated Shed, offer a little extra space with a big dose of style. The exterior paneling makes this one stand out from the crowd, as it has the potential to coordinate seamlessly with so many home designs.
Of course, there are more affordable options, as well. The Zip Cabin is also versatile in its uses and would make a perfectly lovely cabana on the cheap!
MetroShed is yet another great option (there's even a cabana-esque image on their website)! Furnishing these little prefab gems doesn't have to be expensive: A sofa, chaise or bed with fabric suitable for covered outdoor areas, a fan, some romantic lighting for evening use, and perhaps a little refrigerator for frosty drinks should do the trick.
If your budget allows, I think you can't go wrong with some billowy, breezy curtains.
If you're really feeling flush, ensconce yourself in a dreamy fourposter or canopy bed with sheers that keep the mosquitos out but let the air flow.