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PINEAPPLE HOUSE-WINNER TOP VACATION RENTAL UTILA

Laurence Hegarty

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Laurence Hegarty

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
February 1, 2015
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PINEAPPLE HOUSE-WINNER TOP VACATION RENTAL UTILA

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

Utila House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Get away from it all at the Pineapple House, a newly constructed luxury beachfront home located on the white sands of Treasure Beach.

Located three miles from Utila town and ONLY ACCESSIBLE BY BOAT, a vacation at the Pineapple House is ideal for romantic couples wanting peace and privacy or adult friends and families looking to relax and reconnect.

The large great room has soaring 18 ft. high ceilings and multiple French doors opening onto a wide wrap around veranda with sweeping views of the beach, ocean, the Utila Cays and the mainland mountains on the horizon.

The kitchen features stainless steel appliances and the large dinning table seats eight.

The master bedroom has a queen sized canopy bed, walk in closet, en-suite bathroom and French doors opening onto a sea view veranda. There are three more bedrooms, two of which have French doors that open directly onto the beach, all have queen sized beds, large closets and there are two more full bathrooms.

The Pineapple House is tastefully furnished and all table ware, bed linens and towels are of the finest quality. The shady verandas are also furnished and perfect for lounging and siestas, as is the beach with its hammocks, sun beds and casitas.

A large sunbathing/star gazing deck is built over the water, enjoy cooling breezes as you look at the coral reef below or enjoy sunsets over the cays.

Diving and fishing trips are easily arranged as are trips to the Utila Cays and the snorkeling right in front of the house is world class.

Featuring over 2800 sq. ft. of living space and 600 sq. ft. of covered verandas, the Pineapple House can be rented as a two, three or four bedroom home comfortably accommodating up to 8 adults.

For larger groups we can also offer the delightful CORAL HOUSE which can accommodate an additional eight people in its three queen bedrooms/three bathrooms and a fourth bedroom with two twin beds. The Coral House also features a full kitchen and living room with multiple sets of french doors that open onto a huge wrap around veranda. The Coral House is located approx 150+ft down the beach from The Pineapple House.

Rental includes pick up from Utila town on your arrival day and return boat trip to town on check out day (no boat transfers at night).

A nice restaurant (one of utila' best) and bar are located only 10-15 minutes walk down the beach at utopia resort. The local style bars and restaurants on the utila cays are only a 5 minute boat ride away.

Our onsite property managers Dave and Trish offer a complete concierge service. Transfers from roatan or mainland honduras? Scuba diving, fishing trips, guided kayak tours, sunsets on deserted islands? Kitchen stocked with your favorite food and drinks? Just ask.

Keywords: beach front, luxury, private,

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Laurence Hegarty (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
February 1, 2015

About Laurence Hegarty

My wife and I share a mutual love of scuba diving which has fueled our passion for travel and that's how we first discovered the beautiful island of Utila.

We'd been visiting the island regularly for a couple of years, when in 2005 we purchased several pieces of beachfront land at Treasure Beach. Our first home, the Coral House, was completed in 2007 and our second, the Pineapple House, was finished in early 2009.

We love helping our guests get the most (or least) from their time here and of course diving whenever we get the chance.

Laurence Hegarty purchased this house in 2009

Why Laurence Hegarty chose Utila

I used to love to visit Ambergris Caye Belize in the early nineties and had always wanted to buy property there but somehow never did. When i first visited Utila in 2003 it reminded me of what Ambergris Caye used to be like (but sadly no longer is), quiet, no cruise ships, no chains, no golf courses, no roads and unaffected friendly locals. So this time i took the plunge, determined to enjoy a Caribbean island before it was spoiled by the 21st century.

What makes this house unique

Treasure Beach is three miles from town and can only be reached by boat, this makes it perfect for those seeking to leave the tourist hoards behind and find peace and privacy. If you're looking for discos, buffets and hard rock t-shirts, you'll hate it. Those seeking warm water, snorkeling, shell collecting, an empty beach, star gazing, diving and boat trips to little cays inhabited by fisherman will love it. there is also a restaurant (utila' best) and beach bar thats only 10-15 mins walk up the beach.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Heaven on Earth





We spent one of the best weeks ever at Pineapple House. The house was perfect for my family of six (four children 8-15). The property manager was beyond helpful and the owner was a tremendous asset. We did nothing but relax in the sun everyday and eat fresh seafood. Pictures could not describe the beauty of the house, water and island. The people of the island were friendly and despite the State department Honduras warnings we felt perfectly safe. Perfect get away if you want to get off the grid and have no outside influences in your life. One of the most relaxing vacation in years. We travel six weeks a year to the islands and this is by far one of the best. The trip was an adventure worth repeating. No significant negatives except you must remember to have enough cash to pay the Honduras departure tax (about $40 us per person) and the fee to have the groundskeeper run you into town I felt was overpriced considering people from the island 50yds away went back and forth all day and I am sure do not pay $60. Other than these two issues, I can't say enough positives.
Apr 2011
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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 25 traveler reviews

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PINEAPPLE HOUSE-WINNER TOP VACATION RENTAL UTILA
average rating of 4.88 based on 26 reviews
Peoria, Illinois
5

A fantastic week at Treasure Beach

  • 5 of 5

Eight of us just returned from a fabulous week at Treasure Beach on Utila, staying at the Pineapple House and its sister property, the neighboring Coral House. (http://www.vrbo.com/430429)

The properties are extremely well equipped, and maintained by an excellent property management team, who see to your every need, from provisioning the houses with food and drinks of your choice before arrival, to making sure you can get to places you want to visit during your stay. A team like this is vital at a vacation property of this type, located a 20-minute boat trip from Utila Town. The houses are nicely decorated and feature spacious bedrooms and baths, as well as a massive wrap-around porch where you're likely to spend a lot of your time. Each house has its own private stretch of beach, and they share a nice dock, complete with a great rooftop sitting area perfect for drinks at sunset.

The properties couldn't be more perfect for water lovers. Snorkelers will find a reef teaming with life right off the beach, with an easy entry and exit by ladder from the end of your own dock. Scuba divers and snorkelers alike can enjoy the amazing services provided by Utila Cays Diving. They will pick you up at your own dock each morning, for a mix of diving the nearby reefs, and those a short ride away on the north side. They take care of all your gear from the beginning to the end of your trip, even rinsing and hanging it to dry right at your house at the end of your stay.

It'd be easy to have breakfast, lunch and dinner at your own house each day, but other options include a short boat ride over to the Utila Cays for lunch or dinner, or a longer ride to Neptunes for lunch, followed by drinks on their nice stretch of beach. Boat trips into Utila Town can be arranged as well, and it's worth at least one trip to explore the eclectic village. Other adventure options include kayaks, included at the houses, and stand up paddle boards from Utila Cays Diving. It's an easy and fun 15-minute kayak trip to get over to the Utila Cays for a look around. For a day trip, consider arranging a boat ride to Cayos Cochinos, where you can have lunch at a Garifuna fishing village, and snorkel and dive in the marine park there.

In short, if you want to get away from it all for awhile, and don't want to go to an all-inclusive resort or big hotel, the Pineapple and Coral houses of Treasure Beach are just right for you.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you so much for the kind review. it was a delight to have your group stay at my two homes on treasure beach for the week. we sincerely hope you return in the not too distant future. thanks again, regards laurence
Grand Rapids, MN, USA
2

Great Snorkeling, Poor Beach, Nice House, Sand Flies, Could be so much more...

  • 2 of 5

We rented the Pineapple house in Jan 2015. Our group was two families. My family was 2 adults and 3 small children (5, 2, 1) and the other family was 2 Adults and 1 small children (6, 4).

The boat ride from Utila is in a dorry (about a 20' boat with bench seats). Be prepared to arrive wet depending on the size of the seas (they were very high when we left for the house, luckily we had life jackets for the kids with us).

The house shares a dock with three other houses (the coral house and lavendar house). These three houses are fairly close together but while we were there they were empty. The beach was full of coral rock and garbage. The palapa umbrellas were dilapidated and the chairs had no cushions on them like in the pictures. See my pictures. The beach has been left unkempt and is basically unusable for lounging. If you want to walk on the beach bring sandals (like some tevas) or water shoes. The coral starts very close to the beach with some sea grass and scattered rocks in the space between the shore and the coral. The snorkeling was excellent and we were able to snorkel everyday with our boys (the highlight of this rental).

The rental house is nice. It is 4 bedrooms but the two downstairs rooms are separate from the main living quarters (you have to go outside to get to them) and they have a full bathroom and the washer and dryer. The upstairs kitchen was adequate and it had a large table that held our large group easily. The beds were all very firm to the point of being uncomfortable. The AC units are all wall units with the exception of one room being a mini split. The wall units are very loud especially the one in the main room. All the rooms have ceiling fans. Both bedrooms up stairs have large bathrooms.

The sand flies are there. The first couple of days they weren't too bad because there was a good breeze. The last few days the wind died and the flies came out. The flies are on the veranda in the evenings and we had to close the windows because they come in through the screens.

The boat ride out is the same as in and when we left it was raining. Again be prepared to get wet and change before you get on the plane.

Dave and Trish and the others that they use to manage this rental were very friendly and helpful. I wish we could say we were going back but it is unlikely. Not a good destination for families with kids.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: dear jerry, we are so sorry that your stay did not meet your expectations. the weather was so bad during your visit, with the torrential rains and rough seas. this stormy weather not only caused you to get wet on the boat but also messed up the look of the beach with all the seaweed that came ashore, generally making our appearance less than you expected. we are now in the process of having the palapa' repaired and new sun bed cushions are being made to replace the ones that blew away. as you can see from all of the previous 5 star reviews, this was not a typical guest experience at the house. in 4+ years of welcoming guests, this was a first for us. if you would ever consider giving us another opportunity, we are sure we could show you a better treasure beach experience and of course, we would happily offer you a greatly discounted price.
5

MAGICAL, PERFECT, LUXURIOUS SNORKEL BEACH HOUSE FOR COUPLES OR FAMILIES ALIKE!!!

  • 5 of 5

When you stay at Pineapple House, you will experience the best Utila has to offer!!! With its spacious, tall cathedral ceiling in the great room, modern appliances, spacious bedrooms, sumptuous bathrooms, incredible wrap-around deck; Pineapple House has everything that a family or couple needs!!! It is perfectly described in the ad; Pineapple House is a perfect home! It is spotlessly clean, with warm, wood floors, and lovely furniture! The water is only steps away from the house! You can snorkel for hours right in front of your home in near privacy on pristine reefs that are filled with an array of fish and marine life. Every morning, my husband and I had our coffee on the lovely dock, and saw a myriad of fish from a moral eel to a small squid to a spotted sting ray swim by! You can enter the water from the beach, and step into a world of blue, illuminated by the sun, and perfect coral heads! Dozens of juvenile and adult angels, parrot fish, bait fish, puffers and so many more varieties of tropical fish will greet you just seconds away from the wrap around porch!!! Every morning we were greeted with the singing of the birds, and the sound of the surf! At night, you can look up and see a myriad of stars in the sky! Utila is reknown for its snorkeling; but we found the people of Utila to be its true treasure!! The people we met started out as vacation friends; but now are family, in our hearts! Dave and Trish Steffan were the perfect hosts; attentive to our every need, and always ready to schedule any activity that we wanted. They not only served as our guide to Utila; but also treated us as family. They were perfect!! Our boat captain, Mr. Herman, was incredible!!!! With his warm smile and perfect skill at piloting a boat; he made every trip special and beautiful. Mr. Herman made our trips to town, snorkeling at Water Cay and Turtle Harbor, our day at Neptune Beach, and our fishing trip the highlights of our stay!!! He is not only a one of a kind captain; but also a unique, warm, and caring one of a kind person. He, to us, symbolizes the beauty of Utila, with his warm laugh, great smile, and great perspective about life on Utila. If you go to Utila, you must meet Mr. Herman. He is very special!!! Native Utilians Alexander and Orlando, showed us the real beauty of Utila with their attentiveness, sense of humor, and story telling. You will never forget this special island or his beautiful vacation getaway, the Pineapple House!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you so much for such a nice review of the pineapple house and treasure beach and for such kind words about the staff you encountered. we hope you will return soon, guests such as you make our work a joy.
Québec, Canada
5

Perfect Pineapple house

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful well appointed house. Private beach. The reef in front of the house makes for stellar snorkling. The caretakers Dave and Trish are amazing.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you for the kind words, we hope you will be our guests again, soon.
5

Treasurer Beach Gem!

  • 5 of 5

Will keep this short as all reviews are exactly the way this property is. We were two couples staying early May and had the best holiday. If you are a snorkerler/diver you will love this place. We have been to Cozumel, Belize, Turneffe island and this has been the best snorkeling overall. If you want to just hang out and relax this place is peaceful. Tip: If you are a snorkerler walk down the beach to Utopia village and snorkel back with the current. It only takes about an hour to do. You will be grounded and on island time with in days. We did our own cooking but went to Chez Lolas which was really nice one night. Good food and really nice. Dave/Trish do a great job on grocery shopping. About the property managers: Dave and Trish do a wonderful job on ensuring you have everything and your vacation meets your expectations. Peter also who is new to the crew will cook for you. We can't say enough about all the really nice people we met. We are still really missing this place. Thanks to everyone for making our holiday extra special.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Thunder Bay, On, Can.
5

South Shore Rules!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Pineapple house for a month! We found it went too quickly! Dave and Trish, our wonderful caretakers, are amazing, colorful people! They introduced us to many parts of the island, the cultures, the people and different foods! A definite to do was going to "Water Cayes" for the day- A beautiful white sandy beach, on a small cay, with no one around and clear blue water! We experienced so much with Dave and Trish! They go beyond any other, to ensure you have the best vacation! We enjoyed going to Utila town for day trips, eating and drinks at local restaurants and , of course, our fave "Skid Row", the name says it all! We also enjoyed going to Pigeon Cayes for groceries, fresh fish or drinks at local bars. Treasure Beach is amazing! The best snorkellling was right off of the dock! You could actually see many different species of fish, sitting on edge of dock! 2 people of our group are divers and Dave and Trish arranged the best dive master for us, taking us on 28 dives! The balcony, on the dock, was great for sunning or evening sunsets! The house was amazing! We had everything we could ask for and more! A word to the wise to bring long sleeved shirts and pants, as sand flies do come out at night. We will definitely be returning!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
utila
Nearest Barpub
0.75 Miles
utopia resort
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
utila town
Nearest Restaurant
0.75 Miles
utopia resort
Nearest Beach
on the beach
Nearest Point of Interest
diamond cay
Nearest Point of Interest
pigeon cay
Nearest Point of Interest
utila town
Nearest Point of Interest
water cay
Nearest Point of Interest
utopia resort
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the purple pelican
Car: not necessary

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Utila House Rental Rates

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Amenities

Utila House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (4)
Entertainment:
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Notes:
the house has two ocean kayaks and there is a private dock with an elevated sunbathing/star gazing deck built out over the water. from this deck you can watch the sunset or sunrise and observe the tropical fish on the coral reef below.

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