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WHAT WOULD YOU DREAM, SLEEPING IN A TREE? UTILA'S ONLY TREEHOUSE!

John Arne and Amanda Løken

Advertiser since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish, swedish, norwegian
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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John Arne and Amanda Løken

Advertiser since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish, swedish, norwegian
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WHAT WOULD YOU DREAM, SLEEPING IN A TREE? UTILA'S ONLY TREEHOUSE!

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Overview

Utila House Rental Photos and Description

2 bedroom, 2 Bath, sleeps 4

Utila's only Treehouse was hand-crafted by Norwegian carpenter and artist John Arne Løken, to fulfill his dream of a harmonious and resplendent home in the vibrant nature of the tropical Bay Islands. There is no other place like it, on the island, in the world. Romantic, unique, and naturally beautiful.

The house boasts two floors aloft in a giant fig tree. First floor studio contains a full kitchen (oven, fridge, blender, coffee maker, pots, pans, all necessary dishes and silverware, etc.) and dining/living area plus queen bed surrounded by windows facing the eastern shore and sunrise.

The second floor is a full queen bedroom with skylight and stunning views through the glass-paned, easterly facing wall. Both floors have air-conditioners and fans, as well as custom-crafted louvered windows to catch the rich tropical breezes that only a house high in a tree can arrange.

There are three decks, meticulously designed around the fig tree to provide varying degrees of cool, leafy shade, each with its own generous view of rich green vegetation, perfectly set off by blue ocean and sky. From the top deck you can almost touch the whirling gulls, or Milky Way, depending on the time of day. Requisite hammocks provided, of course.

Complete bathroom with hot-water shower is located on the ground level, as well as a refreshing, private outdoor bucket shower on the first elevated deck.

The treehouse is the best of both worlds: extremely private (nestled in the nature of Stuart's Hill, hidden from view and away from the noise and bustle of town) and yet just a few minutes' walk to the commercial center.

The house is situated on the side of Stuart's Hill, and a two-minute walk to the top rewards with its 360-degree view of the island. Just outside of the property lies Utila's Iguana Station, a research center and tourist attraction where you can learn about Utila's endangered endemic iguanas along with myriad other creatures who also call the island home.

Laundry service and maid service are available.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
John Arne and Amanda Løken (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish, swedish, norwegian

About John Arne and Amanda Løken

John Arne first came to Utila in 1997 while on a backpacking trip from Guatemala to Panama. One day, while on a walk, he came across Stuart's Hill and fell in love. He sought out the local owner, begged to buy the property, and never made it to neighboring Nicaragua, let alone Panama. In 2001 John Arne left Norway for good and has called Utila home ever since. He soon began the process of creating the treehouse, his dream home on the rock, a loving vision.

In 2006, a vacationing public radio producer from the USA named Amanda met a handsome Norwegian on his way out of his island house to buy paint thinner. A few months later she would sell all her belongings, quit her job, and move to Utila with nine boxes of books, a suitcase of clothes, and her faithful dog, Ella. There they would make a family, renovate a big yellow house, build the world's largest sensory deprivation room (Float Utila) and rent out a magical treehouse. Didn't see that coming.

Now John Arne and his young family reside in said yellow house, but the treehouse will forever be a creation near and dear to him, something to share with those who are seeking an extraordinary experience.

John Arne and Amanda Løken purchased this house in 1997

Why HomeAway

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

5
based on 17 traveler reviews

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What Would You Dream, Sleeping In A Tree? Utila's only treehouse!
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
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What Would You Dream, Sleeping In A Tree? Utila's only treehouse!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p445863vb
Utila Bay Islands Honduras
Santa Fe, NM
5

We love the treehouse!

  • 5 of 5
Our family of three had a wonderful stay in the treehouse. It's amazingly lovely, and my ten-year-old daughter loved spending time watching the geckos, iguanas, birds and even the shy tarantulas. Amanda helped us with a myriad of small and large details, and John and their helper Marvin brought us fruits and made us very comfortable. We would recommend it to any slightly adventurous traveler looking for some peace and quiet on a beautiful island.
  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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What Would You Dream, Sleeping In A Tree? Utila's only treehouse!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p445863vb
Utila Bay Islands Honduras
Where do you live?
5

Great stay in the treehouse!

  • 5 of 5
The treehouse is a great place to stay! It is clean, incredibly unique, and an amazing experience. It was incredible to wake up to the sounds of the jungle and the incredible views. The hammocks and balconies are perfect spots to spend afternoons relaxing. The treehouse has everything you need to cook, towels are provided, even bikes to ride into town! We felt very secure, and so well taken care of by the owners, who were incredibly gracious and really think of everything. You definitely won't regret staying at the treehouse, it is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity!
  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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What Would You Dream, Sleeping In A Tree? Utila's only treehouse!
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Utila Bay Islands Honduras
Ellington, CT
5

WOW, just WOW!

  • 5 of 5
What can I add that hasn't already been said? The treehouse is amazing! It's far enough from town to stay out of the chaos but close enough to be able to run into town for dinner, supplies, etc. The accommodations are probably the top on the island - clean, well equipped, comfortable beds, air conditioning, and stunning scenery and oh yeah, it's a treehouse (how cool is that?) John & Amanda are the sweetest people I've ever met - she answered my numerous questions about the island and even helped us out with a sought out dinner reservation at Chez Lola. My husband & I are scuba divers so we rented a 4 wheeler to get to/from town & the dive shop with all our gear & it worked perfectly for us. It only took us 1 day to acclimate to the culture of the island & we can't wait to go back!
  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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What Would You Dream, Sleeping In A Tree? Utila's only treehouse!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p445863vb
Utila Bay Islands Honduras
Seattle
5

Best Place to Stay, Best Owner Operators, Period.

  • 5 of 5
I have traveled all over Central America and the Caribbean and have stayed in too many places to count. This treehouse is hands down the best run, most amazing and magical place I have ever stayed in. If you are on the fence and trying to decide if you'd rather stay somewhere else on Utila, stop it! This is where you should stay.
It is secluded and away from the noise of town, it is so unique and artistic, that you'll discover new things about it even after staying there a week, it has an outdoor shower with a view, some mornings Marvin, who works on the large farm situated on the property, delivers fresh fruit like watermelon or bananas, and Amanda and Jon (the owners) are the most accommodating and lovely couple you could ever hope to meet on your travels anywhere in the world. Simply lovely people. I really can't say enough good things.
  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
business
What Would You Dream, Sleeping In A Tree? Utila's only treehouse!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p445863vb
Utila Bay Islands Honduras
5

Playing in a treehouse!

  • 5 of 5
When I first found the treehouse I was over joyed! Who doesn't want to live in a treehouse? Amanda is amazing! she helped my boyfriend and I with any questions we had, the food recommendations oh so tasty! Waking up in the treehouse to the birds outside was a dream, the view from the decks breathtaking, she had a bottle of wine as a welcome gift :) coffee and a phone to use ( it helped so much ) overall it was an experience I will never forget! I was pleasantly surprised how easy booking it was, no complications. I received my deposit back a day after leaving :) Amanda and John are beautiful people! The kind you don't meet often :) I have already recommend it to my friends who dive!
  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
What Would You Dream, Sleeping In A Tree? Utila's only treehouse!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p445863vb
Utila Bay Islands Honduras
Winnipeg, MB Canada
5

Get Away From the Noise & Enjoy the Best View on the Island

Get Away From the Noise & Enjoy the Best View on the Island
  • 5 of 5
My husband and I spent the month of February living in this exceptionally beautiful treehouse. It seemed like an opportunity too unique to pass up. When we arrived with our backpacks and Amanda showed us the small section of the tree you actually have to climb we were a little intimidated. After the first day we not only got over our anxiety, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience of navigating the tree (nothing too strenuous) to make our way to bed each night. Living in a tree is not for everyone. Nature is all around you in the form of birds, lizards, spiders and of course the cows and sheep that graze in the valley below. But, after a long day in the sun, the bike ride up the hill is rewarded with a strong cool breeze that keeps the sand flies away unlike anywhere else you might stay on the island, and a open-air bucket shower with a stunning view of Pumpkin Hill and the sea. If you are going to Utila to snorkel or dive but you aren't interested in being in the middle of the small but rambunctious nightlife, seriously consider the treehouse. It provides everything you need to rest and rejuvenate so that you can return home with a sense of peace and deep gratitude. As mentioned in other reviews, the owners are the kind of people you wish you had as neighbours and friends. You will be treated with a genuine kindness and hospitality that makes the experience worth far more than the price you'll pay.
  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

Map

Nearest Airport
1.5 Miles
Utila Airport
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Utila Princess
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Chepes Beach
Car: not necessary

The treehouse is located in a large fig tree on the eastern side of Stuart's Hill, Utila's second highest point. It was custom built by Norwegian owner John Arne Løken, a trained carpenter, craftsman and artist. The treehouse is the only building on Stuart's Hill, heralded for its panoramic view of the entire island and a sought after spot for sunsets.

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Rates & Availability

From $95 Per night

Utila House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Holidays
Dec 21 2014 - Jan 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
$875
 
 
Semana Santa
Mar 25 2015 - Apr 8 2015
7 night minimum stay
$875
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$95
$665
$1,980
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 19.0%
Notes Base rate quoted is for two guests. $15 per additional guest for up to four guests total.
Complete deposit required to hold reservation
US $500 Security Required
Cancellation & Refund: 30 days written notice, $150 cancellation fee.
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Amenities

Utila House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , Refreshing, private outdoor shower on first deck level.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Full bathroom with hot water shower on ground floor
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Top floor bedroom with skylight and ocean views.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Corner bed area in large kitchen/living/studio floor.
Entertainment:
  • Games
  • Music Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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