|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
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.
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
My husband and I escaped to the treehouse following a busy Christmas week with my entire family on the big island of Roatan. It was so nice to be "away from it all" on Stuarts Hill, yet close enough for a short walk to town for snorkeling or dining, and everything on Utila was easily accessible. After walking or biking back to the house from the days' activities, the outdoor shower was so refreshing. You can definitely tell the house was created out of a real love of nature by someone with a true skill for woodworking. As the tree constantly grows and changes, I think it will be interesting to see how the tree and house entwine and mold each other.
Staying in the treehouse was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone who never lost that little kid inside them who was always climbing on trees and daydreaming of Never Never land.
My wife and I spent our honeymoon in the treehouse. Most fun place we have ever stayed. It's absolutely beautiful. It's Robinson Crusoe on the outside and a beautifully appointed bungalow on the inside. Amanda and John couldn't be better hosts, and Float Utila is not to be missed.
We are actually planning another warm getaway for this winter and usually only travel to places we've never been before, but we can't help but talk about returning to the Treehouse (even though we were just there in June!). It was just so much fun.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 4 2016
7 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Base rate quoted is for two guests. $15 per additional guest for up to four guests total. Children under age 10 not allowed, for safety reasons.
Complete deposit required to hold reservation
US $500 Security Required
Guests pay for all additional power consumed over included 20 KWH/day allowance (out of damage deposit).
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.