|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
The 'Round' House is a beautiful private home situated on 180 feet of Caribbean beachfront with mountain views of the Honduran mainland and Oyster Lagoon (aka Lower Lagoon). The dock access is in Oyster Lagoon and is just behind the house. The beach gently slopes into Utila Bay, with coral reef the full length of the beach and an 80 foot drop off less than 100 yards from the house, providing a beautiful area to swim, snorkel, and shore dive. This fully equipped home with two bedrooms is perfect for two couples or a family.
The house features a wrap around covered deck, extending 8 feet on the bay side, perfect for watching the sunset over the lagoon and sunrise over Utila bay. It also affords views of the reef and its 'creatures', mountain range of the mainland, and a beautiful view of Utila town across the bay. The deck has a mahogany porch swing, table, chairs and hammocks. The lagoon side dock is perfect for watching the bird and animal life on the lagoon or launching a kayak or being picked up for a charter boat ride.
The air conditioned bedrooms are spacious. The master bedroom contains a king size bed or opionally 2 twin beds, plus a full-size bed, sitting area, walk-in closet, and private bathroom. The second bedroom contains a double closet and includes two twin beds or a king size bed. Both bathrooms include two sink vanities and full bathtubs with shower facilities. With windows circling the house it is airy and light.
There are bay views from every room except the master bedroom, which looks over the lagoon and its surrounding mangroves. The house is furnished throughout with comfortable rattan furniture and has a large modern kitchen, dining area and living room.
Below the house is a large 'bodega' which houses the laundry facilities (washer and dryer), two large water tanks and the hot water heater. Water is supplied by the municipal well and also a private well for backup purposes.
The landscaped grounds, on the sandy beach, are full of local flowering shrubs, shade trees, and palm trees; plus an ever green privacy hedge. The grounds are maintained by Angel, our English speaking home caretaker and wonderful friend. Angel helped build the house and has been with us ever since.
The 'Round' House is located on approximately one half acre on a peninsula in Blue Bayou. It is just a five minute bike ride or 15 minute walk from the west end of Utila town and the public beach area. You will be just far enough out of town to provide privacy and solitude, but just a mile away is our charming town with restaurants, bars, dive shops, stores, internet/phone services, grocery stores, and the friendliest local population you will find in the entire Caribbean!
The house is cleaned weekly with linen changes. Angel cares for the property and is onsite 3 days a week. The other 3 days he is right next door. He is extremely friendly and will help you in any way he can. He will ensure you have butane for cooking, your drinking water delivered, and let you know where you can get anything else you want or are in need of.
We also have kayaks for 5. One double, and three singles.
Please contact Sue with any questions. I am the owner, live on the island year round, and am happy to assist you. Once you reach Utila, Angel will meet you and help you get to the house. You also have our cell phone numbers and prepaid cell phone to contact us during your stay.
Keywords: Beach House, snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, swim, island, diving, beach, fishing, whalesharks
I fell in love with Utila the moment I landed. Moved here in 1994 and never left! I have taught school and run serveral business in town. Now I am semi-retired and enjoy managing my rental homes and helping others plan their adventures in Utila.
The Owner purchased this house in 1998
My family built this home in 1998. I have enjoyed living on the beach for many years, but also wanted a home in the country side. Now I enjoy the best of both worlds while sharing the beachfront 'Round House' experience with others who wish to vist Utila.
The Round House exceeded my expectations for a vacation rental in Utila. We arrived on 12/21/14 stayed for 6 nights and could have easily stayed 10. The house is well equiped, clean, and in my opinion perfectly situated from town. The snorkeling out the front door is some of the best the island has to offer. The ability to swim and snorkel without making any arrangements is worth a lot by itself. The house is located about a 15 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride from town. Probably not as ideally situated if you really want to party, but for a family (as we were with two teenagers) or someone that enjoys some privacy it is perfect. Angel the caretaker is a total gem and will help with whatever you request. Utila is super safe, low key, and has a great island vibe. The large covered porch, big kitchen, beer and soda waiting in the fridge, high ceilings, comfortable beds and short stones throw to the water makes this the perfect island getaway.
The Round House served as a great base for our Utila dive vacation. This was our fourth time on Utila, and for this trip we brought two friends so we needed a larger place than we usually rent. The Round House fit the bill, and as a bonus offered great, easily accessible snorkeling right out front. The "master bedroom" included two beds and an en suite bathroom. Our friends slept in this room and it worked well for them, although beware unless the breeze changes direction from it's norm you'll have to run the A/C at night in this room. It's simply on the wrong side of the house to get a breeze when winds are blowing in the usual direction. However the A/C was cold and cooled the room down quickly. We slept in the "smaller" room, but it was still quite large and included a dresser and a closet that spanned the length of one wall so there was ample room to keep a week's worth of clothing, swimsuits, etc. It received enough of an ocean breeze that we ended up closing the windows and turning on the A/C just because there was a fine spray from the water. The kitchen was very well stocked with cooking utensils, pots, pans, plates, cups, etc. - one of the four of us cooked breakfast every morning and lunch every afternoon very easily.
The Blue Bayou area is quite nice, home to several rental properties, and is one of the few places on Utila with snorkeling from the beach and a shore dive. You can walk right out from the beach in front of the house and see all sorts of cool things - eagle rays frequent this area and at night we saw a couple of octopi. I would say though you have a little bit less privacy than some of the other areas of the island and you also really are better served if you rent wheels of some sort (bikes, golf cart, scooter, etc) if you plan on diving with a shop in town every day. We always dive with Alton's, which happens to be the dive shop farthest away, but if you dive with Coral View or Laguna Beach you basically just have to walk across the street. Two of our party were able to rent tanks from Coral View for a shore dive off the house. You could also walk to Gunter's EcoMarine dive shop since it's not to far on the other side of the public beach, it would probably be around 20 minutes.
The Round House was amazing! 6 of us stayed and slept comfortably for 4 nights over New Years, and wish we were there longer. The deck is incredible, and despite the lack of an actual beach, the reef access/snorkeling out the back door makes up for it. There is a dive shop 2 minutes walk from the house, where you can take a course or rent snorkel gear. The house is a 10 minute walk to the beach and another 5-10 from there to town. Sue was incredibly accommodating-right down to the cold beer waiting in the fridge for us. The house was very clean, and we felt right at home. I would 100% return to the Round House, and will recommend it to anyone traveling to the Bay Islands.
The Round House was an excellent location for all things Utila. The diving right outside the front door was superb. It was just a short walk, drive or bike ride into Utila Town and the people could not have been more welcoming. There are kayaks available for your use and the Mangroves are a "must see".
My husband and I stayed in the Round House for 5 days in November and found it to be everything we anticipated! This charming and cozy house is truly someone's home. It has everything! We found out that Sue's parents had it built many years ago and that it has been lovingly maintained by Sue and her family.
The location is perfect, with enough distance from Utila town to be private and quiet, yet the town is easily accessible by bicycle or walking. We recommend shopping at Bush's supermarket for your staples, and then checking out Roni's produce for daily specials and his mother's freshly baked banana bread. Multiple restaurants in town serve fresh fish, great local food and beef imported from the U.S.. For delicious coffee and to support a great cause, go to Coco Rio.
The Round House is built with easy access to the water. Unfortunately when we visited it rained every day and was too murky to snorkel. However, I spotted an eel, multiple flying fish and flapping rays from the front porch while sipping morning coffee or an afternoon rum drink. We heard from many people in town that snorkeling from this home can't be beat!
Sue is a wonderful hostess and Angel is friendly and helpful. Both of them worked to accomodate our every need. This home is perfect for a remote getaway on a beautiful tropical island. You can even access the internet with Sue's wifi set-up.
Stay here! You won't be disappointed.
Myself and a friend stayed at the Round House for 5 days, we really enjoyed our visit. The house has everything you need including kayaks and is very comfortable. It's steps away from the water and very close to the reef which is great for snorkeling. The wrap around deck offers nice outdoor relaxing with great views. This was our second trip to Utila and we plan to visit many more times, however I would recommend avoiding the rainy season if your goal is to spend time on the water. The small town of Utila is charming with lots of waterfront restaurants. Utila is rustic and affordable, still a bit off the beaten path which adds to the adventure. Sue was absolutely wonderful assisting us with our travel plans, she is very responsive to emails and very helpful. It's worth having someone like Sue to assist with those travel details.
The Coral View Dive Shop is a 2 minute walk down the beach road. They provide tanks for shore diving and lights for night snorkels. They are a full service dive shop with a friendly and experienced staff and good equipment and boats. See: http://www.coralviewbeachresortanddivecenter.com/DiveCenterMain.html. Experienced Wedding Planners on the island - see: http://www.aboututila.com/Services/Caribbean-Wedding-Girls/index.htm. Whaleshark watching/snorkeling availabe certain times of the year through all dive shops and/or the WhaleShark Center (WORSOC) and also with charter boats - ask owner for more information. Charter boats rides around the island or to the Cays. Stand Up Paddle Boarding (http://paddleutila.com/).
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
50% due to hold reservation; 50% due on day of arrival.
Cancellation & Refund: 45 days written notice, $100 cancellation fee.
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* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.