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Private Beach Front Home, Unique Modern Design

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Great private 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home in beautiful Sandy Bay Village

This spacious home (1800 square feet) has a modern kitchen fully equipped for 6 persons. You will enjoy the three terraces with hammocks as weill as the rooftop, all offering an unspoilt incredible 180 degree ocean view. Great snorkeling and diving at the protected reef right in front of Casa Argenta. Offered for weekly rent by the owner at very affordable prices. Just 2 miles away from the tourist hub of West End.

Large sliding doors opening the living room completely to the ocean; no AC, but ceiling fans throughout; most furniture in precious hardwood; outside shower on the deck. The modern architecture is very special - sure you'll love Casa Argenta, built 2012 all in wood by famous Swiss architect Stephan Muller!

Our local house manager and official tour guide Tanja (English, Spanish and German spoken) is living very close to our home and will do everything possible to make your stay comfortable.

Casa Argenta is located in the nice village of Sandy Bay, and we have nice local neighbors. For prevention, the house has a newly built-in modern alarm system with direct connection to Bulldog Security International Company.

Next large super market is 8 miles away. There are plenty of taxis on the main road (400 meters away), collective taxis cost 2-3 $ per person. Our local house manager Tanja is also offering pick-up services from the airport to the house (25$ for up to 6 people).

Please note:

Our home, built in 2012, is a real architectonic adventure. There are still some detail problems, but we continue to work on final solutions. Until everything will be done, we reduced the rate by more than 30% of the

usual 180 $ per night. And for this price you’ll enjoy a unique house design at an absolutely great location on the beach.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Hans-Jurg Pfaff
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 7, 2016

About Hans-Jurg Pfaff

I am a Swiss cultural anthropologist and independent documentary film maker with a film production in Switzerland.

Our manager on site is Tanja Linde, living on Roatan since 15 years. She is also a tour manager and speaks English, Spanish and German. She will do do everything to make your stay comfortable!

Hans-Jurg Pfaff purchased this house in 2012

Why Hans-Jurg Pfaff chose Bay Islands Honduras

I love snorkeling and diving, and Roatan is famous for it's protected reef and for being one of the best SCUBA dive sites in the world. It was 1999 when I came to the island for the first time.

I bought this unique, plain beach front property in 2001and later on, in 2012, built this home together with my friend and architect Stephan Muller and the support of a great crew of local workers.

Claire Draudt from Portland, guest in April 2015, wrote this last airbnb review:

"Casa Argenta was an absolutely wonderful place for our group. We snorkeled right from the beach, greatly enjoyed the rooftop and hammocks during lounge hours, and the kitchen was well equipped for hosting meals. I highly recommend this place to anyone coming to Roatan for vacation. Great location, very helpful hosts, beautiful home".

What makes this house unique

In front of this home, there is a nice beach-garden with three big almond trees and plenty of coconut palms. You will love the clean and quiet beach, unspoilt sun sets and the incredible sea view in front of your home! Beach Volleyball field and private parking in the garden.


3.8/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

Private Beach Front Home, Unique Modern Design
average rating of 3.8 based on 5 reviews

Beautiful architecture and well priced

  • 3 of 5

For the price, you will find a well designed rustic modern beach home that's ocean front. It does come with several inconveniences like no air conditioning, no screens, lots of sand fleas on the beach making it virtually unusable, sea urchins hiding in the turtle grass in the water making it impossible to swim or snorkel in. A few changes would make a great difference:

- kayaks to enable you to snorkel/swim beyond the turtle grass

(not convenient to walk several houses down to rent a kayak for an hour)

- screens to allow the windows/doors open and let the breeze in without the bugs

(swatting over 15 mosquito one evening in our bedroom having left the door open to cool the space. Not fun!)

- AC to cool the space when windows/doors can not be left open in the evening for safety

- In the end it was really a 2 bedroom, not the 3 bedroom we were so hoping for. The 3rd bedroom is strangely situated requiring you to lock yourself in from the rest of the house for safety and locked out from our young kids. It works as a 3 bedroom only if staying with other adults or teens.

- Abundant, new, clean feeling towels

Tanya was absolutely wonderful! She addressed any issues that came up promptly, was very helpful, very welcoming, a pleasure and real asset to the property.

I gave it a 3 star instead of a 2 star because of the price. You can't find anything for that price that's aesthetically pleasing, and ocean front.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning Beach House

  • 5 of 5

My husband, myself, and our three children, girls ages 8, 6, and almost 2, spent a glorious week long stay at Casa Argenta. Owner Hans and property manager Tanjah were great to work with from the very beginning. The house is steps away from the ocean, and we spent countless hours playing in the sand, searching for ocean creatures, and snorkeling using the gear at the house. This house has a small neighborhood vibe, with small markets close by for grocery essentials, friendly neighbors (say hey to Frank for us!), and a couple restaurants just a walk down the beach. Our favorite restaurant was Beach Grill at the Blue Bahia Resort. Friendly staff, excellent food and drinks. If we wanted to leave the house for the day, we'd walk up to the main road and catch a taxi. Negotiated to a dollar per person for each trip. Not too shabby! We went to Coxen Hole to the big grocery stores (we recommend Plaza Mar) and to West End to play. Rode horses on the beach with Shirkie Bodden, my oldest daughter's dream come true!

One of my favorite things about Casa Argenta was the rooftop deck. Talk about beautiful! And the stars at night, wow! We also loved the three hammocks on the porch. Many naps were taken in those. Also, there isn't a TV, so watching the ocean was our entertainment. The kitchen was set up with everything I needed to cook for my family, which is something I enjoy. And there were plenty of linen and towels in the house. Traveling with our children, the only concern I had with the house was that the front bedroom is separated from the interior living area. You kind of have to lock yourself into the bedroom at night, as one door leads to the front porch and stairs, and the other door leads to an open aired patio. Of course it is a house on stilts, so burglars would almost have to be ninjas to get up there, but the momma bear in me just couldn't leave the door unlocked. We figured out a sleeping arrangement that worked. And my only recommendation for future renters is that you might want to bring a sleep mask. The sun rises pretty early, and there are skylights to make sure you are up and at 'em. I was glad I brought my sleep mask. This is a great house in a great neighborhood on a great island. I want to move here! Thanks again Hans! -Whitney

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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True to discription

  • 4 of 5

It was a great location. Just a quick walk to a main road, where we easily caught a bus or taxi(1 or 2 dollars each)for the 5 minute drive to West End.

The Manager, Tanjah (Tanya) was great. She checked on us a few times and we could call her anytime with questions. The water heater went out and it was fixed within hours. We were there for a week. The house was clean and well kept. After both storms, workers showed up the next day and cleaned the beach. The house has a great view. Even the day it was rainy and windy, we were able to hang out and enjoy the view, as the whole front is glass. Tanjah arranged for a driver to pick us up at the airport, we stopped at a large grocery store on the way and bought supplies for the week. The kitchen had all the necessities and some condiments in the fridge. We had a few dinners in West End.. We enjoyed walking on the beach, sitting in the hammocks and reading. The hammocks are sheltered so you can enjoy them when the weather is not perfect. We snorkeled off one of the nearby docks but scuba dove out of West End. The wi-fi had good reception and the house cell phone came in very handy. It was just my wife and I so we did not use the extra bedrooms. If I could ask for one more amenity, it would be a reading lamp with an extension cord. The electrical outlets are American 3 prong design, but have European placement.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear David thanks for your review! We are sorry for the inconveniance after the bad weather, but fortunately, the little problems could be fixed quickly. And we definitely will look out for another reading lamp. Hope to have you again as guests in the near future! Best regards, Tanja and Hans
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Perfect location!

  • 3 of 5

This house is in a perfect location. It was really close to the west end and west bay areas, but really beautiful and serene if you just want to stay at the house! Right on the beach and pretty quiet. The reef is right off the shore a short distance and is truly beautiful, with really amazing, huge starfish...there is a good bit of boat traffic as the channel is just to the left, but just be smart! The house is very modern looking from the outside. We experienced high winds most of the time we were there, allowing plenty of breeze in the house and you can adjust windows and doors for the perfect temp. Probably the best thing was the house manager...Tanja- AMAZING! She was so attentive and helpful ANYTIME!! The house comes with a local phone (which was huge, too) and she is always available to help and give you good advice- so great to have a local's help! She even called to check on us when she knew we were headed into a shady part of the island...just to make sure we got back ok! Now, the reasons we rate this house only three stars...although the house is only 4 years old, EVERYTHING is wooden, in a very salty and humid environment, so the sinks and kitchen counter and some other things really show rotting and cracking...seemed a little unsanitary in supposedly "clean areas." The big windows would be awesome, except there are people and kids walking the beach or playing really close to the house, making for not much privacy. We did make suggestions for the owner to add a microwave, iron and ironing board, maybe fix very large leaks when it rains, also there were very few towels for bath and kitchen- without a washer or dryer...we used the same ones all week :( most of these are easy fixes and I do hope they can be was just the little things that really made for some big inconveniences. Overall, if they added some little things, we would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Carmen Thank you very much for your review; we are happy that you enjoyed your stay and appreciated the great location and Tanja’s services. Regarding your suggestions, we are sorry for any inconvenience during your stay. Indeed, we've already reserved the next calendar week to do all reparation works like fixing the leaks, renovate the wooden sinks and the kitchen chopblock (the house was fully booked every week since mid-december). As you suggested, we also will look for an iron and a microwave, and more towels will be bought within the next few days. Thanks again and best regards, Tanja and Hans
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January 2016 - FANTASTIC!!

  • 4 of 5

Hi All,

If you need a place to get away and relax, this is a place to do it. Very relaxing, beautiful sunsets, clear waters. Although the house dos not have air conditioning, there are ceiling fans and portable fans to keep you cool and was comfortable to sleep.

There was three hammocks on the deck which I enjoyed a few great siestas in them and enjoyed the warm ocean breeze.

Bugs, were almost none (maybe this time of year?) but was great. Was some local dogs that would come and visit us daily, which was great as we missed our dog at home...The dog Bubba was our favs, as we would always let us know if someone was around..he was very friendly

The big patio door opens up to bring the outside in so you can enjoy the ocean breeze through the house.

There were only 2 of us, but the home can quite comfortably sleep 6

Hans was very easy to work with and worked with us to get our payments through and answered

all the questions we had in a timely manor.

Tanja, the house manager was also a pleasure to deal with and always answered the phone if we needed any assistance. Tanja greeted us at the house upon our arrival and with a flower and gave us a tour of the house and showed us all the in and outs. There was two 5 gallon jugs of water supplied for us which was super. We did most of our shopping right in Coxen hole at either Eldon or some of the local markets.

The fridge is full size to store all the groceries you'd need. Propane gas stove worked great.

A thank you out to Claudia as well who lived just down the road where we purchased fresh fish caught that morning from her, Tuna and Mahi Mahi which was delicious

We did rent a car while there for a few days as this gave us the opportunity to tour the island on our own which we did from west bay all the way up to Oak Ridge, which was one of our highlights...the people are very friendly and many speak English which was a plus.

The security system was fully functional and we felt can set the alarm while you are sleeping as well and can be controlled with a FOB

Roatan is a beautiful island and i'd definitely head back given the chance.

Thank you Hans and Tanja for our enjoyable stay...It was hard to leave!

If there was couple things that could be improved on is that if the house had a couple of Kayaks to use during your stay and maybe a BBQ to grill on outside...other than that is was a great place to stay.


Craig & Nicole

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nicole and Craig Thank you very much for your review and suggestions. We thought about offering kayaks to our guests, but it's a bit difficult to find a place to store them in the house. As well, at Nuria's Octopus Diveschool, you can rent them cheaply, also stand-up paddeling boards. We used to grill our fish on the fire right on the beach, but you are right, to have a charocal grill would be comfortable and we'll think about looking for a nice modern grill. Thank you again and hope to have you again as our guests in future! Tanja and Hans
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Roatan International Airport "ROA"
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Tranquil Sea Resort, Blue Bahia Resort
Nearest Ferry
11 Miles
"Galaxy Wave" La Ceiba-Roatan
Nearest Motorway
400 Metres
Main Road Coxen Hole - West End
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Tranquil Sea Resort, Blue Bahia Resort
Nearest Beach
12 Metres
House Beach, right in front of the terrace
Car: not necessary

Sandy Bay is a nice island village with mostly black, English speaking people. Great scuba diving and snorkeling at the protected Marine Reserve reef. To Octopus Dive School (in Blue Bahia Resort) it's just a 400 meters walk along the beach. Swimming or diving with dolphins 600 meters away @ Anthony's Key Resort. Other activities: There are also possibilities to rent paddle boards or Kayaks (Octopus Dive School), sailing trips or motor boat trips for fishing or for visiting other islands. Also: hill climbing, canopying, trips by bicycle or motorbike and parachute sailing. Water taxis to the beaches of West Bay. Visit of the Iguana Farm and the fancy Little French Key 44 are very recommended!

Rates & Availability

Sandy Bay House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Christmas Holidays
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
High Season 2017
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 9 2017
4 night minimum stay
Easter Holiday
Apr 10 2017 - Apr 18 2017
4 night minimum stay
High Season 2
Apr 19 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $21 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $213
cleaning fee $53

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Sandy Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Mahagony bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , with hardwood sink
    Mahagony bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , with hardwood sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Porch bedroom - 1 double , with attached bathroom and skylights
    Tree bedroom - 1 queen , with garden view, almond tree, attached bathroom, skylights
    Beach bedroom - 1 king , with panorama sea view and skylights
  • bed linen and coussins for all beds included. Ceiling fans in all bedrooms, windows are equipped with mosquito screens and curtains
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
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