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What Would You Dream, Sleeping In A Tree? Utila's only treehouse!

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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3 - 7 nights


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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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

John Arne and Amanda Løken
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish, swedish, norwegian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016

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


based on 23 traveler reviews

What Would You Dream, Sleeping In A Tree? Utila's only treehouse!
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

What a magical stay!!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot even begin to describe our amazing stay at the tree house. It far exceeded my expectations. The property and the house itself is absolutely beautiful. My boyfriend (now fiance- thanks to the tree house) and I went diving during the day and loved to come back to the tree house in the evenings to enjoy the view from the top deck with a glass of wine in hand. I was hesitant about staying in the tree house at first, especially with the mention of the tarantula, but I fell in love with it as soon as JJ and Tina gave us the tour. Compared to the hostels we had stayed at in the week prior, this was like a luxury hotel. It was peaceful and quiet, away from the noisy downtown area. If you are visiting Utila, this is a MUST SEE! It was the highlight of our two weeks in Honduras and the most memorable trip of our lives. I cannot wait to return. Thank you John and Amanda for sharing this lovely property with others. :) xoxo, Liz and TJ

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A very beautiful property with the extremely rare opportunity to stay in a unique treehouse!

  • 5 of 5

My wife of almost 3 years and I finally went on our honeymoon and stayed here for 5 of our 11 days on the island. We had a great stay in this one of a kind treehouse! This is on pristine property with coconut, papaya, and mango trees. The views from anywhere in the house or from the decks are absolutely amazing! This place will make you feel like a kid again. It is built into and surrounded by a huge fig tree that is full of life. The view from the upper deck will make you feel like Tarzan, looking over the top of the jungle all the way to the ocean! It is beautifully built with much care and heart, and gave us a back to nature feeling. It was very relaxing and soothing to be there. It is located on the edge of town, nicely secluded but close enough to walk everywhere we went. The restaurants, shopping, groceries, watering holes, and public beach are all within walking distance. The home had everything we needed and was in great condition and very clean. They even had fresh flowers and wine for us! We just brought in some groceries and were set. You can even have them delivered! The owners and managers(JJ and Tina) are all awesome people who we were happy to have met and very helpful. They made it easy for us to reach them for anything by providing a cell phone with their numbers in it. They really went to unbelievable lengths to make sure we were happy and having a great stay, and we would recommend this to anyone who needs a relaxing getaway in a beautiful natural setting.

Mike and Ericka, MT

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Holy crap.

  • 5 of 5

We found the site online somehow and decided to stay there. It was fantastic! Wife was pretty terrified for the first day of all the spiders, lizards, and tarantulas (Betsy and friends) that reside on the property and beautiful fig that the treehouse resides upon. The emotion quickly changed to awe and wonder as we spent time amongst the shade of the vegetation. We both grew to absolutely love the air conditioned space and the magic of the evening bats feasting upon the fruit of the fig. Cannot recommend the place enough. JJ and Tina, the local managers, were more than willing to accommodate any personal needs during our stay. I highly recommend the outdoor shower in the morning and after you return from a day of diving the local reefs (with a cold Salva Vida). You will kindle a reminder of the something you hold dear, for certain. This place is for children of all ages. Thanks Amanda and John for such a beautiful, jungle experience!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing time and experience!

  • 5 of 5

Months before we stayed at the Utila Treehouse, we had heard about the amazing place that was Utila. Everything we heard was right! The treehouse was a great way to stay there too! Well before we ever got there Amanda and JJ were great about helping organize logistics including setting up our flight from Roatan to Utila. Having someone local to organize that aspect of going to a new place was great.

JJ and Tina met us when we got there and gave us a comprehensive tour of the treehouse and explained how things worked. Everything we needed was there at the treehouse. The kitchen was more than enough to make simple meals which was what we mostly ate anyway. The chest refrigerator was nice to have so we could store fruit and food we cooked and eat more as the weeks went by. The hammock was a great place to just chill and relax. The outdoor shower was very refreshing and after walking around all day it was a perfect way to cool off.

We slept the entire time in the bed in the main house next to the kitchen just because it was easier. They provided well maintained screens that could be put in the windows, so we could open the windows and create a very nice cross draft which meant we didn't even use AC for the entire week we were there! There was a pretty steady breeze generally up there which kept us very cool.

The books provided in the place were very helpful. Specifically there was a book about snorkeling and diving in the Bay Islands; I read the Utila sections completely. I am so glad that I did because it led us to our first amazing snorkeling adventure at Bando Beach which only cost $3 per person and might have been one of the most amazing reef snorkeling experiences that I have ever had!

They thought of just about everything we would need including providing very strong Central American coffee. The flashlight and head lamp provided were extremely helpful because coming home after the sun set could be a bit challenging without them (especially after a few drinks at many of the lovely local watering holes - and why wouldn't you have a few at the amazing prices there?!).

We found that walking down into town in the mornings doing whatever activity we wanted for the day, then getting a tuk tuk back to the tree house (since the trip back is all uphill) for 60 lemps was the best route to go. Getting a quick rinse off and nap in before walking back down for an evening in town and then a tuk tuk back home worked out really well for us.

Great trip

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, relaxing, secluded, yet close to everything.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Don't Stay ANYWHERE Else!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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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.


Rates & Availability

Utila House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
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Apr 7 2017 - Apr 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $20
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 19.0%

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. No refund without 30 days cancellation notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Utila House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • 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
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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