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What Would You Dream, Sleeping in a Tree? Utila's Only Treehouse!

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Last updated: 10/19/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Utila house description

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. Two bicycles are provided for guests.

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. Surrounding the treehouse is an orchard of plantains, bananas, papayas, chiles picantes, starfruit, limes, guavas and nonis, all of which are there for our guests. 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.

All guests at The Treehouse receive a discount at

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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House
  • 450 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Massage
          • Private Chef


          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            Top floor bedroom with skylight and ocean views....moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            Corner bed area in large kitchen/living/studio floor. ...moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 2: outdoor shower

            Refreshing, private outdoor shower on first deck level. ...moreless

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

            Full bathroom with hot water shower on ground floor...moreless


          • Games
          • Music Library


          • Adventure
          • Away From It All
          • Romantic
          • Spa


          • Botanical Garden
          • Cinemas
          • Health/Beauty Spa
          • Restaurants

          Local Services & Businesses

          • ATM/Bank
          • Fitness Center
          • Groceries
          • Massage Therapist
          • Medical Services

          Leisure Activities

          • Beachcombing
          • Bird Watching
          • Boating
          • Eco Tourism
          • Horseback Riding
          • Scenic Drives
          • Shelling
          • Sight Seeing
          • Walking
          • Whale Watching
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Location Type

          • Ocean View:

            The treehouse has breathtaking views of the entire eastern shoreline of the island. A two minute walk up the private hill takes you to one of only two 360 degree panoramic vistas on Utila....moreless

          • Water View

          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


          • Dining
          • Dining Area
          • Seating for 6 people


          • Linens Provided
          • Telephone
          • Towels Provided


          • Coffee Maker
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Kitchen
          • Refrigerator
          • Stove


          • Balcony
          • Bicycles
          • Deck / Patio
          • Lawn / Garden


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          from 17 traveler reviews
          Rental basis: Per property
          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
          Dec 21 - Jan 4, 2015
          7 night min stay

          Semana Santa
          Mar 25 - Apr 8, 2015
          7 night min stay

          My Standard Rate
          4 night min stay
          $665 $1,980
          * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

          Additional information about rental rates


          • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
          • Tax Rate 19%


          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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          Last updated: 10/19/2014
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          1.5 Miles
          Nearest Airport
          Utila Airport
          0.5 Miles
          Nearest Ferry
          Utila Princess
          0.5 Miles
          Nearest Beach
          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 the entire hill, surrounded by tropical fruit trees. Stuart's Hill is heralded for its panoramic view of the entire island, a sought after spot for sunsets.


          Owner info

          Year Purchased: 1997

          About the owner: 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 begun 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.

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          • House in a fig tree

            House in a fig tree

          • Top floor bedroom

            Top floor bedroom

          • Studio bedroom floor with dining area and kitchen.

            Studio bedroom floor with dining area and kitchen.

          • View from the kitchen window

            View from the kitchen window

          • Ahhh!


          • Bedroom/kitchen area

            Bedroom/kitchen area

          • Refreshing outdoor bucket shower!  (Hot water shower located in bathroom.)

            Refreshing outdoor bucket shower! (Hot water shower located in bathroom.)

          • The beautiful fig tree

            The beautiful fig tree

          VRBO #445863

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          This listing was first published here in 2012.

          Date last modified - Sunday, October 19, 2014

          $95 - $125 per night (USD)

          2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
          Sleeps 4

          View calendar: Updated 10/19/14
          Minimum stay: 4-7 nights
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