About the property
- House2000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)
The Sandy Bay Beach-front House is a beautiful 'island-style' private residence with just under 2000 SF of open floor plan and 90 ft of beach front. This quality built home features a large gathering room in the middle with vaulted ceilings and mahogany floors. The modern kitchen with breakfast bar opens to the spacious living room surrounded by windows on all sides! You'll be hard pressed to find a better value in Utila or the Caribbean.
On both sides of the house are identical bedrooms with 2 twin beds that can be converted to a King size bed upon your request to provide you with more options and comfort. Each bedroom has a private, full bath and double french doors leading to the main deck views. The home is great for 2 couples and the kids can sleep on the queen sleeper sofa, or for more privacy, rent the downstairs apartment. This fully furnished home features a wrap around deck that's great for viewing the sunsets over the rear Oyster Bay Lagoon on one side and sunrise over Utila Bay and the peaks of mainland Honduras on the other. To give you a better visual idea of the layout of the home, we've provided a sketch of the home's floor plan.
Below the main house is a separate 300 SF 1 bdrm/1 bath apartment facing the front beach and water. The apartment has a full bed, private bath, a full kitchen, sitting area, french doors leading to the front beach and lot's of windows to catch the breezes. There is also a large bodega that stores the mountain bikes and washer/dryer.
The landscaped grounds are full of local flowers, colorful plants, palm & banana trees with a combination of soft grass and Bay Island beach sand. The property is beautifully maintained by Angelito and his family, home caretaker for 10 years.
The Sandy Bay Beach House is positioned on the leeward or south side of Utila Island. Utila is the smallest, most westerly and one of three of the Bay Islands just off the coast of Honduras (Just East of Belize & South of Key West). Utila is a low key paradise off the touristy path that is quickly becoming the meeting place for divers from all over the world searching for the next “secret” destination.This diving destination is routinely voted as the best value in the Caribbean.
Our house is located on a peninsula in Sandy Bay. Our home probably has the best location for catching most of the year’s enjoyable trade winds that keep you cool and the bugs away. We are just a 5 min bike ride west of Utila Town; however, we are just far enough away from the hustle & bustle of the main tourist areas. A mile ride will bring you to the beginning of town, built in charming Key West style along the harbor. You’ll ride past the many dive shops, restaurants, grocery stores, bars, hotels and Utilians going about they’re daily routines.
The home’s wrap around deck provides spectacular views of the bay, mountains of the mainland, town, reef system and lagoon. Snorkel from the front door to great reefs less than 300 yards in front of the house. It’s not uncommon to see dolphin, eagle rays and bonefish from the deck. Our home is virtually sitting on top of technicolor coral reefs & 20 coconut throws away from the famous Laguna Beach Resort.
The home comes completely furnished and has just been updated from top to bottom. Just about everything in the entire house is brand new from the major & minor appliances down to the tableware and bedding. We’ve tried to provide everything you’ll need to have a fun & worry-free vacation. If you’re concerned about what to bring, check out our list in the frequently asked questions section.
• Right on beach & water, reef is less than 100 yards from deck, lagoon in rear of house (great for mooring boats/sail boats)
• Each bedroom has 2 new twin beds that can be converted to a King size bed upon your request to provide you with more options and comfort
• All bedrooms have air conditioning & home has hot water
• Home has fans everywhere; ceiling, floors and walls
• TV/DVD player and stereo with CD player
• Full Kitchen with coffee maker, blender, microwave, refrigerator, ice maker, 5 gallon bottled water dispenser, picnic ice coolers, great assortment of cookware and “island flavor” tableware
• Traditional coal fired BBQ grill right on the front beach
• Sunning/beach chairs & lounging hammocks
• Washer & Dryer
• Each bedroom has new bedding and towels
• Outdoor rinse shower when coming back from snorkeling in the front bay
• House & Apartment has a phone for local calls and an optional intercom between phones.
• Lock box to keep your valuables secure.
• Weekly cleaning service provided & additional cleaning may be hired
• Massages available at incredibly low rates
• Great household caretaker, Angelito, works on the grounds Thursday thru Saturday every week
The apartment has the same amenities as the home but many items are a bit smaller such as the fridge and stove.
Keywords: beach front, ocean front, snorkel, luxury, divers paradise, cottage, beach house, apartment, 3 bedroom, three bedroom, private, quite, mountain view, views, ocean view, ocean front, lagoon, bay, fishing, diving, grilling, kayak, hammock, air conditioning, caretaker, fully furnished, deck, internet, golf cart, newly renovated
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 22, 2018
About Eli Muhl
Eli Muhl and his father, Craig own The Sandy Bay Beach House but the home is enjoyed by the whole family. The immediate family consists of Craig and his wife Kareen, their daughter, Elody and their son, Eli. And we can't forget Ollie & Rubes, Eli's crazy little munchkins. We‚ve all lived in Colorado, USA since 93' and Kansas before that; Maine before that. Craig and Kareen are now retired and enjoy traveling and being great grandparents. Craig still dabbles in investments with others and his son. Kareen is an artist and, being half French & half Chinese, she is an excellent gourmet chef as well. Eli is a washed up tennis player, real estate investor and realtor often including his father in his incredible deals. He is the one that you will most likely communicate with regarding Sandy Bay. Oliver Rocket Muhl does not yet have an official job except for eating, sleeping, and testing the rules on a consistent basis. Ruby is the littlest Muhl but just 3 1/2 months behind Oliver, adopted from China. The Sandy Bay Beach House is cared for by Angelito, our hardworking, trustworthy and English speaking caretaker of the home for over 6 years. Angelito gives us peace of mind when we're away for long periods of time. Angel, as most of our guests call him, knows how to fix pretty much everything in the house or he knows someone that does. His wife Stella often helps with the house chores. We are very clean, do not smoke, love to travel the world, enjoy the outdoors, are avid tennis players and love to have fun. Diving, fishing, skiing, biking, reading, dining, golf, enjoying a good movie or book and playing with our pets; as well as Ollie and Rubes are more of our favorite hobbies. We enjoy traveling together as a family and often do. We are very glad that you have taken the time to share our home and hope that you get a chance to enjoy a closer look; were confident you'll have a s much fun as we do!
Eli Muhl purchased this House in 2004
Why Eli Muhl chose Bay Islands
Island life has always been a part of our family as we also have an estate on a fairly similar small island in the Bahamas, Cat Island, which has been in our family for several decades. We have always preferred having a vacation home on a less touristy, but beautiful island with lot‚s to do. Unfortunately, this kind of paradise is hard to find. We felt that Utila offered that perfect combination of convenience, beauty, and lot‚s to do without the high profile tourism found in most of the Caribbean.
What makes this House unique
Snorkel right off the beach from this big and beautiful beachfront 'island style' home located on a quite penninsula just outside of town in a diver's paradise. The home backs to Oyster Bay Lagoon and you can kayak right out your back door. Utila offers big dives at small prices, whale sharks, secluded beaches, world class fishing, mountain biking and much more. All found in the perfect location on the island where the hustle and bustle aren't. Utila offers so much to do with no pressure to do it!
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great House in Utila
Great house in Utila!
We had a great time, very comfy big house with a great deck. The kitchen is fully equipped, which was really helpful. It is right on the water so it is really breezy, with a great view and you just can jump in an go snorkeling. Angel and his wife were really nice and made sure we were all comfortable and happy with the place.
It is at a walking distance from Chepe’s Beach and a 10 minute tuk tuk ride were all the bars and restaurants are.
We’ll definitely stay at Elis place again.
Thank you for the great review Antonio. It's awesome to hear you had great time and enjoyed the home. We will make sure everything is well stocked for you on your next visit! :-D
Great place to stay...
Sandy Bay Beach House was just as promised. The house was big and everything was very clean. The kitchen and living room area was very big and we could all gather comfortable there. However we spent most of our time outside on the deck or down on the beach. There was plenty of space for my entire family both on the deck and on the beach.
Angel was available to help us with everything. While the on site golf cart and bikes were not available for us to rent. Angel made arrangements for a golf cart to be brought to the house for us to rent.
Good value at a great location.
Hi Lori -
Very glad you had a great time! And thank you for taking the time to write a review. You were one of the first guests to experience the new windows throughout the home as well as all the tropical plants we've been planting in the front yard. Hopefully, that helped to keep the home cooler.
Perfect piece of paradise!
What an amazing island and vacation! The house was as described. Great spot on island. Easy to get to town or walk up to the Texas Mule Saloon for a bite. Bush's grocery store was fantastic. House had everything available for cooking. We also ate at the Mango Inn, good burgers and cold drinks. The rest of the week we made do at the house. Snorkeling in the backyard was amazing. Recommend CM Airlines for traveling from SAP. Very convenient and cost effective. We had more fun with the family of swampy's in the back yard than than the iguana sanctuary. If you go remember to take bug spray. Angel was a perfect host and was always readily available. Even peeled a few coconuts for us off the trees. Thank you for a great stay!
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. Future guests and myself find it very helpful to read comments like yours. So glad you had a great time!
Traumhafter Urlaub in einer traumhaften Unterkunft!
Sandy Bay Beach House ist in der Realität NOCH schöner als auf den Bilder, sehr sauber, toll gelegen und bietet viel Platz für eine große Familie! Zu unserer Tauchschule Captain Morgan und sämtlichen Restaurants im Zentrum von Utila sind wir nur 15 min zu Fuß gelaufen.
Das tollste an der Unterkunft war jedoch, dass direkt vor der Haustür ein wahres Schnorchelparadies ist! Wir haben dort alle möglichen Fische (Kugelfische, Boxfische, Adlerrochen, Oktopus, etc) gesehen! Ich würde allerdings empfehlen, spezielle Schuhe fürs Schnorcheln/Tauchen zu kaufen, weil dort viele Steine sind, an denen man sich die Füße aufratschen kann.
Sehr empfehlenswert! Ich würde sofort wieder zurück!
Danke Eli, Danke Angelito!
Sven, Volker, Matti, Isa und Elena
Thanks so much for your review Elena! So glad you had a great time. And good recommendation in regards to wearing booties when diving in front of the home. I have to say I don't speak German so I'm putting your review below from a translation program I used. Hopefully it's the same as what you said above. :-D
TRANSLATED GUEST RESPONSE FROM ABOVE: Fantastic holiday in a fantastic accommodation! Sandy Bay Beach House is, in reality, more beautiful than on the pictures, very clean, great location and offers plenty of space for a large family! To our Captain Morgan school and all the restaurants in the center of Utila, we are only a 15 min walk. The best thing about the accommodation was, however, that right in front of the door is a real snorkel paradise! We have seen there all kinds of fish (ball fish, box fish, eagle, octopus, etc)! I would, however recommend to buy special shoes where you can walk on your feet when needed, for snorkeling / diving, because there are lots of stones. Highly recommended! I would go back immediately! Thanks Eli, Thanks Angelito! Sven, Volker, Matti, Isa and Elena
Eli's house is amazing. The snorkeling from the back yard is awesome! If you have your own dive gear, you can dive from shore here as it's only about 100ft to the reef wall. The house is beautiful, simple and has everything you need for a wonderful vacation experience. The caretaker Angel is the man. He will organize anything you need including keeping your fridge full of Salva Vida!
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a response Dave. We love the snorkeling in front of the home as well. Glad you enjoyed your stay. I'll give Angel a pat on the back from you and make sure the Salva Vida keeps flowing! Ha!
What a great place! I have been visiting Utila for several years now and this time visited with a few friends. The house was perfect for us. The location is perfect. Close enough to town without the late night noise. The beach is beautiful and the reef access is great. Angel, the caretaker, is amazing. Always there when you need him. He works really hard and went out of his way to make sure our stay was great. Blue Bayou is a great neighborhood. We had a great time and have booked again for later this year.
I didn't get a chance to say thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Thank you! Ha! We've made quite a few upgrades to the home since your visit as well as free use of new paddle boards and kayaks we sent down. So glad you enjoyed your stay and looking forward to your next visit!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Deluxe EZ-Go GOLF CART (gas-powered) is available to guests for $40/day and non guests for $50/day.
A 50% deposit (50% of your base rent) is due at the time of booking to secure your reservation and 50% is due 45 days prior to the check-in date. A security deposit of $200 is required for all rentals and is due with final payment. The 19% Honduran tax is also paid with the final payment. This deposit will be returned or credited back as soon as we find everything is in good shape!