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Sandy Bay Beachfront House in Diver's Paradise, Views, Deck...

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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

More Details

Eli Muhl
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 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 Utila

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!


Utila House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1) King beds can be converted into two twins upon your request, Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Reef is less than 100 yards from deck, lagoon in rear of house , each bedroom has A.C. & home has hot water, fans everywhere; ceiling, floors and walls, a minimum of 4 Mountain Bikes, sunning/beach chairs & lounging hammocks, outdoor rinse shower when coming back from snorkeling in the front bay, 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, 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. The guest in the home have priority over the mountain bikes if they were to need all 4 at once. Even though we promise to keep a minimum of 4 mountain bikes in good working condition, we often have more than 4 available


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Sandy Bay Beachfront House in Diver's Paradise, Views, Deck...
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 15 reviews
Toronto, Canada

A week in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from a wonderful trip!

The house was perfect for our dive vacation to Utila.

The home is in a peaceful area, but just a few minutes to town. The reef in the backyard is just a minute swim from shore and the outdoor shower was very useful to rise off afterwards.

Angel the caretaker is awesome. One night we had his wife come in and teach us to cook Honduras dishes and then our two families had a great dinner together.

We never needed to turn on the air conditioners in the bedrooms, since there was always a great breeze coming off the ocean which keeps the house cool. Plus it also keeps any bugs away! We never needed bug spray at all for the week.

I am a big "foodie" and the kitchen is very well equipped and was perfect for cooking the great local tuna that we would buy off the dock in town from "Zoro" a local fisherman.

Each night we would eat dinner on the outdoor deck and listen to the ocean.

The internet in the house is excellent and the beds are very comfortable.

Can't wait to return in the future!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful location right on the water!

  • 5 of 5

Escape from it all! I loved my stay at the Sandy Bay Beachfront house! The local Tuk-Tuk driver didn't know where it was when I got off the ferry, but just tell them to go to Relapse and keep driving another 5 minutes up the road toward Blue Bayou - no problem. I snorkeled right off the back patio and saw a green moray eel, spotted eagle rays and tons of fish. The reef is right there and awesome.

Eli was super responsive before going to the property and Angel was there on island to handle anything that came up right away.

It's nice to be a 5 minute walk to the edge of town and about a 15 minute walk (or 5 minute bike ride) to the center of town.

If I return to Utila, I will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful ocean front home is clean, comfortable and well maintained

  • 4 of 5

Angel, the caretaker was there to meet us after dark and took great care of us. Everything you need in a home is provided, except shampoo, which we bought at the grocery store. The home is large and comfortable, but difficult to keep cool. We went scuba diving each morning and closed up the house for security reasons and by the time we got back it was quite warm. We used the AC in the bedrooms at night, one worked better than the other.

We enjoyed sitting on the ocean front deck and watching the hummingbirds and the waves. The reef is a great place to snorkel. The house is a bit of a walk to town, but the tuk-tuk taxis cruise the streets and its only a $2-3 ride. The house is situated on a quiet strip of beach away from the noise of the town.

We dove with Coral View Resort and would recommend them. They are a short walk from the house. Hans is the dive shop manager, Rocky was our captain and Amude was our dive master and even gave us a tour of the island and guided us on a hike up Pumpkin Hill. It was just our family on the boat, which was great. We would see other dive boats loaded with people. All in all, a great vacation.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House in Utila

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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 eli
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Great place to stay...

  • 4 of 5

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.


  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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. Happy holidays! eli
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Perfect piece of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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!
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Utila's airport is about 10 minutes away
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The bars are many and start at the town's edge
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
The center of downtown is where the ferry arrives
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Good food options are quickly coming to Utila
Nearest Beach
25 Metres
Your front yard is your playground


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $40 + Tax

Deluxe EZ-Go GOLF CART (gas-powered) is available to guests for $40/day and non guests for $50/day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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