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Utila's The Gardens ~ 2014 Excellence Award Winner ~

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

The Gardens is now offering 4 spacious one bedroom, fully furnished, upscale apartments for those wanting more than a just room with a bed while vacationing on Utila. Each of the units is located on a paved road within a privacy fence with security lighting for your convenience. Each of these units boasts two decks, one of which is privacy partitioned. The Gardens is located just up and off of the Main Street, close enough to be “in town”, but far enough from the hustle and bustle of Main Street to allow for peace and privacy. These apartments are designed in a home style setting with all of the amenities you’d expect. Full sized refrigerators, glass panel stoves with ovens, built in overhead microwave units, stainless sinks with full time hot water, wall mounted televisions complete with cable, tiled showers with hot water and, of course, Wifi for those that need to stay connected to the world at large. These apartments are self catering with all linens, cookware, and tableware. All you need to bring with you is your clothes, groceries and a toothbrush to be right at home!

Now part of Tony and Jo’s Laguna Vista, (see VBRO listing 229936!) you can expect more than to just be pointed to your room. We strive to make your vacation as effortless as possible. Standard services include arranging pick up and return to your point of origin on the island, and provisioning and stocking prior to your arrival, if requested. Massage is available within one minute’s walk for those wishing to indulge, and yoga mats are available upon request.

For those wanting intimate privacy, we have constructed an upscale, stand alone Cottage located within the privacy fence that surround the property. This Cottage is ideal for a couple wanting to get away from it all, yet have all of the amenities needed to feel pampered and at home. Custom cabinets in the kitchen were designed with ergonomics in mind making the kitchen immanently usable. The bathroom boasts a full height shower with ceramic tile with marble inserts and a glass block divider. The pedestal sink with wall mounted mirror/vanity optimizes good usage of space and and glass block recessed into the wall provides ambient light. The Cottage has quickly become a favorite with guests of The Gardens!

For those wanting to enjoy the diving that Utila is famous for we can provide a private dive boat with personal professional Dive Masters/IDC Instructors, or special arrangements can be made with select qualified local dive shops to include you in their groups. Certification in Diving is available from Beginner all the way to Advanced using Drager™ Dolphin Rebreathers and Closed Circuit Units. Diving alternatives such as horseback riding, boating, sailing charters, 4 wheel excursions or guided nature walks are only a request away.

The Gardens has access to the best in Catch and Release Deep Sea Fishing Charters, having custom boats on call with Captains who know and fish the Bay Islands.

The Gardens may not be for everyone, but it may be just what you’re looking for!

Keywords: Utila, Upscale Apartment, Secure Lodging, Private Deck, Affordable Accommodation

More Details

Tony & Jo
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, our manager speaks Spanish, English & Utilian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

About Tony & Jo

We are well known on the island, having been retired here for years. We have somehow become known as 'Tony & Jo' as if it was one name! Between having properties that we rent and being involved in the community at large we still find time for our 40' sailboat, traveling to other countries, visiting our children and living the lifestyle that is Utila. We ended up in the hospitality industry by accident and have enjoyed it ever since we got our first hotel on the island. Not knowing anything at all about the service industry we simply decided to use a plan based on what WE liked about some of the places we've stayed in around the world. So far, it seems to be working rather well!

Tony & Jo purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Tony & Jo chose Utila

Utila is where we live and we're not going anywhere, so... when this building came on the market a mere 125 paces from our home it seemed like it was ready made for us. We purchased the building and started a light remodel immediately, including the renovation of one building into The Cottage that we designed around an intimate place that we would like to stay in!

What makes this apartment unique

The Gardens is in a very quiet setting with a 6 foot privacy fence around the entire property. Security lighting is 24 hours for the comfort of our guests and the private deck attached is just that; private. Being close to 'downtown', but not in it means the five minute walk to Main Street is just enough to keep the hustle and bustle of traffic, noise, and congestion at bay. The Gardens is not just a box with a bed in one corner, it is a home away from home!


Utila Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
  • Air Conditioning
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • 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
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
4 of the units have private decks attached in addition to the common deck. The second floor units have 14' vaulted ceilings and all units get the Easterly Trade Winds keeping them fresh, breezy, and comfortable! A separate Cottage is now under construction for those wanting the ultimate in intimate privacy~


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(51 traveler reviews)

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Utila's The Gardens ~ 2014 Excellence Award Winner ~
average rating of 4.9607844 based on 51 reviews

Great location, hospitable hosts

  • 4 of 5

This was our first trip to Utila and boy were we happy to be off of Main Street - way too noisy with all of the 4-wheelers, motorcycles, tuk-tuks (pedestrians do NOT have the right of way in Utila). The Gardens is in a perfect location if you want to be able to walk to restaurants and shops but far enough away from Main St. to be quiet. The apartment itself was simple but nice. The owners provided a convenient starter supply of coffee, water, TP, and paper towel, and went out of their way to offer assistance. We went shopping in town and ran into Tony who offered to drive our groceries back so we could carry on with our dinner plans. NICE! The Wi-Fi was also good, better in the early and late evening when others were not on but certainly sufficient for email, FB, etc. In short, the location and hospitality cannot be beat.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tony and Jo couldn't be more Awesome!

  • 5 of 5

With their casual island groove, they have thought of everything... clean, secure properties and with all the extras you can imagine. Their connections throughout the island made for one of the easiest vacations we've ever been on. Would we go back? We are!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyable experience.

  • 5 of 5

Clean, comfortable, well appointed apt. situated convenient to restaurants and bars, but far enough from hustle of main street. Best part of stay were the hosts, Jo and Tony. Picked us up, arranged for soda and beer delivery, loaned us things from their kitchen, got us a deal on a scooter, sold the best orange juice you'll ever taste and were there whenever we needed. (just not before 9am) Would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Utila Gem

  • 4 of 5

Nice clean property. Everything you need in a cottage style atmosphere. The hosts, Tony & Jo, and Juan/ Blanca are very friendly and helpful ! Gardens smell wonderful and just a short walk or tuctuc ride to everywhere. Really enjoyed our stay !

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

They came to pick us up from the port, clean and comfortable place. !!! Very good people!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Experience!

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was great, and the hosts were excellent. They gave us many suggestions of what to do throughout our time in Utila. It isn't located on the beach, so we ended up renting a golf cart. Which I would highly recommend, not only for returning to the house, but also driving around the island.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
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Nearest Airport
2.5 Miles
Utila Municipal
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
One Quarter mile
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Miles
Utila Princess at Municipal Dock
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Cheppe's Public Beach
Car: not necessary

Sailing Charters, Aircraft Charters, Private Dive Boats, Private Dive Instructors, Provisioning of the unit prior to move in, concierge service for all island activities and assistance with transport in country


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100

Year Round ~ Please inquire!
Holiday Rate: (New Years, Christmas, Sun Jam, Carnival) + 25%
50% Deposit Required
Monthly Renters Require Refundable Damage Deposit of $200.00
Monthy and Long Term rates available
Monthly rentals responsible for own electric
Short terms rentals have metered 12 KW per day allowance. Above 12 KW billed at UPCO rates.
Weekly housekeeping in all apartments.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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