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

(26 Reviews)

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Last updated: 04/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

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.


Member since: 2012

Speaks: english, spanish, swedish, norwegian
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 450 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • 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


  • Books:

    A small library of books and magazines....moreless

  • Games:

    Under the dining table there is a secret shelf with boardgames and cards....moreless

  • Stereo:

    A small old-school boombox with cable for amplifying your own tunes from your device....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

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

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
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided


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


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden


Write a review 5
from 26 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2018
7 night min stay


Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • cleaning fee $40
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 19%


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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Last updated: 04/23/2017
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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 Stuart's Hill, heralded for its panoramic view of the entire island and 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 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.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish, swedish, norwegian
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

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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

  • Most Picturesque treehouse rental
--Condé Nast Traveler

    Most Picturesque treehouse rental --Condé Nast Traveler

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  • 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

This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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