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Grand Oceanfront Home With Private Spa, Spacious Living Areas, Stunning Views!

Bedrooms 5
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Huge 5 Bed, 3 Bath Home With Private Dock And World's Largest Float Room!

Watch the sun rise and frigates soar over the sea from your wrap-around porch, coffee in hand.

Snorkel with tropical fish off the island's most beautifully designed private dock, or practice morning yoga under pink and orange clouds.

In the lull of the afternoon, spend a blissful hour in the world's largest flotation tank, Float Utila, now exclusively for Cay House guests.

In the evening, make dinner in your spacious and bright kitchen with panoramic windows overlooking the sparkling sea. Enjoy a cocktail and watch the sun sink below the horizon from the porch hammocks, and fall asleep to the sound of lapping water in a king sized bed hanging from the ceiling.

Walking distance to every dive shop, restaurant and attraction in town, yet removed from the busy road, the Cay House is on its very own private island/cay connected to the world by a drawbridge. Built in the '80s and renovated from the ground up by second owner, Norwegian carpenter John Arne Loken, the Cay House is perfectly located for the best sunrises, sunsets, and views of the mainland's stunning Pico Bonito Mountain Range across the water on clear days.

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John Arne and Amanda Løken
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish, swedish, norwegian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 8, 2017

About John Arne and Amanda Løken

John Arne first came to Utila in 1997, just a few weeks into a planned backpacking trip from Guatemala to Panama. He instantly fell in love, stayed three months, and never made it further south. In 2001, John Arne was no longer able to resist Utila's siren song and bid Norway farewell.

In 2006, a vacationing public radio producer from the USA named Amanda stopped to snap pictures on the drawbridge of a beautiful yellow house and met a handsome Viking on his way out to buy paint thinner. A few months later she would sell all her belongings, quit her job, and move to a tiny Caribbean island with nine boxes of books, a suitcase of clothes, and her faithful dog, Ella.

Paint thinner remains highly romantic to them.

Since then they have raised a family, finished reviving the lovely yellow house, built the world's largest sensory deprivation room (Float Utila) and rented out a magical, hand-crafted treehouse. Now John Arne and family are leaving the island for one year and have decided to rent out their beloved jewel of the bay to other sunset aficionados.

We hope you love it as much as we do.

John Arne and Amanda Løken purchased this house in 2001

Why John Arne and Amanda Løken chose Utila

Upon his move to Utila in 2001, John Arne discovered that the island's most lovely home, the Cay House, was for sale. A carpenter by trade, he knew he was just the artisan to help the grand dame of the bay realize her full potential. Featured in tourism brochures, postcards, and Utila calendars, the Cay House has been a celebrated landmark on the island and is now, for the first time, available as a vacation rental.

What makes this house unique

Until recently, Float Utila has been a top attraction for tourists on the island. Now it is an exclusive amenity for Cay House guests, an indescribable experience of relaxation, peace, and healing.

The house is completely surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, attached to the rest of Utila by a drawbridge.

We also have a swing inside the house! A swing! INSIDE! Wheeeee! Because one of John Arne's favorite things to say is, 'It's never too late to live a happy childhood.'

The master bedroom features a king size hanging bed. John Arne is a skydiver and prefers to be off the ground as much as possible.


Car: not necessary


Utila House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Bathroom facility in float room area
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Sunrise oceanview room with shared bathroom, ceiling fan.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Oceanview room with shared full bathroom, a/c, ceiling fan
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Hanging king bed, private bath, oceanview porch, a/c, fan
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen suite with sunrise ocean view, full bath, a/c, fan
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Sunrise oceanview room, shared full bathroom, a/c, fan
  • All bedrooms with ocean view. Master bedroom has a handcrafted king sized bed that hangs from the ceiling!
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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 tubing
  • wind-surfing
The world's largest sensory deprivation room, Float Utila, is located on the ground floor of the house and is for the use of our guests. Floating is bliss! Air conditioners and other appliances are not guaranteed. We will do our best to repair or replace damaged appliances as fast as possible, but finding parts on Utila, and Honduras in general, can be challenging.


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Grand Oceanfront Home With Private Spa, Spacious Living Areas, Stunning Views!
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

Outstanding property for our needs

  • 5 of 5

Great location. We were able to walk next door to Captain Morgans dive shop each morning as well as easily get wherever we wanted to go. Note, Captain Morgans had a great breakfast. The house is very comfortable and spacious. We thoroughly enjoyed evenings on the back deck with a glass of wine and the cross breeze. Spectacular view of the ocean.

Tina and JJ were fantastic. From providing information and connections before we arrived to meeting us at the airport to helping us navigate a last minute change in getting off the island, they made themselves available for whatever we needed.

Thank you for sharing your house with us.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We rented this amazing house with 5 friends to celebrate a milestone birthday. The location is PERFECT, you can walk to everything. Some nights the dive shops next door can get a little loud with their parties but nothing we couldn't live with. Swimming off the dock, having coffee on the porch while watching the sun come up. The kitchen was wonderful and you can find most items you'll need at the local grocery stores. 5 beautiful bedrooms. I must admit the hanging bed in the master bedroom was hard to adjust to (I was sick upon arrival) but by the end I really enjoyed it. When we return, This is where we will rent this again, can't imagine staying anywhere else. It was the most relaxing week I've had in a very long time. Highly recommend!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grand home with incredible views

  • 5 of 5

8 of us stayed the last week at the Yellow Cay house. Beautiful home with amazing water views from every room. Lovely breezes that flow throughout the home. We spent most of our time on the porch and decks. Loved the flotation room and rain shower downstairs. This home is close to everything but just far enough over the water to not hear much traffic off the main road. We rented golf carts and toured the whole island. We were able to park them right on the back deck of the home. The only thing I wished was there were a couple of throw blankets for the beds. We would definitely return again. JJ and Tina were most helpful as well our entire stay. So fun to see another Okie couple in paradise.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Leah. So nice to have you and your lovely friends at the house. Thanks for the great tip. We will buy some more blankets!
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Beautiful big house with a very nice deck to sit on when it is too rainy to play.

  • 5 of 5

Amanda, the owner, got right back to us about any questions we had. We were met at the airport by the property managers, JJ and Tina. They were great about saying that we could contact them night or day if we needed them. We had no issues just a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Vacation EVER!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here with another family and enjoyed all the house has to offer. It's gorgeous and well appointed, and works great for two families. The location cannot be beat, very central to everything but feels secluded. Swimming off the dock is a dream, and reading in the hammocks made every afternoon feel like a real vacation. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best House in Utila

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our group of ten adults. Even with ten of us we never felt crowded. The location on the water in the middle of town was great and made walking to all of the local restaurants and bars easy. Eight of us dove with Utila Water Sports, and they picked us up at our dock every day. It was really nice not to have to haul all of our gear to the dive shop. The porch with its hammocks and chairs was perfect for lazy afternoons after a morning of diving. Amanda was really easy to work with when setting up the reservation. The property managers, Tina and JJ, took care of anything we needed while at the house, including having beer, soda, and ice delivered at our request. If we get a chance to return to Utila, we will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
cleaning fee $75
Tax Rate 19.0%

Floating is free for Cay House guests, exclusively. We do not charge for children under the age of 10. Guests pay all extra power over included 30 KWH/day allowance. Discounted rates apply to stays of two weeks or more, except during holidays. No refund without at least 30 day cancellation notice. Contact owner for more information.

Full refund with 90 advanced cancellation. 50% refund with 45 day advanced cancellation. No refund for cancellations of fewer than 45 days.

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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