About the property
- House4305 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
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.
John Arne and Amanda Løken
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- Apr 30, 2018
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.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 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.
Dream boat house on the water!
Our group of 6 friends LOVED the Cay House! Jumping off the private deck into the water after yoga in the great room was pure heaven. The rooms are spacious and well-furnished. Lots of books and games if you need.
We loved swinging in the hammocks and watching the dive boats go by.
We dived with Captain Morgans dive shop next door and they took good care of us. Recommended.
Mango Tangos had the best food other than Neptunes Island.
We will return!
Property was even prettier in person!! Very clean, comfortable and accommodating for a large group!
Property owners and mangers were wonderful to book with, answered all my questions about the home and island and helped us make contact with the services and people we wanted to meet on the island on arrival! The island is gorgeous, very nice people and we experienced the best diving and snorkeling ever!! I would highly recommend paradise divers for all your dive and snorkeling needs! Joshua and his team take good care of you and their prices are fantastic! We had all of our own dive and snorkel gear! I would skip renting a golf cart, save your money as you can walk or take a Tuk, Tuk anywhere and it’s so much more fun!! The house had all of the amenities that our group of 8 needed! We had a fun time snorkeling right off the dock!! Cheapest drinks were at Utila Lodge, just up from the house and their lunch specials were so good too! You must also go to Neptune beach!! Loved it all and can’t wait to visit again!!
Amazing home in a fantastic location
This is the best home on the island. It is right in the middle of everything Utila has to offer. We came to Utila with our 3 adult children and 80 year-old mother for the Christmas/New Years holiday and it was absolutely perfect. The room on the main level was ideal for my mother, while giving our 3 children their own rooms upstairs. My husband and I took the master suite upstairs with the hanging bed, and let me tell you, it was amazing. The float tank was icing on the cake. We each used it several times and loved it. Not only was the house clean and comfortable with stunning views, it truly is the best home on the island. Utila is a hidden gem. People are so friendly, honest and very helpful. The golf cart that we rented was perfect to get around to the other side of the island. Tina and JJ, the property managers, were always available if we needed them, and gave us great recommendations for restaurants, grocery shopping, and just about everything you can think of. They even had our golf cart ready at the house for us upon arrival. The booking process was simple and Amanda (the home owner) was always quick to answer our questions during the booking process. This truly was an amazing home and we will most definitely return. Thank you so much for the memories!
Everything we expected and more!
I came with a group of 6 and we had a fabulous time at the Cay House. All communications before and during our stay were timely and super helpful. JJ even helped us get back to Roatan kind of last minute since the Ferry wasn't running the day of our departure. We enjoyed a lot of hammock time on the deck as well as the float tank. We definitely weren't ready to leave and look forward to coming back!
Outstanding property for our needs
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.
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!!!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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.