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

Bedrooms 5
Space 4,305 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
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Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 10, 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.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Utila

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4305 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!
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Property was even prettier in person!! Very clean, comfortable and accommodating for a large group!

  • 5 of 5

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!!

  • Submitted: 28-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing home in a fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: 12-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything we expected and more!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: 16-May-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: 13-Mar-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: 19-Feb-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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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Utila

Rental Basis:
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Winter Holidays
Dec 21 2018 - Jan 3 2019
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee C$95.71
Refundable Damage Deposit C$957.07
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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