As I was planing my trip to Honduras, I ran across an interesting description about eclectic bungalows made out of mysterious findings. Once I took a look at pictures on the net, I decided to derogate my own rules and to take more money in the bank to have the chance to sleep at Jade Seahorse during my stay in Ùtila.
I just can’t resist out of the box art creations!
Who wants to sleep in a bizarre hotel made of trash?
At our arrival on the smallest of the Bay Island, it was hiding behind a colorful wood fence : Nightland. A small world made out of curves, details and surprises. It took the owner and artist Neil Keller 15 years to build the bungalows and sculptures that create the site. Bizarre mosaics and sculptures made of bottles, beads, balls…and plastic bananas.
All this just make me want to build gigantic trashy sand castles!
Combining original cabins, a restaurant and a bar in the trees (A bar in the trees!!!!) called the Treetanic, Jade Seahorse made my inner artist and lover of puns feel home.
During our stay, we had the Mono Lisa cabin, a.k.a the blue one, just up the geometrical red stairs that drive you crazy cause you never really know where to put your feet. A comfortable three nights in adorable room with A/C. And god knows we love when ”Adorable” and ”A/C” are put together.
Although I had a nice stay at this hotel, I must admit the service was a little less amazing than the presentation. It was difficult to find staff on the site and we lost time to check-in and check-out. Also, a very nice thing when you visit Ùtila is that you can get access to Jade Seahorse’s site when you want to hang out and take pictures. It is great if you don’t want to pay the big price to stay there, but if you did pay it, you don’t have the 5 stars service that should come with it and there’s always strangers around your cabin.
Don’t get me wrong, I had an amazing time there, but if you don’t have the bucks to sleep there, you are not missing the main point. Go and take pictures and take a beer (or two) at the bar!
What are the craziest artsy places where you stayed?
In peak-season, a room cost 90US$ for a night on a week day. Not a all a budget choice, I chose the hotel because of the originality.
You can find all the rates and make a reservation on Jade Seahorse’s website.
If you want to discover more posts about Honduras, take a look at:
- 4 Reasons to Fall in Love With Copan, Honduras
- 5 Tips for a Trip to Honduras
- Honduras – Exploring the Mangrove in Kayak