About This Listing
April and May Special- 50% off 3 days or more. Gated, 2 blocks from Westend beach, hilltop view of the island and reef. Private, Main house and separate tower with lush tropical gardens. Great for luxury pampered campers and adventurers.
The main house, has 1 queen bedroom, a huge kitchen and greatroom. Nice curtained queen sleeping nook in the great-room, 2 baths, and a huge patio with laundry. The two story tower, has one king bedroom and a bath and has a lovely view above the treetops of the ocean and sunset. The house and tower sleeps 6 Adults and a few kids. There are 2 Queen size beds in the main house (one in the Master Bedroom and one in the great-room) and a king size bed and bath in the tower which is located down a short lit cement walkway. There are Floor mattresses for additional guests.
Lie in the hammocks and watch the birds and other tropical wildlife. Walk into the kitchen which is fully equipped , and nice for dinner parties or hanging out with friends. The outdoor grill is perfect for barbecue and Smores!
The house has games, a cell phone, and snorkeling gear. The patio is draped with hammocks, swings and murals just perfect for gathering with friends and family after a swim in the community pool or a dip in the sea.
The Casa Rara is designed by a Honduran Architect to perfectly capture the northerly trade winds. The house uses a rustic cement Honduran hand made architecture, and the main house is cooled with ceiling and floor fans only. The tower bedroom with king bed and bath has air conditioning.
Please be sure to contact us if you are a Teacher, a Nurse or former/current RPCV. We love these folks and we can offer a discount if the casa is available!!!!
La Casa Rara is located in a safe Condo community of Sunset Villas. You won't find a better location, close to shops, Bars, diving, water taxi and beaches. We collaborate with Earth Mamas Yoga and Coconut Tree Divers to make your vacation the best ever. Just two blocks up on the hill your retreat begins by fixing a tropical fruit drink and stargazing from the tower roof top.
Inquire about special price June 9-16
Guests have access to the community of Sunset Villas and use of the community pool for an additional fee. Everything is included in the rental price. Guest may select groceries, pool , water overage, and WiFi rental for a modest additional charge.
Interaction with Guests
Guests will have a welcome soiree with drinks and snacks and a personal orientation to the island, by Tanja, the property manager. We have a collaborative agreement with Coconut Tree Divers and Earth Mamas yoga. A cell phone will be provided as well as a stick modem for laptop. Grocery shopping can provide you with all you need prior to your arrival
The neighborhood is a gated safe condo community that is a 10 minute walk past the Condos and pool to a Hilltop Garden of Eden. All Westend Restaurants, dive shops, water taxi and boutiques are close walking distance.
The paved hill road to the Casa Rara is steep and manageable for school age children and able bodied adults. Taxis charge $1-$2 to take you up the hill.
Other Things to Note
Contact owner for special offers. Se Habla Espanol.
From Mar 1 - May 31, 2015 the minimum stay is 3 nights.
I love the Casa Rara!! It's the best place to stay on Roatan!
The space is very inviting, from the hammocks on the covered porch to the decor. My friend and I loved our lazy mornings, making coffee in the spacious kitchen and lazing around on the hammocks or enjoying the sunset view on top of the torre.
The house conveniently located, within walking distance of the bars, restaurants, and dive centers of West End, but set apart just enough to create your own private retreat. Also, I must say the beds were very comfortable (such soft sheets!).
Tanja, the local property manager, was also incredibly helpful and accessible for any questions we had about the island and the property itself. Desiree was highly responsive and accessible during and after booking, and she gives GREAT deals for RPCVs.
Our stay at La Casa Rara was unique and wonderful. Tanjah (property manager) was on site to explain how everything worked, and to direct us to restaurants and other places of interest. It's so nice to have someone local that can offer their insight. We really enjoyed the outdoor living area and the grounds. Unfortunately there were no ripe pineapples, but maybe next time. It really is just a 5min walk to the main street in town, and maybe 15min walk to Half Moon Bay where Tanjah can direct you to the best snorkeling. I would suggest eating at one of the many open air "street food type" eateries. Don't let the very steep hill on the way to the house intimidate you, it's not as bad as it seems at first.
The host was very welcoming. Desiree made sure we were taken care of from the minute we landed in Roatan. We were picked up and driven direct to La Casa Rara. We were given a quick briefing on the rules of the house and we were off to explore the island. The house is located in a great part of West End there is plenty of diving snorkeling less than a 5 minute walk from the Casa. The neighborhood is safe and the house itself is beautiful. This house has plenty of space and it makes you feel like you are actually a resident of the island. I would recommend this house to anyone!
This is a wonderful house to come home to after a day snorkeling or diving. Situated on a hill, the house catches cooling ocean breezes (a real bonus during the humid days of August) and a big, high-ceilinged porch takes advantage of this. The inside of the house (which wraps part of the porch) also gets good air through many windows and there are ceiling fans throughout. The view from the porch includes trees and the ocean and the nearest houses are far enough that you don’t hear their residents.
The main house has one bedroom and a second bed behind a curtained area in the main living room/dining room/kitchen. In the nearby “tower” there is an additional air-conditioned bedroom and bath. The view from the top of the tower takes in ocean and much of the island—a great place for an evening drink. Part of what makes Casa Rara so inviting is the many homeowner’s touches such as firm mattresses, cotton sheets, hot water with good pressure, quiet, effective fans and adequate lighting which are a rarity in most of the hotels and local homes where I have stayed in Honduras. The kitchen has a nice layout, the appliances work well and there are new Teflon pans, decent knives and a “starter” supply of staple items such as oil, salt, sugar, dish soap—more homeowner’s touches. Overall, this feels like a house that the owner spends time in and takes care of, not a place that is simply rented year-around.
The owner’s agent, Tanja, is helpful, clear and easy to contact. The owner, Desiree, is warm, thoughtful and full of helpful information about what to do in the area. We came for the SCUBA diving and thoroughly enjoyed diving with both of the shops she recommended (Coconut Tree Divers and Native Sons). She was also very helpful with details like getting a taxi from the airport to West End.
Overall, this house was sooo relaxing to come home to after a day of diving (and for lunch between dives). It is about a 5 minute walk to the western end of town and a 15 minute walk from the central “roundabout” near Coconut Tree Divers. The feeling of privacy of one’s own home and the ability to cook one’s own food were really a plus over staying in a hotel.
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Casa Rara for a whole week and we truly loved this darling house.
First of all, it’s great location: it’s in the West End, a 5-7minute walk takes you to the ocean and the main road where you’ll find the restaurants, bars and numerous dive shops!
So if you’re looking for privacy and a quiet retreat to fall back onto, the casa is the right place! Close to everything yet far enough so you don’t hear the island’s nightlife.
You'll love to settle down with a book on one of the two hammocks hanging in the vast open covered porch or just sit there and listen to the birds chirping or the breeze in the luscious flora surrounding the casa.
This house can easily accommodate 6 people (or more if you have young kids). A big plus: a clothes washer to do laundry! :-)
If you’re looking for a place to let go of the stress or to throw a small party for your new friends, that’s the place to be!
Also, our two hosts, Desiree and Tanya were always very helpful and made sure everything was there to meet our needs and make our stay comfortable.
On another note, be careful about using the ATM machines in West End as most of them will clone your cards and make your money disappear in no time! Use the one at the gas station or go to the bank.
About the Host, Desiree
I love Travel and New Orleans and I love the culture and people of Honduras where I was a Peace Corps volunteer. I believe when you travel you need to have a good time and experience the language and culture of the people who host you as a visitor. I hope you will enjoy the Casa Rara which was built with love in a Honduran style. I'm a nurse and my husband is a teacher. We love to host nurses, teachers and scuba divers
"Tie on your sarong and enjoy the island breeze!"