Casa Rara , Best Location, Book in May 30%off
|Minimum Stay||1 night|
|Living space||2000 square feet|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyAsk
|Theme||Adventure, Beach, Tropical, Village|
Description from the owner
La Casa Rara in Westend (A rare house) on the hill over looking the most beautiful beaches and reef in the world. When you walk in the front door you are on a breezy outdoor open air patio looking out over the lush gardens. There you and your loved ones will 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 main house, has 2 bedrooms and two baths, 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 sleeps 6 Adults and a few kids. There are 2 Queen size beds in...Read more
Casa Rara , Best Location, Book in May 30%off
West End, Roatan
(Property location is approximate)
Additional Location Information
La Casa Rara is in West End about 20 minutes taxi ride from the airport. West End is a small village where you will find beaches, Dive Shops, boutiques, restaurants and nightlife. The house is in a gated secure community. You can easily walk from the beach past the gate and up the hill. In just 5 minutes you are away from the main west end beach road and lying in a hammock in the seclusion of the house and gardens. The community pool is down the hill 200 meters from the Casa.
Location Type Beach, Tropical, Village
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$130||$130||$700 - $900||$1,450 - $1,850||1 night|
|Sep. 8 2012 - Dec. 15 2012
|All Other Dates||$130||$130||$900||$1,850||1 night|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Cleaning fee - $0 / stay - Other
- Damage deposit - $500 / stay - Security Deposit
Additional notes from owner
April 2013 we have 40% off the prices listed. Will prorate shorter stay or days over one month. Extra fee for water usage over 5 Cu. Meters. Discount is available for medical personnel, teachers and volunteers. Additional fee for pool use. Modest electric use included. Drinking water provided free of charge, Cell Phone and USB Modem available by request.
Reservation is firm once damage deposit and half rent are paid. Payment is made via Paypal or personal check sent to owner. Please call Desiree (in the US) at 504-494-9689 for additional instructions on reservation and payment.
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What Past Guests Are Saying
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Most Spectacular Getaway Ever!
We have been to numerous tropical destinations, including the South Pacific, and the stay at La Casa Rara topped them all. Four of us rented the house for one week. More could have stayed easily. It was paradise. Very convenient to shops, restaurants, dive boat. Short walk to dive shop and boat. Fabulous fun sitting in calm bay water sipping beer. Close to town but still very private and quiet. Loved the veranda and the hostess was wonderful. I forgot my dive card, so just walked in and snorkled - the reef was a mere 100 yards from the beach and offered the most amazing snorkling. We saw a turtle, eels, conch shells and at least 75 varieties of gourgeous reef fish. We went to local grocery store and bought food and cooked and also ate dinner out. Enjoyed fresh fruit purchased daily from local truck vendors. Diving was great -- fabulous, huge sponges and good visibility!!! They have kayaking in bay, great swimming for adults and kids and glass bottom boat. Casa Rara is perfectly located a short distance off the beaten path for wonderful privacy.The islanders are incredibly friendly. I felt totally safe the entire time. I came away wanting to move to Casa Rara. I'll definitely go back as much as possible.
Michelle and Keith
private and relaxing
We stayed at la casa rara from Jan 18/12 to Mar 5/12 Tanjah had a taxi driver there with a sign to help us to get to the casa which is a nice touch when you do not know the area. She showed and explained everything about the house and pool, where to find things complete with the groceries we had e-mailed before we got there to have at the house again a very nice touch so we did not have to run around finding things just sit back and relax. The home itself was great to enjoy the breezes that flowed through from the winds each day and the shade the patio offered after a day of sun.The hill up to the casa was a challenge at first but got easier as time went on however it is not for the faint of heart. The house was equipped with everything that you needed however it was challenging to use the firepit for barbequing because of the wind blowing pretty much each day.We had a great time and thank you for letting us share your piece of paradise.
Response from Desiree Loeb Guth and Tanja Linde - 03/15/2012
We are so glad you enjoyed the stay. We hope you can come back soon!
Hasta Pronto! Desiree and Tanja
Good energy at Casa Rara
I really enjoyed my stay at La Casa Rara. I'm not the "Club Med " type so that is what attracts me to the West End, rather then West Bay, so Casa Rara was appealing to me. Casa Rara is a nice place fantastic views, from the hammock on the porch or from the tower where you can see the ocean below. It gives you a real sense of what it would be like to live on an Island, instead of living in a house with a cook and swimming pool bar. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I liked the energy of Casa Rara. It is nice to be above the town, the breeze keeps the temp enjoyable with the ceiling fans. Of course I was there in the dead of winter, and the temp ranged throughout the day from 75-85 degrees. And, the house screens function well against mosquitoes; I wasn't bothered once while in the house (opposed to many times when in town). I also rather enjoyed the walk up the hill, but then I like exercise. For those who need help, I understand that a taxi will take you up inexpensively, but I never used one. In fact, often I walked up late at night after spending time in town. Speaking of that, I felt very safe in the town walking at all hours and I also felt safe in the house. There are neighbors close by (but not too close) and the road has somewhat of a gated access at the bottom of the hill. It is, as has been said before, an Island home, clean with all the basic needs and appropriate décor/furnishings for a laid back town on the Honduras Island. Great diving/snorkeling is just available from many of the top notched scuba shops just down the hill. Reef Gliders and Coconut tree were great. I definitely would go back to Roatan, and use the house again.
Response from Desiree Loeb Guth and Tanja Linde - 01/10/2012
Yes Yes Yes, Glad you enjoyed the casa Eyerah. Must be that Peace Corps in your soul, Jah Mon. Desiree
New Orleans, LA
Awesome! Loved La Casa along with it's natural surroundings
The Casa Rara is the nicest warmest vacation spot you can image. My Mother, sister and I stayed there for 2 weeks this past September, 2011. We loved hanging out on the patio and exploring all over the island. The casa is just 1 minutes from the airport and we were greeted by our taxi driver Robert and Tanja who was waiting at the casa when we arrived with nice cold tropical rum and fruit drinks on our arrival. The flowers were blooming in the garden, the birds sang to us and we relaxed in the porch hammocks while resting after our flight.
We walked down the hill every day and enjoyed the beach, snorkeling and restaurants. We loved taking the water taxi to west bay and walking on the beach and swimming in the crystal blue sea.
The casa is beautifully decorated and each evening we went up on the rooftop balcony and enjoyed the beautiful sunsets and starry skies. The beds were comfy and the linens clean and crisp. We loved cooking fresh local shrimp and fish bought fresh from the boats in west end. The kitchen looks out over the patio and it was a very caribbean experience.
As our vacation was coming to an end I found myself missing La Casa and the island. You get really attached to the place and the beautiful surroundings. Who wouldn't miss lush vegetation, beautiful blue waters, great food, wonderful people and a very comfortable place to lay your head every night after all the activities that the island has to offer. I am going to miss picking my own bananas off the trees at the Casa and eating it on the hammock. My mother enjoyed her stay as well and felt very relieved when we arrived. She said "now this is what I am talking about. This is a vacation”! She lives in Boston so you know she was totally in to the carribean lifestyle. We look forward to our next trip next year and hope that most people take time to visit the island and the Casa.
Response from Desiree Loeb Guth and Tanja Linde - 11/21/2011
Oooooh you make me so very homesick for the ocean breeze and the island way of life. We enjoyed having you as our guests! Come back soon Carolina!
KC and the Sunshine Band
San Antonio, TX
Hilltop living five minutes fromthe water
La Casa Rara is a terrific hideaway in West End. As has been mentioned previously, it is at the top of a hill. So, what does that mean? Can you say trade winds?! With the shutters open, the most terrific breezes move through the house, and the views from on top of the tower are spectacular (though the flight of steps up is definitely not us standard!). The house is five minutes from the beach going downhill, less if you strap on rollerblades. (Do not do this!). On the other hand, the walk back up is, shall we say, slightly more aerobic. I personally loved the walk up the hill, the kids who stayed with us loved it so long as we took it slow, and my 70 year old mother (a very healthy 70), not so much. Problem easily solved- 20 lemps (about a buck) and one of the many taxi's would drive her from Coconut Tree after an afternoon of snorkeling, up the hill to the front door. Money well spent to keep mom happy! (P.S. Set the price before you put mom in the taxi, and tell mom to ignore the subtle hint for an additional tip) (P.P.S The first time I did this, mom was convinced she would be kidnapped and made to live in the jungle for months on end. By the third day, she was arguing the drivers down to 15 lemp, and getting them to carry the days shopping to the door. Tough old bird).
Settling in in the house is easy. Unlike so many other vacation rentals that seem to be trying to create a us enclave in the middle of Central america (i.e. Infinity Bay), The Casa is what it is. Clean, basic, warm and comfortable. Family time centers around the kitchen and the porch, and you can easily carry on a conversation as dinner is prepared and kids lounge on the porch. Geckos chuckle at you throughout the night, and it is fun to see how many moths a gecko can eat when you flip on the light. We made the top of the tower the "Grownup Clubhouse" and the adults in our party happily sipped rum drinks and beer while the kids tried to invade.
Response from Desiree Loeb Guth and Tanja Linde - 09/05/2011
KC, you beautifully captured the essence of the casa! That's what it is and what it always was meant to be. Thanks for the laugh too! Desiree
We stayed at Casa Rara for 2 months, we had our 6 months old baby with us and the huge covered outdoor area, the near by pool and the tranquillity of the area were perfect. The house is not a high end luxury home, but it's a make your self at home.
Kimbelry & John-Michael
New Orleans, La
Great Hideaway in Roatan
We wanted a private residence near the water and we got it! The house was very clean and all of basic necessities were met. Groceries can be ordered ahead of time or purchased in town. The amenities are modern but just rustic enough to make you feel like you truly are on a tropical holiday. We were met at the airport by Robert who acted as a wonderful tour guide through town. (He's also available to drive you around for more sightseeing or errand running.) Tanjah, the property manager, did a great job of explaining everything to us - including how to use the cell phone provided - then didn't bother us the rest of our trip until we needed her.
The only thing I wish were different is the location. It's not far from the water, shopping, bars, restaurants and dive sites, but the steep incline made it an arduous task to reach the house with a backpack full of rum and mangoes after a hot day in the sun. (Maybe next time we'll rent a scooter.) The benefit of this is that, because it's on a hill, the views are spectacular. We spent many evenings relaxing in the hammocks with cocktails, watching a mama hummingbird come and go from her nest on the ceiling fan pull cord. We also loved watching sunsets from the top of the tower.
La Casa Rara is a great house for couples who want some alone time but with all of the space available, it's even better for families or those who want to share their vacation with friends.