Many positive things to say about our recent visit. Debbie from the resort was helpful with arranging the transfer from San Pedro Sula to Utila. Utila town is a small village, everyone knows everyone. We took a boat to the dock near the resort, then a truck to the resort.
The resort is well designed architecturally. The use of natural colors, wood, and rock complements the setting. We were greeted personally by the staff, there were only 8 of us staying that week. All the staff was very friendly and accommodating. There is a small beach with a house reef that other divers said was excellent (I didn't do a shore dive). There are beach chairs, a bar, and a nice common area. This is not a fine powdery white sand beach, if you go in the surf bring your dive booties or Aqua Socks so you don't cut your feet.
Room: large room with armoire, 4 poster bed, roomy bath. If you want a giant flat screen TV, this is not the place for you. Free Wifi will connect you to the outside world if needed. Room was always spotless. Free filtered drinking water was provided. They use natural rain water for showers, so if pressure is low, just tell them to change the cistern and it will be fine.
Food: Was consistently delicious. Full breakfast made to order, the chef has 2 options daily. I don't eat seafood and there was always a non seafood option available. Iced tea and hibiscus tea were included, if you wanted soft drinks or mixed drinks, they were available from the bar. The bartenders Kerri and Josue were friendly and pleasant. Had one minor misstep on first day, pork was kind of tough, so you may want to choose the other option that day.
Diving: The diving was well done. We had a great divemaster, Federico, who explained the dives well. We were on the Miss U, a large dive boat, so had plenty of room. All the equipment was new, we rented Cressy BCs which were comfortable. The rental prices were a little high, but all the equipment was in perfect condition, and the dive staff rinsed and hauled everything for you.
Activities: We did the Pigeon Key excursion, it is a small village on a cay with British pirate descendants. Saw the local wooden fishing boats and had dinner at a local restaurant. Nice diversion, however if you want touristy kitsch, not a place for you. Also went to Water Key for a nice BBQ on the beach. It is a private little island. You can snorkel and relax in hammocks. I was a little upset that some people did not pick up their trash, and you could see prior of evidence of a humungous music festival that had occurred. I did Autumn's yoga class every time offered, she is a great and patient instructor. Usually takes place on a rooftop with the sounds of the surf crashing and birds singing, very relaxing natural setting. The yoga classes also helped me use less air on the dives due to better breath control. We also took Autumn's suggestion to try the Float Utila, which we enjoyed (see separate review).
Overall, an excellent trip. It is not cheap, but was right up our alley for scuba diving and relaxing. Would recommend unless you want a typical free booze cheesy resort experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casually elegant, beachfront dive and spa resort. All rooms are oceanview or oceanfront and have air conditioning, ceiling fans and spacious balconies with views of the ocean and mainland mountains. Full service dive shop, beach bar, lounge and on-site restaurant with table service. All meals are included in weekly package rates. Pool, hot tub and dive pool as well as fitness room and spa treatment room are among the great amenities added during our recent renovations. Rates are per person, double occupancy. We can arrange island connections from Honduras or the neighboring island of Roatan. One bedroom oceanfront bungalows with separate living areas and small refrigerators are also available. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Utopia Dive Village Utila
- Utopia Dive Village Hotel Utila