We've just returned from an awesome 4-night stay on Utila. I truly hope that we can make it back there some day! First, about us, we're a married couple, both 41, non-divers just looking for R&R. We've been to Honduras 6 times, but this was our first trip to Utila.
We arrived by private plane which was very convenient. Make sure to have someone meet you at the airport or have a way of calling your hotel/resort when you arrive, as it's a bit of a way out and not staffed. We left by way of Capt. Vern's catamaran for Roatan. He and his shipmate were very personable, and the ship was in nice condition. If you have any issues with seasickness, I'd recommend taking dramamine or something. I didn't and so wasn't able to enjoy the trip as much as I'd have liked...this, of course, was NOT Capt. Vern's fault. He was on time to meet us, and did all he could to help us enjoy the trip.
We stayed at the Jade Seahorse which we thoroughly enjoyed! It is an amazing place which neither words nor photos can really do justice. The staff was friendly and helpful, the beds were very comfortable, and our cabin was clean. Not to mention, it has what is the coolest bar on the island, as far as we could tell, the Treetanic...nice staff, cool music and an awesome setting. On the down side (just to be balanced): this is NOT a place for young children or anyone with mobility impairments; maid service seems to be on a by request basis, which is fine with us (when we did request it, they took care of us promptly and thoroughly); there isn't always someone at the front desk, but usually if you go looking for them, you can find them; the "hot water" wasn't all that hot, but as the weather was, it really didn't matter. Those are all things that didn't bother us, but that some travelers (esp. those from the States) might want to be aware of in advance.
Hubby did a fishing trip with a capt. he met near Alice's laundry, but whose name I can't remember unfortunately. It was his most productive trip in the Bay Islands, and he had a great time. He especially enjoyed learning to fish without a rod or reel as is common among Utilans. If anyone wants more info on the fishing, I'll try to get him to post a reply.
Overall, the food we had on the island was good, some great. Our favorite meals were when we took his catch to a local restaurant to be prepared. First, the grouper was deliciously marinated and fried and served with plantains by Evelyn at Evelyn's BBQ. Then, for something completely different, Christina at Cafe Mariposa prepared the trigger fish by pan searing it, topping it with shrimp ceviche, and serving it over lightly seasoned rice with beautiful fresh baby greens, avocado and tender-crisp carrots and green beans...one of the best meals we've ever had!
Other restaurants where we had tasty food included a breakfast at Cafe Bundu and a nice whole red snapper meal at Munchies. (Somehow eating at a place called Munchies made me feel like a wretched tourist, but is was a nice place to sit under the fans and people watch, and everything we saw come out of the kitchen looked good.) Our last night we had an excellent meal at RJ's. The only meal that truly disappointed us was at La Picola's. The ambience was nice, and it was our "splurge" meal as far as the price of our entire meal, but the food just wasn't nearly as good as other places we went. Without a doubt, our favorite place for breakfast and lunch was Cafe Mariposa. Not only was the food consistently delicious, it was also beautifully presented, and the view and fresh ocean breezes made it a joy each time we were there.
One word of advice is that many restaurants have erratic schedules, so do your homework if you want to go to a particular place. For example, RJ's is only open three nights a week, I think, and we were looking forward to a meal at the Indian Wok so checked their sign for hours, but still managed to go on a night that they were closed.
We loved the completely laid back feel of the island, although I'll admit that we did feel awfully old as it seems that the average tourist is probably under 30. It was extremely hot during our stay, but not unexpected as it was June in the tropics. That being said, ladies, leave your makeup and curling irons, etc... at home. There is absolutely no point to doing any of that when you'll be a sweaty mess within five minutes of leaving your room, and nobody else is going to do it anyway!
Sorry so long...too much to tell! If anyone has questions, I'll do my best to reply.