The Jade Seahorse/Nightland Cabins/Treetanic Bar is a sight to behold. My wife and I had only a little sense of what this artist's dreamscape was from our guide book. It's so much more. Under the canopy of huge breadfruit and mango trees this complex is stunning. Every inch of the place is covered with art complete with a sea shell tunnel and glass bottle walls. Neil, the owner/artist, works on adding art almost every single day of the year, and has done this for 12 or 13 years he said. As for the rooms, coming from the US Neil made sure that the place is up to western standards in terms of comfort, each with plenty of space and large bathrooms. When we checked in we had an opportunity to look at a few of the rooms and decide in which we were to stay. Every room is different and has a different theme, (we stayed in the Mono Loco cabin, which is a hybrid Mona Lisa and monkey room). In the front of the property is the Jade Seahorse restaurant which is run by Neil's wife, Julia, who is an island native and is an excellent carribean cook. Like the rest of the property, the restaurant is entirely covered with art, much of it in this case though, is found objects, (and many things Neil found on on the island and Ebay). The (Treetanic) bar, though, seems to be the most popular attraction on the property. It is a bar roughly shaped like a ship built up in the heights of the mango trees. Drinks are cheap and it lures in a lot of the international set including the dive instructors. Needless to say we had a great time staying here and would highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nightland sits on a hill beneath the caribbean sky, surrounded by old tamarind trees. Designed by an artist, the cabins reflect a unique architectural style inside and out. Gardens cascade down the hill toward the Jadeseahorse restaurant and Treetanic bar, an elevated ship's deck built between three huge mango trees. Utila welcomes you! ... more less