Anthonys Key Resort
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My husband and I have visited Roatan several times before but this was our first time to dive exclusively for a week. We took away many happy memories and experiences from our time at AKR but first and foremost to make note of is the staff. They go above and beyond to help, visit with and make your experience exceptional. This includes everyone we had contact with from our waiters (Perry and Selassi), airport crew (Gregory), water taxi (Damien), and dive staff (Diana, John, Jeff and our boat capt, Will). A big thumbs up to everyone - Spa staff, front desk, maid service, entertainment, dive shop, and more. Many of the staff have been working at AKR for many years and their experience and attentiveness to detail was not lost on us. A big Thank You to Mr. Don Julio for the high standard you maintain and the generosity to your neighbors on Roatan!Unbeknownst to us, we ended up in one of the honeymoon cottages (#30) which had a lovely view and layout.We took the time to get certified in AOW and Enriched Air (Nitrox) while there. I cannot say enough positive about Diana and John who patiently saw both my husband and I through to certification. One small matter I would like to make note of - although it was able to be worked through after our arrival- was there seemed to be some communication challenges between the office and dive instructors. As I mentioned this was worked through satisfactorily after our arrival but some time and money could have been saved if dive administration and instructors had both known our communicated requests ahead of time. A dive with the sharks is worth experiencing along with a full week (or more) of diving and staying with everyone at Anthony Key Resort. Roatan is a lovely island mostly for its people!
My husband and I were there for a week and enjoyed our stay. We stayed on the docks which was a little more dated rooms but a better feel of Carrabean/water feel. Even if we did not have air conditioner, the breeze at night was very comfortable(we even took out a blanket). The diving crew were a lot of fun and very friendly. The food was good. It was served a la carte and not buffet style which we preferred. It was plentiful but not overwhelming. We spent a whole day with the Dolphins (Trainer for a day program) and that was the best experience of my life!! It was very informative and fulfilling. I would go back in a minute...definitely in the next year to come!!!
We anchored off Anthony’s Key Resort, long famous for its dolphins, where we swam and lunched aboard Roger's Cat Cruises, the best daylong cat tour in Roatan. We later returned by car for photo ops and to visit the excellent gift shop.
So let me start by sharing a few opinions about Roatan in general, not AKR specifically. If your trip is about lounging on the beach, and other primarily land based activities, you should look at other islands. This was my second trip to Roatan, and i'm sure there will be more. But my trips there are all about being under the water, not on land. The no-see-ums are a serious problem on Roatan, so BRING PICARIDIN BASED INSECT REPELLENT. Deet Based compounds don't seem to work as well on them. (see my photos). But for diving, well, Roatan is the place to go. As for diving in Roatan, my first trip to Roatan I stayed on the south side of the island and far away from the tourist area of the West End. This time i wanted to see what it was like on the north side. In many ways the diving on the south shore was much better. The reef is in better shape and there were no other dive boats to be seen. But in many ways i enjoyed the dives on the north shore just as well. The south side dives are pretty much all wall, and nothing but wall. The north side has more diverse dive sites. Yeah there was lots of wall, but it also had flat areas and some wrecks. Ok. Now AKR;The staff and grounds.This was my first stay at Anthony's Key Resort (AKR) and i am quite happy with it, and will most likely stay there again. AKR is comprised of a mainland compound and 2 smaller islands (Keys). Anthony's Key, and Baileys Key. The compound also houses the Roatan Institue of Marine Sciences (RIMS) and a medical clinc that has, I believe, 1 of the 2 Hyperbaric chambers on Roatan. Most of the bungalows, and the pool, are on Anthony's Key, with the rest of the rooms, the lobby, the dinning room, and the main dock with the dive shop being on the mainland. Be aware that there are lots of stairs to climb to get up to the lobby and dinning room. I didn't ask, but i didn't see any accommodations for a wheelchair bound person. Bailey's Key has the pins where RIMS keeps it's many dolphins and only has 2 small structures on it. There is a 24 hour water taxi that ferries you from mainland to the keys and back. If you have to call the taxi you do so by banging on a bell. You can go to Bailey's key during daylight hours to snorkel and to look at the dolphins. If you want to get in the water with the dolphins you have to book that with RIMS, but they can charge it to your room.The staff is super friendly and very helpful. Especially the guys that captain the little water taxi that takes you out to the keys. They are fun and an excellent source of reliable information. AKR greats you at the airport and Gregory will take good care of you and your luggage. The "lobby" staff is very informative and were a delight to deal with. Our RoomWe stayed in Bungalow 11, which is one of the few with air conditioning. Knowing how harsh the salty, damp, environment can be for structures i was pleasantly surprised with the excellent shape the room was in. There was none of the moldy smell i've come to expect from rooms on/near the ocean. The housekeeping staff keep everything well taken care of and stocked up for you. The grounds were immaculate. The plants were in great health and the walkways kept clear of any debris. The pool area is equally clean and well kept. They say the tap water is safe to drink, but I tend to stick with bottled water whenever I travel, even in the US. There were no power outages, that I'm aware of. And the toilet plumbing is ... normal. Not always the case on an island.The food.The restaurant is very nice and has a great view. The staff is, again, super friendly and accommodating. They have a set menu for lunch and dinner which always had 3 entree choices, one of which was always vegetarian. The food itself is pretty good. I'd say with the exception of one meal, everything ranged from "o.k." to "darn good". I did have a steak for dinner one night that was sub-par. It just tasted.. i don't know... old. But it was certainly edible. But to be fair, having worked and dined in some truly world class restaurants, I'm a bit picky when it comes to food. Everyone else i talked to loved the food. The boats and dive shop.The dive shop was well equipped and worked with us to make sure we had what we needed and that it fit. The dive computer they outfitted my son with was brand new. It even still had the plastic protective cover on the screen when they hooked it to his gear. You get assigned to a specific boat for your stay, which i like. You get to develop a sort of relationship with the people you are diving with and, for me, that makes it all the more enjoyable. The crew of the boat took excellent care of us too. If you dive with Nitrox you have to go test the mix yourself and then label the tank and set it aside. The crew will take care of getting the tanks on the boat for you. Every day you sign up on the dive board under your boat to let them know which dives you'll be going on, and to alert them to grab your Nitrox tanks if you've gotten them ready. We developed the habit of doing that right before or after dinner.Dive Classes. When we arrived we decided to take a refresher course since we hadn't dove in about 4 years. I'm so glad that we lucked into having Whitney assigned as our instructor. She is very personable and fun, yet professional and serious when it comes to the instruction and dive safety. Before the trip we had been talking about possibly getting our Advanced Open Water Cert. while at AKR. Whitney was such a delight that we signed up for the AOW class right after completing the refresher course. And by "class" i mean it was Whitney teaching just the 2 of us for our AOW cert. Basically personal instruction.Extra nice thing to know about AKR.So while we where there the northerly winds were increasing daily. Eventually they had to cancel the Wednesday afternoon dive because it was just too dangerous to get back aboard the boats. Thursday was going to be even worse. So Wednesday afternoon all the dive boats were taken around to the other side of the island. Then Thursday morning they hauled all the tanks and our dive gear across the island and bused all us divers over for the 2 morning dives. They did cancel the afternoon dive though. I suspect they feel it's just too much to keep shuttling everyone back and forth. And I'm inclined to agree. We were ready for a relaxing afternoon of drinks by the pool anyway.Other stuff to do.We were flying out Saturday so Friday was our no-dive day. But that doesn't me we couldn't get in the water. I went and snorkeled on the west side of Baily's Key, where the wind was blocked. The water is barely chest deep but i still managed to see a sting ray, a sea snake, a lobster, and many types of fish. Then in the afternoon we had signed up for one of the Dolphin adventures. (sign up for these when you first arrive, they fill up fast). We did the Adventure swim. You get in the water with the dolphins and give them the hand signals to do various things. Then they push you on a boogie board (seriously fast) and then you hang on to the their dorsal fins for the return trip. It was fun, but i kind of wish we had done the swim where you snorkel with them. It seemed to be a more natural interaction. We didn't do the shark dive, but everyone that did said it was excellent. They also offer a wild dolphin dive but i didn't talk to anyone that did that. I highly recommend AKR and I'm sure I'll be going back.
If you have read any of my previous reviews I like to provide a detailed review to help future guests make an informed decision about staying there. The review of AKR will be no different:1) If you go back in the AKR reviews to January there are numerous ones discussing a stomach virus that hit the resort. Once it was recognized as a serious problem rather than isolated incidents AKR went out of the way to address the issue. While we were there we saw hand sanitizer in numerous spots throughout the resort. Tables were sanitized after each meal. Anyone in direct contact with the food was wearing latex gloves and there was lots of signage mandating that all employees much wash there hands, especially in the washrooms. AKR placed a letter in the bungalows indicating the problem was Norovirus and they had done everything they could to prevent a re-occurrence. We were not aware of anyone getting ill at the resort while were there. Great job AKR.2) If you have difficulty walking and navigating stairs this resort may not be the place for you to stay. From the road to the lobby/restaurant/bar there are 54 steps and most likely you will climb them at least 3 times a day. Equivalent to going up the stairs in a 12 story building. The resort is spread out, my wife and I normally walked about 5000 steps a day without going off the resort, when you walked to dive boats/room/restaurant/bars/pools, etc.3)Bring lots of INSECT REPELLENT, the sand flies are everywhere! Several ladies on our dive boat had allergic reactions to the bites and required medical assistance to keep themselves comfortable. AKR sells repellent at resort pricing if you run out. Also, very good idea to bring cortizone cream to help with the itching and perhaps some antihistamines to reduce the need to scratch. There are natural based repellents available and they seemed to have some work. Our DIvemaster suggested showering as soon as you got off the boat as the sandflies like the salt water on your skin, this seemed to help as well. We saw one mosquito during our stay so they are not a problem right now.3) AKR serves breakfast off of a menu but if you want something different like pancakes, just ask. also make sure to ask for pan fried potatoes with your breakfast as they are excellent. Lunch consisted of 4 to 5 options with 1 always being vegetarian. Different normally consisted of 3 options, one again being vegetarian.Seafood for lunch and dinner was always an option and I enjoyed the freshness immensely. The ribs served at the barbecue were excellent. Remember there is only the single restaurant and AKR are doing a great job providing a variety.4) We stayed in a hillside bungalow and it had a nice view of the ocean through the palm trees but getting to them again involves a few more stairs. There is a bit of road noise in these bungalows that you would not get staying on the key.5) If you are a diver take the time to check out the hyperbaric chamber at the onsite clinic. It is amazing to see and gives you another reason to dive within your limits. It was in use by three commercial divers while we were there and we certainly hope they recover from their DCS.6) We did not do any dolphin or shark excursions as we got mixed reviews from many of the people we talked to. Going on one is certainly a personal choice. 7) Our divemaster Sherwin and boat captain Richard were extremely accommodating. I recently had back surgery and required to done my BCD in the water to avoid jarring my back and heavy lifting. No questions asked, just ensured help was there when I needed it - a big shout out to the both of them. We gave Sherwin a list of fish we wanted to see when we got there and he was able to point out about 80% of them, another job well done.8) There are several AKR reviews that say there are no fish to see. I would like to say this is extremely wrong. We saw in excess of 50 different types of fish and on some dives schools of hundreds, especially blue tangs. Sherwin took his time and pointed out many hard to see fish to our dive group like scorpion fish, toad fish and drummer fish.9) A big thank you to Gregory at the airport to make sure our luggage was always taken care of.10) Take your dive light down to the dock after dinner (at night) and watch the tarpon feed between the boats - there are close enough to touch at times.11) There are no stores close by to purchase liquor so you might want to bring some with you especially if you have a favorite wine. Happy hour is 2 for 1 so this is the best time to stock up on beers - but wine is not included.12) If you like snacks between dives or while having a cocktail you must buy them from the snack shop as AKR does not provide anything.13) Our must negative comment we can say about AKR is that our luggage was not picked up for our return flight. It would have been left at the resort if we did not personally lug it down the stairs to the bus. Several other guests had to do the same thing. This must be improved upon for future guests!!14) There is very little beach at AKR so long walks on the beach will not happen here.
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- Items of a personal nature
- Welcome cocktail
- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Dolphin show
- Entrance to Roatan Museum
- 3 single tank boat dives per day
- 2 single tank boat night dives per week
- Buoyancy control workshop
- Air tanks, weight belts and weights
- Day excursion to Maya Key
- Island fiesta night on the Key
- 2 snorkels daily by boat with guide
- 1 night snorkel by boat with guide
- Fish and coral underwater ID cards
- Reef ecology lecture & Fish ID slide show
- 1 dolphin beach encounter
- 56 wooden bungalows including 46 on the key and 10 on the hill
- Bars ($)
- Dive shop ($)
- Internet desk ($)
- Medical services ($)
- WiFi (lobby)
- 1 king-size or 2 double beds
- Ceiling fan
- Full bathroom with shower
- Alarm clock
- In-room safe
- Balcony or deck
- Maximum occupancy 3 adults (or 2 adults and 2 children)
- 1 king-size or 2 double beds
- Maximum occupancy 3 adults (or 2 adults and 2 children)
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Anthonys Key ResortHonduras,Honduras
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Anthony's Key, Sandy Bay, Roatan IB3107 Honduras
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