Anthonys Key Resort
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I was searching for a Dive vacation and I knew this Hotel was one of the most serious dive operations in the Island and my country.For us locals it might be a bit expensive at first glance, but once you factor the meals and dives, plus the special they have of 2x1, it becomes an awesome bargain.I traveled with my wife and we were picked up at the Ferry station by the Hotel staff. Once at the hotel we were greeted by the receptionist who explained the hotel layout, policies etc, then she gave us our room key and our lugagge was already at the doorstep of our room.After that I went to the dive shop, went through the usual process of showing my certifications, upgraded my dives to EANX and was assigned a locker so I could stow away my gear and not be carrying it around the hotel. They assign you to a dive boat and Dive master for your stay, so you get to know them pretty well.On non night dive days you do 3 boat dives per day and when night dives are scheduled, you do 4. So not counting shore dives (If your residual nitrogen allows it), you have 20 dives included in the package of a 7 nights stay.All the dive sites we were taken were pretty good, and the guide was awesome.Your surface interval is done back at the hotel since most of the dive sites are within a 10 minute boat ride (except when you go to Maya Key, on the other side of the Island). So you have time to relax and recharge.We stayed at a Dock room and even though they are the budget friendly room, we were pleased with its cleanliness and presentation overall.The food was great, you have a menu for breakfast and for lunch and dinner you get to choose from different options, but all of them are very good.My wife is lactose intolerant and a vegetarian, so they were able to accomodate her special diet without any issue.The hotel has wifi for you to stay connected if in need.For the whole week, we had no need to leave the hotel, it was a relaxing and awesome experience.I logged 21 dives!!!And yes, I would return to this hotel.
We came to Roatan on a Carnival Cruise shore excursion. WOW! Is the best way to describe this place. CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN!! the beach is so well kept, snorkeling gear was clean and the food was A+. I keep telling everyone the BEST meal I had on the whole cruise was at this Place. Very well attended at the beach with drinks. Absolutely beautiful coral reef with 1000's of fish! Now, onto the food. All the dishes are home made including there own hot sauce. Its was amazing. Fish, chicken, and salad.....all was to die for! Can't wait to go back and stay for a week!
My husband and I are avid divers and have been to many places in the Caribbean. This by far is the best we've been too. When we first arrived I was concerned about the check in process as most of the guests arrive at the same time from the shuttle bus. But to my surprise they sat us down in the restaurant overlooking the sea. They gave us drinks and fed us while we filled out our paperwork and were assigned our rooms. Very efficient and realized that this place has their act together and that carried on the rest of the week. The staff is very customer service oriented, friendly and accommodating. The owner talked to is nearly everyday and is very conscious of the quality of our experience that obviously carries over to the staff. We stayed in a deluxe room in the key and is highly recommended. We stayed on the east side and had a nice breeze every evening. The rooms are clean and comfortable. I was worried the beds would be of cheap quality but not here. Very comfortable and slept well. The dive shop is also run very well. We were assigned a dive boat and crew for the week. We got to know our crew and the other divers throughout the week. My husband and I are avid divers and been to many places of the Caribbean and this is one of the best. The diving is easy, warm, with calm seas, little or no current and high visibility. The dives were very interactive with eagle rays , turtles and green moray eels swimming about on many dives. The shark dive is worth it as well which was a very exciting change of pace. We will return here again likely next year. I could go on and on about the grounds, pool and food, but reading other reviews they have it nailed. A very relaxing vacation and can't wait to go back.
I privately booked a spa day for us 4 gals on our stop in Roatan with the cruise. Our driver met us out on a busy street where we waited for 15-20 minutes. (never got a reason for that), then we had to walk on very uneven street, curb, roadside, next to busy traffic for 4-5 blocks to where she had parked the SUV. (Not good for 2 older gals with knee replacement and foot surgery.) Ride across island was pleasant and informative. Resort is beautiful. We had a quick boat ride across to the spa where we spent 4 plus hours getting sugar scrubbed, massaged, facials, and medi/peds. We kicked back, relaxed and were thoroughly pampered. There were things to see and do, but we were all to relaxed to do much more than walk back to the SUV which returned us ship side. Thanks again to all the lovely ladies who made our day!
After getting certified last fall I researched places to go for a week’s dive vacation, and selected Anthony’s Key Resort. My boyfriend and two certified friends spent 9/10 to 9/17 at Anthony’s Key and had a fantastic vacation in every respect. My research indicated it would be a great choice, but the reality of the experience exceeded my expectations. We will definitely return. This is a beautiful family run resort with a top notch dive operation. If you are considering Anthony’s Key, I encourage you to book your trip. You won’t be disappointed!Since Trip Advisor reviews helped me out, I’d like to return the favor. I’ve broken the review into categories so you can focus on what matters to you. For reference, my group consisted of two adult couples, all novice divers (11 or 12 dives each upon arrival) from NYC. We traveled without children. ROOMS/GROUNDS:We loved our key deluxe room (#48). I definitely recommend renting a superior or deluxe unit with AC. Our AC worked extremely well. Our room was impeccably clean and large (one king and one full bed), with a fantastic private deck over the water facing west toward Baily’s Key (where the dolphins are) and the gorgeous sunsets. Having said that, it looks like all of the key rooms have stunning views in various directions, and any of them would be great. We appreciated the in room refrigerator as well, since we had brought along 4 of our own 32oz bottles in order to stay hydrated. Although we brought our own toiletries, those provided in the room (shower gel, conditioner, shampoo, hand wash, body cream) were quite nice and came from the resort spa. Note that there is a clothes line out on the deck which was great for drying our wet items. We brought some clothes pins and were happy we did since we needed the extra pins.The pool area on the key is beautiful. We found the pool water to be a bit too warm (actually hot at times), but it was a great place to relax and chat with lots of other friendly guests between our afternoon dive and dinner. The bar there was quite nice too.Overall, the grounds were stunning. On the key the lush palm trees were beautiful, and the well maintained paths were easy to navigate. The grounds on the main resort were also beautiful and, again, incredibly lush. Walking up to reception or the restaurant felt like an ascent into the world’s greatest treehouse, and was rewarded with stunning views of the water and both keys. There’s a hummingbird feeder by the bar that attracted scores of hummingbirds. Small, brown, shiny furred mammals that we dubbed the Lorax (really called agooti (sp)?) can be seen running around in the trees and bushes on the hill. Bright green lizards with cobalt heads were frequently sighted on the hill and the docks.The grounds crew does amazing work. Everything looks fantastic, and if a palm frond or coconut fell on a path it vanished seemingly immediately. It was a Disney level of maintenance – crew behind scenes and rarely seen, but results abundantly evident.WATER TAXI: The very short (45 second?) water taxi ride across to the main facility was fun and timely. I believe the longest we waited for a water taxi all week was under 2 minutes, and the wait was generally under a minute. The taxi “drivers” were friendly, fun and efficient. Coming from NYC this was a welcome changeFOOD: We were very happy with the food, both in quality and selection. There wasn’t a single meal where we couldn’t all find items we really enjoyed. Breakfast choices were the same every day, but were extensive (eggs any way, omelets, French toast, pancakes, full Honduran breakfast, bacon/sausage/ham, fruit, pastries). Each lunch and dinner varied but included fresh seafood and pork/beef/chicken options at each meal. Vegan options were either on the menu or available upon request. We particularly liked the seafood and pork entrees, and the daily soups were excellent. Salads were extremely fresh. Any special requests were quite graciously accommodated. Our waiter Felipe was charming and helpful. It was a pleasure to get to know him.DIVING: As stated above, I am a new diver and did my dives #12 through #27 during our stay. I liked that we were assigned boats and gear lockers at the dock (so convenient) for the week. We therefore had the same dive master, captain and divemates for most of the week. Our captain William did a great job, and our divemaster Marvin was excellent. Marvin provided very clear dive briefings before each dive and did a fantastic job of finding and pointing out less obvious underwater sights (moray eels in hiding, stingrays buried in sand that took off as we watched, turtles up at the surface that descended to check out our crew of odd “fish”, tiny zebra shrimp, hidden lobster, and many more). Before we even started diving we did a buoyancy and basic skill check (flood mask, loose regulator) at the docks that I appreciated.The dive sites were beautiful, the reef was healthy, the fish were abundant, the water was warm and visibility was excellent. My favorite site was Wayne’s Place/Spooky Channel (underwater canyon, swim throughs, veils of anchovies streaming past at points, just amazing), followed by the wrecks of the Odyssey and the El Aguila. Those were favorites, but I really enjoyed every site we dove.AKR seemed to assign boats based on experience and traveling group, which works out best for everyone. There was a large group of divers traveling on a club trip and I believe they were able to stay together on their own boat.No one in my group wanted to join me, but I did my first night dive during this trip. It was a lot of fun. I was assigned to a different boat, but the divers there were very welcoming and friendly. I felt very comfortable with them and appreciated those that kept a special eye out as it was my first night dive.I highly recommend the Fish ID talk given at 6:00pm on Sunday. We were later able to identify tons of beautiful fish solely due to that talk. Shout out to the French Angel Fish, which I think I spotted on every dive. The speaker also pointed out that unlike many marine parks that charge a daily entry fee, Roatan doesn’t do this. However, AKR does sell modestly priced items at the snack and gift shops who’s proceeds go to the marine park.A videographer/photographer dives with each boat at least once and the resulting pictures and video are available for viewing and purchase at the Photo Shop. I checked the video out mostly due to curiosity but wound up loving it and buying it. I suggest you at least view your boat’s video, as the professional quality and editing are pretty unbeatable.We had a fantastic week of diving with great companions and crew. The opportunity to dive so much allowed us to practice and definitely improved our budding dive skills.HYPERBARIC CHAMBER/CLINIC: One of the reasons I picked AKR was that in the unlikely event we needed it there is a hyperbaric chamber (the only one on the island) and clinic on site. Sadly, one my friends did wind up needing these services when she developed the skin bends. The medical staff was top notch and she was fine after a few days. She couldn’t dive, but AKR switched her to the snorkeling program and comped the cost difference in dolphin activities. I can’t imagine how much worse the situation would have been if we had to transport her to and from the chamber from another resort for three days. At AKR she could chill at the pool or on her deck between treatments. Having the clinic and chamber readily available at AKR made a very stressful situation much less scary, and got her treatment in a very timely and beneficial manner.HORSEBACK RIDING: My favorite non-diving activity was the horseback riding. Be advised, this is NOT your typical nose to tail trail ride. The guide asked if we rode, and I have taken lessons on and off for years. We walked our horses through the AKR property and down to the beach. At that point the guide said “OK, go ahead, just stop at the end”. The “end” was at least 2 miles down the beach. So we cantered off, galloped at points, rested our horses periodically, and reversed the trip. The horses and tack were in good condition. If you are a less experienced rider and want to walk or at most trot make that crystal clear to the guide. There were some obstacles along the way, and you really need to be able to guide and control your horse, not the other way around.DOLPHINS: We planned to do the dolphin SCUBA dive, but they were cancelled for the hilarious reason that it was dolphin mating season and the dolphins were refusing to pay any attention to the divers, focusing on each other instead. We did the dolphin interaction and snorkel, both of which were fun.OTHER ACTIVITIES: There is so much to do that, on top of the boat diving, it’s hard to do it all. Kayaks and stand up paddle boards are available for use for free. There is snorkeling off Anthony’s Key and Bailey’s key, as well as designated snorkel trip boats that go out to many of the same sites as the divers. There is a shore dive site off Anthony’s Key with an attendant available to provide tanks. The town of West End is a short cab ride away and has shops, beach bars, etc. Many people went to a zip line park/wild animal sanctuary on Friday afternoon since they were flying out on Saturday and couldn’t dive.BUGS: We had heard and read such horror stories about the bugs at AKR. This was our only reservation in booking the trip. We came loaded for bear (or for throngs of no-see-ums) with 100% DEET, 40% DEET, 24% DEET, and Cactus Juice. In case all of that failed, we brought various bug itch remedies. I am thrilled to report that the bug stories were VASTLY overstated, at least for what I experienced. None of our party got many bites. I got two. I waited to try the bug repellant until I needed it, and I only wound up spraying Cactus Juice one night (Fiesta Night on the Key). That’s also the night I got my two bites. Otherwise, my boyfriend and I were fine, and used no repellant. We burned travel citronella candles on our deck. Maybe that helped. We also spotted the grounds crew fogging for insects one day near the water taxi. If AKR is now taking steps to eliminate the no-see-ums and mosquitos they appear to be successful.TRAVEL: Unfortunately, there were no direct flights from NYC to Roatan, so our best options were to transfer in Atlanta or Miami. We opted to transfer in Miami, and fly directly to Roatan from there. AKR staff met us at the airport, handled our bags, and drove us to the resort in nice air conditioned resort buses. The trip took about 20 minutes. Upon arrival at the resort we were checked in, served lunch and by the time we got to our room our bags were waiting for us. The trip back to the airport was equally well organized and seamless.CRUISE EXCURSION:Note that my boyfriend and I had the opportunity to dive for the day at Anthony’s Key in March on a cruise excursion. We had already booked our week long September trip and that excursion verified that we had made a great choice. AKR provided transport to the resort from the cruise port in modern, air conditioned buses. There were restrooms, showers and changing facilities available for day visitors. We rented out BCDs and Regulators from the dive shop and they were in very good shape. I was most impressed that the first thing AKR did was conduct a buoyancy and basic skills test (flooded mask, lost regulator) right at the lagoon dock to ensure that everyone was properly weighted and competent. We did two dives with an excellent DM who had a great ability to find critters and took us to beautiful, healthy reef sites. Remember to bring some cash for tips. Unlike some operations that beat guests over the head about tips, the AKR team didn’t even mention them. But we were, of course, more than happy to tip well for their exceptional service and a fantastic day of diving.
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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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