Anthonys Key Resort
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This review will be most beneficial to new divers or looking at Anthony’s Key for your next dive vacation. We were there May 20-27, 2017.From the moment you get off the airplane, you know Anthony’s Key is a fine-tuned machine. Happy and informative staffers greet you and take your luggage to a truck to be delivered to your cabin. (Gregory was wonderful especially when my husband’s phone fell out of his pocket in the van; he quickly located and returned it.) You are then put into an air-conditioned van to be taken about 20 minutes to the resort. Once there you have short (30 minutes) overview of the resort and complete some paperwork while enjoying a rum punch cocktail.Accommodations: We chose a Key Deluxe. It had a king bed and an additional double bed. My only suggestion would be to substitute that additional bed for a couch or chairs since your only choices to relax in your room is lying in bed or out on the deck in the hammocks or hard wooden chairs. The air conditioning was wonderful! Our bed was very comfortable with nice sheets and plenty of pillows. Our bathroom was very large with plenty of counter space and a nice sized closet. In addition, our room has a safe, coffee maker and refrigerator. We loved our deck with 2 hammocks and a table and chairs. It was also very nice to have a clothes line and pins to dry our suits and towels daily. Housekeeping came daily and always left our cabin spotless! We were also left two 32 ounce water bottles each day that was nice to have. Dive Operations: We were brand new divers; we were certified in the Fall of 2016. We were both a little apprehensive. We were given our boat “Trevor” and our dive master was Nico and dive captain was Will. From the moment we met Nico, he made us feel comfortable, capable and was excited to experience this with us! You will take a quick check to work on your buoyancy. This was very helpful as every situation is different. Nico never rushed us and took extra time to ensure we felt comfortable with all our gear. (We only rented our BCD’s and they were top quality and in excellent shape.) I was a little scared to walk from my seat on the boat to the back with my fins on, so Will would walk me and then put my fins on for me. They treated us so awesome! Each diver receives a locker and key. You can lock all your dive gear at the end of the day. This area does become a bit congested at the end of the day with all the boats returning, but if you’re patient it’s not a big deal. They also have large tanks to rinse all your gear and showers to rinse yourself off. They have a large chalk board with each boat name listed. You then sign up for which dive you will be attending that day. This gives your captain and master a better idea what they have to set up and what tanks will be needed. We got into a routine of waking up, packing our backpacks for the day, (towels, sunscreen, water bottle, etc.), having breakfast, putting our gear on the boat and hanging with other divers until the 8:30 am dive. Once back from that dive, we would again hang out by the other dive boats and maybe get a snack from the snack shop. We’d go on the 10:30 dive and then return to our cabin to shower and change for lunch. After lunch we’d relax a little and head back to our 2:30 dive. It is a lot of diving, but with the choice to skip a dive, you can make it what you want. Dive Sites: I know since we’re new divers we don’t have much to compare it to, but we thought it was amazing. Each location is just a little different with amazing coral and sea life. We saw lots of turtles, eels, crabs, lobsters, stingray, flounder, barracuda and of course fish, fish, fish!! I do suggest attending the fish identification class held at the beginning of your stay. We did not, but wish we had. We dove one wreck dive and while it was cool to see a large boat, the sea life was non-existent…little disappointing. We also did one of the night dives offered. I say now I will never do it again since it is a little scary not seeing what’s around you, but we did see some great sea life that comes out at night. We all had lights (which you can rent from the photo shop) and Nico kept us all close, it was an eerie feeling. I got myself stung by some fire coral during one dive and Will poured some vinegar water on it in the boat but suggested I see the clinic. We walked over (about 100 yards) and showed the doctor on site, he told me hot compresses and gave me some cortisone cream. There was no charge for his consultation and paid about $8.00 for the cream. I felt better immediately, but still have a scar, which is now my Anthony’s Key tattoo!!Food: We thought the food was awesome and portions were more than adequate. Each breakfast has a small buffet with 2 fresh fruit options, 4-6 varieties of baked goods, freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee. You then have a one page menu with French toast, pancakes, about 7 different omelets, sausage, bacon or ham choices. It was always a great way to start the day. Lunch and dinner was always posted on a white board. Each meal you are offered a meat (beef, pork or chicken), fish or vegetarian plate. There is always a soup and salad to choose from and then several sides of potatoes, rice, vegetables and finally a dessert. We are primarily a “meat and potatoes” couple and each meal was outstanding. One day my husband didn’t like the choices and a burger was made for him that was outstanding. During the “Fiesta” night on the Key, I was disappointed with ribs or tilapia, but only because I don’t like either. However, my husband said the ribs were outstanding. The wait staff was always accommodating and nice. You aren’t “assigned” a waiter, but a certain one will seek you out during your meals to serve you. This helps with the tipping at the end of the week. We had a wonderful young new server, Ian who was so kind, attentive and had great communication skills. Amenities: There is a nice pool on the key with lots of seating and a great bar. After our afternoon dive we would change suits and head to the pool for “happy hour” and relax with a cocktail in the pool. This was a great time to decompress from the diving. Yummy cocktails that are reasonably priced ($6.50/$7.50) and add the 2-for-1 happy hour, you can’t beat it!! There is also a nice bar near the restaurant with a television. Two nights they had a singer that was fun to listen to. They also have kayaks and stand-up paddle boards available on the key. You can also snorkel from the key.We did choose to do the Open Water Dolphin Dive. We got to meet a dolphin within the enclosure. We touched him and watched him do some tricks. We were then taken to a dive site. Unfortunately, one of the two dolphins that usually follow the small boat didn’t come to the site. We still dove and after going to three different sandy bottoms, the dolphin arrived and swam around us. Again, due to the length of time it took the dolphin to find us, many were almost out of air. We surfaced with only about 10 minutes with the dolphin. The boat captain explained that of course these are wild animals and unpredictable, however, due to this, they were refunding us 50% of the fee. We were all pleased with this refund, but disappointed that we didn’t spend more time with the dolphins. Extra Notes: Water Taxi: Reminder that if your cabin is on the key, you have to take a water taxi back and forth numerous times per day. The ride is maybe 30 seconds but the in and out of the boat can be difficult for some, especially during low tide. I am a fuller-figured girl and by the end of the week my knees were feeling all the ins and outs of the week. In addition, the restaurant is 40 steps up which can also be problematic for those with bad knees. Tipping: When you check out, you are giving a “suggestion” sheet for tipping. This is certainly not mandatory and the front desk staff does not pressure you to feel you must tip everyone. We of course tipped our dive master and boat captain. We were told prior to traveling, it’s customary to tip $5.00-$15.00 per dive to the dive master and $5.00-$10.00 per dive to the boat captain. We then tipped two different waiters that primarily waited on us, two bartenders and housekeeping. You can list everyone by name you want to tip with the amount and then they will add it and charge your credit card. I believe you can pay in cash, but we really like the fact we never had to carry money for the whole week. Bring a water bottle: The boat captain sets up a cooler with ice on the boat. You can put your water/Gatorade/soda in there to keep it cool. The reason a water bottle is nice is everyone brings the same water from the room or snack shop and you couldn’t tell which one belonged to you. Cactus Juice/Noseeums: No mosquitos, but you have noseeums. They are super tiny and really don’t see them. We did see other guests with large bites however; we didn’t have many until we got home. We found out their incubation period after a bite is 5-7 days. I probably discovered 15-20 bites after returning home. We think when we hung our rash guards/t-shirts out on the line they got in there and then bit us after putting those items on. We used Cactus Juice each morning before our morning dive but weren’t very good about reapplying. I suggest reapplying often!Beach Towels: Bring a couple larger towels. You only have your room towels and when you get out of the water it’s nice to have a larger towel.Pack lightly…there is no need to have multiple shoes or lots of clothes. Anthony’s Key is very casual and I wore the same comfortable sandals the entire week. Shorts and t-shirts is the dress code. Please feel free to message me here and I can answer any and all your questions. We were so pleased with our vacation we booked same week next year!!
Incredible in every way possible to describe.Rooms, food, service, staff, diving... everything exactly as advertised - and then I'd say just a little bit above what was advertised. From all of the other 5-star ratings I can see I don't need to go into every detail - I would have only positive adjectives and descriptors and many, many others do share our feelings.We met so many new friends, slept so many wonderfully peaceful nights, dove so many incredible sites, ate so much fantastic food... I'll go on and on and on if you let me. I would highly recommend this location and yes, for sure, we will be repeat customers.For sure bring your bug spray - but that is hardly a negative, just a reality of having such fabulous open-air facilities!Dolphin dive and shark dive worth every cent - worth doing twice.5-star and amazing. Can't wait to go back.
Had a great time on a beach ride down Sandy Bay.The horses are Paso Fino's (a Spanish gated horse) so they are super smooth and not too big, but very strong.The stable uses wintec saddles. They are made of fabric, so they don't rub the same way leather does. They are also lighter and easier on the horses.We were allowed to ride to our ability and had a great time, as we are both experienced riders.Our guide told us a lot about the island, he'd moved to Sandy Bay 30 years ago and had been a wrangler for the resort ever since. I would highly recommend it for all levels of rider, but don't forget to wear pants and close-toed shoes. It might be hot, but it's worth it :)
We stayed there for a week, with a group of 24 for a diving week. I am not going to comment on what is outside the resort as all we did was diving.The Resort itself is on an island (except non air con cabins), I had a superior room cabin 55 and it was really run down, could not enjoy the gazebo due to the constant noise of the diving compressor across the channel and the sand flies. Room is really basics and nothing was leveled in our cabin, sometimes you had the impression on being on a boat.They are building new cabins and hopefully they will refurbished the old ones...The food was good throughout the week, the reception gives you a memo upon check-in regarding the Norovirus spread being brought from the US...6 people got sick in our party during the week we were there. I avoided all raw salads and stuck with bread and rice dishes and I was fine.The staff is very friendly, service is attentive and efficient.The diving, we had the whole boat to ourselves, captain Jimmy, and DM David and Hector, were very nice and always tried to accommodate our requests, I found the diving very poor, the reef is not in good shape, and the marine life is not what I am used to in this area.Our best dive was the shark dive, although I don't support shark feeding as it alters their behavior, the sharks are not hand fed, the DM has a bucket full of food and the sharks know what is in it, so they circle around the whole dive. After 25 minutes the DM opens the bucket, it takes 30 sec for the feeding frenzy and then all the sharks disappear...nonetheless you get to see them swimming just a few feet from you, thrilling !Roatan will no longer be a destination for my future diving trips.
Soooo…some of us don’t particularly care for dolphins but we had fun anyway. One of their staff picked us up at our hotel which is extremely helpful in getting places. Before you even get in the water, one of the trainers goes through concise instructions on how to pet the dolphins – where and where not to touch them. We had rented snorkel equipment from our hotel dive shop because we wanted to do more snorkeling at our hotel so I cannot review their equipment. We chose the Dolphin Swim and Snorkel encounter which is definitely a step up from the Dolphin Beach Encounter, and I’ll tell you why. We got the Dolphin Beach Encounter as part of the Swim and Snorkel session. The Beach Encounter lasted about 30 minutes – a trainer talks about your specific dolphin, the facility history with the dolphins, how they are trained, has the dolphin perform some tricks, and you get to pet them several times. You will have access to your camera at some point during this presentation, and you get professional pictures taken with “your” dolphin. Some possible issues were parts of this seemed a little long, like maybe 15 minutes would have been plenty. Also, there was probably 20 of us that went over on the boat which they split into 2 groups. Either they needed to keep us in one group for the Encounter or spread the groups farther apart because the groups kept almost running into each other as the presentations were being made. And once one of the dolphins started doing tricks (not at the same time) the trainer whose dolphin was not doing tricks lost the audience because they were watching the other group’s dolphin.After the Encounter is over, the cameras had to be put away, but the snorkel and fins come on. I think the no camera rule was probably the most disappointing part of the entire day. According to the trainers, the dolphins are very curious and they would try to get the camera from you and if they got it, it would be gone. I guess that’s possible – I think it’s also possible they want you to purchase their pictures (which we purchased, but not everyone in our group did). Other than that, the dolphins were very friendly and loved playing. If you found a leaf or seagrass blade and grabbed it in the water, they would come take it from you and try to give it back to you. They swam very close and would actually get in your face which was fun. If you swam down to the bottom, they would follow you to see if you were doing anything interesting. You could hear them chattering under water which always made me wonder what they were saying about us. You know, I think I would recommend this if you’ve never done a dolphin experience before. It was informative on a superficial level which is enough for most tourists. Just remember that these are animals, you are in their habitat, and guess what…they pee and poop in that habitat. If you can’t deal with that, you should never sign up for this activity.
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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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