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Anthony's Key Resort
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Sandy Bay
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Calgary, Canada
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“Perfect for Us - a Dive Family”
Reviewed 5 April 2014

My sister and I took her kids (10/12) to Anthony's in March, 2014. It was a dive holiday for us. I have been before so knew what to expect but my family was pleasantly surprised. The diving is well run, safe and caters to all levels. The food was great with excellent variety. The bands were great. The wine selection was good and nothing compares to the staff. We had the best rooms on the 'key' as we had our own private beach! Hammocks that swing over the ocean. Truly paradise. Rooms 33/34 are superb. Along with diving, we enjoyed massages, Island Fiesta night with the famous Hermit Crab Races (kids LOVED this) as well as the dolphin adventure. We only had a week here and were so sad to leave. We met so many wonderful people. The only problem we had were the No See-Ums but I came prepared with Deep Woods based on my experience last time. They seem to like me (and the kids) so we had to keep ourselves sprayed. Overall a fabulous holiday in a hidden paradise. We will be back.

Room Tip: 33/34 on the Key are the best as you get a private beach! To avoid no see-ums, stay hillside. A/C...
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Jensen Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Anthony's Key Resort touts itself as being a Dolphin Research Center in Roatan. I imagine that many people who do this tour arrive by cruise ship as we did. You are carted by bus for about twenty minutes to a gorgeous area of Roatan. Ironically, the drivers never said a word. It would have been a perfect time for them to tell us about their beautiful island.

This resort knows how to handle a lot of people. I felt like part of "the herd." You are told to get on this boat than handles about fifteen people. Again, nothing much said except "watch your step." Then, after you arrive on this very small island--I thought of "Gilligan's Island" at first." This could have been Anthony's Key? You are sent to a hut to place your belongings. There are changing rooms and a secured locker for your valuables.

I came prepared with a small underwater camera as we signed up for the "snorkel encounter." Part of the group was for the "dolphin encounter," which everyone does. In small groups, you are assigned a trainer who tells you about a particular dolphin they are training. I did find this part informative and interesting. You can tell that the trainer has real love for their particular dolphin. It was here that everyone has the chance to touch the dolphin several different times.

At this junction, you are told to put away your cameras away as they have a professional photographer to take your picture with a dolphin. Taking your own photos would be prohitbited. They will email you the pictures for $30 upwards depending on the package you purchase. for my wife the package cost $55. I had no trouble downloading the email. The pictures did come out well for a "Christmas card."

You are allowed to take pictures during the dolphin demonstration of jumping out of the water and doing various commands by the trainer.

They give you about thirty minutes to snorkel with the dolphins. The area is quite large and there is even a small reef in the middle. I actually found a live conch and clams while another person saw an octopus.

Cameras are not permitted on the snorkel portion. One of the patrons vehemently protested, but to no avail. Plenty of dolphins did swim by and "touching" a dolphin is quite an experience. One playfully nudged my fins, and it was common seeing two three dolphins swimming side by side.

It was late March that we did this experience and my wife and others found the water to be "cold." I had no problem.

The total tour, including the drive to and from the cruise port, is about three hours. It was our first dolphin encounter and a major highlight of our sojourn. It was well worth it if you have never done this unique experience.

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Washington state
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

My sister and I went to Anthony's Key Resort to vacation together and to dive. We loved it! The dives were well organized, well timed, and had conscientious dive masters. And, of course, the underwater enchantments were dazzling.

The food and drinks were really good with pleasing choices every day. The spa is a little oasis for some pampering.

The staff and service were wonderful. The rooms were nicely outfitted and we enjoyed the hammocks on the porch as much as we did our beds which we fell into every night, happy and exhausted from the day.

And, if you want beauty, just look around. Fun, Fun, Fun!

Room Tip: Air conditioning is worth it although we didn't have ours on all the time. Figure out the tip...
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Boise, Idaho
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

Went on a cruise w/ NCL and visited Roatan. We signed up for the intro to scuba shore excursion ($129) and were happy with the excursion. They picked us up at 10AM from the dock, and returned us to the dock at 1:45PM. We did a short classroom session on scuba basics, then did a neat dive where we saw turtles and fish. Instructors were pleasant and professional. The setting for this resort is amazing. It was very clean. English is spoken fluently. Enjoy this excursion!

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Avon Lake, Ohio
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Group off cruise ship. Family and friends wanted to try scuba. Dive staff are not natives to Honduras, They were not as friendly as they could have been, Instruction in class room was a lot to take in and then right out to the dive boat. Instructors that were from UK were not OK with members of group who were apprehensive. This was excursion to DISCOVER scuba and after a short time in the water trying to get acclimated, some of our party decided to just snorkel. UK Pete was not happy about that and seemed to take our decision personally. We were on vacation for a relaxing time and we found this attitude extremely offensive. All other stops our cruise ship made were run by natives to the island. They were very proud of the beauty of their country and were much more friendly and accommodating. UK Pete was more worried that we were going to ask for a refund than if we were having a comfortable and enjoying time. We had no intentions of asking for refund, it was to "discover if we like scuba", we did not , but we did enjoy the snorkel very much. He made us feel like losers. :(
He needs a quick course in customer relations. Diving may be his life and he may have 17 yrs of experience (we heard this over and over) but it wasn't for all of us and he should have been more gracious.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

We just returned after 8 days at Anthony's Key Resort and cannot say enough good things about our dive vacation. We were promptly greeted at the airport and bused to the resort. Instead of standing in line to check in at the front desk, everyone from the bus were seated in a reception area and given instructions, room assignments and a cold drink. Our luggage was delivered to our rooms while we turned in our check-in and dive forms, which had previously been mailed to us so were all filled out. We got our dive wristbands, then headed to the dive shop to get a locker key and rental equipment. We were assigned to the "Andrea" dive boat and only needed to put our locker number on the chalk dive board to let Sherwin our dive-master and Jimmy our boat captain know when we would be aboard. Our family of four dove 2 or 3 times a day which included drift dives, a night dive, 2 wreck dives, a shark dive, reef and wall dives and a dolphin dive. The shark and dolphin dives cost additional money, but were well worth it. Our surface time was spent back at the resort while our bc vests were changed to another tank. We left our weights on board, then washed and stored our equipment in the lockers after our last dive of the day. The food was very good and our wait staff were excellent. Special requests were made and easily granted for an anniversary and birthday celebration. We stayed on the Key in air conditioned rooms (highly recommended). Breezes kept the sand flies away, as we never saw one or got bit. The sunsets were spectacular. We certainly will be back for another week of diving at Anthony's Key Resort.

Room Tip: We stayed on the Key in air conditioned rooms (highly recommended). Breezes kept the sand flies awa...
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Louisville, Colorado
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

My husband and I both agree that our 8 days snorkeling at Anthony's Key Resort is one of the best vacations we've ever taken – and we've been to many European countries, Egypt, Russia, Australia and over 2 dozen times to all-inclusives in Mexico. Even though it bills itself as a dive resort, AKR never makes snorkelers feel like second-class citizens. We were impressed with all aspects of the AKR operation from the shuttle service from the airport to the cabins to the activities to the food...and, of course, the snorkeling was amazing! We're already planning to return next February. Several people we talked to mentioned February and September as the best months to visit (cooler and breezier with less chance of rain).

The snorkeling was some of the best we've ever experienced – as good as Grand Cayman and the Great Barrier Reef and better than anything we've found in Mexico or Hawaii. The water was extremely clear and visibility was great. Snorkelers have their own boat and go to a different location to snorkel every time. We had as few as just the 2 of us up to about 12 people snorkeling each time. Our lead snorkel guide, Ross, was exceptional; he is working hard to teach David, his less experienced partner, the nuances of guiding and customer service. We snorkeled twice a day (prompt departures at 8:30 AM and 2:15 PM). Each trip lasted an hour and 15 minutes (short boat ride and 45-60 minutes of snorkeling). The night snorkel (Tuesday) was definitely worth doing. We rented lights from the photo shop for $15 each and then snorkeled with David off Bailey's Key. We saw many lobsters, 3 octopuses, a group of squid, a lion fish and many other creatures. Other special snorkel trips were off Maya Key (Monday) and Tabyana Beach (Friday). One other amenity included with the snorkel package was a dolphin encounter (stand in a small group with a trainer in waist deep water while the dolphin demonstrates various behaviors; touch and pat the dolphin as it swims by). For an extra $50 each we did the dolphin snorkel and we thought it was well worth it. We were with a group of about 10 people and were able to swim with 6-8 dolphins for 30 minutes. We were able to reach out and touch them as they swam past us and even dive down to swim with them. I was able to touch a dolphin at least 30 times during this half hour and it was very memorable. One tip: if you want to do the dolphin encounter/snorkel and not miss a scheduled snorkel trip, choose the 10:00 AM dolphin time slot. You'll have to sign up early in your stay to secure one of these coveted 10:00 AM spots. We waited too long to make our reservations and had to miss an afternoon snorkel to do it. Still very worth it! We found the shore snorkeling off the north side of Anthony's Key and off the west side of Bailey's Key not as good as any of the snorkels off the boat. I guess we were spoiled! Also, bring your own snorkel gear or pay $40/week to rent it.

We stayed in a Key Superior cabin (#15) and thought it was definitely worth the extra cost to be on the key and have air-conditioning. We weren't sure which cabin to request so I ended up asking (ahead of time) for a cabin over the water with a private deck. Our cabin was perfectly located near the water taxis and on the east side so our deck was cool and shady from mid-morning on. There were 2 chairs, a table and 2 hammocks on our deck. There was also a clothesline with clothespins – great for hanging wet suits and towels. You might want to bring a few clothespins from home or ask for extras (we never did ask but we could have used a few more). From our deck we could even see the occasional dolphin show at RIMS. We spent a lot of time on that deck between snorkels and meals! If we wanted to see the sunset we could easily walk over to the west side of the key to watch and take pictures. I'm posting a picture of the cabin map with numbers so it will be easier for you to decide which cabin you want. I couldn't find a numbered map anywhere online before our trip.

The cabin itself was large and well-laid-out. There was a king bed and a double bed (perfect place for storing our stuff!), a desk and 2 nightstands. The bathroom was a good size. The shower was hot but had relatively low pressure. Toiletries, including conditioner, seemed to be of high quality (the same brand used at the spa). Towels and sheets were soft and thick and smelled fresh. The beds were comfy and soft. The mini-fridge kept things really cold. We brought a few empty water bottles to keep cold water in the fridge. There were quite a few light red ants in the room, but it is the tropics (and they didn't seem to bite!).

We thought the food was very good and servings were large. Everything was always freshly prepared and service was fast. There were always 2 entree choices at lunch and dinner and if those weren't to your liking you could always order a burger and fries. The lobster/steak dinner on Friday was excellent. Breads and desserts were especially good. The breakfast menu had omelets, oatmeal, waffles, etc. with assorted sides (bacon, sausage, ham, hash browns, toast). You could always customize your order from anything on the menu (for example, add bacon and salsa to the veggie omelet). There was always fresh fruit, sweet rolls and cold cereal too. A couple of notes: you have the same waiter at every meal for the week (except for his days off); there are 42 steps to get up to the dining room (if you have mobility issues). Breakfast was served 6:45-9:00, lunch noon-2:00 and dinner 6:00-9:00.

There were three special meals: Monday lunch on Maya Key, Wednesday night fiesta on Anthony's Key and Thursday lunch on Anthony's Key. All were buffet and the fiesta was especially fun (crab races, limbo contest, local dance performance). Lots of people left Maya Key with no-see-um bites so use cactus juice there (more info below).

Snacks were available at the Snack Shop but they were pretty pricy ($7.00 for a 9 oz. Bag of Fritos and $5 for a can of Lay's Stackers). We brought nuts, dried fruit, peanut butter crackers, granola bars, etc. (factory sealed snack size packages) from home.

Alcohol and soft drinks are not included in the all-inclusive price but beer prices are reasonable ($3) and happy hour cuts that in half. You can buy 4 at a time and stock up in your mini-fridge for days that don't have happy hour. Happy hours were Sat and Sun 5:00-6:00 at the pool bar, Wed 5:00-7:00 at the pool bar and at the fiesta, and Fri 5:00-7:00 (not sure where). There are no happy hours on Tues and Thurs because of night dives.

All of the staff we encountered from the water taxi drivers to the waiters to the snorkel guides were very friendly and helpful. All of them seemed to really enjoy working there. In talking to them we found that many had worked there for 10-15 years or more. Their dedication to the resort was apparent.

Miscellaneous info:
*Bring bills that are new or in good condition for tipping. We tipped a total of $300 for our 8 days.
*Bring $39 per person for the departure tax (paid at the airport before you get in line to check in for your flight).
*Bring beach towels, sunscreen, DEET bug spray, cactus juice (for the no-see-ums), 2 swimsuits and an SPF shirt (rashguard). We bought cactus juice ahead of time on amazon for half what it costs in the gift shop. We used our cactus juice occasionally but didn't really have a problem with no-see-ums or mosquitoes. Maybe it was too breezy.
*Dress is very casual (shorts OK at dinner).
*There are kayaks available to use.
*There are showers by the dive shop – good for a quick rinse between snorkels.
*We found the wifi signal strength to be very good and it was free the week we were there.
*The Sunday night fish slide show is well worth attending. Pete does a great job.
*The gift shop will hold your selections till your last day and then give you a 10% discount.

Our stay at AKR was definitely memorable! We can see why it's been In business since 1968. We can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: We really liked cabin #15 (Key Superior). It was over the water, had a private deck which was cool...
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Property: Anthony's Key Resort
Address: Anthony's Key, Sandy Bay, Roatan IB3107, Honduras
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Region: Honduras > Bay Islands > Roatan > Sandy Bay
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Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Sandy Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Anthony's Key Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 56
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Tucked away on the island of Roatan, Anthony's Key Resort is a legendary tropical wonderland where lush greenery rustles in breezy sea air. Pristine beaches rim turquoise waters. And wooden bungalows perched above a tranquil lagoon offer guests incredibly scenic views and a sense of perfect disconnection from everyday life back at home. For over 40 years, this family-run paradise has been home to divers in search of unspoiled waters, and lovers of natural adventure in all its forms.. ... more   less 
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