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Anthony's Key Resort
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Sandy Bay
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Anthony Keys Resort is a first rate operation. The dedication to customer service was apparent throughout the staff with only a few rare exceptions.
We arrived and were promptly located and helped with our bags. The bus ride is a short 15-20 minutes that provides a few quick glimpses of island homes and businesses. While the Operations Manager gave us a briefing our bags were ferried over to our rooms on the Key. The briefing was a little overwhelming and had I realized that a guide book with much of the same information was waiting for us in our room I would not have been as anxious.
After brief refreshment we went down to the docks to arrange for dive and snorkeling gear for the week and a waterfront locker to store dive gear. Then we were off to get settled in our room where we found our bags waiting for us. The exterior and surrounding deck areas were better than I expected. However the room interior was smaller than pictures portray and the furnishings were austere with not enough luggage stands forcing us to use one of the two chairs in the room to prop up our luggage. The daily housekeeping was excellent keeping the floors sand free and the bathroom well stocked with towels. What other reviewers said about wet things not drying out easily is true. We brought plenty of clothes pins and found with good breezy and dry weather) that our wet things dried outside pretty good but inside despite the air conditioning things remained damp.
What can I say that others have not already said about the dive operation? It is pretty much flawless. Our boat was awesome. Our captain was awesome. The dive master was awesome. I am in my sixties with a knee injury and back problems but the crew helped with my gear all week long and I am so grateful for their help. Kevin and Denny in the dive shop went out of their way to find fins that fit better and arrange for Nitrox and advanced diving instruction. Pete is knowledgeable and passionate about diving and marine life and gave us an excellent Fish ID seminar.
There were a few dive sites I could have done without and there were times when I expected a little more abundant marine life. But with these few exceptions the diving was some of the best I have ever done. For us a major highlight was snorkeling and diving with the dolphins.
The food was amazing and tasted even better with the spectacular breath taking view and breeze from the open area dining rooms. Breakfast offered self- serve cereal, fresh fruit, varied from papaya, cantaloupe, pineapple, to honey dew melon along with fresh squeezed orange juice, fresh baked rolls, buns, muffins, croissants, etc. Then once seated your waiter gave you selections of eggs any style, bacon, sausage, ham, French toast, pancakes, a Honduran meal of refried beans ( to die for), eggs, plantains, two small soft tacos, goat cheese, and a rancher sauce if desired. Lunch was different everyday with at least two main meal choices along with a soup, salad, and desert. Rice was usually served or a potato. Everything was always served quickly and changes could be made easily. Dinner was varied each day with a meat and a fish choice along with soup or salad. Fresh warm rolls were served with dinner and too delicious to resist. Deserts ended the evening meal , a different one was served every night: cake, brownies, key lime pie, pumpkin pie, etc. Needless to say meal time was something my wife and I looked forward to each day.
The snorkel package enabled my wife her first experience of using a mask, fins and snorkel. Ross, the captain was patient, helpful, and brought the snorkelers to different sites twice a day: 8:30am and 2:30pm, with exceptions when there was a special event day. Both David ( the snorkel tour guide) and Ross made sure as much ocean life was seen as possible and made sure everyone in the group was safe and enjoying themselves. My wife saw: trumpet fish, parrot fish, octopus, turtles, barracuda, lobster, lion fish, sting rays, spotted ray, schools of neon blue fish, yellow fish, and black fish with iridescent blue outlining it and more types of fish than she ever thought possible. She also saw an array of magnificent colors and shapes of various types of coral. Making it even more enjoyable was the gorgeous water: clear, calm, a turquoise blue and a beautiful temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
We conclude by saying we can’t wait for an opportunity to go back to Anthony’s Key. We will continue to read other Trip Advisor reviews as we did before picking this trip; but we will be hard pressed to find a place that tops this one.

Room Tip: We had room 24 and had no complaints about the location. I think any room on the Key will have an in...
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

You won't even realize it but once you arrive your week is already planned for you. This is a well programed diving vacation. I brought a book to read, never opened it. No time. If your the type of diver that does every dive you will be active all day and want to go to bed early. The food is very good for all inclusive, no buffet, but two entrees to choose from served at your table. The restaurant is open air with a beautiful view. You climb 40 steps for each meal. By the end of the week your legs are strong. After breakfast you get on your boat for the first dive. Most dive sites are only 5 min. from the dock so you come back for your surface interval at the dock, go to the snack shop and get back on board for the second dive. Then up the stairs for a yummy lunch which you are starving for by then. Take a break and a kayak ride around the island and get back to the boat for the afternoon dive. Rinse your gear and hang it up in your locker and head back to your bungalow for a shower or to the pool for a drink before dinner. If you stay on the island you jump on the water taxi for a one minute ride and up the stairs for dinner. There are other activities thrown in as well. A picnic between dives at Maya Key was great and the Island Fiesta was a great BBQ with live entertainment and hermit crab races. You can also swim with the dolphins and go on a shark dive. Two nights a week you can go on the night dive which usually lasts for an hour and I saw octopus on both dives. The week is full if your do all the activities like I did. I was in bed by 9pm and up with the sun each day. The food is very healthy and well prepared. The fish is awesome, moist and delicious. I stayed in bungalow 21 (sunrise side) on the island over the water. As long as there was a breeze there were no bugs but do bring spray for your ankles because the no-see-um will get you. The wifi worked great on the island. There are no phones or TV's except at the bar. You won't miss it. I really miss this place and I will be back.

Room Tip: The best bungalow on the island is 31. It's on the sunset side.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

Vacation started out without a hitch! As soon as we arrived into the country we were welcomed by AKR staff who speedily got us thru customs & brought our bags to the van. Check in was effortless & we were given the run down of the resort (& a welcome drink, delicious!). The first night we stayed in the Hill Standard which had a beautiful view, was tucked into the jungle, with no bugs this time of year. The rest of the week stayed in the Hill Superior which had air conditioning & was more updated. The diving was some of the best diving we've done so far! If you are lucky enough (& he isn't pre-booked) you'll have Marvin as your dive master. He's very attentive, made sure everyone was comfortable, & seemed to know where to look to view tons underwater creatures that other dive masters miss & you would just swim right by. Aside from diving there were lots of other activities: horseback riding on the beach, kayaks, snorkeling, etc. We wish the resort would emphasis the Zip Line Canopy Tour more. It was was well worth the price! Included was over 12 zip lines, access to a nature park which allowed you to interact with & hold monkeys & parrots (no extra charge!) Also if you have the chance DO the SHARK dive & take advantage of any free courses they offer (we did the fish ID, it was very informative but entertaining & completely changed how aware we were on the rest of our dives because we noticed things we didn't before!!! We felt completely safe during the shark dive, it's outsourced to a local who has the only established shark diving business on the island. There was a wide selection of tasty food which changed daily. We also suggest buying your liqueur/beer before you get to the resort either at the local super market or duty free as the cab can be expensive at $5/person, each way. We anticipated getting hungry only getting 3 meals/day but they were timed perfectly between dives with just the right serving size. All in all we felt very safe & welcome our entire stay at the resort & look forward to returning in the near future!

Room Tip: If you don't like stairs stay in the Key but you still have to walk them to get to the dining ha...
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

My wife and I went diving with a large group at AKR this past week, and really enjoyed it.

We had a very private room (with AC) on the island. No TV or radio, but free WiFi pretty much everywhere on the resort, just in case you feel a need to check email while you're on holidays. Rooms were clean and spacious (king and a queen bed in our room). Lots of room inside and on our private deck for relaxing and drying out dive gear. Housekeeping did a great job every day.

Although sometime the food choices were limited, we found the food very good and the resort staff was very friendly and helpful.

The diving was great. Brought our own gear so I can't comment on the rentals, but we managed 18 dives in 5-1/2 days and enjoyed every one of them. Had one divemaster for the week (Marvin) and when we go back we'll be asking for him again.

Next time I visit Roatan I'll add a few days to the holiday so I can explore the island a bit.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a room with AC....humidity and heat can both be high.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

My wife and I stayed at AKR this past week. The resort is well put together and the staff is friendly. The food was okay, but have to admit it would have been nice to have more choices. We were limited to a few options that seemed to be repeated throughout the week. The staff was more than willing to accommodate if you made a request that was not on the menu for the evening meal.
The rooms are nice and very simplistic. We had room 6 (on the hill) with A/C; would have been too hot otherwise. If we return we'll ask for a room on the key. Housekeeping did an excellent job with daily cleanings and linen replacements.
The dive operation was very efficient and kept things moving well during our dives. My wife rented her equipment for the week and had no issues. The boat captains do an excellent job assisting the divers and keeping track of everyone. Our DM was very personable, however it seemed he spent more time looking for specific photo opportunities than leading the dive. At times the dives were stagnant waiting for the DM.
The diving itself was good, however the visibility was not the best. We did both the Shark and Dolphin dives - AWESOME!! If you go, you MUST do these dives.
Cactus Juice was definitely needed to help control the bug bites.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank kerrycorcoran
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

This is a typically beautiful Caribbean location. When you read this resort sells itself as a diving destination, that is 100% true. There is relatively little to do here if you don't live to dive. That said, the rooms are little bungalows which are awesome. They are made of the famed Honduran woodwork. The staff is very friendly and housekeeping was attentive to requests. The food was very good, but the only complimentary beverages are water, coffee, tea iced tea or morning juice so over a week, we racked up about $150 in bottled water and pop, but they don't price gouge. Over all, i am glad we took the trip, but monetarily Cozumel and the Mexican Riviera Maya is a better value. We figured that even paying for diving separately in Mexico, we can stay for over a week for what the airfare alone to Honduras. We also didn't notice the diving was any better to merit the extra expense. The dolphin attraction here is better than others we have been to. Pay the extra to stay on the key....the "hill" rooms are in a wooded hillside that seemed me would not be comfortable on an 80 degree night (no a/c in these rooms). We had bungalow 35 facing on the north side of the key, facing the Caribbean Sea and it was just about perfect.

Room Tip: Spring for the deluxe key rooms....it's worth the extra charge.
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We just returned from a week at AKR and hope to return again! Our experience was lovely, from the helpful and friendly staff who get to know you to the beautiful environment and a very well run dive operation. We loved that the resort was built with the natural surroundings kept intact. We saw some other concrete high-rise resorts on other parts of the island, but AKR has kept the whole area feeling very natural. Meals are served in a common dining room high on the hill (about 35 steps to climb), and the food options and quality were actually better than I expected. My family of 5 divers were on the same dive boat and with the same divemaster and captain all week, so they got to know us and came to understand the different experience levels in the group. This allowed us to tailor some of our dive experiences to the different people in the group, and we enjoyed seeing our younger divers grow throughout the week as they gained more experience. My husband and I have dived all over the world, and we thought the marine life was very healthy. The vis was pretty good for most dives - the coral was not quite as colorful and alive as other spots, but there were so many dive sites near AKR that we never had to ride on the boat for more than 5-7 minutes, which was a real bonus. Night dives were also great - terrific bioluminescence! The dolphins were amazing - I highly recommend the action swim, which gave a lot of up close interaction. The shark dive was also well done, especially for 2 teenage divers who had never seen something like that before. The whole environment allowed everyone to relax - not having to carry cash was terrific, and seeing the same faces throughout the week felt like summer camp. We met others and shared fun throughout the week with other families and other divers. The island fiesta was silly but fun. The bungalows were very comfortable, and we loved that each bungalow has its own private porch with 2 hammocks - they were used a lot. We brought water bottles, based on a previous review, and it was a great move - they have purified water and lots of ice machines on the island. I would also recommend bug spray - bugs didn't seem like an issue during the week, but now that we are home, we are itching at quite a few sand flea bites. Oh well - worth it for a really wonderful week.

Room Tip: Highly recommend a superior key bungalow. Any location is probably great - ours looked at the sunse...
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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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: £371 - £452 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Anthony's Key Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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