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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Anthony`s Key Hotel Sandy Bay
- Anthonys Key Sandy Bay
- Anthonys Key Hotel Roatan
- Anthonys Key Resort
- Anthony's Key Resort Honduras/Roatan - Sandy Bay