Anthony's Key Resort Review
Ok, so like many we come to Roatan to dive everyday first and everything else is 2nd.
With that being said this was our second trip to the island in past 3 years and first with Anthony's key. This provided a good basis to compare the 2 all-inclusive dive resorts. See my prior review about the other resort.
Flight down pretty standard, arrived Saturday midday and typical Caribbean airport congestion and confusion. Find luggage, walk a few feet, put through scanner, and you’re in the terminal. Found our guy pretty easy and he made sure everything got loaded in the luggage truck while we waited 5-10 mins more for the people van to make its way through the line.
Arrival and check in at the resort is pretty fast and they go over the basic's, issue keys, etc. and then you’re having lunch. FYI you will not dive Saturday no matter what time you get there.
The dive set up flows like this, issued locker key, weights and boat assignment. You’re on the same boat all week. You put your locker number on the board each day for the dives you want do. 8:30, 10:30, 2:30 and Tue. and thur additional 6:30pm night dive. Each day the write the dive site number that corresponds to the map so keeping your log book up is very easy.
Locker set up is ok, don't expect anything to dry out overnight, and at the end of each day there’s a mad dash for rinse tanks and gear storage. In my opinion if they staged the boats about 5-10 mins apart they could avoid that situation. Adding a few more rinse tanks would help too since after diver number 5-6 your tank has as much salt as the Sea...........lol.
The boats are all set up well with typical giant stride entry and ladders for getting back on the boat. We had a great DM (Alson) and Boat Captain (Jimmy) aka Pando according to his coworkers.
Dive sites are all good with a variety of walls, swim through and some sand bottom areas. There is 2 wreck dives also but or group only did one, more on that adventure later. All sites have mooring buoys so no damage is done to the reef.
Typical dive profile would be 1st dive 80' max depth working to about 30' with a total dive time of 45 mins. 2nd and 3rd dives a little less 60' max and normal 45min dive. The wrecks are in about 110' and the openings are big enough for most divers to feel comfortable about doing the penetration.
Boats return after each dive to the dock, morning you have an hour to get a snack or address any equipment problems, ect. You could go back to your room with no trouble but we stayed around the dock. After the 2nd dive you come back have lunch and still an hour or so to kill we typically went over to the pool for a swim and chat about the morning dives.
At the end of the day you pull the weights out of your BC and leave them under your seat on the boat. You’re on the same boat all week and the same spot so no worries. Rinse your equipment and store in the locker. Let me add if you dive Nitrox like we do you will need to analyze your tanks ahead of time. We found the best way is at the end of the day we did 2 tanks for the morning dives. After the 1st dive we would do our 3rd tank and a 4th if it was Tues or Thur for the night dive. Since there are only to analyzer stations it's better to be ahead of the game on that one.
On the boat the DM and boat captain will switch over your tanks and they carry then form the Nitrox Shack to the boat. Back home we have to lug the tanks and do our own switch over so we really liked that part.
Before I end the dive segment I need to share a story. One of the divers on our boat lost their Go Pro on our afternoon Thursday dive. Friday morning we as group decided to skip the wreck dive and go back to that site and see if we could find the GoPro. To make it interesting we ran the route backwards. The diver mention a few spots he felt it might have come off the attachment. So off we all go knowing this is going to be the proverbial needle in a haystack. About 15 min into the dive I went into a crack I had seen him swim though while my better half checked the surrounding sandy area. Nothing in the crack but as I turned she was going to the bottom and guess what.........SHE found the GoPRO. So even in the vast ocean sometimes god smiles on you. That was a high point when our entire boat came together and memory we will all cherish.
Since diving is first and everything else is second let me say the food and dining set up is really great. Plenty to eat, good service no need to bring snack food. We had same wait staff all week and in a day or two they knew what we liked and our names.
The rooms are fine, nothing fancy but good water pressure and plenty of hot water. AC did good job and had a mini fridge we never did use. WIFI is ok, think it logs you out if you sit idle to long. We stayed on the Hill so I can't comment on the water view cabins.
We also enjoyed the Pool, after the last dive we would go for our PPC time. That's Pool, Pina Colda and Chocolate.......lol. Good service there and the pool was like 92 degrees.
I would recommend a massage at the spa, book early if you want a Friday after a week of diving, take it from me it's worth every penny. After diving all week the little aches and pains becoming more noticeable this was the cure.
Finally is money, you won't need any all week. Everything from the Bar to the gift shop is sign your name and go. At the end of the week they have a print out and each receipt you signed, this part of the operation is very efficient and accurate.
Tipping.......tip well to those who gave you good service. For us the people make the trip and all the people who took care of us made our trip really special, relaxing and stress free.
The only thing I would like to see improve is the coffee service. As an avid coffee drinker we often had to wait until after 6am for fresh coffee. Our bodies were still on EST so by 5:30 am I was ready for coffee. Hopefully they can assign that duty to be done right away when kitchen staff arrives.
I would recommend Anthony's Key Resort to Divers of all still and experience levels, they make the effort to help the newer divers and give a little more discretion the more experienced divers. One of the best and most relaxing dive trips we have ever had.
- 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