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Anthony's Key Resort
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Sandy Bay
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

We visited Anthony's Key Resort five times in the last ten years. The diving is always excellent with 3 dives a day if you want to. The boats are clean and divemasters& capitan are great. Dive sites are normally 10 minutes boat ride away. We like to stay on the key. The houses are very comfortable and we take with A/C. It can be very hot and on the key is often going a wind. We like the short boat ride between the key and the Island. The restaurant has excellent food and nice seating with a view. Breakfast bar with a menu,Lunch and dinner has two choices. The soups and the desserts are wonderful. It is an excellent place to have a dive vacation. A pool for kids and non diver is on the key. But, be careful for the sun flies (you don't see them) If you're on land, in the sand, no wind is going, you have to put deet, cactusspray or some protection on it. We waited the first year to long. We got ill from 250 bites which were itching terrible and we had to go to the hospital and get cortison. The second time we went there we know, and we had no problems at all. If you want to swim or dive with Dolphins this is the place to be. What a dream this was. Unforgetable. I'm looking foward to our next trip.

Room Tip: house on the key (there is going some wind) with A/C (because it's hot )
  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

With the exception of basically no beach, we really enjoyed this place. I think the highlight was being able to go over to the dolphin area in the evening and watch them play and enjoy the sunset. The food was good, but sometimes the servers were overloaded and getting a drink refill was not an option ( unless you got it yourself). The diving was great and our dive master was very knowledgeable about the marine life, etc. He was very patient and fun loving which made the experience even better.

  • Stayed: November 2010
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2  Thank MartiLittleRock_AR
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

We were absolutely spoiled at Anthony's Key Resort! Amazing private little cottage on an island! Dive locker for equipment, same boat and crew all week! Awesome dive sites for beginners and for veterans. Ask for John because he will take the time to find that favorite thing for you...he found me my first seahorse!

Pam and Dave

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

We stayed at Anthony's Key in late April and were thrilled with the entire experience! With one notable exception, all of the dive sites are literally within 5minutes of the resort. The exception is Mary's Place, which is a 40 minute boat ride and not to be missed. Our dive master, Ven and our boat captain, Richard, were experts at making each dive a fantastic experience. Ven knew every inch of the reefs and was an expert at pointing out the little things we might have missed. Richard never failed to be right where we needed him. The dive sites were beautiful. While there were not the large schools of fish you might see in other parts of the Caribbean, there was tons of wildlife, and we saw turtles on every dive. The resort itself is comfotable and well suited to a dive vacation. We stayed in a Key Superior room and loved the back porch over the water where the hammocks called us every afternoon. The food is plentiful and about what we expected from an all inclusive resort. The staff was friendly and helpful. We also did the zipline excursion, which was tons of fun! Anthony's Key is the perfect place for a dive vacation. Be prepared to leave your phone and computer home. Though there is internet available in the lodge, it was very liberating to be "out of pocket" for a week! We loved Anthony's Key and will definitely be back!!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

Airline: We used TACA from San Francisco via San Salvador (best price available when we booked). They got us there on time with clean aircraft, but the food: YUCK—eat before you board!! On the way back, the flight from San Salvador to SFO was 1 hour late.

Transfers: Transfers from and to the airport were included in our package. We were met outside of arrivals by a staff member with a sign, who promptly loaded our bags into the mini-bus. The transfer to the resort took about 15 min. Our bags were taken to our room by another staff after our orientation. At departure, our bags were picked up from our room, and unloaded from the mini-bus at the airport.

Property:
Overall, the property is clean, well cared for and maintained regularly. We did not see anything of concern, in spite the property’s age, except for the restrooms at the dive dock—just a bit rough. They continuously keep things maintained and improved with the use of a woodworking shop on site--many of the facilities show evidence of recent upgrade, such as the restrooms adjacent to the dining room & bar.

The pool and surrounding area is large and clean. The pool water warm. Beverages and snack available at the poolside bar. Sufficient chairs/loungers available. Contrary to the information on the AKR website, towels are available at the pool, are given out on a check-in check-out basis, and cannot be removed from the pool area.

Note for the out-of-shape crowd: A healthy set of stairs are required to get to reception/main bar/dining area.

Staff: The front desk staff was friendly and responsive. On arrival, we received a group orientation with refreshments along with the others on our arrival bus. The information provided was helpful & useful, and was also all available in a binder in our room.

Rooms: We chose a “Key Superior” room for our stay. “Superior” means w/ Air Conditioning; a requirement in our opinion—cannot imagine not having a/c for a stay in June (and we hail from a region with hot summers!). Ceiling fans keep the air circulating. Our room was large—king bed plus a double. It was cleaned daily and was properly maintained. Adequate storage. The bath sink is separated from the shower & toilet—a useful feature if the room is used to its capacity. On the deck, 2 hammocks, 2 chairs and a table. Our room faced to the east and had a good breeze most of the time (helpful to reduce the bugs). There is a small “cube” type refrigerator in each room, but no coffee service. Coffee is available at the pool area—quite a walk depending on your room location. We were aware of this and brought our own single-cup coffee maker. No problems with the water quality, temperature or pressure/volume.
Of note: it appears that some of the rooms on the key share a deck with adjacent rooms. Not sure how they assign rooms, but you may want to inquire when making your reservation.


Bugs: Yes, we saw and felt the no-see-um’s. Cactus Juice worked well as did a standard off-the-shelf spray with DEET. The bugs were the worst around sunrise & sunset, and also in locations that had little breeze. For reasons unknown, when we got bit, we did not get the itching or welts others have complained about—just red spots for us.

Food: Overall, the food at AKR was good with no complaints on our part. We never went hungry with every meal having sufficient quantity. The quality and variety was also good. However, if you are a foodie, look elsewhere; no gourmet meals at this establishment; just good hearty food.
Breakfast is a choice of breads, cereals, fruits, etc. from a buffet plus a good assortment of made-to-order items from a menu. Side dishes are also available from a menu. As long as you are not super fussy, you will find enough items to give you a good variety throughout the week. Lunch: a choice of 2 to 3 items from a daily changing menu. A fish item was nearly always a choice. Each entrée had a choice of soup or salad (both change daily). Dinner: options as lunch except the entrée choices were usually 3 to 4 items. Desserts were available for both Lunch & Dinner.
Of note: a variety of breads were available for each meal; they seems to be home baked and were often warm from the oven—a highlight.
There was one dinner buffet (the “Island Fiesta” night). Lunch at Maya Key was also buffet.
For those staying more than a week: the menu repeats each week (our stay was 8 nights so we had a lunch & dinner repeat). Some reviews have commented about stomach problems from the food or water—we had none. Regular hand washing, especially before eating always reduce the risk of stomach problems when traveling.

Food Service: Food service was good. No long waits at a table for an order to be taken. No long waits for food delivery. On occasion, the bar service was a bit slow. A tip: buy extra soda, water or beer during happy hour and take it back to your room for use at your convenience—it can be stored in the small refrigerator in your room.


Dive Style/Facilities: At check-in with the dive shop, you are assigned lockers for your gear (lock included). The lockers are good sized with two hangers for your gear. Rinse tanks are located just outside the lockers to rinse your gear at the end of the day (due to the varying schedule of the dive boats, there was never a crowd at the tanks). At AKR, you are assigned a boat/captain/divemaster for the week. We think this is a good approach—you get to know the crew and other passengers. The divemaster and captain, in coordination with the other boats, schedule the dive sites for the week. This insures no double up on dive sites and no two AKR boats at a dive site at the same time. Dives are generally at 8:30, 10:30 and 2:30, but exact times are adjusted (with proper notice) to allow for distance to the dive site and reduce crowds at the docks. Boats return to the dock at AKR for surface interval after each dive, unless the dive site was a long distance from the dock. The boats are in good condition and appeared to be properly maintained. They refurbish the boats on a regular basis--our Captain was using a substitute boat. Our boat had 10 divers that allowed for plenty of room (our Captain said usual max is 14). Our boat had a good-sized camera table, ample room for gear, large camera rinse tub, and mask rinse bucket. Drinking water was provided and for dive sites that were a bit farther from the docks, fresh fruit was available after the dive.


Dive Staff:
The Dive Staff at AKR was great! The Manager was helpful when we had questions. Our Divemaster & Boat Captain (Jeromie & JoJo) were fantastic! They were informative, helpful and mindful of divers needs. At the beginning of the week, they were very careful to gauge divers’ capabilities and as the week progressed, allowed the more experienced divers to dive to their limits. The divemasters set a very slow pace along the reef—relax and enjoy the dive (which suits us just fine). During our stay, we achieved our Advanced Open Water certification. Instructors Tati & Peter were great.

Diving: During our visit, the water was very warm 84-86 degrees and the seas manageable—just a bit surge & swells to deal with at the surface while getting back on the boat. While at the west end, it looked like the south side of the island was much rougher at the surface. Our diving experience was pleasant: Not much current to deal with, many canyons & swim-thrus. A couple of wrecks that were interesting. Lots of friendly groupers. Having said that, the diving was not up to expectations in some respects: not a lot of color in the corals, fish not plentiful at deeper depths (but OK at shallower depths). Dive times averaged 45 minutes, even though we had more air in our tank.

Other Activities: We did not partake of any of the dolphin related activities, so no comments on that topic, but we did take advantage of the horseback ride. Nothing special; a simple 45 min ride down the beach. The horses know where to go, will canter or gallop if coaxed and seemed well cared for. Not much to see along the beach—a mix of low and high-end homes.

Entertainment: Evening entertainment includes a live band at the main bar on a few evenings playing a good mix of music styles. On “Island Fiesta Night” on the key, there was a live band, fire dancers and local dancers. Everything ends quite early—need to rest up for the next big day of diving!

Overall, a good dive vacation.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

FANTASTIC! Loved every minute. We only stayed for 5 days/4 nights but it was amazing. We did our first dive at Canyon Reef and they video taped that--we also did the Dolphin Encounter which they take photos and the snorkel with dolphins was incredible. I played with one with a little leaf. Then the next day we did the dolphin scuba--thank you for doing a special one. They only do them Monday-Friday. AND three dolphins had their babies so it was extra extra special that they could do that. Dive masters were GREAT! I Loved the foods we got/inclusive. We had so much fun in the resort--we never left to see the island! We'll be back FOR SURE! Thank you all so much!! --Lisi and Chris

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2011

This resort is good for divers. The diving is ok, but not great. Of the 21-odd dives over the course of the week, perhaps 4 or 5 were outstanding. Most were on the reef around the resort, which became quite repetative.

The huts were nice, and A/C is an absolute necessity in July. Staff were very friendly and helpful. There was never a problem with water taxi getting to and from the key.

The food was just ok; and a number of folks in my group came down with varying degrees of stomach problems which either came from the food or the water. So, be careful.

Bug spray is a requirement, too, which was disappointing. The bugs and sand fleas are everywhere.

All in all, this resort may be better for a 3-4 day trip at the most. I don't think I'd go back.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Anthony's Key, Sandy Bay, Roatan IB3107, Honduras
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Location: Honduras > Bay Islands > Roatan > Sandy Bay
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Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center 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: $504 - $614 (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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Anthony`s Key Hotel Sandy Bay
Anthonys Key Sandy Bay
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