I go on a dive trip a minimum of once a year. I tend to go with the same group leader. We usually stay in nicer resorts and we expect to get good service. This was our first trip together to Roatan and our trip leader arranged the package with Anthony's Key Resort.
We were met at the airport by staff from the resort. It took a while, since there were people coming from several flights, an hour or so apart. Our luggage was taken on a truck, while the people were loaded into buses and taken to the Resort. The staff was friendly and our bags go to the resort with no problem. Once at the resort, we had to attend an orientation and fill out some paperwork (if you're a diver, bring your C-card to the orientation). We were then invited to eat a buffet lunch since it was lunch time. When we got to our rooms, the luggage was waiting for us.
The rooms: The view was amazing! I stayed in a Superior Room on the Key, which means I was on the Key and had A/C. The rooms were gorgeous. They overlook the water, and each room either has a balcony on the water to itself or shares a balcony with other rooms. (The rooms with king size beds as one of the two beds appear to have their own, I was in a room with two double beds and shared a balcony.) The balcony had two hammocks and a table with chairs. The rooms had a gorgeous wooden floor. The beds were comfortable. The bathrooms had a safe and plenty of towels. There is no phone or television in the room, so if this is an issue for you, pick another resort. It was not at all an issue for me. There was also WiFi which was free for the week we were there but I understand sometimes costs $25 for the week.,
The food: There was a continental breakfast at 6:30 in the morning with fresh baked goods, fruit and cereal. After 7, you ordered breakfast from menu. It was the same menu every day. I had omelets, hot oatmeal, and french toast, all of which were very good. (The coffee cups were kind of small so if you're like me and like to sit with a large mug of coffee, you may want to bring your own.) The rest of the meals were waiter service as well, and each meal you had a choice of a soup and a salad, two to three entrees, and dessert. There is free iced tea and water, but you have to pay for other drinks (a Diet Coke with a glass of ice was $2). On Monday we had a buffet lunch on Maya Key, on Thursday we had a buffet lunch on Anthony Key, and on Wednesday night we were supposed to have a Fiesta on Anthony Key, but got rained out. The food was excellent overall, and we were very pleased with the quality and the selection.
The diving: The resort was pretty full the week we were there. They have a large, professional diver operation, and it runs with precision. You are assigned to a boat the beginning of the week, and dive with the same group. Our group was on a boat with some other divers for a total of 11 on the boat, which was comfortable. Each boat does different dives every day so you get to dive all the sites but not when other boats are there. There is a checkout dive the first day, you are expected to do a regulator retrieval and a partial flooding and clearing of your mask. Also, there is an orientation to those diving Nitrox (which was an extra $134 per week). There are usually three dives per day, and with the exception of Monday where you lunch at Maya Key, the boats return to the dock after every dive. The dive crew was fantastic, our dive master was helpful and found creatures for us, and the experience was as well as it could be except for the weather. Because it rained so much the week we were there, visibility was down and there weren't as many fish, so I would recommend avoiding the rainy season if you can. Still, we had a great time.
The service: We came in contact with a lot of employees. There is a water taxi which takes you to and from the Key, dive staff, kitchen staff, maintenance staff, etc. They were very helpful, provided excellent service, and most of them had been with the resort for years, if not for decades. The manager, Mandy, was always present, making sure everything was going well and everyone was happy.
The only thing I would have changed about our trip was the weather. It rained several days. Being as this is a tropical location, and we came during the rainy season, we got what we got, but we still had a great time. Still, you may want to bring a rain poncho. Just in case.
Overall, a great vacation, and I had a great time.
- 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 Roatan, Honduras - Bay Islands