Our family just spent a wonderful week at Anthony's Key Resort. Before you go to Roatan you must remember that Honduras is a poor country so if you want the Ritz go to the Virgin Islands...but if you want to truly experience a true Caribbean island the way it should be (not over commercialized) then Roatan is the place for you.
Airport/Arrival: When we arrived to Roatan AKR had representatives waiting for us to get our bags and shuttle us to the resort. We checked in and received an overview of the resort and received lunch. Our luggage was taken to the key and waiting for us outside our door.
Rooms: We had 2 Key Superior rooms that were very spacious and clean with wonderful decks overlooking the water...a wonderful place to relax and have coffee in the morning or an afternoon cocktail. Also a great place to hang up wet clothes/towels to dry. There was a water hose outside the front door that was great for washing off the sand before going into your room. The AC worked and the beds were very comfortable.
Diving: The dive operation at AKR is excellent. We were assigned a boat that we stayed on the entire week and the sites were coordinated for the week. It was very well organized!! Our captain Rupert and Dive Master Mark were great. I've read about the lack of safety from other posters here but I didn't find that. Most divers that come to AKR don't need to be reminded of buddy procedures and should already know them (most buddies have their own way of signaling each other)...otherwise you might want to take a refresher dive course before you come. They allowed us to explore while still keeping an eye on us and not hovering over us. A lot of the dive sites were within a 5 minute boat ride. I thought the reef looked much better than Belize or Cozumel and the colors were so beautiful. Lots of fish and I enjoyed the 2 reck dives. I got 6 days of diving and 15 dives which I thought was an outstanding value for the money!! I even missed 2 dives & the shore dive!!!!
Food: We found the food very satisfying. Breakfast was a wonderful buffet of fresh fruit and pastries. Plus you could also order anything off the menu (local favorites, eggs, panckakes, bacon, hashbrowns, etc.). What more would you need? Lunch and dinner were also good and the fish and meat were very fresh. I enjoyed the meals they had on the key very much. We ate out one night and actually wished we had just stayed at the resort. They also had a kid's menu (grilled cheese, pasta, etc.). It was more than enough food to keep you full!!
Other attractions: We came with our kids and other family members that did not dive. They had enough to entertain them without ever having to leave AKR. The Dolphin experience/snorkle was great. They could also hop 2 snorkle boats a day without having to sign up since it was included in our package. They loved the kayaks, shore snorkeling, trip to Fins & Flippers island and horseback riding. All this was included in the package...what an outstanding value!! They didn't even use the pool.
Bugs: Yes the noseums were not fun...just put on bug spray before you go out of the room. If we got some bites we took Benedryl at bedtime & they were usually gone by the morning. It's definitely not as bad as I thought it would have been.
Overall: AKR is a great value for the money and there is more than enough to do for divers and non divers alike. You didn't need to carry around cash which is nice. There was no pressure to tip but of course you want to tip the great service you get (from the waiters, dive masters/captain, front desk to the guys that shuttle you in the boat to the key). It may seem like a lot but you would probably spend more if you tipped as you went along.
The people of Honduras are very friendly and proud of their country. I hope their current political situation calms down soon so we can continue to visit and support them with our tourism dollars. Roatan is truly a hidden gem!!
- 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 Sandy Bay, Roatan, Honduras