Anthony's Key Resort Hotel, Roatan
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AKR in the Rainfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The huge waves on the North side very much limited our diving on the sites rigth at the resort but we have to say the dive staff bent over backwards to get us in the water on the south side. This included driving us back and forth when it was too rough for even the boats to make the trip! Greg and Windell are awesome divemasters but if you are really experienced divers, you may be frustrated with the fact that all the dives are guided. Most of the experienced divers on our boat were coming up with more than 1/2 tank of air each dive.
Staying on the Key is fun but you have to remember that the taxi is the only way to get back and forth - you sometimes have to think about what you want to have with you, because it isn't exactly an easy way to get back to your room. We had a superior room and it was lovely - very big. A couple of people we met had standard rooms on the North side of the Key and advised their bed sheets were wet - as a result of the rain and wind coming through the louvered windows.
The new pool area is lovely but oddly out of character for the rest of the resort. For a space out of the rain or sun, sit on the lovely benches with cushins and pillows - a soft place to nap.
The food was always excellent but not a lot of variety, likely due to the size of the resort. Would suggest that you get to meals at the start of the time, if they are having buffet because it seemed a little bit cold otherwise.
If you are a beach person, don't go here - there is no beach to speak of. We heard, from returning guests, that the snorkelling, dolphins, and sea kayaks are really good but the weather prevented us from engaging in these activities
AKR - Swiss Family Robinson Stylefrom Peggie King
s Key Resort!from PDX-Divers
Best diving everfrom el aguila
Great resort, but you must be a diverfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The rooms were very clean and mine was right on the water with a private deck with hammock. The food was mediocre. Not enough choices and the Dolphin grill was shut down so there was no where to get food during the day between meals. Also in the brochure it stated juices were included. What they neglected to put in the brochure is juices are only included during breakfast.
As far as the bug went I had no problems. They either did not like the way I tasted or the cactus juice really did work. My dive buddy also used cactus juice and had no problems with the bugs. Some people that were using DEET were getting eaten alive so I stuck with the cactus juice.
All in all it really is a great resort. It would be even better if there were a few more activities to fill the days after the diving is done at 3:30 or so. I would go back to AKR but only if the person was really into diving as this is truly a dive resort.
Also, the staff was really very friendly. From the time they meet you at the airport until they drop you off they really are great.
d rather tell everyone it was terrible to keep it for myselffrom A TripAdvisor Member
The diving is top shelf and so is the staff. I can't say enough about them and how fantastic they were. I have traveled all over the Caribbean and this was the best yet.
The food at the resort as far as I am concerned was great. The breakfasts were as american as it comes. Bacon, eggs, omelets etc. with fresh baked rolls, croissants and breads. Lunch and dinner for the most part was fantastic. Make sure and try all the soups because they really are great. The staff throughout the resort was wonderful and extremely nice and polite. All seemed to genuinely want to make your vacation the best it could be.
My overall vacation experience was a 10 out of 10. It couldn't have been any better and I can't wait to go back to Anthony's Key. In addition all the people I met on the island, tourists and locals allike were awesome and made it that much more of a great experience.
t seen the South Pacificfrom rompingmermaid
Loved AKRfrom PMinBethlehem
Very Nice Retreat, But Really for Divers Onlyfrom philstah
s Key Resortfrom Jannaqq
ROOMS: located on the Hill (island proper), or Anthony's Key, which is a small island close to shore. Hill cabanas don't have too much of a view of the water, but are shaded by all the glorious palms, hibiscus, etc. Water taxis (skiffs) run as often as you need it, by friendly staff with amazing boat manuevering skills. We stayed in #15 on the Key. Our room was air conditioned (which I would highly recommend, it was a relief in the 90ish degree, humid weather, they call it a "Superior" room), with a nice breeze off the bay. Our cabana was very clean, with wonderful beds and pillows. Shower never ran out of hot water. Sheets and clean towels provided daily. Small soaps and several sample sized shampoo/conditioner provided. Good shower pressure. We could watch the Dolphin Presentation from the shared deck. If I had to do it again, I'd request a cabana that was by itself but on the same side (such as #18). Ours was one of three, and it seemed that the room would sway with people walking on it.
FOOD: Oustanding menus, not always the same for lunch or dinner, served with polish by excellent waiters. Excellent quality. Wonderful head chef and staff. Great view--open air dining with several seating options (fully covered, out in the open, etc.)
FRANGIPANI BAR: Friendly bartenders, excellent service and variety. Raul pours a mean drink!
FRONT DESK STAFF: The best. Upon arrival, we were provided with a concise and helpful orientation. Diving paperwork was easy to fill out with a welcome drink to boot. I can't say enough about how helpful they were. Sherry and Ferran were outstanding, working with the airport to help me track down my luggage that didn't quite follow me to Honduras. Each day they contacted Continental's baggage resolution center (for 5 days). The dive shop provided rental for my delayed dive gear at no charge (thanks, Denny!!!) The only problem we had was a door knob that became unseated, somehow locking us IN our room. We were able to crawl out the window to the deck (there are no phones in the room, which we appreciated except in that instance), and notified the Front Desk. Within five minutes a night guard was at our door, trying to help. They called the maintenance guy after hours, who arrived promptly and fixed our door knob. For the short time it took for the maintenance guy to arrive, Alexis stayed near our room to keep an eye on it. Things can go wrong, but it's how they are addressed that matters. AKR is responsive.
DIVING: Wendell and Corvin (Divemaster and Boat Captain) are wonderful, friendly people, focused on providing everyone with a safe and enjoyable diving experience. Wendell's been diving for 22 years. I'd recommend requesting Wendell, especially if you've got under 50 dives under your belt or are just certified. They are professional, experienced, and caring. They really know the reefs. Boats are the best on the island (we were on the Haydee). Dive operation is top notch, PADI would be proud. Dive sites are scheduled, so you're not competing for a mooring or site, no frustrating early departures only to see someone else at your chosen site and have to find another. Excellent rental equipment. Air usually provided at 3200 PSI, I rarely came back with under 1000 PSI (except our last dive). Dive sites are mostly on the north, from West End to East of AKR. Almost all have walls (my personal favorite). Interesting reef architecture. Not too many dives on the south side. We elected not to go to Mary's Place, because of the long drive and rough boat ride. Longest boat ride was 20 minutes to the beautiful West End beach, don't miss it. If you're looking for coral and sponges, the reefs will dazzle you. If you're looking for critters, Bonaire still has this beat but you won't be disappointed. Visability was good but not totally clear, the plankton etc. that attracts whale sharks is coming here (we didn't see any :( Other dive experiences available, some at extra charge. Dive package included 3 boat dives daily and two night dives.
DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER and SNORKELING. A most memorable experience, one I would repeat in a heartbeat. About a hundred times better than similarly entitled experience in Kauai. 30 minutes with a trainer and a dolphin (we met a two-year old named Ronnie) with lots of time to pet, hug and 'kiss' the dolphin, interesting and fascinating facts and demo's of the dolphin's power and intelligence. Followed by 30 minutes of swimming and snorkeling with the 13 or so dolphins in their large 'pen'. This was the best. If you do this, find them over the grassy shallows in their pen, pull up some grass, and 'toss' it--they'll catch it. Many opportunities to touch them. Well worth the $65 dollars. Go on a Friday if you aren't going to miss a videographer, there were less people.
BUGS: the no-seeums were just that, and seemed to care less about insect repellent. My legs and arms were looking a little unattractive given all the bites I have (I counted 40 on my left leg alone). I was wearing OFF 100% DEET, then tried the new Cutter's Advanced. Didn't seem to deter them. Some swore by the Cactus Juice. My brother recommends UltraThon (available at Gander Mtn and similar stores).
VIDEOGRAPHERS: Very skilled. They joined our boat three times, two to video and one for U/W still shoots. We were so impressed with the quality of both video and stills.
OVERALL: Excellent resort nestled in a wonderful palm hillside (they did a good job of respecting the environment). Lots of activities to do, so good for nondivers, too. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions.
Top Local Tips for Roatan
Fly direct to Roatan Unless you want to visit the mainland also. Saves LOTS of time and hassle.
Scuba This is mostly a scuba diving resort. If a member of your party does not Scuba or isn't really into snorkeling, then there is not much else to do. A little horseback riding and seeing the dolphins, but if you are looking for lots of activities then this is not the place for you. Also, no nightlife! For our family it was great. My husband is a huge diver and my son and I rode horses, snorkeled, hung with the dolphins and hung out at the pool a lot. Very mellow, though. If you are looking for adventure outside the water, go somewhere else. AKR was perfect for us! Very relaxing!!!
Zip lines and Gumbalimba Park This was definitely a fun side trip, offered Friday afternoons (since many people fly in and out on Saturday, and there's no diving before flying). For $35 there's the Canopy Tour - which is zipping from the top of a hill down a series of 18 zip lines all the way to the beach. For $5 additional dollars, learn some Roatan history, see the beautiful botanical grounds and have one-on-one interaction with beautiful birds and white-faced monkeys at Gumbalimba Park. Take a swim suit if you want to enjoy the nice pool and some cash for the snack bar and for a photo of yourself on the zip lines.
Other names for Anthony's Key Resort Hotel
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- Address: Sandy Bay - Roatan - Honduras
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