I'm lucky... I've sailed the world and the seven seas and stayed in many of the world's best resorts and hotels. Is this on up there? It's not just up there, it leads the pack.
Even Simon Cowell would be lost for words if he had to judge this place. It's special. It's perfect! 11 out of 10.
From the moment we arrived and looked across the open marble lobby to the turquoise sea beyond we felt that this may be a special place. How right we were.
This is a huge property but never feels so. It stretches more than two miles and has so many curves that you can see both sunset and sunrise from different parts of the beach!
I don't know how the team manage it but despite its size it always feels so intimate here. The staff care so damn much. They really do seem to love this place and their jobs. This is Jamaica at it's best. This is chilling at its best. This is vacationing at its best!
Our Hibiscus suite was large and spacious with plantation style furnishings, a huge bathroom, large balcony, two TVs and an excellent four poster bed. Oh... and an incredible view of the Caribbean Ocean! A few steps away was the beach which felt like our own private stretch of sand. There were dozens of coves that felt like they were designed to be individual beaches for each suite.
We saw some of the other suites and properties. Each one more incredible than the last, We just have to return. There were also great facilities for kids and for teens.
The Fern Tree Spa was breathtaking. I can't describe how gorgeous it was. My partner said that if she only had one day to live, she's want to spend it here. Waterfalls, astounding views, sumptuous smells, massages in private wooden cabins on wooden poles above the ocean...
We were on the fully inclusive meal plan and ate stunning quality food at each meal. Forget about coming here to lose weight... it ain't gonna happen! The food here is world class and excitingly prepared and presented. We loved the Sugar Mill restaurant in the evenings and the Sea Grape for breakfast and lunch.
The breakfast specials changed daily and always included American and Jamaican specialities along with great fresh fruit and patisseries.
Queen Elizabeth has been here twice as has Prince Charles, Princess Margaret, Jacqueline Kennedy, US Presidents and Jeff Woolf ;-)
If I ever get married again, I'll try and do it here. It's romantic beyond compare.
More than fifty years in the making and maturing, the Half Moon is like a fine wine. To be savoured and enjoyed.
Again and again. And again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A destination in itself, set on 400 acres of manicured grounds with two miles of beachfront. We have 197 individually-appointed rooms and suites and 31 villas, most of which have views of the Caribbean Sea. All of our guests can enjoy the extensive facilities of this destination, which include the largest award-winning spa oasis in Jamaica, an 18-hole par-72 championship golf course, our own equestrian centre with 28 horses and the Sugar Mill, awarded as Jamaica's best restaurant. As a discerning traveller, you will enjoy the luxury of space and tranquility we have to offer. Imagine your first morning taking in the panoramic view of the horizon, and watching the sunrise having just concluded yoga meditation in our overwater bungalow. Then, cycle to the Seagrape Terrace for breakfast before beginning a day of whatever you want. Whether you choose to lounge on the beach, play a round tennis or golf, visit a local art gallery, or go horse riding along the beach, your days at Half Moon are yours to spend in any way you wish. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Half Moon, a Rock Hotel Montego Bay
- Half Moon Jamaica
- Half Moon Resort Jamaica
- Half Moon Bay Jamaica