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“Gorgeous beach & wonderful staff”
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Half Moon
Ranked #2 of 63 Hotels in Montego Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 June 2011

Loved my stay here. You'll get more sun from this resort than any other along this beach. The suites are at tallest maybe 2-3 stories high. Half Moon owes acres and acres of land so yes, there are no neighboring high rise resorts close enough to block out that wonderful sun. For restaurant, definitely go to the Sugar Mill, the food is so good. (My husband still talks about this place.) They have tons of activities and things to do on site. We played tennis, went golf carting (my favorite), snorkeling, pedal boating, and swimming with the dolphins. I wanted to do biking and golfing, but we ended up just lounging on the beach.
Okay now for a few minor kinks, it would have been absolutely perfect if not for this...
Our room wasn't ready when we got there so we had to wait for a bit (it was about 2-3 hours). It sounds bad but really I have to say it wasn't since they did everything they could to make us comfortable. The staff set us up at a temporary guest room so we would have a place to rest during the wait, get changed and enjoy the beach which is literally steps away from the room. (Just a little background on Half Moon. Most of the rooms & suites are so close to the beach side you can practically roll out of bed and roll right onto the beach. It's not your typical resort. Just read up on it, you'll be amazed.) After all the waiting and wonderful beach time, our room unfortunately still wasn't ready. So...they upgraded us to this beautiful room with an amazing beach front view....that had an even more amazing balcony where we enjoyed breakfast everyday. Only issues with the room were...black dust specks coming from the ceiling vent, ants, and the occasional cold showers. Maintenance tried to get rid of the dust issue but we kept seeing it. It really wouldn't have bother us but the vent was directly above our pillows. The specs slowly disappeared by the second day so it was fine. Then came the ants that housekeeping tried to get rid of, but some kept coming back. So my husband did a little research on his iphone and found out that you need to erase the trail they make. We actually observed the few that were left and noticed they were coming from this same path to and from the bathroom to the balcony. So my wonderful husband soaped up their trail and they never appeared again. Lastly, the shower...thank goodness we were in Jamaica, so the occasional cold shower didn't bother us. Maintenance checked it and by the second day it was fine.
Half Moon isn't a new resort, it has more than 50 years history. It'll have its minor kinks here and there but they do make up for it in service which is still top notch after 50 plus years.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank IcyBlueZz
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2011

Dear Valued Guest,

It was a pleasure having you as our treasured guests; we thank you for taking the time to share your Half Moon, A RockResort experience on tripAdvisor. Your comments are valuable to us, we regret as you describe it, the ‘minor kinks’ however, we are happy our staff made you feel comfortable; thank you for your understanding. We look forward to welcoming you to Half Moon again in the near future.

Best regards,

The Half Moon Team

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Reviewed 13 June 2011

My husband had to come to Montego Bay for work and was originally to stay at the Ritz but last min was transferred over to Half Moon & all I can say is YES!!! We are actually here right now and I thought I would take a few mins to write a quick note on how AMAZING this place is! The grounds are stunning, the staff is so so friendly & helpful and the rooms are elegant. We are already talking about coming back when we have sometime for ourselves. I cannot express how much we are enjoying the resort! It is actually hard to come up with anything negative but as I am a picky bed person I would say that the beds are rather hard & the sheets a little rough, other than that I can't complain. There are so many different choices of rooms. My husband arrived a few days before me & although his room was amazing (with it's own private pool) he had asked if it was possible to be directly on the ocean and the staff graciously changed our room & now the water is about 30 ft from our balcony. I love sitting on the large chaise lounge hearing the waves. When then they say on the ocean, they literally mean on the ocean. As of now I do not have any pictures but will add many to this post once we get back.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled on business
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3  Thank enatashadunn
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2011

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely note about your stay at Half Moon, A RockResort; it was a pleasure to have you as our guests. We’re happy your stay was all you anticipated. Your comments regarding your bedding experience have been noted. We look forward to welcoming you to Half Moon again in the near future.

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The Half Moon Team

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Reviewed 18 May 2011

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.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2011

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely note about your stay at Half Moon, A RockResort. It was really a pleasure to have you as our guest. We’re happy your stay was all you anticipated and we look forward to welcoming you to Half Moon again in the near future.

Best regards,

The Half Moon Team

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Reviewed 9 May 2011

I recently returned from an unforgettable stay at Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay. This was a very special gift from my family for a special birthday. After hearing about this resort from friends and family and checking out the website I definitely had wonderful expectations. From the second we arrived the staff far exceeded these expectations. Our staff - Anthony Evans, Lezetia Wallace and Annetta Morris were THE BEST! My children, 5 grandchildren and I were treated like royalty. The anticipated all our needs with the highest quality of everything. The food they prepared was excellent and they took great pains to cater to the needs of the grandchildren..an incredible trip!

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2011

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely note about your stay at Half Moon, A RockResort. It was a pleasure to have you as our guest. We’re happy your stay was all you anticipated and we look forward to welcoming you to Half Moon again in the near future.

Best regards,

The Half Moon Team

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Reviewed 4 May 2011

We can't imagine how we will ever be happy at another resort after staying at the Half Moon. I'm not saying it was perfect, but I am saying that it exceeded our wildest expectations and they were high from the beginning. The items that were most outstanding were the food, facilities, golf and staff. I would however recommend skipping the glass bottom boat and making sure you understand and pre-negotiate prices for pictures and video taken during any dolphin experience. We stayed in Junior Suites which were spacious.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2011

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for vacationing at Half Moon, A RockResort and sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. We are truly delighted you had a wonderful time and hope you’ll return to see us soon.

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The Half Moon Team

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Reviewed 2 May 2011

We have traveled to Jamaica as a family for more than 10 years, staying in every type of accommodation, and Half-Moon does it the best. The resort is pricey, but you get what you pay for. The grounds are beautiful, very secure and well maintained, the staff professional, and the activities excellent. Our children (8 and 10) had a terrific time. The staff from the GM to the beach attendants were all professional and addressed all concerns promptly. For the first time ever we extended our stay beyond our original time. If you are looking for a fun filled, no hassle, no "pirate ship in the pool", no bullhorn wielding "activity counselor" experience, Half-moon is for you.

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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2011

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely note about your stay at Half Moon, A RockResort. It was really a pleasure to have you as our guest. We’re happy your stay was all you anticipated and we look forward to welcoming you to Half Moon again in the near future.

Best regards,

The Half Moon Team

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Reviewed 1 May 2011

This January marked my 27th trip to Half Moon in a span of 33 years. I could easily live on this beautiful, friendly resort. The staff is helpful, going the extra mile to make sure you have everything you need or want. The grounds are lush and well kept, the beaches are lovely and uncrowded. There are a variety of restaurants in which to eat or you can buy food to prepare at the commissary if you are staying in a villa with a housekeeper and kitchen. There is an activity for just about everyone including a Robert Trent Jones golf course, parasailing, snorkeling, swimming, shopping, kayaking and horseback riding. There are also children's activities, a fabulous spa and a gym and numerous swimming pools. Someone else mentioned no wifi in the rooms but there is an ethernet connection.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2011

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely note about your stay at Half Moon, A RockResort. It was a pleasure serving you again. We’re happy your stay was all you anticipated and as always, we look forward to welcoming you to your home-away- from-home soon.

Best regards,

The Half Moon Team

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Additional Information about Half Moon

Address: Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint James Parish > Montego Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Montego Bay
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Montego Bay
#2 Luxury Hotel in Montego Bay
#2 Spa Hotel in Montego Bay
#3 Business Hotel in Montego Bay
#4 Family Hotel in Montego Bay
#6 Romantic Hotel in Montego Bay
Price Range: £219 - £754 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Half Moon 5*
Number of rooms: 1
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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