While Half Moon is a beautiful resort....stunning really, it is not a kid friendly resort despite what you read. We were there with extended family Thanksgiving week and we had a total of nine kids. Yes, they do have horseback riding, rental bikes, and the dolphin encounter (which is so much fun), but that is it. Two of the families travel quite extensively in the Carribean with our kids and we both found it lacking in fun activities. Most resorts have tons of activities all day long for families to participate in. Not Half Moon. They didn't have any organized games or activities going on. It's fine if it's only adults. We travel to Jamaica once or twice a year and this was our first time staying at this resort. Would I stay there again? Not if I was bringing the kids and not if I was paying. It was way too expensive. We could of gone to a resort that was just as sophisticated with tons of activities for a whole lot cheaper. On Thanksgiving they wouldn't even let us in the buffet Thanksgiving dinner, because the boys had on shorts. Shorts! They are all kids. Yet, they were letting people walk in with flip flops, etc. When we pointed it out they agreed that they shouldn't have gotten in. I think we would of understood if we were at a different restaurant like the one the night before on the golf course where the boys did wear pants, but not the buffet restaurant. Not really catering to kids here. I also got really annoyed one day when I asked a watersports guy if they had beach toys (the gift shop was out of them). He said, no they didn't have any, but he had a friend that could rent them to me. Rent them? Like I said, we go to Jamaica at least one time a year, so we know the game. My husband then went and asked another watersport guy we had talked to the day before and he said, I'll be right back. He then brought us a ton of sand toys. That incident also left a bad taste in my mouth for this resort.
In summary, this is a stunning resort with impressive grounds, a huge range of room accomodations, and a great resort atmosphere. However, if you are looking for a family experience - this is not it.
- 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