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Half Moon
Ranked #2 of 61 Hotels in Montego Bay
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
2 reviews
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“YaMon - exactly what we were looking for!”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

Our first time at Half Moon - and certainly not the last time. Perfect hotel for anyone looking for a great, relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle. The scenery, atmosphere and service is exquisite! We stayed in the West cottage 158 with ocean front porch. The traditional style and sensitive integration of these 10 small cottages in a beautiful beach environment seems naturally grown and feels like an authentic witness of HalfMoon's rich history - rather than just a super-sized interpretation of so many mass-tourism "resort malls" in this area.
HalfMoon offers all services and amenities of a modern hotel, from sport, spa, cuisine and adventure - but all that with a flair of "the good old times" (e.g. Piano player in the lobby) and a upscale scenery.

Having said that, HalfMoon not Miami's Fontainebleau. If you are looking for trendy club scene and spring break - HalfMoon is not your destination. But if you are looking for a few days away from it all, you might find yourself at this wonderful place.

As a side note: Nice things have their price. We did not purchase the all-inclusive plan and felt that this was the right choice for us as we have been touring around the island quite a bit. Food/beverage cost can add up quickly.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for your very apt description of our resort. Your appreciation of how we meld the old with the new is indeed satisfying as we strive to provide experiences of a lifetime to all our guests.

We sincerely hope to see you again and thank you for using this medium to share your Half Moon experience.


Yours sincerely,
Shernette Crichton
Hotel Manager
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

Just spent our 100th perfect idyll at Half Moon! The staff was as happy as we were to share this milestone! We've been to many Caribbean resorts as well as foreign ones and nothing matches the beauty of the water and beach and accommodations. No high rises or indoor dining.The food is elegant or casual depending on one's mood. The beauty of a sunset dinner on the Seagrape Terrace at the waters edge does not happen anywhere else. Breakfast is the same sort of treat. And fun bars for pre and post mealtime camraderie It is the dedicated smiling staff however who make Half Moon so special. Over the years we've come to love our HM family most of whom have always worked there. We play golf, tennis and ride horseback but the best activity is to lie on the beach and do nothing. The atmosphere is eminently peaceful for relaxing.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Dear Valued Guests,

It was our absolute pleasure having you home for your 100th visit; celebrating this milestone with you was an honour. Your patronage over the years speaks volume to the level of commitment and love you have for our Half Moon family. Words cannot express our appreciation for your loyalty and insistence in making Half Moon your preferred vacation destination.

We look forward to beginning your second century with our Half Moon family.


Yours sincerely,
Shernette Crichton
Hotel Manager
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Potomac, Maryland
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

This was our 4th time at Half Moon and the third time in a Royal Villa, which is the perfect setting for a family vacation given each bedroom has its own bath and their is full service of a cook, housekeeper who does daily laundry, and bulter. (In fact, we have found that the weekly cost is less than going on a cruise, while providing a setting that allows for more interaction with family members.) We stayed in Villa 50 and there were 14 people in our group. The staff was excellent; they anticipated our needs and did more than we could have asked. Our butler was Kirk Palmer, our cook was Susan Brown and our housekeeper was Denise Brown. They were a tremendous team and we have specifically requested them on each of last two visits given the superb service they provide. They went well beyond the call of duty to meet our needs, including meeting dietary restrictions (lactose intolerance) with delicious food; helping coordinate a renewal of vows ceremony on the lawn of our villa; and being extra solicitious of a family member battling cancer. Our villa had many amenities: private pool, air-conditioned bedrooms, large family room for family gatherings, separate den for the teens and young adults, beachfront location, golf carts to travel to other locations within the resort, and many other amenities. Great vacation -- and we will definitely be back!

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Dear Valued Guests,

Thank you for again choosing Half Moon, A RockResort for your recent family vacation, it was great having you home!

We are delighted that you enjoyed your villa experience and that your villa team of Kirk, Susan and Denise fulfilled and anticipated your every need in taking care of your entire family.

Our goal is to create an experience of a lifetime for our many valued guests; we are happy that we have done so for you and your family once again.

Thank you for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor; your Half Moon family looks forward to welcoming you home again for your 5th visit.


Yours sincerely,
Shernette Crichton
Hotel Manager
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

I have been going to the Half Moon Resort since 1982, and to date, 22 trips there. It's obvious I love it there. From the beautiful scenery, the meticulous grounds, the happy faces of all who work there, the excellent service, the fabulous food, what else does one need? There is something for everyone to do there are never leave the resort, except to play on 3 of the best courses anywhere. Half Moon course is a great layout and challenge. My favorite is the White Witch, with is extreme elevation changes, beautiful views of the ocean, the challenge of each hole. Cinnamon Hill is next with the fron nine down at the ocean and the back nine up in the hills. Always a pleasure to visit Johhny Cash's house on the 14th hole. Great course, great elevation changes, great caddies. Half Moon should be everyone's vacation destination.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

We sincerely appreciate your patronage over the years and thank you for taking the time to share your Half Moon experience on Tripadvisor.

Some of our international Golf Pros competing in the Jamaica Open Golf Tournament over the years at Half Moon have referred to our course as Jamaica’s Augusta, happy you have enjoyed playing it over the years. Our Total Golf Experience package offers our guests the choice of playing 54 holes in one vacation (Half Moon, Cinnamon Hill and White Witch), a great package for avid golfers like yourself.

Once again, thank you for sharing your experience and for highlighting the great golf courses in Montego Bay including you home away from home Half Moon. We look forward to welcoming you back for your 23rd visit.

Yours sincerely,
Shernette Crichton
Hotel Manager
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

We returned to the Half Moon hoping that our amazing experience last year would be repeated. It was not only repeated but bettered! The hotel is just perfect. From the moment you walk out into the arrivals hall at the airport you are met with warm, funny, helpful staff who all treat you like their friend and not a guest. This attitude is continued throughout the entire establishment and when you leave there are hugs and warm smiles and you just know you will be going back.
We were in the same area - the Oleander suites - as last year only this time we were directly on the beach. Because August is quiet we had the beach and pool area almost to ourselves and even the main pool area with the lap pool and swim up bar were relatively quiet and you could always get a bed/towel/umbrella etc. Even though they are not busy, the staff are still attentive and engaging and nothing is too much trouble.
One of the many highlights is the food. In the 3 main restaurants, the food, it's presentation and the service is of the highest standard. It certainly wouldn't look out of place in any 5 star restaurant in London.
We were all really sad to leave and are already looking at the 2015 diary to work out when we can return.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
Dear Valued Guests,

It was great having you home! We are charmed that this year (2014) our team was able to create an even more wonderful vacation experience for you and your family.

The Oleander suites as you stated are aptly designed for families as they are two rooms connected by a stairway with two full bathrooms and a kitchenette. We have found that these units are very popular with our families with older children/teens. Happy you also enjoyed your Food and Beverage experiences in our restaurants; our culinary team strives to deliver meals of the highest standards – thanks for recognizing their efforts. We are particularly proud of the team at the Sugar Mill Restaurant - they recently captured three coveted local awards – Best Place to Dine, Restaurant of the Year and an Icon award.

We appreciate you sharing your experience on tripadvisor and look forward to welcoming you home for your 3rd visit…creating another experience of a lifetime.

Sincerely,
Shernette Crichton
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Wichita, Kansas
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

We returned for the second consecutive year to a villa at Half Moon and the experience was just as heavenly as the first time. We love everything about Half Moon (the grounds, the accommodations, the staff, and the amenities), but it is the staff at our villa that made the vacation so uniquely special. Anthony, Janet, and Andreen treat us like royalty while also making us feel like we're family.
Among the activities available at Half Moon, we enjoyed the weight room and tennis courts, the horseback riding (swimming with the horses is an amazing experience), and the spa. Although we were active during the vacation, we were also completely relaxed - a unique combination that helped make it a perfect vacation.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
Dear Valued Guests,

We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to pen your Half Moon Villa experience on tripadvisor and for visiting with your Half Moon family for the second consecutive year; we truly value your patronage.

Thank you for recognizing your villa staff of Anthony, Janet and Andrene for providing outstanding service; our staff are the unsung heroes who create the memorable experiences for our treasured guests like yourselves. Our swim with the horses programme is one of our more popular activities, the most popular being the experiences that await our guests at our 68,000sqft Spa Oasis – Fern Tree, A RockResort Spa, experiences that cannot be missed!

We are pleased that you fully enjoyed the different activities you engaged in during your stay. The Royal Villa team looks forward to creating more fond memories for your 3rd visit.

Sincerely,
Shernette Crichton
Hotel Manager
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2014

Stayed here with a friend and had the best time ever. From check in to check out everything was awesome. The staff is amazing but the breathtaking view alone is worth the trip. Had the most beautiful suite (Imperial Suite) with a magnificent ocean view. There's nothing better than waking up to the sun on the horizon blanketing the water and falling asleep with the light waves hitting the beach (slept with the patio door opened every night). Had a second floor suite which I would recommend. It had the biggest most exquisite bathroom I've ever seen in a luxury hotel, marble, jacuzzi tub, huge shower and the beds.....wow!!!
Internet access is complimentary which is great, just in case you want to be plugged in. This is not an all inclusive hotel and the prices are a bit high, but worth it. It is also kid friendly, there are bikes and even a chance to swim/play with the dolphins.
Already planning my next trip before the end of the year. Would highly recommend!!!

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for visiting our piece of paradise Half Moon, A RockResort and for sharing your experience on tripadvisor.

We are delighted that you thoroughly enjoyed staying in our ocean front Imperial Suite. Our 15 Imperial Suites, while they are individually decorated, offer magnificent ocean or garden views and specialized services including, your personal concierge, a welcome gift, daily treats from the chefs selection, newspapers of your choice and more.

We are excited that you are already planning your second trip, giving us the opportunity to create another experience of a lifetime. Looking forward to welcoming you back home!

Sincerely,
Shernette Crichton
Hotel Manager
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Property: Half Moon
Address: Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Phone Number:
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
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Montego Bay
#2 Luxury Hotel in Montego Bay
#2 Spa Hotel in Montego Bay
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Montego Bay
#3 Business Hotel in Montego Bay
#4 Family Hotel in Montego Bay
#6 Romantic Hotel in Montego Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Half Moon 5*
Number of rooms: 388
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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Half Moon, a Rock Hotel Montego Bay
Half Moon Jamaica
Half Moon Resort Jamaica
Half Moon Bay Jamaica

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