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“Beautiful resort, every activity under the sun”
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Half Moon
Ranked #3 of 63 Hotels in Montego Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 June 2009

Our family of sixteen (children, grandchildren) celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary at a seven bedroom Royal Villa. The variety of high quality activities was astounding--the Spa, the golf, tennis, water sports, horseback, etc. more than satisfied everyone in our age diverse (7 to 75) group. The staff of the villa and of the hotel were wonderful. Everyone was friendly and cooperative and our butler, Peter, and cook, Karen, were great. The extensive grounds and villa exteriors are magnificently maintained and the beach is everyone's dream of a Caribbean paradise. A few negatives--the interior of the villa is a little tired. Un-airconditioned main room (bedrooms have ac) should have a large ceiling fan. Furniture and draperies need updating badly. Food in pricey restaurants was only ok and service, while always friendly, was somewhat confused. One other quibble--this is a high quality, high-priced luxury resort yet, despite our repeatedly telling them that we were celebrating our 50th anniversary and had been at Half Moon on our honeymoon, we were not offered even a small gesture of recognition. We were not looking for gifts but flowers or a bottle of wine would have reflected a classy attitude whose absence seemed out of keeping with this quality of resort. These are minor negatives and all in all the experience was spectacular.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 June 2009

Amazing, mind-blowing & beautiful! Treated like a star & got an excellent deal. Oceanfront suite at 1/4 of the normal rate! Best place I've ever been and I've been ALL OVER Jamaica, including "the castle."

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 June 2009

Highly recommend this place if you are looking for total relaxation.The spa was fantastic.Grounds are beautiful,bartenders were very social & fun.The only thing that I would suggest or i think needs improvement is the food. Not enough authentic Jamaican dishes were offered and should be offered/ available to those who want to experience real Jamaican food versus the Americanized version or softer version.Can't wait to return, hopefully I will be able to get Jamaican food this time.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled solo
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2  Thank NikkoVancouverBC
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Reviewed 29 May 2009

My husband and I visited the Half Moon for a friend's wedding during the Memorial Day Weekend and also as a 15th Anniversary present to ourselves. We left our kids back home with my parents and took a few days to enjoy ourselves and witness a beautiful moment in our friend's lives. It's such a magical place. We stayed at one of the 6 bedroom villas along with other guests of the wedding. We had golf carts to see us through the resort and I must say the main bar has the best Pina Coladas I've ever had. Be sure to bring some Rum back home with you. Thanks for a wonderful experience Half Moon. We will see you again. Everything was Irie!!! Always - No Problem! Jamaica is beautiful!!!!

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Luv2Travel0111
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Reviewed 14 May 2009

My husband and I stayed at Half Moon to attend a wedding there; combined with my birthday celebration. The resort is huge - over 400 acres and you need golf carts to get to and from places within the resort (or you can rent a bike for $5 a day). Immediately upon our arrival, we were warmly greeted by the staff and were given complimentary rum punches. We were then driven to our Villa via golf cart. Again, we were greeted with a warm welcome from the staff in our villa. Anthony, the butler, Ruth, the cook, and Andriene, the maid. Our first experience at a villa (with a private pool) and to get this kind of service was beyond our expectations! Anthony gave us the run down of the villa: Ruth can make breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Andriene will do our laundry and iron our clothes; Anthony is at everyone's beck and call and serves us breakfast and lunch.

After we settled in, Anthony took us to the commissary where we bought eggs, bread, milk, coffee, cheese, potatoes, and fruits, etc. Ruth cooked breakfast and lunch for us throughout our entire stay. This was more cost effective than eating at the main hotel.

There are 3 restaurants in Half Moon and to our mistake, we chose the Italian restaurant on our first night there. The food wasn't that great and it was expensive. Lesson learned: don't eat other cuisines in Jamaica! On our second night, Ruth made us an authentic Jamaican dinner -- ox tail, jerk chicken, rice & beans, and sweet plantains. She even baked a happy birthday cake for me! (Again, this was cost effective as we would have paid much more at the restaurants in the resort). Anthony even lit up candles around the pool to make the evening more special and romantic. My birthday celebration with my husband was one of the most romantic nights we've had in a long while.

Overall, our stay at the villa was fantastic as we shared it with 4 other couples with whom my husband works with (5 rooms in total). Our only minor complaint was that they didn't net the pools very well as throughout the day, you would find more and more insects in our pool. We had fun driving throughout the property in the golf carts, I enjoyed the dolphin swim (an amazing experience!) and my husband thought the spa treatments were amazing. We would totally go back and this time, with our close friends and family AND we would stay for at least 5 nights...not 4!

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank NesserA
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Reviewed 20 April 2009

We were a party of 5 adults and 5 children and simply could not have wished for a better holiday

Everything was catered for and the staff were incredibly friendly

From superb beaches ( quiet and tropical) - stunning facilities ( golf / horse riding / water sports / tennis / pools) - as well as sensational choices of food and drink - this was a truly idylic holiday destination.

We stayed " all inclusive" and were very glad that we did , as the off plan prices can be extraordinarily high - however- being all inc this didnt matter to us and we enjoyed every minute of the holiday.

We hired gold carts to get around the 400 acre site ( although not necessary - as the concierge service is 1st rate) and had wonderful,accomodation ( hibiscus suite) - right on the beach.

I would highly recommend this resort for families or couples

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank emjay1964
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Reviewed 29 March 2009

We stayed here for a friend's wedding and thoroughly enjoyed it. We hope to go back sometime soon.

Rooms - we stayed in one of the spa suites, and it was spectacular. It was very roomy, spacious, modern and comfortable, with large windows overlooking the water and the spa cabanas. The bed was extremely comfortable, the shower (which had multiple showerheads) was amazing, and the linens were great (except for the bathrobes, which were cheap, short, cotton print kimonos). The beach was directly below the room, and the sound of the water was spectacular. It had an open floorplan with a huge freestanding tub and massage tables, and it had a nicely sized balcony with two lounges and a table with chairs. Because the resort is so spread out, we tended to use the small, lovely, and uncrowded beach right in front of our room - it didn't have any service, and there was no one to deal with the inevitable lounge-hoggers who put their things on their chairs and then disappeared for hours on end, but there were usually still enough extra loungers to go around if you were willing to track them down and drag them around. There was a small pool on the land side of the rooms - it usually had several kids in it, and we focused on the beach instead.

During our trip, we also spent some time with friends in other types of accommodations - the standard rooms closer to the front of the resort were quite nice, furnished in more of a colonial style. The villas had nice private pools, and their staff was just fantastic, but the bedrooms and bathrooms could have used just a bit of TLC.

Food and service - The restaurant food was generally very good. The banquet food was good for what it was (i.e., buffets with chafing dishes), and the banquet locations were absolutely wonderful. The bartenders were generally pretty good (and the standard rum punch was wonderful). Housekeeping was fine, once it showed up - we were usually out of the room from 9am until 2pm, and not once was the room made up before 2pm. We usually ended up getting frustrated and calling for service at 2 or 2:30, and the room was usually cleaned within 60-90 minutes of our call. We had a bit of frustration with trying to eat a late dinner, as most of the dining shuts down at 9, and about the only way to eat between 9 and 10pm is to get room service or to dress up for one of the better restaurants (later in the evening, the sea grape relaxes its dress code and has a smaller menu) - I can understand why dress codes are a good thing, but there should be a more casual option during all dining hours.

Spa - I did a couple of the spa services, and they were nice, but nothing out of the ordinary. I didn't see very much of the spa facilities - never got an orientation or tour and didn't wander around too much - but I understand from other people in our group that there were common facilities I didn't see that were very nice.

The location is nice - oceanfront, not too far from the airport, but no disruption from the planes, and the resort is sprawling and spread out so that it feels like a peaceful getaway. There is plenty of security, and the resort feels perfectly safe. A couple of guys in the group walked from the resort to a jerk chicken restaurant not too far away - there was an extraordinarily heavy police presence on the section of main road where they were walking, and they didn't feel entirely comfortable.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank awdub
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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:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Montego Bay
#3 Family Hotel in Montego Bay
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Montego Bay
#3 Spa Hotel in Montego Bay
#3 Luxury Hotel in Montego Bay
#3 Business Hotel in Montego Bay
#6 Romantic Hotel in Montego Bay
Price Range: £194 - £915 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Half Moon 4.5*
Number of rooms: 180
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
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