We stayed at Half Moon January 6-14 with two young children, ages 3 1/2 and 1 1/2. We selected Half Moon because it appeared to be kid-friendly but not kid-dominated. We were not disappointed. This is a truly elegant place that caters to an international clientele but without any of the subtle (or not so subtle) anti-children snobbery you might find at similar resorts. My true rating would probably be more like a 4 1/2 rather than 5, but because the staff was so uniformly and overwhelmingly nice to our children, I'll settle on the 5.
As others have noted all rooms abut the beach, and we were upgraded into a larger suite that opened directly onto the Carribbean. Was the room dated? I guess a bit, but not in any way that impacted our vacation. Moreover, the room was HUGE and our kids had a blast just running around in the room (the hard tile floors get slippery though -- Ouch). We did rent a golf cart to move around the very large property, which was great fun and allowed us to explore virtually the entire resort. The new childrens' center is beautiful and the staff there is great -- once you've filled out the paperwork, your child (3 and up) can engage in the many activities there for anywhere from 15 minutes to all day. If you do not want to leave them you can also accompany your children as they play on the new equipment and in the pool (2 1/2 feet at its deepest). And babysitters are just $14 for the first 3 hours (that's right, total).
Issues were minor. As others noted yes, there was a lot of seaweed -- but there was also one major storm that dredged up the sea, so can't blame the resort. Water was clear prior to that. And yes, wear bug spray (particularly on your feet), the mosquitoes were not bad but the ants will get you -- but that's Mother Nature.
We did not have hot water when we first checked in (but it was corrected within an hour) and we lost TV for over 1 day, which would have been fine except it was on the one rainy day of our trip. We would have liked a bit more affirmative information at check-in about all of the resort's amenities -- e.g., we had to really track down information on the childrens' programs, golf, and moving around the property via bike or golf cart (appreciate discreet and unobtrusive service, but why hide your strengths?). Finally, I agree that food was good (and very good for kids) but not superlative, even though some of the prices were. But we knew about the prices going in.
Overall, what we were struck by was the genuine kindness of everyone we met, from our shuttle van driver to the front desk to the housekeepers (and fellow guests for that matter). Intelligent, friendly, and prompt -- much more so than some other Carribbean locations to which we've traveled.
Would we go back? Absolutely, and we plan to.
- 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