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“Gorgeous luxury resort IF you can afford it”
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Half Moon
Ranked #2 of 61 Hotels in Montego Bay
Certificate of Excellence
France
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Gorgeous luxury resort IF you can afford it”
Reviewed 9 February 2007

This hotel is truly a tropical paradise with all the lavish bells and whistles of luxury. Even in December the weather was fantastic. Sunny and hot enough to tan and go swimming in warm tropical waters. I was lucky enough to get an amazing room right on the beach through skyauction so I paid a small fraction of the normal price.
This place is even more amazing in person than in pictures. The beach has to be among the top two anywhere in my experience due to its beauty, fine powdery white sand, and cleanliness. I also cannot say enough about how professional and amiable all of the staff was. The room as well (even though the cheapest option) was beautifully decorated, very well maintained, and clean.
The only cons were all due to the expenses occurred at this resort:
1. My hotel booking did not come with a free transfer (shuttle) from the airport. I hired a taxi to pick me up and the ride to the hotel was about $30USD since this resort is a bit far away from the Montego Bay airport/area (about a 30 minute ride).
2. All meals/snacks/drinks were at exorbitant prices (kind of expected at a luxury resort of this standing) when eating a la carte at its restaurants/bars. I know it is chic nouvelle cuisine, but I still say $15USD is a lot to pay for some romaine lettuce cut up with a couple of croutons, ceasar's dressing, and three or four small cubes of chicken. Especially when you consider the local prices.
3. If you are thinking about getting out of the resort to visit Montego Bay, unless you are willing to shell out $60USD round trip for the taxi ride, just about forget it. One evening to change routine and try to get a decent meal at a normal price, I tried "escaping" from the club. I managed to get some help from one of the staff in getting a cheap $5USD per person ride out of the resort (some kind of shared taxi system), but then it was a nightmare getting back for a decent price once in Montego Bay. The locals know how to haggle and get the real price for the ride, but as a tourist you're basically a sitting duck waiting to be swindled.
I would highly recommend this resort for those looking to splurge at an exclusive ritzy beach club. For those on a more restricted budget where money is an object, please look elsewhere for a better price/quality ratio (may not be as elegant or lavish).

  • Stayed December 2003, travelled solo
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Arlington, VA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2007

My husband and I booked a last minute getaway to the Half Moon through Orbitz and it was just great! We stayed three nights in a deluxe room (the least expensive option!) and had fantastic weather, although it rained a bit the day we left. The room was large and clean and the a/c worked well. The resort is a classy place with 2 miles of beach and spans 400 acres and has 55 pools! Although it's big--it feels charming and not at all "Atlantis-like." Many celebs have stayed there as well as the Royals and Jackie Kennedy years ago. The staff at the Half Moon is unlike anywhere else I've been in the Caribbean or Mexico. They will grant your every request expeditiously and with a smile. There is a bellman named Ernest who has been there for 25 years and he was just great. We popped over to the Ritz to compare it and we were so glad we chose the HM--even though the half moon is 50 some-odd years old, it is in great shape and rooms tatefully decorated and super clean. Sitting at the Cedar Bar watching the sun set was divine. The food was OK, but better than most in the Caribbean. I loved the Sea Grape terrace for breakfast al fresco on the beach. We hope to visit again next year! You will love it--especially if you can afford a west end cottage or villa w/your own maid and butler!

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  • Disliked — price
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled as a couple
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On the Beach in SIC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2007

My wife and I just returned from a week at the Moon. Fantastic! Deluxe room with a great ocean view. Clean and well maintained. It is a huge complex that can be easily explored by renting a bike from the front desk (really a must). Excellent staffing couldn't do enough for us.

Food was a bit pricey. Choose not to do the all inclusive as we spent time in Mobay at several of the local spots ...The Native and the Pelican grill.

Once there, check out the commissary which is a small store for snacking, spirits, soda and Cuban cigars....cash only but decent pricing.

Golfed at the Half Moon which was extremely pleasant. Also played at the WHITE WITCH, next door, which was nothing short of spectacular. Breathtaking views, great elevation changes and HARD.

Will return in the very near future ..... Great vacation.

Stayed January 2007
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New York, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2007

My husband and I just returned from 4 nights at Half Moon and had a wonderful time. It's a lovely resort-- great location and facilities. The staff was fantastic, truly warm and friendly in a way I have never experienced before in any other high-end Caribbean resort. The people really set Half Moon apart and made it special. Food was pretty good-- expensive, so getting the inclusive meal plan is a good idea. The beach BBQ was fun, as was renting the bikes to ride around and explore. We got a massage at the spa which was nice though nothing earth-shattering. They are building a huge new spa complex which will open later this spring, and it looks like it's going to be really nice.

We stayed in a Royal Suite, which was right smack on the best beach, Sunset Beach. The room was really nice and had clearly just been renovated. I'm glad we didn't shell out extra for the Hibiscus Suites-- they looked very nice inside and they have water views, but they are not on a real beach-- they are on a sort of sandy/rocky man-made beach area. This is OK, but for people who like a real beach like the crescent one they show on the Half Moon website, you should know that the priciest rooms (Hibiscus Suites) are NOT on that beach! Since the resort is so huge, it may be worth thinking about ahead of time whether you'll be spending more time at the pool or at the beach, and factor that into your decision-making when choosing a room so that you won't be really far away from where you want to be.

Overall, we really loved it. There are so many islands to explore, but if we return to Jamaica it will certainly be to Half Moon.

Stayed January 2007
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Kent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2007

Most amazing exprience we have ever had. Booked the holiday well in advance and were not disappointed at all. Staff were friendly, efficient and could not do enough for us. Swim with the dolphins was a tuely incredible experience, food was gorgeous,suite was unbelievable, spacious, immaculate....what more can we say. Would recommend to all, a very special place.

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  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled as a couple
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Lake Placid, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2006

I was worried about going back to Half Moon..could it live up to how wonderful our vacation was last year?
Oh yes!!!
This is an amazing resort. The staff is superb from housekeeping to beach attendants. Everyone couldn't be nicer.
The prices are high but so worth it.The best deal is all the all inclusive-if you like to drink and eat.
Look for "Dalbert" he is a bartender. He is the best and most friendliest guy!
All I have to say is go..go..go..you will not be disapointed in Half Moon, no matter if you are looking for family with children or honeymoon.It is one of my favorite spots..it has ot all.

  • Liked — The beauty, luxury and friendliness of the staff
  • Disliked — not a ting
  • Tips/Secrets — order room service for dessert
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled on business
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Georgia Peach
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2006

We got married at the Half Moon in July. We stayed from July 19- 30. The resort is absolutely beautiful. We did not use the pool a lot because it was a little far from our room (Royal Suite) but we went the beach everyday. The service was excellent! The food was good except for the Italian Restaurant. We had our wedding on the gazebo over the water at 5:30pm just as the sun was setting which was captured on our pictures. The Sugar Mill was our favorite. We made two trips to the spa which was like heaven. We were really bored out of our minds after our wedding guests left because there is no entertainment in the evening.

  • Liked — The service
  • Disliked — No entertainment at night
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
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Property: 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 Luxury Hotel in Montego Bay
#2 On the Beach 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 (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Half Moon 5*
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

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