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).
- 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