We stayed in a 5 bedroom Royal Villa (#58) with a dedicated housekeeper, cook and butler. Our initial impressions were not great, because the amenities were not up to the standard of a 5-star resort (Four Seasons, One&Only, Ritz Carlton). Half Moon definitely grew on us during the course of our vacation because of the activities, great food and the benefits of having a large family staying in a villa instead of multiple hotel rooms. Overall, I would highly recommend a Half Moon villa as long as you go in “eyes wide open”. This is a place we would return to without hesitation.
-The service was excellent, surprisingly so for a Caribbean resort.
-Overall, the restaurants were expensive but very good. The beachside barbecue was excellent, and we also had good meals at Sugar Mill, Il Giardino and Akbar. -It’s difficult, but not impossible, to find healthy options at most restaurants.
-The private pool at our villa was quite large and perfect for a family with kids.
-The meals at the villa were good and varied. The cook was accommodating to special dietary needs. There’s no room service in the villas but we didn’t miss it.
-The children’s activities were great, including the dolphin experience (highly recommended), pony ride and large playground.
-The housekeeper took clothes left in the bathroom hampers every day and returned them cleaned and folded by the end of the day!
-The beach is very nice, with soft sand and there are plenty of beach chairs with both shady and sun-facing options.
-The villa’s bedrooms automatically lock every time you close the doors, and each had their own card keys. This was very annoying, especially with young children staying in a separate bedroom. Also, there is no powder room, meaning that you need a key to go to the bathroom.
-The villa was a bit run-down (older bathroom fixtures, shabby living room furniture, spotty TV reception) and with lower quality construction, particularly for the price.
-Quality of bathroom amenities (shampoo, aloe, towels) were more suited to a 3-star hotel versus a 5-star resort.
-The king size beds in the bedrooms were actually two twin beds pushed together.
-While the bedrooms and living room had A/C units, the villa wasn’t centrally air conditioned. The kitchen, bathrooms and common areas didn’t have A/C.
-The villas are far from the main resort (the property is on 400 acres), but this wasn’t an issue because each villa comes with two golf carts.
-Lighting is poor throughout the villa, especially in the bathrooms.
- 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