We got married at Half Moon on Sept.3. Half Moon is a wonderful facility - our room was always perfect, amenities were fabulous. There are a few things to remember when staying at the Half Moon:
ROOM - The main lobby has two restaurants - Seagrape and Italian. If you go left past the restaurants, you get to the West Cottages (10 is closest, 1 is farthest away). Our friends were in Cottage 7 room 54, which was fine. It had an incredible view and ceiling and new minibar, but had an old air conditioner and bathroom was dated. If you go right out of the lobby, you have the Hibiscus Suites. I think they start at 13/113. We were in 18 (top floor - ground floor rooms are 3 digits). That was right across from the lap pool and just past the hibiscus pool with the swim up bar. Our location was perfect, air conditioner worked well, balcony with a ceiling fan, dinette set, and chaise lounges. We did have a light in the bathroom that was out and the minibar was older, but I loved the room (under sink shelves! Huge closets! a seperate bathtub with a moveable shower nozzle! - what can I say, I'm a sucker for bathrooms) The beach outside the West cottages is better than outside the Hibiscus - you can't really swim out in Hibiscus. But if you are a bookworm who likes to go up to your waist every once in a while, the Hibiscus beach is perfect.
WEDDING - Luck was with us for our wedding - it turned out fine. But we did panic a bit - the election date changed to the 3rd and we found out the day before that no alcohol could be served. The wedding coordinator kept trying to call my cell phone while we were staying at the resort too - which was annoying. Finally, the location changed at the last minute because the ocean gazebo flooded in the high tide. We ended up on the beach and it was lovely. We had Saab Photography and the wedding photos actually make me look thin and pretty - so it was a miricle of sorts.
ACTIVITIES - Definately go snokeling. There is a coral reef out by the Ritz that the Dive Shop will take you to - which was my favorite thing. We also went horseback riding. They use English hunt seat (and mounting blocks). The horses are well cared for - box stalls, the works. My horse, Sam, stumbled right at the end of the ride and he was immediately looked at and treated for the stone. The beach BBQ was fun - there is a show with fire limbo there. The dolphin swim was . . . well, one of the dolphins liked me a little too much for comfort. I don't think it was worth the cost (something like $200 for an hour and a half swim), especially since there are other activities that I found more enjoyable. Be aware that by sunset beach (West Cottages) there is some coral where there are sea snakes in easy reach of land - so be careful about letting kids in the water past the seaweed.
ROOM SERVICE - My advice is NOT to pre-order breakfast the night before. Instead, when you wake up, call room service right away and order - you'll have 30-45 minutes to get up before they get there. The large coffee pot holds 6-7 cups and stays warm for at least two hours. I'm not a danish fan, so I asked them not to put them in the pastry basket - then we got muffins instead.
MINIBAR - If you leave a note asking for something (i.e., no regular pepsi) the mini-bar people obliged us - and remembered too.
BUGS - Bring bug spray and benedryl cream. I get bitten all the time in the states and Jamaica was no different - think summer New Orleans mosquitos and plan accordingly.
ATTIRE - Formal attire (no jeans, long pants and collared shirt for men, no flip-flop/beach sandals) is for dinner. You can wear what you want for the other meals.
TAX/TIP - If you are on the Platinum Plan (I recommend it), then you are only charged tax/gratuity on the total room rate, not on what is consumed. So you don't have to worry about tracking the receipts you get. For tipping, we tipped the maids, room service, minibar, bellmen, and some bartenders. We also tipped the waiters when we were served food, but not the buffet-style meals (including the BBQ).
All in all, we are definately going to go back. We wanted complete relaxation.
- 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