Was at the Half Moon in Rose Hall from 4/17/08 - 4/21/08. Expensive - but loved it and wouldn't stay anywhere else if back in Jamaica. Very relaxing.
Location: 10 minutes from Montego Bay airport. Used hotel trans. Wouldn't venture from hotel without organized hotel group. Jamaica fairly rough outside of resorts...
Atmosphere: Resort casual - stayed in swimsuit and cover up most of the time. Sandals, sun dresses, big fun jewelery all appropriate.
Food: Settings are great. All restaurants / bars are right on the beach - shaded and breezy.
Did Half Moon all inclusive which included all food, drink and non motorized water sports. Very handy to have a fixed cost and eat whatever, whenever. Normally ate buffet which had fabulous salads and fresh fruit and juice (as well as a zillion other things). Ate lots of fresh local papaya, mango, jake fruit, star apple, etc.. Tried things like boiled bananas, ackee and saltfish, and fried plantain.
Beach: Fabulous. Crystal clear, calm, beautiful sand. Two main beaches and lots of little private connecting beaches. You can walk in the sand along the water's edge for about 2 miles. Lots of water sports - kayak, windsurf, snorkel, etc..
Rooms: Wow - we were in 23 and it was 20 feet from the beach. I literally threw a grape into the ocean from the balcony. GREAT rooms and used the balcony a lot.
Convenience: Great privacy and convenience. You can walk right out of your room onto the beach. With 52 (yes - 52) pools, there is also a pool around every cornr. You can rent bikes or golf carts if you don't want to walk.
Kids: Absolutely. The close proximity of the beaches and pools to the rooms would make it great.
Shopping: Not much. MUCH better shopping at the airport where you can get Red Stripe, Margaritaville, and Cool Runnings logo wear, Havaianas, liquor, etc..
Spa: Got a massage. $120 / hour. Expensive - but fairly normal for upscale resort. Very nice facilities and staff.
Golf: Husband played White Witch course and like it. Said it was beautiful and he liked having a caddie.
Island Dreamer snorkeling / Margaritaville excursion - a blast. Where else can you down a margarita, hop in a 3 story water slide and bounce on a trampoline in the ocean???
RoseHall Great House- OK. Interesting from a history perspective, but seemed like a waste of valuable beach / resor time.
River Rafting - very interesting. Completely different look at interior Jamaica (rain forest, giant bamboo stands). Treacherous bus ride up narrow, winding mountain road. Most fearful part of entire trip....
Hope this was helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on a two-mile, crescent-shaped beach on Jamaica's northern coast, Half Moon, A RockResort, is truly paradise found. This spectacular, 400-acre luxury resort features pristine, whitewashed cottages surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and the sparkling Caribbean Sea beyond.Expertly combining Old World charm and elegant modern touches, Half Moon offers 197 guest rooms and suites, and 31 private four- to seven-bedroom villas. Its world-class amenities include the renowned Fern Tree Spa, an 18-hole signature golf course, a Dolphin Lagoon, fitness centre, equestrian centre and more. With its spectacular seaside location, rich Caribbean heritage, warm and attentive staff and exceptional array of amenities, it's no wonder that this iconic Jamaican destination has set the standard for luxury Caribbean resorts for 60 years. ... 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