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Half Moon, A RockResort
4.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica   |  
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Ranked #4 of 63 Hotels in Montego Bay
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“Wonderful. Wonderful. Wonderful.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

Fell in love with Jamaica this trip. We stayed in the villas and were pampered, pampered, pampered by Anthony, Janice and Janet. Anthony aka yeah mon' - made sure we lacked for nothing at all. Janice smh - it needs to be illegal to cook like that. I couldn't stop eating. She even took the time to show me how to make my favorite 'aki and salt fish' and my new favorite 'the run down'. She even took us to the market - the real market. I am officially Jamaican. Janet made sure we departed with clean laundry which was extremely beneficial since I was traveling for an additional week. I'm still glowing!!!

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, A RockResort, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

We thank you for sharing your Half Moon experience on tripadvisor. We are happy that you were pampered by our villa team of Anthony, Janice and Janet, we will certainly share your compliments with them. We are also happy that you are now officially Jamaican and look forward to welcoming you back home and creating another experience of a lifetime.

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Shernette Crichton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Cannot fault this venue in any way the whole experience has been amazing and look forward to visiting this hotel again if we return to Jamaica. Everything is good and their website is a true reflection to the hotel, rooms, beach, restaurant
The pool bar is brilliant as well and so child friendly my kids had a ball on their bikes and playing in the grounds of the hotel

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, A RockResort, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for sharing your Half Moon experience on tripadvisor. We are delighted that you found our facilities outstanding and that you had an amazing experience with the Half Moon family. Biking around the property is indeed a favourite activity for many of our treasured families, we are happy that the children’s experience was memorable. We look forward to creating another amazing experience in the not so distant future for you and your family.

Sincerely

Shernette Crichton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We THOUGHT the ' half moon hotel' was some sort of low budget / SUPER 8-type of establishment in montego bay ~ You can imagine our astonishment when we rolled up to this "RESORT"

The grounds are immaculate and the rooms very very nicely appointed

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, A RockResort, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for sharing your experience on tripadvisor. We are happy that we surpassed your expectations and that your stay was amazing. We look forward to another opportunity to serve you in the not so distant future…creating another experience of a lifetime.

Sincerely,
Shernette Crichton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Half Moon has long been on our bucket list – ten years ago we stayed at the Ritz next door and found ourselves wondering if we should have stayed at Half Moon instead. One reason for our return this year was so my husband could play golf again on the White Witch. Unfortunately, about a month before our trip we found out the White Witch had closed. This was a big disappointment. This trip was five nights at Half Moon and five nights at Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, another of our bucket list resorts. The surprise for us was that Half Moon exceeded our expectations and Jamaica Inn did not quite live up to them (check out our review on Jamaica Inn).

We stayed in the Hibiscus Suites which rate right up there with the nicest hotels rooms we have every stayed in. Particularly the huge bathroom and lovely patio overlooking the green lawn to the water beyond. We had requested to be in a quiet location and so we were quite a ways down from the main lobby area (past both the main pool and the adult lap pool) but we enjoyed the walk and the peaceful ambience. One important thing to note about this location is that the rooms really aren’t “beachfront” per se, as there is not one long stretch of beach here that you can walk out to, it is little rocky coves and there is an expanse of lawn between the rooms and the water. We spent most of our beach time on the main beach and if you really want to be located where you can walk out to one long stretch of beach, consider the West Cottages instead.

We did the all-inclusive plan and got a great summer sale rate. We found it to be well worth it. You still have to sign a bill for everything which is a bit of an inconvenience but it certainly gave us an idea regarding the prices, which are high (but not as high as the Jamaica Inn). We kept all our receipts to see if we made the right choice going AI and for five nights our food and beverage bill was more than $2,400 (and that did not include everything we drank out of the in-room mini-bar which is also included). Yes, we did drink and eat a bit more since we were on AI, but to give you an idea of the prices, the breakfast and lunch buffet (soft drinks or iced tea not included) is about $27 plus 25% tax and service charge so our lunch bill was regularly about $70 – 80 as was breakfast. Drinks, including glasses of wine, are around $10 – 11 each plus the 25%, beer is about $6 – 7, a diet coke $4. So, if you are going to have more than a few drinks a day, definitely consider the AI.

We found the food to be some of the best we have had in the Caribbean. Honestly did not have a bad meal and service was really attentive and efficient. Loved the lunch buffets – every day they would have a selection of soups and salads in addition to entrees, the soups and salads were real stand-outs as were the cookies! I don’t want to think about how many cookies I ate in five days – they would have two or three types of cookies every lunch along with lots of other desserts. We loved the ambience of the Sugar Mill Restaurant and the atmosphere of the Italian restaurant with its twinkly lights on the patio overlooking the sea was really romantic. The only criticism we have is that in the summer there is only one location for breakfast and lunch (the main restaurant) unless you want to take the shuttle to the shopping village which has an English Pub and Indian Restaurant (included in the AI). We didn’t want to leave the beach for that long. You can also have room service but we enjoyed the buffets so much we never did use it.

We really enjoyed hanging at the bar before and after dinner and chatting with other guests and the staff who suggested drinks to us and were just all around great guys. One of the complaints we have had about other beach resorts we have visited is that many of them don’t seem to have a good outdoor bar that stays open in the evening – the set-up of the main bar at Half Moon was ideal – it is part of the main building/open air lobby and restaurants but located right against the beach and the water and was open from 11 a.m. until late at night.
We enjoyed the sense of history throughout the Half Moon and featured in photos and mementos, it really is a Grand Dame (but laid-back) Jamaican Resort that has been kept updated and enhanced but has not lost its Caribbean charm. One of the top full-service resorts we have visited with facilities and amenities galore, we could have easily stayed much longer. We prefer adults-only AIs (some favorites include Galley Bay in Antigua and Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma) so were a bit leery that the resort would be overrun by children – yes, this is a family resort and there were quite a few families but not quite as many children as we thought (it was 4th of July week, but perhaps they spent more time at the villas which had their own pools) and the resort is so spread out it was easy to find a peaceful location on the beach. Honestly, we have been more overrun by children at the Ritz or Four Seasons Resorts. The end result was a more romantic, couple-oriented resort than we expected and that’s one of the reasons Half Moon exceeded our expectations.

We would definitely return to Half Moon, but hopefully the White Witch will re-open so that next time my husband can play that spectacular course once again! That being said, he enjoyed the Half Moon golf course, which is a nice resort course but not up to the caliber of the White Witch.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, A RockResort, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

We sincerely appreciate your taking the time to pen your Half Moon experience on tripadvisor. We are delighted that we exceeded your expectations and thank you for confirming the Caribbean charm for which Half Moon is renowned. Recognizing our Sugar Mill and Il Giardino Restaurants as Romantic concurs with similar comments from many of our treasured guests. We are also happy that our all-inclusive options add value to our guests’ experience.

We look forward to welcoming you back home.

Sincerely,
Shernette Crichton
Hotel Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Just got home from a awesome trip to Half Moon. We had a 5 bedroom villa with a private pool. Roal our butler, Beverly are cook, and Olive are maid more than exceeded our expectations and made the trip special. Roal took care of our every need. We ate breakfast and dinner in the room every night and Beverly cooked us authentic Jamaican meals that were out of this world !!!! Plus she did it by buying groceries onsite for a fraction of the cost of eating at restaurants on the resort or at near by Montego Bay. Olive also get our place spotless. I was an great vacation and I would highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, A RockResort, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
Dear Valued Guests,

It was a pleasure hosting you as our treasured guests; we thank you for so beautifully detailing your recent experience at Half Moon, A RockResort; your review is highly appreciated.

We are happy your stay was all you anticipated and the family thoroughly enjoyed their Royal Villa experience. We truly appreciate your recognizing the team in particular the villa team of Roal, Beverly and Olive. The staff members are truly the ones who learn the idiosyncrasies of our clients and make each visit special.

Again, thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor; we look forward to the pleasure of welcoming back to your “home away from home” soon.

Best regards,

The Half Moon Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We have 2 boys (ages 1 and 3) and were looking for a spot for a relaxing family vacation. Half Moon was everything I could have hoped for and more. There were lots of activities for all ages - equestrian center for either real riding or resort riding (each beach ride), every sort of water sport possible, dolphin swims, biking, pools everywhere, tennis, golf, etc - and an AMAZING spa. Our oldest had 3 pony rides in 10 days and loved it everytime - Germaine at the stable was awesome (real rides, not on a pony walking in a circle). Carl at the spa gave the best deep tissue massage I've ever had (and I've had a lot). They have a wonderful list of vetted nannies they can arrange for you, so was a great balance of building time with the kids, spouse and having a bit of spa time alone. And the staff just can't be beat. Everyone we met was professional yet relaxed. Just an all around great time. Highly recommend doing the meal plan, it's well worth it (you can go to even their highest end restaurants). We had room service delivered every morning (included with the plan) on our patio which was literally 10 feet from the ocean. A great way to start the day. We fly out tomorrow and already miss the resort and the people.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, A RockResort, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
Dear Valued Guests,

Thank you for taking the time to write such lovely note regarding your recent stay at Half Moon, A RockResort; we are happy your experience was all you anticipated and our very important little guests had fun.

We thank you for the beautiful comments about our dedicated team whose goal is always to create an experience of a lifetime for you our valued clients.

Thank you for selecting Half Moon and for sharing your feedback on TripAdvisor. We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back `home’ soon.

Best regards,


The Half Moon Team
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Just wanted to give you a quick update on Half Moon Resort I visited during my
trip to Jamaica this week. My husband and I stayed at the Iberostar grand in
Montego Bay. I wanted to check out this property bc it
was only a few min away from where I was staying and only 5 minutes from the airport andI've seen online they had beautiful private villas on the beach. I am looking into a bday group for
next summer with all couples for a big friends trip ! It's one of the oldest
resorts in Montego Bay , it has that old world look, very old but beautiful. The property is very expansive, best to get around with golf carts/bicycles ( can be rented on a per day basis $10/day bicycles and $55/day for 4 seat golf cart)

6 a la carte restaurants, their own golf course with restaurant, BBQ beach night
on Fridays and Small entertainment nightly. No disco or dance hall on the
property, more of a low key family resort.... Can add all inclusive option onto
room plan with some limits but basically most restaurants and drinks.

The spa was one of the nicest most unique, expansive areas I have ever seen at a
resort. The old unique buildings and tx areas were like nothing I have ever seen
it was almost like being in a spa retreat once you stepped foot through the
doors. Many different ins and outs it was like a beautiful maze of gardens and
pathways leading to indoor or outdoor tranquil areas, outdoor yoga serenity
studio, waterfalls of plunge pools and relaxation areas. You can most definitely
spend hours upon hours get in lost in the different areas. If you could visit
the spa alone for the day it would be well worth every penny and an experience
you have never had before I'm sure. It was that unique in my opinion!!!!!

Lots of things to keep families and kids occupied. Tennis courts, squash courts,
golf, kids section looked like it was very well kept and updated, dolphin
experience and swimming with horses (never seen that before) right on the
premises. As well as pools, beach, bars and restaurants, bike riding throughout
the property and many open areas that you can set up your own activities.

Room/property description:
The cottages are on the far end of the resort, no two are alike and each of the
10 cottages has 7 individual suites in each.

Next you have the beach area and main lobby/restaurants which is a beautiful
outdoor/indoor breezeway.

The next section starts the Hibiscus suites all 56 ocean front, 4 suites to a
building (2 on top/2on bottom) mostly king beds, connecting through the
balconies. Some have connections through the bedrooms with double beds.
Tremendous bathrooms and sitting area in each suite. They are the mid tier
category similar to a jr suite to compare.

The next section is the highest tier category, the royal section that has the
1br imperial suites and 11 presidential suites. I didn't get to see these rooms
bc they were at full capacity but im sure they are beautiful.

The lowest tier category is the Terrace section. All Superior Garden View rooms,
8 rooms to each building nestled btwn the gardens.

Each of the sections above have their own pool area as well.

Then you have a big stretch of beach with a dolphin cove and swimming with the
horses. And finally the private villa section. There are 30 of them each with
their own private pool, all 5,6,7 bedroom private villas. There are 8 of them
that are beach front which are 5 or 6br's. each comes with their own private
butler, housekeeper and cook for the entire stay. The cook sleeps on premises
with you and is there whenever needed. The butler and housekeeper are on hand
from 8am-5pm daily. Each room in the villa has its own bathroom and air
conditioning, however The common area/living room is not equipped with A/C! You
can add on the all inclusive option when you have reserved a villa, breakfast is
included at your villa prepared by your chef inside, outside on your patio or on
the beach for BF villas. Lunch and dinner must be eaten at the included
restaurants or you can buy food at the grocery store on premises and the chef
will prepare lunch at your villa.

Here's my take on them... I must say, the villas are a really great concept,
just not for my crew. Seems like a few families of friends or family reunion
type of vacation would be more appeasing to the villa bc they are on the quieter
side. I can see my family and kids with my parents and inlaws sharing a villa,
or two or three families with kids Etc. the private pool in each one is a
really nice concept so you can stay at your villa privately if you opt to and
the villas are old and beautiful with newly renovated rooms in all of them,
but the villas that are beachfront are only for viewing purposes. You cannot
swim on the beach where the villas are located, you can however swim on the
nearby beach a few minutes away btwn the terrace and villa sections. You can
walk it or take a golf cart or bike. Golf carts are included with all the
villas throughout the stay and the entire villa has to be reserved for your
entire crew. They will not have strangers in the villa, you have the whole house
to yourselves.

So as cool as the villas and this property were: the cons for my group were
simply: no A/C throughout (wont be good with the husbands), chef is with you
24/7 (a little uncomfortable in my opinion with a bunch of couples looking to
hang out), no nightlife (not that we would look to go out on the town every
night but a little something to change up the scenery would be nice), couldn't
swim in the ocean in front of your villa (lacks the convenience of actually
being beach front). But if you are a family looking to do something different, I would definitely recommend bc the resort was really beautiful!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, A RockResort, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

It was a pleasure to be of service to you; we thank you for sharing such detailed review on your recent site visit of Half Moon, A RockResort. You certainly gave a comprehensive review which is much appreciated.

We look forward to the opportunity of celebrating your special occasion with you and of course create an experience of a lifetime for you and your valued guests.

Should you decide to celebrate your birthday with the Half Moon family, please contact me personally and I will be happy to assist in ensuring you have an unforgettable experience.

Again, thank you for your beautiful review; we look forward to the privilege of serving you.

Best regards,


The Half Moon Team
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Address: Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint James Parish > Montego Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Montego Bay
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Montego Bay
#4 Business Hotel in Montego Bay
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Montego Bay
#5 Family Hotel in Montego Bay
#7 Romantic Hotel in Montego Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Half Moon, A RockResort 4.5*
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 33 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 more than 50 years. ... more   less 
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Half Moon Jamaica
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