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Half Moon, A RockResort
4.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica   |  
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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“Really can't get enough of this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We visited for two weeks in August with our seventeen year old twins their older sister and boyfriend.This was our eleventh visit but first with the whole family for about five years. We had Cottages 52,53 &54 which were perfect as we all had our own space but were still together and only yards away from the sea. Over the years we've stayed in various other locations on site but prefer the cottages which have a little more character than some of the newer additions. On our last couple of trips which had been a little later in the year we had been disappointed to find the Sugar Mill closed but on this occaision it was up and running and we made good use of it although sadly the newly opened Jerk restaurant at the Oleander which we had been looking forward to trying was shut. However we made good use of all the others eating places including the Seagrape, Italian, Robbies Kitchen (good for lunch) and the Indian/Thai. All excellent except the Indian which was a little disappointing. We were on the Half Moon Plan which is the only way to go unless you want to run up a very large bill and my wife and I upgraded to the Spa and golf plans at the resort. I played golf everyday at the crack of dawn and thanks to Norman my long suffering caddie of many years I usually made it back for breakfast with the family. My wife who claims to be something of an expert rates the Fern Tree Spa very highly and as with my golf it became part of her daily ritual. The kids or young grown ups as they prefer to be known used most of the facilities including tennis and horse riding and particularly enjoyed their excursion into the sea. Apart from it's fantastic location,excellent accomadation ,great food etc the one thing we really enjoy about Half Moon is being made to feel so welcome and it has truly become our home from home. In addition to my buddy Norman, special mention to Donnine at the swim up bar, all the guys at the beach bar and Teana Daniella,Derek,Everett Jourdain Caswell and Winston from the Seagrape. Also Grace-Ann on reception was truly exceptional in sorting out our little queries. To everyone at Half Moon thanks for making this such a fantastic family holiday. We'll see you again next year.

Room Tip: We prefer the cottages located on the west side of the resort.
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  • 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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Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We just got back from our Family Vacation of 6 adults and 2 small children. We loved our stay at Villa 54. Ask for our great staff: Kirk, Susan & Denise. Their hospitality was excellent.
They prepared 3 meals a day in villa every day which was perfect for a family with small children.
We had fresh fish, crab, lobster, chicken & oxtail all in a different sauce every time!
We loved that it was off season it felt like we had the place to ourselves and we just relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful grounds. The golf carts are a necessity in the Villa's. We used them all day long to and from the main beach, dolphins, playground, equestrian center, spa & exploring.
I would highly recommend Half Moon for a relaxing family vacation!!

Room Tip: Recently Renovated Oceanfront Villa's !!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Pasadena, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

The company for which I work has an annual leadership conference for which I qualified. They sent my wife and I to the Half Moon Resort in Jamaica. We were OVERWHELMED!!! It was an all inclusive resort that included meals and drinks around the clock. The property was GIGANTIC and well manicured. The seascape views were breathtaking and the location was secured which gave us such peace. I could go on and on about the resort including its amenities. To give the synopsis, they have 2 miles of private beach, a dolphin lagoon where you can swim with the dolphins, an equestrian center that allows you to ride bareback on the horses right out into the sea, etc. There was so much to do that we never left the resort for the 5 days we were there. It was incredible. The lodging options were varied based on preferences, but we were put into a 6 bedroom villa with our own staff which included a butler and a housekeeper. Our staff, which was comprised of Anthony, Andrene, and Janet was the piece that made the trip unforgettable. They were always available and so friendly that they felt like part of the family by the time we departed. The company informed us that all costs of the trip were included including gratuity, but we were so impressed by Anthony, Andrene and Janet's desire to provide unparalleled service, that we pulled together an additional gratuity. Andrene washed our clothes daily and pressed them for us. She even mended a pair of khaki shorts for me that needed a new zipper and a button. All with a smile and no request for money. Anthony served us breakfast on our terrace daily at 8am, per our request, and was so warm and welcoming. It made getting up early a real enjoyment. Janet was always smiling and so friendly. We really got to know each of them and felt a little anxiety about leaving. We were concerned about staying in Jamaica after having spoken to a few friends. Needless to say, we were expecting a lot less and we were stunned! If you're entertaining a trip to Jamaica, I would urge you to consider the Half Moon Resort.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Golf, equestrian, spa, fine food, pools, fitness, tennis, water sports.... the list goes on.....and while Jamaica is so beautiful, this resort has outstanding beaches,truly wonderful accommodations,and the most outstanding staff...always cheerful and most accommodating from grounds people to managers! This stay was quite the experience and I highly recommend Half Moon...ya mon!

Room Tip: Our suite was in the original part of the resort. It was labeled a Junior Suite. The ocean was lite...
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  • Stayed September 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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Waterloo, Iowa
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

We traveled to Half Moon in September, 2013. Probably not the best time to visit because of the heat. We did have some rain, but plenty of sun to enjoy the beautiful beach. Our room was in the west cottages near the far end of the resort. I would highly recommend this area of this huge resort. Comfortable bed, big bathroom. We had our own patio with nice furniture and a view of the beach just steps away. The beach is beautiful with calm, clear water. Snorkeling was perfect just beyond the roped off swim area. The food was very good and the employees went over and above to provide excellent service. The wine was not great, but there was otherwise a good selection. The resort has a lot of history and I spent some time in the main lobby area looking at the pictures. The resort is big so at times you may have to take a golf cart to get around.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

BUT we came during off season. If you're young and looking for fun, this is NOT the place during off season. I can't speak on how it is otherwise. It's a ghost town and very expensive to get off the resort through the resort's taxi service. $60 round trip to the hip strip or Margaritaville. [there is a free shuttle at night to Margaritaville]. The service is amazing with accommodating staff. All in all, it was relaxing and QUIET but I won't be back until I'm 50+

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

First off I would like to say that we completely loved Half Moon! It was our first time to Jamaica so we had no idea what to expect. We came down for a wedding eager to embrace all the experiences that Jamaica and the Half Moon Resort had to offer. Needless to say, we could not have had more fun and a better time with all of the remarkable views, facilities, and staff! We would highly recommend the Half Moon Resort to anyone and believe this is a true bucket list place!

We stayed in the villas and had an amazing staff that helped make our experience truly remarkable. Our Butler was Phillip and he was the first one to welcome us to the Villa. Instantly, his hospitably shined through as he helped us get settled and learn the ways of the island and resort. Phillip was always there when we needed him, happy to help! It is people like him that truly make a place unforgettable. We would consider Phillip to be a true professional, motivated individual, and now a lifelong friend! Our house keeper was Valerie and she was an artist at what she did. She always had the rooms and Villa Spotless you could leave the room for 5 minutes and everything would be perfect again. Valerie was extremely sweet and you could tell she really took pride in her work. Our cook was Carmen, and a cook she was. We really enjoyed everything she cooked and she was an extremely down to earth good hearted lady. She tried extremely hard to make sure we had a great stay. I cannot say enough nice things about how she treated us and how much we enjoyed her Company, Hospitality, and her FOOD!!

I think the one thing that I really hope Half Moon takes away from this letter is how well they all worked together as a team! A lot of times in life it is easy for one person to stand out, but it teamwork that sometimes most challenging. Hopefully, the Half Moon recognizes these employees not only for how good of a job they did, but also how well of a team they were! The only complaint I would have with the Resort is the cooks living quarters. We found it VERY disheartening that there was absolutely no air condition in there. Since the room is located so close to the dryer and kitchen it gets extremely hot in there. We did not feel like anyone should have to sleep in a room of that condition. Hopefully the Half Moon Resort will be able to fix this issue, and I think it would be greatly appreciated by the employees! We would say that our Half Moon resort ranks a 9.5 out of 10 and look forward to our next visit with our same house crew!!!! We simply can not stop talking about our trip to Jamaica!!

YA MON!
Dillon Nutt & Annie Compton

Room Tip: Choose the villas if you have 6-12 people with you, they hold 4-6 rooms each and have their own pool...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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, October 9, 2013
Dear Valued Guests,

Thank you for taking the time to write such lovely note about your recent stay at Half Moon, A RockResort; we are happy you had a `Royal’ experience. We generally receive complimentary reviews on the Royal Villas accommodation - which creates `a home away from home’ atmosphere.

We thank you for the beautiful comments towards our dedicated team whose aim is always to create an experience of a lifetime for our most discerning clients. The staff members are truly the ones who learn the idiosyncrasies of our clients and make each visit special. Your compliments will certainly be shared with Phillip, Valerie and Carmen. We will sure to revisit the cook’s living quarters, thanks for your candid comments.

Again, thank you for selecting Half Moon and for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back `home’ in the not too distant future.

Sincerely,

Shernette Crichton
Hotel Manager
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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Montego Bay
#4 Business Hotel in Montego Bay
#4 Luxury 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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Also Known As:
Half Moon, a Rock Hotel Montego Bay
Half Moon Jamaica
Half Moon Resort Jamaica
Half Moon Bay Jamaica

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