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“Great family vacation” 5 of 5 stars
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Half Moon, A RockResort
4.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica   |  
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Great family vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

This is a beautiful self-contained resort. We didn't rent a car and never left the resort. We got the meal plan and ate on the beach for lunch or breakfast (whenever we got up) every day and had dinner at a different restaurant almost every night. The Sugar Mill was by far our favorite.
When we first arrived the golf carts were all checked out, so arrange for a rental before you go. The kids had a great time driving around and the resort is fairly spread out, so the golf cart is very helpful, The resort is also gated so it was easy to let the kids go do their own thing while the parents relaxed at the beach.
Lots of family friendly activities with pools, beaches, parasailing, diving, fishing, tennis, golf.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, A RockResort, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Dear Valued Guests,

We are delighted that you had another wonderful holiday with us at Half Moon A, RockResort; as always it was a pleasure serving you.

We thank you for choosing your Half Moon family or your vacation, and for taking the time to share on TripAdvisor; your loyalty and patronage over the years are highly appreciated. We certainly look forward to celebrating your Ruby Wedding Anniversary with you soon.

Sincerely,

Shernette Crichton
Hotel Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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cheshire,England
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We are returning to half moon on the 2 November this will be our 5th time. We will be celebrating our ruby wedding anniversary and can't think of a better place to be. We stay in villa 26 which we love and the staff are great. We always feel welcome.
Look forward to seeing all again.

Spoil yourself you deserve it.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, A RockResort, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Dear Valued Guests,

We are delighted that you had another wonderful holiday with us at Half Moon A, RockResort; as always it was a pleasure serving you.

We thank you for choosing your Half Moon family and taking the time to share on TripAdvisor; your loyalty and patronage over the years are highly appreciated. We certainly look forward to celebrating your Ruby Wedding Anniversary with you.

Sincerely,

Shernette Crichton
Hotel Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

My wife and I stayed here in early September for our honeymoon. We were in the Hibiscus Villas which were out of this world. The views from the balcony are breathtaking and you can hear the sea lapping gently from your bed. The room was extremely spacious. Overall the facilities at halfmoon are excellent. It has a beautiful sense of history with mature gardens, lovely beaches and it is peaceful and serene. It is picture perfect throughout.
The staff were very friendly although a few did let the place down on a couple of occasions although I can understand it is difficult for a place of this size to control everything perfectly. The main disappointment was the food. Other than breakfast which we had served on our balcony every room, the food was quite disappointing. Additionally it is worth checking what restaurants were open as we visited during off season and quite a few of the restaurants advertised were shut. Finally taxis from the resort were very expensive. $80 to the town and back. Other than that. Excellent resort and I feel if they can just sort out some little details it will be 100% perfect.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, A RockResort, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent Half Moon, A RockResort experience on tripadvisor. It was a pleasure serving you on your special occasion. Your candid feedback is appreciated and has not been taken lightly, we are always seeking ways to improve our facility for our valued guests like yourselves and your comments will be useful to this end.

Once again, thank you for choosing Half Moon and for sharing your experience, we look forward to the privilege of welcoming you back ‘home’ when you celebrate your first Anniversary and beyond.

Sincerely,

Shernette Crichton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

This is one of the best resort I visited in my life.
The resort is only a 20 minute ride from the airport, the grounds are beautifully maintained and the main building is breathtaking

The personnel was very friendly, responsive and attentive to my requests, the hotel has an excellent solid team.

However, the highlight of this resort are the restaurants; I enjoyed all restaurants but I was too impressed by the excellence of the Italian Restaurant "Il Giardino" (in my opinion the chef Guido is the best chef of the world!!!)
The service and attitude of the entire staff was fantastic. Everyone was courteous and friendly and performed their job well.
The beach barbeque was fun and the food very good also

The Half Moon Resort should please most people. The setting, accommodation, facilities and service is of a very high standard and it has everything you need for a relaxing, luxurious holiday

GREAT!!!! I want to go back...again!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, A RockResort, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Dear Valued Guests,

It is always a pleasure receiving feedback from our valued clients; we thank you for taking the time to share such lovely review about your stay at Half Moon, A RockResort. Our goal is to provide the best possible service to our clients and their satisfaction is our reward.

We are delighted you enjoyed the resort and its offerings; it is always lovely to hear that the team was friendly and performed their job well.

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 so distant future.

Sincerely,

Shernette Crichton
Hotel Manager
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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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
1 review
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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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 On the Beach Hotel in Montego Bay
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Montego Bay
#4 Business Hotel in Montego Bay
#4 Luxury 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*
Number of rooms: 398
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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