We stayed here for a friend's wedding and thoroughly enjoyed it. We hope to go back sometime soon.
Rooms - we stayed in one of the spa suites, and it was spectacular. It was very roomy, spacious, modern and comfortable, with large windows overlooking the water and the spa cabanas. The bed was extremely comfortable, the shower (which had multiple showerheads) was amazing, and the linens were great (except for the bathrobes, which were cheap, short, cotton print kimonos). The beach was directly below the room, and the sound of the water was spectacular. It had an open floorplan with a huge freestanding tub and massage tables, and it had a nicely sized balcony with two lounges and a table with chairs. Because the resort is so spread out, we tended to use the small, lovely, and uncrowded beach right in front of our room - it didn't have any service, and there was no one to deal with the inevitable lounge-hoggers who put their things on their chairs and then disappeared for hours on end, but there were usually still enough extra loungers to go around if you were willing to track them down and drag them around. There was a small pool on the land side of the rooms - it usually had several kids in it, and we focused on the beach instead.
During our trip, we also spent some time with friends in other types of accommodations - the standard rooms closer to the front of the resort were quite nice, furnished in more of a colonial style. The villas had nice private pools, and their staff was just fantastic, but the bedrooms and bathrooms could have used just a bit of TLC.
Food and service - The restaurant food was generally very good. The banquet food was good for what it was (i.e., buffets with chafing dishes), and the banquet locations were absolutely wonderful. The bartenders were generally pretty good (and the standard rum punch was wonderful). Housekeeping was fine, once it showed up - we were usually out of the room from 9am until 2pm, and not once was the room made up before 2pm. We usually ended up getting frustrated and calling for service at 2 or 2:30, and the room was usually cleaned within 60-90 minutes of our call. We had a bit of frustration with trying to eat a late dinner, as most of the dining shuts down at 9, and about the only way to eat between 9 and 10pm is to get room service or to dress up for one of the better restaurants (later in the evening, the sea grape relaxes its dress code and has a smaller menu) - I can understand why dress codes are a good thing, but there should be a more casual option during all dining hours.
Spa - I did a couple of the spa services, and they were nice, but nothing out of the ordinary. I didn't see very much of the spa facilities - never got an orientation or tour and didn't wander around too much - but I understand from other people in our group that there were common facilities I didn't see that were very nice.
The location is nice - oceanfront, not too far from the airport, but no disruption from the planes, and the resort is sprawling and spread out so that it feels like a peaceful getaway. There is plenty of security, and the resort feels perfectly safe. A couple of guys in the group walked from the resort to a jerk chicken restaurant not too far away - there was an extraordinarily heavy police presence on the section of main road where they were walking, and they didn't feel entirely comfortable.
- 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