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Half Moon
Ranked #2 of 61 Hotels in Montego Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Cumberland, Maine
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Love Half Moon!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

This is my second time at Half Moon and once again, the resort did not disappoint! The food was delicious, waiters where very professional, our room was perfect and the bar people were just the best! They remembered what we were drinking each time and were very social. Love the beach, although a little rocky, and it was fun to see the dolphins. Last time we were there the horse back riding was included but this time we had to pay. Shopping was great at the resort. Got some cute necklaces to wear while I was there. Again, an overall excellent experience!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, April 4, 2012
Dear Valued Guest,

It was a pleasure welcoming you back home; your Half Moon, A RockResort family was delighted to serve you. We thank you for sharing you experience on tripAdvisor.

We are happy your experience exceeded your expectations, and look forward to the welcoming you back soon.

Best regards,

The Half Moon Team
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New Haven, CT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2012

This is a beautiful place. It is a country club on an endless beach. Not bad if you ask me. Somehow it maintains that country club feel through out but doesn't feel overly pretentious. My guess it is solely because of the wonderful staff.

But, please note - they have some policies and practices that don't fit the price and feel of the resort. They will charge you for extras other resorts wouldn't. Also, while expensive resorts have expensive services, their services (spa and restaurants to begin with) are obnoxiously expensive.

I guess four days away at this resort was truly exceptional if the over-priced services didn't bother me.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, March 30, 2012
Dear Valued Guest,

The candid feedback regarding your recent experience at Half Moon, A RockResort is appreciated. While we regret that there are some areas which did not exceed your expectations, we are happy your four days experience (as you described it) was “truly exceptional”.

Thank you for visiting Half Moon and for your comments; we look forward to another opportunity to serve you.

Best regards,

The Half Moon Team
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2012

You could do alot worse in Jamaica. This is an old property but its spread out over acres of beach front property, the rooms are set well on the beach in two floor villa like arrangements. The private villas are on the other side. Its a huge bonus if you are with kids because room access is so easy (no elevators, long walks through a lobby and corridors). Alot of repeat customers and you can see why. Lots of things for kids to do - kids camp (we didnt try it), private swimming with dolphins on property (pricey but fun for kids), tennis and mini golf for kids (our kid was too young, but next time). The younger staff are very friendly and helpful. The spa is relatively new and the staff good, we went back for repeat massages and the steam room. The con: food. The breakfast buffet was worth it but that was it. Dinner buffet is awful, mediocre food - and thats the only casual dining option you have if you are with kids. Room service menu is very limited - our kid ate the same thing 3 out of 4 nights. We stuck to local food after one extremely overpriced, extremely mediocre dinner buffet. On the whole, we will return given the room locations, staff friendliness and kid friendly yet not loud resort. But will reserve our enthusiasm for the food!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, March 30, 2012
Dear Valued Guest,

It was a pleasure having you as our treasured guests; we thank you for taking the time to share your Half Moon, A RockResort experience on TripAdvisor. Your comments are valuable to us; we regret any inconvenience encountered with your dining experience. We are happy however, that you found your room location, kids friendly facility and the friendliness of our staff, as the positive factors for a return visit.

Once again thank you for sharing on TripAdvisor. We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back soon.

Best regards,

The Half Moon Team
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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2012

I recently got married at Half Moon in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Let me just preface this review by saying that of all our 60 friends and family who attended, we hands down were voted "BEST WEDDING EVER". I have to give much of this credit to the staff at Half Moon. Planning our wedding with Andrea, the wedding coordinator was really a pleasure. I do major events in NYC and the Hamptons so I am particular about details and making sure every need of my guests and their comfort was attended to. Andrea worked extremely hard to make sure that my wedding fit the image I had- from the bonfire, coconut station and private Jamaican BBQ & pig roast for our rehearsal dinner to the beach wedding complete with bagpiper (it was a St. Patty's day wedding so of course we needed one!), my entrance on horseback, bongo drummer, incredible dinner, and one of the best DJ's I've come across. The wedding itself went very smooth and while I was initially worried I'd feel like I would be working one of my events, I didn't even need to think about anything. The staff made the event seamless and so much fun.

Because we got married during high season we needed to have all of our guests booked in their villas (which were so awesome) and rooms. We worked closely with Erica Morrison, who was INCREDIBLE. She did everything she could to accommodate our guest's needs, including those who brought their twin 13 month-old daughters. She helped arrange car seats, baby sitters, and helped anticipate every detail. She was always available for our guests if they needed to do last minute changes, even up to a few days from their arrival. My mom works in the hotel industry and having travelled around the world several times I recognize excellent service, and this was it.

Our guests took advantage of the Fern Tree spa and it was one of the best spas I've been too. Again, the staff is extraordinary and the spa services are incredible. I highly recommend indulging in this. The gym is really good for a resort/hotel and I was very impressed by the spinning studio. It rivaled Soul Cycle here in NYC. They also have a great yoga studio open to a lagoon and they offer yoga classes in the ocean cabana. In terms of getting ready for my wedding, we did it at the spa and once again, the girl doing my hair and makeup (which of course I was very nervous about) did an incredible job. I don't think I could have asked for a better hair and makeup person.

The food at Half Moon is awesome. We definitely did not have one bad meal. I will say the service is very slow (especially coming from NYC). As long as you plan on that or if you're in a hurry just let your server know... that was the only frustrating part. The wine list is excellent but not cheap. You can always buy wine from one of the commissaries for your room/dinner too.

We stayed in the Hibiscus suite (absolutely awesome room), at the villa in a superior room (another really neat experience as long as you get a good butler... we had several people staying in villas for our wedding and we got mixed reviews depending on how attentive the villa staff was), and in a Fern Tree Spa Suite for our honeymoon after. The last room was really beautiful, overlooking the ocean with a semi-secluded beach area and pool. Great for relaxing (not great for getting drinks or food- for this you need to go to the main beach or pool area which is a little harder to get a prime spot for beach chairs/towels during Spring Break time).

I would recommend having your wedding at Half Moon- hands down. I have a few girlfriends who are engaged and they are now all considering destination weddings because this was such a hit. Extraordinary experience!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, March 30, 2012
Dear Valued Guests,

We thank you for choosing Half Moon, A RockResort for your special occasion. We are delighted that our team and in particular Andrea our Wedding Planner, created an experience of a lifetime; making your wedding “THE BEST WEDDING EVER”. Your beautiful comments will certainly be shared with Andrea, Erica and the rest of the team.

We’re happy your stay was all you anticipated and we thank you for sharing such a lovely review of your Half Moon experience on TripAdvisor. We look forward to the pleasure of serving you on your first anniversary and many more.

Best regards,


The Half Moon Team
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2012

Hotel is very good. Lots of things to do (horse back riding, dolphin swimming, bicycling...)
Beach is a bite on the smaller side.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, March 27, 2012
Dear Valued Guest,

It was a pleasure serving you as our treasured guests during your recent visit to Half Moon, A RockResort. We are happy you enjoyed your experience.

Thank you for sharing on TripAdvisor, we look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back soon.

Regards,


The Half Moon Team
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2012

This past week a party of 10 stayed in Villa 63 and it was amazing. Our staff of Denise as Housekeeper, Anthony as Butler, and Lizeta as Cook were the best!! The food we ate at the villa was great, and Anthony made stunning fruit arrangements, and when we had a cocktail party with our friends, he went the whole 9 yards with lights, tables, amazing center pieces, and great bar tending. Although Half Moon did not have an IPod Player which was a disappointment, Anthony did everything he could to find us one, and even brought he's personal one from home. Anthony was an sensational contribution to our stay at Half Moon. Denise was also quite outstanding, every day we had hand made swans from towels, with amazing bright flowers on our bed waiting for us when we returned home from the beach. Our rooms were always clean and she was one of the nicest people we encountered on the Island, and was such a joy to be with. Lizeta was an awesome cook, she made incredible food that was so delicious. Breakfast each morning was great, pancakes, eggs, french toast, smoothies to say the least. You would ask her to make such a basic thing such as oatmeal, and it would be better than you could imagine, she puts her own amazing twist of all the food. Her food was much better than any of the restaurants in the resort. Yet, Half Moon must install dishwashers into the kitchens , because every night dozens of plates and cups Lizeta, Anthony, and Denise would have to wash themselves. The staff was so sweet, when one of our party had a birthday, they threw a huge party with balloons, cake, and decoration which was not necessary but was so sweet of them. The staff really made Half Moon a home-away-from home and we owe it all to them. The staff was so devoted to making our stay as comfortable as it was and went the extra mile. Half Moon was truly amazing and we cannot wait to come back with the same staff as this year! Great Job Villa 63 Staff!!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2012

A wonderful resort. Ran into many people that we knew from home. The room was beautiful, the beach was small, but lovely. The food was excellent! Especially the lobster salad. Buffets were even good, and I am not a fan of them. Tennis courts and spinning studio were the perfect start to each day. Golf course great as well. Am looking forward to returning next year. The staff were welcoming and thoughtful as well. Thank you for a great week.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, March 27, 2012
Dear Valued Guest,

We would like to convey our sincere thanks to you and your family for the lovely comments posted on TripAdvisor; regarding your recent experience at Half Moon, A RockResort.

We are happy your experience was all you anticipated and you enjoyed the resort and its offerings. Thank you for choosing Half Moon, we look forward to the pleasure of serving you again in the not too distant future.

Regards,


The Half Moon Team
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Property: Half Moon
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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Montego Bay
#2 Luxury Hotel in Montego Bay
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Montego Bay
#2 Spa Hotel in Montego Bay
#3 Business Hotel in Montego Bay
#4 Family Hotel in Montego Bay
#6 Romantic Hotel in Montego Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Half Moon 5*
Number of rooms: 388
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A destination in itself, set on 400 acres of manicured grounds with two miles of beachfront. We have 197 individually-appointed rooms and suites and 31 villas, most of which have views of the Caribbean Sea. All of our guests can enjoy the extensive facilities of this destination, which include the largest award-winning spa oasis in Jamaica, an 18-hole par-72 championship golf course, our own equestrian centre with 28 horses and the Sugar Mill, awarded as Jamaica's best restaurant. As a discerning traveller, you will enjoy the luxury of space and tranquility we have to offer. Imagine your first morning taking in the panoramic view of the horizon, and watching the sunrise having just concluded yoga meditation in our overwater bungalow. Then, cycle to the Seagrape Terrace for breakfast before beginning a day of whatever you want. Whether you choose to lounge on the beach, play a round tennis or golf, visit a local art gallery, or go horse riding along the beach, your days at Half Moon are yours to spend in any way you wish. ... more   less 
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