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Half Moon
Ranked #2 of 63 Hotels in Montego Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 7, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Half Moon with our 2-year-old twin girls last year, and we decided to come this year on our own for 4 nights to have some alone time. The return exceeded our expectations, which we didn't think was possible! Many of the staff remembered us, and gave us hugs and asked about our girls. I guess the twins were memorable as they were tearing up the place last time! I'm sure we were in the computer system as return guests, because we were always greeted by name at the restaurants and everyone would say "welcome back" or "welcome home", and we were truly treated like VIP's. Best of all, we reserved a Jr Suite in the West Cottages section, and we were upgraded to a gigantic Royal Suite. We were stunned. Some of the Royal Suites are only slightly larger than a Jr Suite, but this was one of the largest units, truly gorgeous, and right on the beach. The West Cottages is our favorite section of Half Moon, it has the old-world charm and elegance, and every unit is just steps from the gorgeous beach. The Hibiscus Suites are lovely too, but the beach and water can be kind of rocky. If you are party people, the Hibiscus Suites near the main pool is a good option, but we love the peace and quiet. The very helpful reservation agents are great at steering you to the best rooms for your preference.
We have been to many islands in the Caribbean over the years, but we will continue to return to Half Moon whenever we can (we will bring the twins next time, we missed them too much!). In most places, you are doing pretty well if the food is slightly better than edible, but the food at Half Moon is truly first-class. Not cheap by any means, but it is a worthy splurge. We thought the Italian Restaurant (Il Giardino) was a bit better last time, we had one mediocre meal and one very good meal this time. The Sugar Mill might be slightly over-rated, but the food is quite good. We ended up enjoying the main restaurant, Seagrape Terrace, the best because it has a gorgeous view on the beach and the food is excellent. One of the nicest spots I can think of to enjoy a meal (the Sugar Mill has no view to speak of).
Virtually everyone on the staff was fabulous, and it makes it so much more enjoyable when the staff takes genuine pride in their work. As I mentioned in my first review last year, my wife and I can't think of a single reason to go to another resort in Jamaica, it will be Half Moon every time we can go!

Room Tip: West Cottages for the most beautiful beach, and peace and quiet. Oleander Terrace and Royal Villas f...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2013

Dear Valued Guest,

It was certainly a pleasure serving you again, we thank you for taking the time to write such lovely note about another enjoyable Half Moon, A RockResort experience. Our ultimate goal is always to create an Experience of a Lifetime for you our valued guests.

Your feedback is not only important, but it is critical to our continuous improvement; the comments are certainly appreciated.

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

Best regards,

The Half Moon Team

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Reviewed February 7, 2013

My wife and I took a winter vacation to this deluxe property. This is what one imagines British Empire retreats were like. The rooms in a Hibiscus Suite were huge, well appointed, and steps from a virtually private stretch of beach. Everything was done very well.

Two niggling points. It is a huge property and a little impersonal. Food was very pricy

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Studaddy7
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2013

Dear Valued Guest,

It was a pleasure to have extended the ‘Royal’ treatment to you. We are happy your recent Half Moon, A RockResot experience exceeded your expectations; we thank you for taking the time to share review on tripadvisor.

Again, thank you for choosing Half Moon, we look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back home soon.

Best regards,

The Half Moon Team

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Reviewed February 7, 2013

This resort was everything I hoped it would be, the staff were helpful and friendly and the rooms were beautiful and well set out. I had a Hibiscus Suite right on the beach which was wonderful for my 3 year old son. The best thing about this resort however was the food, every meal was lovely and there was plenty of choice, I will definately be returning soon.

Room Tip: This resort is very spread out and the best spot are the Hibiscus Suites as they are right on the be...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

This hotel has wonderful service in every area, rooms, restaurants, golf.
From the moment we arrived the concern of the staff was evident. Our room in the Hibiscus area was on the second floor with a large patio overlooking the beach. The room was well appointed with king size bed, two TV's, sofas, and stocked bar. The bathroom had a wonderful shower, tub two sinks.
Starting with breakfast the staff made it a point to know our names and took every opportunity to ask if there was anything else they could do to make our stay better. There wasn't. Would highly recommend.

Room Tip: I recommentd the second floor in the Hibiscus area ...It is next to the lobby, main restaurant and v...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Very large property. Accomodations are spread out throughout the resort. The property is like a gated resort community. To get around you are able to rent golf carts or bikes. I would highly recommend. Bikes re not the most comfortable but helped us get around and they were much less expensive than the golf carts.

Many differnet type of accomodateions. Single rooms, suites, multi room suites, multibedroom villas. thwe Villas are quite removed fo the rest of the property as most people staying there will not leave their villa. They have their own pool, kitchen cook etc all covered within the cost of their stay so no real need to use hotel ammenities. However if you were to leave, you do have your own golf crts to get to the beach or hotel.

The sunset beach which sits between the villas and the rest of the hotel is beutriful and not used by anyone. My wife and I spend an entire moring sitting on thie huge beach just by our selves except for a few horse back riders that were taking their horses for a swim. Looked like a really neat experience that anyone can sign up for at the equestrian center.

There are three pools that are at the "hotel". One is a 50 meter lap pool, the pool nest to the lap pool has swim up bar and tends to be more active and then there is the 3rd pool at Oleander area that tends to be more quiet. Nexyt to the beach is the dolphin lagoon which was neat to spend a little time watching the them. If you so desire you can sign up to swim with them for a cost.

4 resturaunts. Food at all places was quite impressive for a Caribbean resort. Highly recommend any. My favorite was the Sugar mill near the golf course. Great Atmosphere and great food. Overall the resort did nothave a great drink or wine menu. Best wine was at Italian place but quite expensive 3x-4x what you pay for in states

Golf was fair

Service in general was great, every staff member reached out and was plesent.

Overall we thought this property and location would be great for a large family or group of friends trying to get away ans spend some time in warm tropical place.

We plan on returning with family and friends

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2013

Dear Valued Guest,

It was a pleasure serving you as our treasured guests; we thank you for taking the time to share your Half Moon, A RockResort experience on TripAdvisor. We are delighted your experience was all you anticipated and you enjoyed the”spread out” configuration of the resort and its offerings.

Thank you for choosing Half Moon, it was truly a pleasure serving you; we look forward to welcoming you back home in the not so distant future.

Best regards,

The Half Moon Team

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Reviewed February 4, 2013

We had a great time again at the Half Moon. lovely setting, beautiful rooms, great staff, and GREAT FOOD. I had e mailed the hotel in advance to ask if they could offer more vegetarian meals and gluten free breads. When we arrived we were met by three chefs, Hans from Holland, Giorgio from Italy and Jourdain, from Jamaica I think, and asked what we wanted to eat. Later in the day a gluten free vegetarian menu was delivered to our room with many excellent choices. We tried nearly all of the offerings and they were really good and the bread wonderful. It was a trrific vacation in a fabulous hotel, we can't wait to go there again.

Room Tip: All ocean front rooms are lovely.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We had an absolutely wonderful stay at this beautiful resort. Relaxing, beautiful, room to move around. Extra kudos to Kirk, Junette, and Lezetia were absolutely wonderful. All of the people we traveled with have missed them since our return. Wonderful spot, and I hope to return SOON.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2013

Dear Valued Guests,

We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your Half Moon experience on tripadvisor. We are delighted you had a `Royal’ experience. Thank you for recognizing the team, the staff are truly the ones who learn the idiosyncrasies of our clients and make each visit special. Your kind comments were shared with Kirk, Junette, Lezeyia and indeed the entire team.

Again, thank you for selecting Half Moon; we look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back ‘home’ again and again.

Best regards,

The Half Moon Team

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Additional Information about 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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Montego Bay
#2 Spa Hotel in Montego Bay
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Montego Bay
#2 Luxury Hotel in Montego Bay
#3 Business Hotel in Montego Bay
#4 Family Hotel in Montego Bay
#6 Romantic Hotel in Montego Bay
Price Range: $292 - $985 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Half Moon 5*
Number of rooms: 1
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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Half Moon Jamaica
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