I spent a week at the Half Moon resort as part of a works conference. We stayed in the Villa area of the resort. I was in a 5 bed villa and other colleagues were in some of the 6 bed ones. The Villas were brilliant for a group with a variety of rooms in different shapes and sizes. Some of them were down right incredible!The style is very much colonial with a shared pool and living area and separate bed rooms accessed with hotel type room keys. Each villa comes with a cook, housekeeper and butler. All the staff were super friendly and helpful and really couldn't do enough for you. We were on a breakfast food package so it was freshly prepared each morning. Also Jamaican coffee is incredible - try it and make sure to stock up at the airport on the way home!
Due to work commitments we didn't get to try too many of the facilities but did make it some of the on site restaurants - Robbie's (great, & reasonably cheap beer), Sea Grape (disappointing) main restaurant (very nice) and the main bar for lunch (tasty and fab setting). There is a mini supermarket type shop on site where you can buy food/alcohol but the staff will also get stuff for you on request. There is good wifi which covers the resort including the beach.
The golf cart method of transport was great fun and i believe bikes were available for hire. The scenery/beaches were incredible though beware the odd sea urchin! I've brought home some spikes in my heel. There is a dolphin cove experience and golf course, spa and water sports some of which were included.
I was lucky in that i wasn't paying and this is not a place for a cheap stay, however is is incredible. You really don't need to leave the resort. We did a day trip to the Black River, YS Falls and the Appleton Rum factory on the south coast. Fabulous trip - would definitely recommend. Allow a couple of hours at the falls as they are great for a swim.
More locally we visited Scotchies for some delicious local food and Margaretiville for some local night life. Both were excellent.
Only drawback (apart from the necessity to work) was the cricket noise at night - take ear plugs if you are a light sleeper.
If i win the lottery i will be back with a big group of family & friends!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Half Moon, a Rock Hotel Montego Bay
- Half Moon Jamaica
- Half Moon Resort Jamaica
- Half Moon Bay Jamaica