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):
- 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