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“Great Substitution” 5 of 5 stars
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Half Moon
Ranked #3 of 68 Hotels in Montego Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Lutherville, Maryland
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5 reviews
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“Great Substitution”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

My wife and I were booked into the Ritz Carlton Rose Hall. They shut down one month before our trip. We moved over to the Half Moon Resort. What a great stroke of luck. Our stay at Half Moon was superb. The junior suite in the west cottages was wonderful with an ocean view.
The staff was great, the food fabulous, and the golf extremely good for a resort course. Our stay was near perfect...we had rain one day!! I would go back to Half Moon at my next opportunity.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Harvey H
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Dear Valued Guests,

The Half Moon, A RockResort family is delighted that you had an experience of a lifetime during your recent stay with us. We thank you for taking the time to share your beautiful review on TripAdvisor.

Thank you for making Half Moon your new ‘home-away-from-home’, it was certainly a pleasure serving you; we look forward to another opportunity of welcoming you back `home’ soon.

Best Regards,

The Half Moon Team
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Beautiful (very English) resort with 5 star service. Queen Elizabeth, the Price of Saudia Arabia, Will Smith, and many other famous people have stayed here. Halfmoon has pretty much everything you would need in a Caribbean resort. They have a village with shops and restaurants, a Dolphin swim, a farm with horses and all sorts of animals (i suggest doing the horse ride and swim), and tons of other activites. They will lend you snorkeling equipment for the day and there are jettis you can snorkel all over the resort. It was some of the best snorkleing I have ever done! They are not exclusively all inclusive but do offer the option. It does tend to be a little on the expensive side but other than that this is a great place to stay in Montego Bay and I definitely reccommend it. april11

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Dear Valued Guests,

We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to let us know we created an experience of a lifetime on your recent visit to Half Moon A, RockResort.

We’re happy your stay was all you anticipated and you throughly enjoyed the resort and its offering. We thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor and look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back ‘home’ soon.

Best regards,


The Half Moon Team
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Kingston, Jamaica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I spent three nights at Half Moon for my birthday. The suites was clean, huge, airy and very comfortable. We were by the sea and listened to the beautiful sound of the waves crashing. I choose Half Moon because I wanted a quite, peaceful vacation and I got that. I was very surprised that there is so much to do. I went on a leisurely walk and ended up kayaking and biking, all my choosing. The was no pressure to do anything.

I could not believe on the big day so my members of staff remembered it was my birthday. I was spoilt my entire stay. It was excellent service from reservation to departure. Special thanks to Colleen, Denneka, Omar, Thelma, Soloman, Gavin, Chef Golding and Errol who made the experience more pleasant.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Dear Valued Guests,

Thank you for choosing Half Moon, A RockResort for your special occasion. We are delighted that our team created an experience of a lifetime for your ‘fabulous day’ . Your beautiful comments will certainly be shared with the team in particular Colleen, Denneka, Omar, Thelma, Soloman, Gavin, Chef Golding and Errol.

We are happy your stay was all you anticipated and we thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back for many more birthdays. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!

Best regards,


The Half Moon Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I just returned from my stay at Half Moon..The accommodations were outstanding.The Hibiscus Suites location were fabulous..I recommend with extended family the two bedroom is spacious and amazing. The service was top notch, and the dining was superb.We tried all venues and it was great. The resort has everything there you could possibly want or need. The on site Dolphin Cove was great, as is the Horseback riding on the beach..Having bicycles to use while there was terrific as well.For those who golf, its right there .. This is a jewel and I think because the staff is so amazing it just makes you feel at home in pure luxury.The short ride from the airport was also great, and there was no issue of being disturbed by the proximity of the airport.
Overall fabulous resort, and will be going back at least once a year

Room Tip: Hibiscus is close to everything, and is close to large beach as well as the many priva...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank carol r
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Dear Valued Guests,

We appreciate you taking the time to share your recent Half Moon, A RockResort stay.

We are delighted you enjoyed your overall experience, many thanks for the lovely comments towards the team; our goal is to exceed our guests' expectations at every opportunity.

It was a pleasure serving you, we certainly look forward to the pleasure welcoming you back `home’ soon.

Best regards,


The Half Moon Team
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Havana, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Just returned form a long weekend at Half Moon...recommended to us by a friend whose family visits frequently. What a wonderful way to spend a few days. The views are stunning, the staff are incredibly friendly, the food was wonderful. Everything you need is on location at the resort. The concierge team are first rate - Cecile and Carol were very helpful. The Sugar Mill restaurant is well worth a reservation - beautiful location and fabulous food. The spa is one of the nicest I've visited. We loved the dolphin swim though it was a little priceyfor the 30 minute "swim". Think if we did it again we would not book the private swim but one of the other options. All in all highly recommend and hope we can travel back in the future.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Hibiscus two bedroom suite - perfect location - close to the front of the hotel, an...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank Sally B
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

The lovely comments regarding your recent experience at Half Moon, A RockResort are highly appreciated. It was certainly a pleasure having you as our guests. We are happy your experience exceeded your expectation and you enjoyed the resort and its facilities.

We thank you for sharing your review on TripAdvisor, it was a privilege serving you; we look forward to another opportunity of welcoming you for a longer stay.

Best regards,


The Half Moon Team
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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

The accommodations were fantastic, the food was great, the activities were fun and the Jamaican hospitality was exceptional. The dolphin encounter is definitely a not to be missed activity. The breakfast offerings made you want to get up and get out of bed. The smoothies alone made the breakfast. Dinners at Il Giardino, Sugar Mill and Robbies were delicious. The service was as good as the food. I would like to give a special nod of appreciation to Elizabeth in reservations, Cecile in pre-concierge and Latoya at the concierge desk. All of them went out of their way to make our visit special. The staff everywhere on the property went out of their way to ensure you were happy. We'll be back.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank dhallacy
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HalfMoonARockResort, Manager at Half Moon, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Dear Valued Guests,

We are thrilled that you had such an enjoyable stay with the Half Moon, A RockResort family. We sincerely appreciate your taking the time to share the lovely review on tripadvisor.

We are happy your experience was all you anticipated and you thoroughly enjoyed your accommodation and resort facilities including your Dolphin experience. Our goal is to exceed our guests' expectations at every opportunity.

Thank you for recognizing the team, in particular Elizabeth, Cecile and Latoya; the staff truly are the ones who learn the idiosyncrasies of our clients and make each visit special. We have shared your comments with them.

Again, thank you for visiting Half Moon and taking the time to share your experience. We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back “home” very soon.

Best regards,

The Half Moon Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Here we go again, we have never returned to a hotel for a second time but something last year told us to give the Half Moon a go and it did not dissapoint in any way it only made us feel that we had made the right decision.
The restaurants never failed on providing the great food and service we experienced last time, a massive thank you to Jordain, Michelle at the Sea Grape. Dale (aka George Benson) and Caswell (aka Seal) at the Cedar bar.
Massive thanks for the excellent service at the Swim Up bar from Donnine not forgetting Donovan, this bar should be a Jamaican Tourist attraction.
The overall friendliness of all staff at the resort made us feel at home at all times.
The signature restaurant The Sugar Mill didnt dissapoint at all Solomon and his team especially Dywanne made us feel special at all times and we enjoyed learning more about the resort from Solomon.
The Horse riding experience is a must and we had so much confidence with our guide Dwaynne,
Last but by no means least the Golf Course fantastic days were spent on the course and in the 19th, Spencer many thanks your a diamond for your hospitality and tips and next time i will beat you. Special thanks go to Andrew and Michael in the store, Karen and staff in the shop, Desmond my Caddie i do trust your decisions honest. My wife sends a special thanks to Cleveland a laugh a minute. Milford. Kamieka and Aileen in the 19th. Most of all thanks Spencer for making my holiday special.
The hotel was spotless and well looked after nothing was to much trouble for the staff to assist us in our requests, beautiful relaxed surroundings with plenty of activities if you want or a tranquil relaxing resort just to chill.
Loved it see you soon.

Room Tip: Hibiscus Suites are located best for all and are spacious enough.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Andy J
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Property: Half Moon
Address: Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica (Formerly Half Moon, A RockResort)
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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:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Montego Bay
#3 Spa Hotel in Montego Bay
#3 Business Hotel in Montego Bay
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Montego Bay
#3 Luxury Hotel in Montego Bay
#5 Family Hotel in Montego Bay
#8 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):
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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Half Moon, a Rock Hotel Montego Bay
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Half Moon Resort Jamaica
Half Moon Bay Jamaica

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