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Half Moon Golf, Tennis & Beach Club
Ranked #3 of 4 things to do in Rose Hall
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2005

My wife and I just returned from a 4 day weekend at the Half Moon.
Having used these reviews as a big part of the reason that we ended up going there I thought I would post one of my own. In short this hotel is everything you could ask for and more...That being said here are some pointers: Stay in the Hibiscus area as the rooms are much nicer and the location is perfect! This property is enormous and the rooms are very spread out so you need to make sure you are in the right location.
We had a Jr. Suite with Ocean View which was amazing. We were no more than 10 feet from the ocean. The beach is very long and there are areas where it gets rocky but the main beach area (Sunset Beach)
is perfectly clean and beautiful. Food is excellent (stick with Seagrape Terrace for all meals). Make sure you take the food package bec. the food is very expensive. I.E. Breakfast Buffet: $26.00. Staff was great and probably outnumbered the guests. And finally, when you arrive ask for a Mobay Martini.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2004

Our half moon expericence was great as we were there to celebrate our 15 year anniversary. we love the closeness of the ocean to our room as we were about 10 ft from it. the service we had was great and the food was good. however we did not like the Italian restaurant and would recommend a change in menu. the seacrape was great to eat breakfast and dinner with the sugarmill being a great experience also. this was are second trip to jamaica and would recommend that everyone stay at the half moon at least once. we will be going back and taking the kids as it is great place for the family.but make sure you bring your wallet.

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“Expensive, Classic, and 400 Acres. Bring AquaSocks.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2004

BTW: There is a direct flight out of Ohare, Chicago, IL (AirJamaica 70) that leaves at 6:10 a.m. and gets in around 10:00 a.m. in MBJ. Really easy and early start helps at both airports.

Half Moon: Mixed vibe here. The British Colonial white buildings dominating the 400 acre grounds is spectacular. Be lazy and rent the golf cart for $50 a day. Drive it out to a 7:00 p.m. reservation at the beach side (Monday and Thursday) Jerk BBQ with music. The prices are generally high here -- like that BBQ costing around $44 US each adult, $21 children. You get a straw hat and maracas and it can be nice. But $44 each?

The beaches are all rocky. If we missed any space on the shore that wasnt, it would be at one of the farthest ends. If we had AquaSocks like divers wear it would actually have been great to walk the shoreline just behind the breakers (i think artificial). Buy them stateside, maybe toss in snorkel gear? The resort must be less than 200 yards from the wall itself -- the drop off. We saw diveboats stopped along our beach at the Oleander section. Our room must have been as close as 10 yards from the beach. This is a 2 foot slope that meets a shallow 2 foot rocky shelf going probably 20 yards til the breaker. Really neat feeling standing close to the ocean itself, not just a reef feel. There is a diving service at the resort, didn't investigate. Snorkeling would be for the expert only? Could be fantastic and fresh. Never saw anyone trying it... makes me want to do it next time.

Service is excellent, all employees will look you in the eye and greet you. Good Advice: put one dollar bills (the occasional 5 or 10 as needed) in your pocket for tipping. We were told the Gratuity is included in all bills, but a waitress added that it is a pooled tip and not applicable to any individual employee. Hence the occasional one, five, or ten for a direct tip can be rewarding. The rooms are always daily cleaned and felt clean.

Rooms were that Colonial vibe that made you feel caught in past days, serene and content. We actually asked to see other rooms and saw a suite that is off the beach and frankly not worth it -- secluded but pool focusing. Dont remember its name but probably called a Imperial, Junior Suite. If you like pools it could do but come on... We also saw a room 1A right next to the entrance facing the Sunset Beach. Modern bath but too close to the bar? We stayed at the Oleander Wing <grateful> for the closeness to the water, the distance to the food was a good healthy trade and frankly one of the best 120 yard walks one could make anywhere in the Carribbean imho. Delightful. Any room would do, paying more equates to a better bath. We had to leave on a later flight so they put us in a hospitality room -- Royal Villa. The front door was 10 feet from the water! Unbeleivable! And only 1 minute from a nice oasis called La Baguette. Food and drinks and a larger pool. Better jerk fish than the BBQ of all realities to discover the last meal we had. Bedding and bed itself were really comfortable. Mini bar can be cheaply avoided by going to the Commisary and buying at 1/8th the cost!

Food was good with some stand outs and some ordinary. Sugar Mill worth it. Breakfast was fun. View at Seagrape Terrace becomes like living in a post card. Beaches, rocky or not surround you at all locations. The hospitality suite had a full kitchen so one could in theory cook for yourself which would be economical and probably a better way to get fish that isnt cooked so dry. Threw that in... Never had a chance to do all the places. Wouldnt expect anything but good to great.

Things to do are endless. Great to choose daily whether to lie and read under an almond tree (one of the beach raking mates cracked open one and we at it -- like a peanut mostly) or get on a bike and go to the shopping village. There is a bus to circle the resort constantly. There is some distances involved here. Past the front gates huge dragons will swoop out of the Jamaica rainforest and crush your skulls and limbs. OK, I admit it that between the super fast super close super fast driving styles and the rasta-man-with-the-stovepipe-hat scared us silly. Hey, there is a vibe that if you dont know what you are doing in MBJ (Montego Bay Jamaica) you will get rolled. I am just saying I dont think of leaving the resort as a really fun excursion like I would and have done from Barbados to Mexico. This had a vibe that said you were going to have to be on your alert. Think about it.

So we cannot say we have given the resort on a 5 day 4 night stay its fullest review. We would go back. It is possible from Chicago to leave in the morning and have lunch in Jamaica in your bathing suite wet and happy. The Half Moon is classic elegance, pricey food, clean rooms and puts out a very vacation like feel. Almost like a cliche of itself perhaps? I wondered if anyone was wearing the white Pith Helmets. I wonder if it really was Jamaica or like a Hollywood set for a Jamaican resort. It is a powerful energy when you have a Caribbean sun broken down by a beachside sprawling Almond tree above you. At the same time a raw almond falls into the sand next to you with a dull thud, the cold fruit drink is just replaced and the sound and smell of the slow shallow surf kicks you into relax mode.

That we will take again gladly.

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“Loved the Half Moon!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2003

this is the most beautiful place i have ever been too. Ultimately relaxing, the food is amazing,the beach is just stunning the spa, the dolphins, the service, you really could not wish for more!! fully recommended!

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“Half Moon is Luxury and Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2003

My husband and I spent our honeymoon at The Half Moon Resort in Jamaica. It is a breath-taking resort with a friendly and helpful staff. Our bungalow was private, comfortable, graciously decorated, and only steps from the ocean. I took a nap in a hammock on the beach without a single disturbance. I ran into old friends who had been vacationing at the Half Moon for many years. The restaurants offer a nice variety. But, probably due to import costs the menu items are pricey. There is a shuttle bus to the Half Moon shopping mall which has everything from designer wear to Pringles potato chips. We bought artwork at one of the galleries and toured Half Moon's excellent golf course facilities. It was a marvelous trip. We look forward to returning for our anniversary.

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