What We Love
- Endless on-site recreation options, including horseback riding, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, and croquet
- The stretch of beach here is among the prettiest in Montego Bay
- The property’s immense size means it never feels crowded
- Private balconies with comfortable outdoor furniture
- The Cedar Bar, right on the oceanfront, is a great spot for a sundowner
What To Know
- Getting to some of the resort’s restaurants (which are on the pricey side) involves taking the shuttle
- There's a Robert Trent Jones Sr. golf course on-site
- WiFi is included in the resort fee
- Child and additional adult policy varies by season
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Half Moon exudes old-school charm on one of the prettiest beaches in Montego Bay. The 400-acre property is like a miniature village composed of two-story buildings surrounded by lush foliage. The lobby, with its marble floors and black-and-white photos of notable past guests (such luminaries as Prince Rainier of Monaco and Queen Elizabeth II have stayed here), is a welcoming space that opens onto a large oceanfront terrace restaurant and bar. Nearly 180 rooms, suites, and villas front a long sweep of sugary sand, featuring large balconies with comfortable furniture and ceiling fans to keep the tropical air in motion. Marble floors, kingsize beds, and living areas with coffee tables and minibars make the rooms feel more like apartments. For all the relaxation to be found on the beach, Half Moon also offers more recreational activities than you can count. There’s the 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., 11 lighted tennis courts, and 54 swimming pools (one is Olympic-size), not to mention the resort’s equestrian center and water sports program (scuba diving, windsurfing, wakeboarding). Start with drinks at Cedar’s Bar to watch the sunset, then head over to the Sugar Mill for a memorable meal. And if you overindulge, work off your guilt at the fitness center.
In the Area
While the Half Moon has its own course with ocean views, consider playing a round at nearby Cinnamon Hill Golf Course; the back nine overlooks Johnny and June Cash’s former home. Looking to head out for dinner? Right next to touristy Margaritaville in Montego Bay’s Hip Strip entertainment district, Marguerites offers a refined dining experience with flavorful flambée and seafood dishes. Opt for a table on the oceanfront patio and listen to the waves crash under you while you eat. You can’t leave Jamaica without trying the spicy, sweet and savory jerked meats. Hit the Pork Pit (27 Gloucester Avenue, near Aquasol beach) for Montego Bay’s best. For some wildlife viewing, drive inland 20 minutes from Montego Bay to the town of Anchovy to experience nature at the Rocklands Bird Feeding Station and Sanctuary; here you can hand-feed birds and spot some of Jamaica’s 20 native species.
How to Get There
Our family (2 children, my wife and I and my parents) have visited the wonderful resort several times over the last few years. Without exception, the resort is idyllic, from walking out of your room steps away to the sandy beach, to an amazing and authentic staff, and complemented by a delicious array of food available at the resort and several great restaurants just a few minutes away. If the goal is to relax, Half Moon has few peers!
I spent a night at Half Moon and I was so upset at myself for doing so. The grounds were spectacular, the service impeccable, the food delicious and the spa outstanding. I had a full body massage done and access to the spa area. I was so in love with the place that I missed the lunch buffet! The tranquility in the spa area was just what I needed. I was alone in the private pool and almost imagined that I owned the place!
The room was large and tastefully decorated. I enjoyed sitting on the balcony at night and just hearing the sea right in front of me. If you are looking for night life and a party then this is not the destination for you but if you want pampering then you should try it.
I will definitely be back and it will be for way longer than one night.
You have a choice. You can take the high rating "Conte Nast" accredits Half Moon, or you can take what I say about Half Moon. Half Moon is second to none: unfurl here. Consume the sea, the sun, and the stars here. Love green space and enless beach, side by side, then you have the righ place here. Perhaps the finest restaurant I have ever been - Sugar Mill, is right here. In fact, all the best things you expect from a vacation comes together right here. That was my experience - here.