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
- 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
We visited this resort 3 years before this last visit at Thanksgiving. We were very disappointed this visit. This once beautiful vintage British Colonial resort was half torn down to make room for new buildings and restaurants. Certainly I suppose more money for the resort but a huge loss for those that would visit year after year. Unfortunately, that was not all that changed there. Seems like management is new and the good energy of the people on our prior visit is no longer there. The concierges are rushed and do not want to speak by phone instead instruct you to send all requests by email. This is one of the reasons we had no idea the resort was under construction and had changed so much. Once you have booked you can not have your deposit returned. Would have been nice to know both of these important details. Almost impossible to get correct information on food plans offered. I went round and round on whether the barbecue was included in our food plan. Each time I’d get a different answer from a different concierge. I found out by chatting with another visitor that they had different plans that include drinks. We had to pay for bottled water. I was never told of options on the food plan.
Lastly, we had a $600.00 resort credit that I had to firmly request that was conveniently not placed towards our final bill although on checkin the front desk assured me it would be. You must watch your charges closely here. Sorry to say but the end of an era at Half Moon. We will never return.
This was my 1st trip to Jamaica and it was the best vacation ever. Villa 85 has the best staff on the planet. Kirk and Cardiva( I know I am spelling her name wrong :-() and Karen were simply amazing. I have never felt so well taken care of in my adult life. Each day, we were greeted with smiles and excellent service. It was as if we were all one big family.
For my first visit, I am more than happy to return and will be going to Half Moon. Villa 79 had amazing staff, Miss Joy, Miss Olive and Mr. Phillip were amazing. They were so accommodating and warm. We woke up every morning joyous and taken care of!!!!
Went to this gorgeous resort to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary and it was nothing short of amazing. The water-front suite was gorgeous, steps from a calm, clear water bay. All around, service was second to none. A true 5 star experience.
This was my 2nd visit to Half and just when I thought I couldn’t have had more fun, I was wrong.
VILLA 79 was GREAT, but the selected staff was PHENOMENAL. They became family. Mama Joy( cook)is truly a Joy and her oxtails are in matched. I specifically requested Philip as our butler because of his attention to detail and immediate observation of our wants, needs, and interests. Be sure to request Philip, Mama Joy, and Olive as your staff. Over an EPIC experience, and I HIGHLY recommend Half Moon Villa