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
In spite of the size of this resort you do not feel crowded. Food was very good, we had the meal plan but would not do that again only because we do not eat or drink enough to make it worth the price$$. Great pool and beach was beautiful.
We had an OV deluxe suite with a large balcony and it was perfect! Tracy Ann made sure our room had everything we needed, she was great.
Expensive but worth it! I did not see any other rooms but they all looked very nice.
Easy drive from the airport, transfer was included, nice touch.
We had a fantastic week long trip to Half Moon. This was our first couples trip as empty nesters. We picked a great week that was between spring break and Easter, so it felt like we had the beach and pool to ourselves. We had a Jr Ocean Prestige Suite which was perfect and had a patio that opened up to what seemed like our own private beach. Food was amazing, we ate two nights at each of the three restaurants and also really enjoyed the Beach BBQ. Service was fantastic, the best we have ever had at a resort. Beach attandent, Carlton, really took the time to get to know us and shared some great information on Jamaican culture. It seemed like he was always just a few steps away when I was in need of another Red Stripe. They also brought by complimentary fresh fruit skewers and mini smoothies to our beach chairs. Tennis Pro Clive was outstanding. I booked six private lessons with Clive and he was not the typical "resort pro". He took the time on day 1 to learn my strenghts and weaknesses and what I was looking for duirng my time there. He challenged me everyday in an effort to help me change habits and get better. Romain seemed to always stop by our table and great us during our meals. Joselyn told use some great stories about his time in Mackinaw Island, MI. Finally, we had a great experience at Fern Tree Spa. We booked two different massages and were blown away by the quality of the therapists. Carl is an absolute master of his craft. He could tell joint and muscle problems I have had in the past without me even telling him (detected that I had tennis elbow even though it was over two years ago). My only minor complaint was with the pre-apprival conceirge. It took 4-5 back and forth emails for them to get our various reservations correct. Everything was fine when we arrived and we had no issues, however, they seemed a little sloppy in following our requested reservations. Overall, one of the best experiences we have ever had. We will be back.
Had a fabulous 14 day holiday here. Will definitely return. Staff superb including Joy at Seagrass Restaurant and Kingsley in the Games Room. What a brilliant guy thank you Kingsley. Proper 5 Star and service was amazing everywhere. Beautiful sun sets and spotless rooms.
We love Half Moon but did experience over spring break and unfortunate reality. In order to have a beach chair (inches from others’) one had to awake by 7 am to get out to the beach to “claim” chairs. This is not a nice way to start the day.
Also, there were no golf carts available which was an inconvenience as the resort is very spread out.
There is also virtually no shade on the swimming beach unless one continually moves one’s chair around all day underneath one of just a couple of palms that provide a small shaded area. There must be some options to provide shade to guests without filling the beach with ugly umbrellas….
Staff is excellent, as always.
Construction at a standstill.
My wife and I decided to try Half Moon based on American Express’s offer and high recommendation. Overall our experience was that the hotel is very nice but not quite excellent (4 vs 5 stars).
First the good. Our room was wonderful. We ended up with a prestige ocean front suite (upgrade thanks to Amex). Everything about the room was wonderful and it was quiet luxury all the way. The hotel was full during our stay (spring break, lots of families) but we rarely felt it was crowded or busy. The staff was wonderful. Always smiling and after a couple of days started to recognize you and call you by name. We ate in all the restaurants and in every case the food was excellent, but be aware it’s not inexpensive.
Two issues we had during our stay ate what keep the hotel from getting 5 stars. First was the concierge. We were contacted before we arrived and asked if we wanted to get Mobay arrival service (expedited immigration and customs). I did ask for it and filled out the paperwork as requested. The concierge replied they would arrange it and I never heard anything more. When we arrived in the airport, the Mobay reps didn’t have any record of us in their system. When we got to the hotel I wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to be charged for this. After 20 min of searching, the concierge found that when they tried to book it wasn’t available for our departure date, but never bothered to tell us or give us the option of only booking arrival. Over the course of the week, we tried to use the concierge to book dinner reservations in the hotel restaurants and several outside tours/events. We found that half the time the reservations weren’t made even though we had be told they were confirmed. My take away is don’t trust the concierge and book it yourself!
One other issue we found was since the hotel was full, the normal practice for guests is to go to the beach or pool and out towels on chairs to “reserve” their chairs at 8am and then only arrive at 10 or 11 am to use them. This makes it very difficult to find a place to sit on the beach if you’re unwilling to follow this practice. I’ve seen this before at resorts and it really irritates me. The only effective way I’ve seen to combat this is for pool/beach staff to pick up unattended towels after 30 min or so. I think when the hotel is full, Half Moon needs to start doing something like this as well.
So in summary, I would go back to Half Moon, but probably not use the concierge to arrange anything.