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
My wife and I stayed at Half Moon July 10-13th. We LOVED our stay. The Hotel is very well kept and the customer service in maybe the best we have ever had! Richard one of the Bellmen went way out his way to make our stay special. We also ate at the Sugar Mill, which is pricey, but worth it!! We highly recommend it.
I spent just one day at Half Moon in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and could immediately see why it rates among the top 100 resorts in the world. The grounds, beach and accommodations are the ultimate in grand, well maintained and exceptionally beautiful facilities. The resort is large and the bicycles and carts provided make it a pleasure to discover and enjoy the amenities. The restaurant is large and likely seats hundreds yet each setting is intimate and has views of the beach, the sea and the gardens. The menu is varied and lavish and the meals were sumptious. The staff was unfailingly cordial and helpful and treated each person as a VIP. I stayed at a junior suite in a villa and the furnishings, deco, cleanliness and provisions were unparalleled. Half Moon sits on a beautiful beach with fabulous swimming, gazebos and ocean views. The property is being expanded and will add villas and rooms later in 2019. The shops near the lobby are really good quality but those further away are not as impressive, although there is a bank branch there that can handle any normal visitor need. I highly recommend Half Moon for a couples vacation although it is just as suited for families.
I have just spent an amazing few days at Half Moon with my husband. As ever the accommodation was spotless, staff were friendly and attentive and the food was delicious. Breakfast is awesome particularly the omelettes ????. It was my fourth visit to Half Moon and I will return again. Can’t fault it! Thank you.