Half Moon Review

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Humber Avenue, Rose Hall, Jamaica
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Editor’s Review of Half Moon

This resort sprawls across 400 acres, blooming with bougainvillea, hibiscus and oleander and shaded by palm, almond and seagrape trees. Instead of city-like, high-rise accommodations - as is this case elsewhere on this stretch just east of the Montego Bay airport and town -- the rooms here spread out in one or two story buildings and the beach stretches for 2 miles. 

The resort also offers a range of engaging activities for families. Among them are swimming with dolphins, horseback riding, playing mini-golf or regular golf, as well as tennis, croquet and bicycling around the beautiful grounds. The resort also offers thoughtful children's programs where they can learn some Jamaican dialect or participate in traditional crafts, all
... more in a dedicated "village" of colorful buildings just for them. And when the kids are off enjoying those things, you can sneak away to get pampered at the Fern Tree Spa -- one of the Caribbean's top spas, with two spectacular overwater bungalows where you can have a massage to the sound of the rolling waves.

Half Moon has been welcoming guests since 1954, when it opened with 17 cottages and 30 beachfront homes. Established by a group of wealthy investors, the resort has attracted such notables as Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, HRH Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, as well as John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy.

The resort is eminently family-friendly. As part of Half Moon's Very Important Little People's services, children receive a welcome drink and a gift; they also meet a representative of the children's program who gives them a schedule of activities and welcomes them. The staff also offers adults welcome rum or fruit punch and cold towels. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Onsite horseback riding and dolphin swims
  • Children's and teens' clubs
  • Spectacular beach setting
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
  • Horseback Riding
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Meal Plan
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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Half Moon has 398 accommodations, including the bedrooms in the villas. It's nice that the resort offers a variety of accommodations and that these are spread throughout the property. Although a handful of villas front the beach, most settle into green lawns that face each other like suburban streets, the equivalent of a block away from the sand. Standard hotel rooms -- which are anything but -- are located closer to the main reception area.

Imperial Suites
These units rate among the resort's most luxurious lodgings. We really like the Imperial Suites because they offer oversized bedrooms and large living areas with plenty of space for a cot, plus large patios and often semi-private pools shared by just a few other rooms. Both the bedrooms and the living areas have televisions. It's a special treat for families to sit on the outdoor patio and enjoy room service breakfast while savoring the sea views. Kids like splashing in their "own" pool, shared between a few suites. The Imperial Suites have both ocean and garden views. 

Hibiscus Suites
The Hibiscus Suites, our next favorite lodgings, are beachfront, offering sitting areas (smaller than those in the Imperial Suites), plus one or two bedrooms, as well as large bathrooms. If you plan on having a child sleep on the pull-out couch in the sitting area, you might want to request a suite with a door between the sitting area and the bedroom. Some suites have just an open archway without a door. The sitting area and the bedroom each have a television and all suites have either balconies or patios. The Hibiscus pool, located behind the Hibiscus units, is one of the resort's main pools with a swim-up bar and water sprays.

Royal Suites
Located in the West Cottages, the Royal Court and the Oleander Courtyard come with large sitting areas. In some units, the furniture feels more formal than in other units. The smaller Junior Suites in the West Cottages come with sitting areas and patios or balconies.

Deluxe Suites
Located in the Oleander Courtyard, Deluxe Suites have living rooms and kitchens on the first floor and a bedroom upstairs. Deluxe rooms, located in the West Cottage area, have garden or sea views while the superior rooms, situated in the Oleander Courtyard, have garden views.

All of Half Moon's rooms come with refrigerators, mini-bars, coffeemakers, bathrobes, televisions and balconies or patios. Cribs and cots are available.

From the outside, the white-washed villas with their front and back verandahs, private pools and decks are impressive. Villas come with between four and seven bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. Each villa comes with a cook, butler and housekeeper, too. The villas work well for multi-generational families and large families. The main sitting areas have inviting couches with throw pillows; however, some bedrooms look outdated with a blase decor, clunky televisions and old bathrooms. Nonetheless, the villas do provide the most private space for the money.


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