Catering to various markets including families, weddings and meetings, and considered one of the Caribbean’s most iconic resorts, Half Moon is located in Jamaica just a 12-minute drive from Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport (MBJ).
Main Points of Distinction
Renowned for its legacy of hospitality, Half Moon was founded in 1954 and, according to the 2022 Forbes Travel Guide, garners a four-star rating and is considered one of Jamaica’s finest properties. The resort was also one of the winners of Tripadvisor’s 2021 Traveler’s Choice Best of the Best.
The property features three distinctive accommodation experiences: Eclipse at Half Moon (the newest of a triumvirate of resort options), Founders Cove at Half Moon (a collection of 10 cottages established in 1954), and Rose Hall Villas by Half Moon (made up of 5- to 7-bedroom villas with a private chef, butler, and housekeeper). In total, Half Moon offers 210 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, including 27 villas, along two miles of beachfront and a wide variety of unique and award-winning amenities and activities, including Fern Tree – a Salamander Spa, a Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed golf course, fitness center with 11 flood-lit tennis courts, an equestrian center, children’s village, water sports and more. Two of Jamaica’s best restaurants (Sugar Mill and Delmare), as awarded by the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, are located at Half Moon. The resort is managed by Salamander Hotels & Resorts.
Health & Safety Protocols and Procedures
The resort has implemented protocols that support the health of both guests and service professionals’ health, including the increase of already-rigorous cleaning, using hospital-grade disinfectants, adding hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the resort and more. There is also a Wellness Concierge who facilitates onsite testing. You’ll find more information at halfmoon.com/covid-safety.
Let’s Get Active
Activities include motorized and non-motorized water sports, private horse riding lessons plus the chance to swim with the horses at the Equestrian Centre, tennis on 11 flood-lit-tennis courts, as well as spa treatments and wellness experiences (including full moon yoga) at Fern Tree, A Salamander Spa.
Half Moon caters mostly to discerning travelers interested in experiential stays. With 400 acres and two miles of beachfront, there’s something for everyone—whether couples, families or solo. Most guests visit from the U.S., Canada and the U.K. “We see a fantastic mix of families, friends, couples and solo travelers,” says Shernette Crichton, Half Moon’s GM.
Client goals that might be achieved include reset, relaxation and creating an overall sense of well-being.
Wellness experiences can be curated to cater to the client’s specific needs. For instance, the Pre-arrival Concierge can assist with recommending experiences to help achieve the overall vacation goal. Experiences are also customizable. The spa director, for example, can work with guests to evaluate a client’s specific goals then design spa and wellness treatments and therapies to suit their individual needs.
Best Time to Visit
Half Moon is open year-round, and while winter is a preferred time for getaways, summer is beautiful for longer days and customizable experiences. Seasonal packages and offerings can be found here: halfmoon.com/specials-and-packages.
“At Half Moon, we offer truly luxurious accommodations with intuitive service, world-class amenities and a privileged location along two miles of beachfront,” says Crichton. “With our talented team at the forefront, our focus is on creating unforgettable memories for our guests no matter the purpose or length of their stay.”
For more information, visit halfmoon.com.
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