My husband and I desperately needed a getaway so a few weeks ago, I went looking for somewhere warm where I could relax, swim and enjoy the sea. We settled on Montego Bay, Jamaica. We had been there before for a work function and stayed in the Secrets St. James, which was very nice. But we wanted something a little different and a little more classic. So, we chose Half Moon in the Rose Hall Plantation area. What a great choice!
RESERVATIONS AND OUR ROOM
There were so many room choices that I called Half Moon so I could talk to someone and get a sense of where we wanted to stay.
I spoke with Monique and she was so helpful. She also gave me a better rate than I could get online. Thank you, Monique!
We decided on a pool suite. It is a suite with it’s own private or shared pool. Ours was a shared pool, but we got lucky and no one was in the other room we shared it with. So we had it all to ourselves. Score!
Our pool suite was so spacious. It is one of my favorite resort rooms I have ever stayed in. Everything was up-to-date and pristine. We had a front porch with outdoor seating for six, a sitting room with a couch, chair, television, dining room table and mini bar, a spacious bedroom with King bed, and a bathroom with stall shower and soaking tub. Our bedroom looked out on the pool Every morning, we woke up to this and honestly, it was kinda dreamy:
Half Moon spreads out along two miles of beachfront and I loved every bit of it. It’s not one long sandy beach; there are some rock areas scattered throughout and some little hideaways tucked in the rocky sections. We were in the West Cottages. These cottages were the original buildings at Half moon, which began in 1954. They were spacious and gracious. And they are on the best part of the beach for swimming. If you like to swim, stay in the West Cottages or Hibiscus Suites (which are close to the resort pools and a short walk from the beach). This beach also has complimentary non-motorized water sports. They have kayaks, stand up paddle-boards and sailboats. They also have other water activities for a fee.
Farther down the beach, there is a new section being built which should open later this year. We didn’t notice the construction because we were so far away from it. Beyond that is another sandy beach and the villas (for larger groups).
Besides the pool at our suite, we spent time at the resort pools. There are two hot tubs, a lap pool and another pool with a swim-up bar. The swim up bar pool was the most beautiful resort pool I have ever seen and it was a fun and relaxing place to spend and afternoon.
We spent most of our days alternating between the beach, the resort pool and our suite’s pool. But every day we took walk and had some fun. There is a mini-golf course, a basketball court, tennis, a fitness center and an equestrian center. The mini-golf was more like 18 holes of putting greens and we played every day. There is also an 18 Hole golf course. We didn’t play but my husband and son will play when we return (which we will). Other guests told us that the golf course if stunningly beautiful. I may have to take up golf!
We also happened to be at the beach when someone did one of the coolest horseback rides I have ever seen. You ride the horse bareback into the ocean and then swim with it. There a guide to help. It looked amazing, but the wind picked up and the surf got rough the next day so we didn’t try it. This prompted my husband to declare that everything at Half Moon seemed like a date from “The Bachelor”. And he meant that in a good way.
The food was amazing. We had the Premium Plan. it included breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as $120 of drinks. In my opinion, this is the way to go. We would have mango colada on the beach and save up our drink credit for dinner. Every night we had a really nice bottle of prosecco or champagne with dinner. We don’t do that very often and we loved that the plan allowed us to make every single evening special.
There are food and menus on their website and I loved every meal I had there. Breakfasts were a buffet with stations where you could get and omelet or a smoothie made for you. We ate lunch at Moonchies, the jerk chicken stand on the beach–YUM! And we ate dinner each night in different restaurant. I loved the Sugar Mill and Il Giardino.
On Monday night, we went to Beach Barbecue. Do this! It was so much fun! The dinner was amazing and there were so many options, I think I ate two meals. The show was wow-oh-wow! And the band was great. They were the perfect decibel level: loud enough that you could hear them but still have conversation.
A post about Half Moon would not be complete without mentioning the truly wonderful people who work there. The service is incredible. Everything we needed, they got for us. They also take the time to talk to you and get to know you. One waiter, Romain, noticed how much I liked Sour Sop sorbet. One day it wasn’t on the menu. Without my asking, he brought me a bowl for dessert.
On the way to the Beach BBQ, I was telling my golf cart driver how much I liked the Sour Sop sorbet and juice and he told me he had a tree at his house and he would bring me one so I could see the fruit.
These are genuine and friendly people. What a gift!
WHO SHOULD GO
I think just about everyone will find something they love at Half Moon. Its wonderful for celebrations, honeymoons, getaways, families with children, retirees, foodies, loggers and athletes.nIf you are looking fora ton fo nightlife, this may not be your place. After dinner, people seemed to hang out in the bar and that was about it for nightlife.
What I loved about Half Moon was that there wasn’t all of the jockeying for space on the beach like at other resorts. You don’t have to wake up early and stake your claim on beach chair. They were readily available throughout the day. There is no specialty VIP Service and no special section on the beach for VIPs because they treat every single guest like they are a VIP.
As you can tell, I loved it. I will be back. My only regret is that I didn’t buy one of their bathrobes. They were the nicest hotel bathrobes I have ever worn. So soft, comfortable and flattering. So I have to go back and get one, right? Feel free to ask me questions and I will give you my thoughts.
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This article was written by me about my personal trip and I received no promotional consideration or gifts. It is simply my opinion and my experience, yours may differ.