4.8 out of 5

"The staff here makes your visit a sublime experience. Friendly, accommodating, wonderful people, all of them. The pools are gorgeous and clean. The be ... " More

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Hotel Description

A luxury stay in Montego Bay awaits you at Half Moon. You'll be within a 20-minute walk of Three Palms Ocean Course and 1.8 km (1.1 mi) from Half Moon Golf Course. Highlights at this beachfront resort include 6 restaurants, 3 outdoor swimming pools, and a full-service spa.

You can enjoy TVs with cable channels, and all 228 rooms feature free WiFi, patios, and DVD players. Minibars provide refreshments, and in-room dining is easy with amenities like refrigerators and room service. Nice touches include bathrobes, slippers, and free toiletries. Coffee/tea makers, in-room childcare, and free bottled water are also available.

A day of pampering can include body wraps, aromatherapy, and mani/pedis along with access to the sauna. The resort's own poolside bar and bar/lounge are nice places to enjoy a drink. Spend the day at the private beach where you'll find sun loungers, and enjoy the 11 outdoor tennis courts and golf course. 2 meeting rooms, conference space, and a business center are among the business amenities offered. Additionally, you'll find free WiFi in public areas, a fitness center, and a free manager's reception. Each morning full breakfast is served between 7:30 AM and 11 AM. There's also free self parking, along with the convenience of a free beach shuttle.

With a stay at this 5-star Montego Bay resort, you'll be 22 km (13.7 mi) from Rocklands Bird Sanctuary.

Deluxe Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$208 per night

Deluxe Room, Ocean View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Hibiscus Junior suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Suite (Imperial)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Junior Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Royal Suite, 1 Bedroom, Ocean View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Half Moon ratings based on 20 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.8 out of 5 5.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 5.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5

This trip was a DREAM. Beach and pool and spa.

Pros: Everything: food, staff, room, beach, pool, spa. I wanted to stay another week.
Cons: My only complaint was that the room only had 2 of everything: mugs, bath robes, etc but there were 3 of us. They delivered what we needed right away.
Location: Great restaurants very close by and very close to the airport.
The staff here makes your visit a sublime experience. Friendly, accommodating, wonderful people, all of them. The pools are gorgeous and clean. The beach is divine and was mere yards from our room. Our room was spotless and roomy, even with 3 people in a junior suite. The bathroom alone is bigger than most NYC studio apartments. The food is expensive but very, very good. The spa transported us to another land filled with lemongrass scent and loving, nurturing hands working out the kinks in our shoulders. The gym is clean and all the equipment is brand new. Whatever we needed, we were only a phone call away from our requests. I can't speak about this trip highly enough.

Posted by , from Brooklyn, NY on Sep 21, 2015

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5 out of 5

Best. Vacation. EVER!

It was almost like being in paradise! I've been to the Bahamas...and this vacation far out classed that vacation. I did WAY more activities, but going to Jamaica beats the Bahama vacation hands down. The room my aunt and I stayed in was so unbelievable that the rest of my family had to see it. Their rooms were equally awesome, but not meaning to brag, but my aunt and I had the BEST room. I had plans of hitting the spa, doing a dolphin dive, snorkeling, horseback riding...but in the end, it was just too awesome to do anything but wallow in the sun and relax. The staff ALWAYS were so accommodating, always with a cheerful smile on their faces and a willingness to please. The only downside was the stay...it was so fantastic that it made going back to reality incredibly difficult! Truthfully, I almost cried when I left. This hotel stay far exceeded all my expectations.

Posted by , from New Orleans, LA on Aug 22, 2013

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5 out of 5

Half Moon - BEST vacation ever

My husband, 3 children, and I stayed in a Deluxe Suite in the Oleander area for 5 nights in July. The deluxe suite was perfect for our family. Upstairs had a king bed in a very large bedroom with bathroom and downstairs had the living room area with kitchen and bathroom. At our request, Half Moon set up 3 twin size beds in the downstairs room and there was still plenty of room to sit on the sofa etc. Our room was close to the commissary (a full service grocery – eggs, turkey, bread, wheat thins, liquor, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, etc.), dolphin encounter, and Oleander pool. We decided to use the bikes for our transportation and the kids loved it. They even had bikes with training wheels! We had the Half Moon inclusive plan, but after visiting the commissary and looking at the food prices at the restaurants, we would consider forgoing the plan next time and eating dinner at the Half Moon restaurants and using the commissary for other meals. We’ve done all-inclusive in Mexico, and this is nothing like that generic-same food everywhere you go plan. The restaurants at Half Moon are really good with diverse menus. We thought the food was great and no complaints. Activities: I highly recommend the beach ride on horse and ask for Mark. He is fantastic and my 8 year old had the BEST day ever riding/swimming with Mark as our guide. It was so fun that our younger daughters made us promise to come back when they are each 8 years old and able to do the beach ride. The younger ones did the pony rides and had a blast. Ask for Nick – he was also fantastic. We also did the dolphin deep water and beach encounter and I think for younger ones the beach encounter was fantastic. It is a bit pricey, but dolphin encounters are pricey everywhere and one of those great bucket-list activities. Paul explained a little about the dolphins beforehand and, like all of the Half Moon staff, he was very friendly and great. At the beach we did paddle boating, sea kayaking, and snorkeling and this kept our active kiddos happy. Walking into the water at the beach is a bit rocky, so kiddos might want water shoes. We met with Carol at the Concierge desk to arrange all of the activities and she was quite helpful. Restaurants: I recommend the lamb and lobster at Sugar Mill, Curry Goat and Tiramisu at Robbie’s, and we liked everything we had at Seagrape. Derrick was our waiter several times at the Seagrape. He noticed we were dressed for a horse ride and brought the kids carrots to bring their horse/pony. This is the type of exemplary service we experienced across the facility. Our drink waitress at the non-motorized beach was Marvet and she always recommended kid friendly smoothies or drinks that my daughters loved…very attentive, great service. BONUS: if you eat at Seagrape in the early evening, Ventura photo is on sight and will take photos of you and your family. We had reservations for 7 pm and Leroy hooked us up with the best family photo with beach and sunset in background for $10! We really loved Half Moon and look forward to returning!

Posted by on Aug 3, 2013

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5 out of 5

ROYALTY like a PRINCESS Treatment!!

I super THANK the staffs of Half Moon resort.  This place is awesome!! I feel so good and relax here. The service is the BEST of the BEST, and I feel like a PRINCESS!  I picked the BEST choice in staying in this awesome resort.  It's worth the money and wish to visit this place again someday!! I super THANK "Camille" at the reception desk for the "Hibiscus Suite" room which is super CLEAN and with 4-maids!! Wow!! I never had that before!!! You are the BEST Camille for taking care of me.  I thank "OMAR" at the Hibiscus Suite area who takes care of the Beach.  I thank ROHAN at the olympic size swimming, who takes care in that area...I thank STEPHEN and LISA at the Seagrape Restaurant and the bell men are wonderful. You guys are the BEST staffs!! You make my vacation special!! The place is super, duper clean!! I love it!! Thanks for the Royalty service!!!

Posted by , from New Jersey on Jul 4, 2013

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5 out of 5

Customer service is top priority at Half Moon, Jamaica

Pros: Close restaurants, Quiet, delicious food
Cons: No free Internet
Half Moon is a top-notch resort with friendly well trained staff, beautiful location, and customer service as a top priority. The staff - whether concierge or room service - answers the phone with the question "How can I help?" This sums up my experience.

Posted by , from Rhode Island on Mar 21, 2013

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5 out of 5

Excellent Resort but very overpriced!!!

Pros: Quiet
Cons: expensive, overpriced, boring
This is a first class resort in beauty, service and fine food. The only flaw is how overpriced the menu is and the price of drinks is ridiculous. For two adults you can expect to pay $400 per day for food and alcohol. That is not acceptable. When you pay however the food is exceptional. Layers of flavor in everything. The waves were so high this past week that we could not use any of the water sports which was a huge disappointment. The main pools were very cold and we could not swim in them. The beach is long but only a very small area for swimming because of sea urchins. We were two women traveling together and we were treated much differently than the man-woman couples. We were always served second. On your bill, tipping of 15% is automatic on every purchase. When the prices are this high then you are paying $40 in tax and $60 in tips for $400 in food and alcohol. Unacceptable! This is a very quiet resort and if you are looking for music, nightlife, etc. then this is not the place for you.

Posted by , from madison, wi on Mar 14, 2013

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5 out of 5

they go out of their way to make you feel like You are family

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet, cleaning of beaches
Just the best place to go for a five star vacation. I was returning for my sixth trip to Half Moon. the first with my new wife , was hoping they would impress her as they have done on my previous five stays, and they did . Starting from arriving at Half Moon station in airport, everything was taken care of by staff.would suggest all inclusive plan which covers all meals at wonderful seagrape terrace, sugar mill, and Italian resturant. Staff everywhere treats one like You are so very special and most important person there, from pastry chef, housekeeping, front desk, store personnel, even beach personnel .Have been to many caribean locations, aruba, st thomas, paridise island and other jamacian locations but really there is no place like Half Moon. Just love the elegant old world charm and the peacefulness of the large resort

Posted by , from delaware 19720 on Jul 4, 2012

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5 out of 5

I felt at home and very comfortable!

Pros: Quiet, gourmet foods
Cons: No free Internet
This was a hotel oasis! Welcoming and authentic Jamaican staff with outstanding customer service. Very expensive but well worth the luxury!

Posted by , from Tamiment, PA USA on May 31, 2012

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5 out of 5

It's the little touches that make this resort special

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet
The resort is beautiful, elegant, and and as active or relaxed as you want it to be. The grounds are amazing, ammenities, activities, all fabulous. What really sets this resort apart from the pack is the staff, they are genuinely friendly. Smiles, thank you's, they seem to really care about the guests experience. From the minute we stepped into Half Moons lounge at the airport until we left they exceeded our expectations. There are many choices out there but not many resorts have this kind of genuine good service.

Posted by , from Colleyville, TX, USA on Mar 6, 2012

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2 out of 5

Not worth the money

Pros: Quiet
Cons: Nothing close, No free Internet, Poor breakfast
This hotel is not well maintained. The staff is lazy, everything is slow. The staff overall is not helpful. Would not go back.

Posted by , from Lima, Peru on Jan 11, 2012

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Renovations + Closures

During renovations, the resort will make every effort to minimize noise and disturbance.

Property Features

Step outside to feel the sun on your face and the sand in your toes on the white sand beach. You'll be playing in the surf in no time with a free ride on the resort's complimentary beach shuttle. Spend the day at the beach and work on your tan with sun loungers (chaise longues) or relax in the shade with umbrellas. Summer fun is a breeze at Half Moon, where you can play a round of golf at the golf course, cool off in one of the 3 outdoor swimming pools, and enjoy a treatment at the full-service spa. A free manager's reception is offered. There are 6 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a swim-up bar and a bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. This luxury resort also offers a children's pool, outdoor tennis courts, and a spa tub. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • 228 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 6 dining venues
  • 8 conference rooms
  • Bar by the pool
  • Swim-up bar
  • Bar or lounge
  • Manager's reception (free)
  • Coffee shop
  • Kid's club (surcharge)
  • Supervised kid's activities (surcharge)
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Business facilities
  • Conference facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Game room or arcade
  • Pool or billiards table
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Television in lobby
  • ATM
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • On private beach
  • Number of outdoor pools - 3
  • Free WiFi
  • Children's pool
  • Outdoor tennis courts - 11
  • Laundry facilities
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Arcade/game room
  • Playground on site
  • Miniature golf on site
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • DVD player

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free self parking , Parking (limited spaces)

Transport

  • Airport: Montego Bay (MBJ-Sir Donald Sangster Intl.) (8.8 km / 5.5 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free beach shuttle and shopping center shuttle; airport shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Half Moon offers 228 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature DVD players and minibars. Rooms open to patios. Televisions come with cable channels. Refrigerators and coffee/tea makers are provided. Bathrooms include bathrobes, slippers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Montego Bay resort provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks, laptop-compatible safes, and phones. Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottled water and irons/ironing boards. In-room massages and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • Private patio
  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • DVD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

The resort hosts a free manager's reception on select days.

Half Moon has 6 restaurants on site.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

The resort's Hibiscus section features a 46-m (152-ft) freeform pool with water spouts and swim-up bar; a four-lane, 25-m (27.5-yd) lap pool; and between them a 6-by-2.5m (20-by-8-ft) waterfall pool with barstools.

The resort's 2-km (1.25-mi) Caribbean Sea frontage features Sunset Beach on calm, crescent-shaped Half Moon Bay, the center of swimming and nonmotorized water sports. To the east, long, uncrowded Sunrise Beach (protected by an artificial reef) offers motorized sports, and sunbathing.

Recreation opportunities include windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, pedal-boating, glass-bottom-boat trips, water skiing, parasailing, banana-boating, deep-sea fishing, boat cruising, scuba-diving/snorkeling excursions, and scuba-diving instruction/certification.

Complimentary recreational facilities include 2 championship croquet lawns, an 18-hole putting course, ping pong, pool, badminton, volleyball, horseshoes, and giant outdoor chess.

Guests can golf on an 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and featuring a Georgian clubhouse; use an equestrian center offering a jumping course and beach/swim, jungle, and trail rides as well as pony rides; take guided mountain-bike tours; and play on 4 lighted squash courts. David Leadbetter Golf Academy offers instruction for golf, croquet, horseback riding, and windsurfing.

An enormous fitness center provides weight-training machines and free weights in 1 air-conditioned room and cardio equipment and aerobics classes in another. Yoga, aerobics, and pool aerobics classes are also available.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the resort; fees may apply.

  • Snorkeling on site
  • Golf driving range on site
  • Miniature golf on site
  • Golfing on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Horse riding/rental on site
  • Volleyball on site
  • Kayaking on site
  • Water skiing on site
  • Mountain biking on site
  • Windsurfing on site
  • Parasailing on site
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site
  • Playground on site
  • Racquetball/squash on site
  • Rafting nearby
  • Rowing or canoeing on site
  • Sailing on site
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Basketball on site
  • Scuba diving on site
  • Bicycle rentals on site

Spa Services

Fern Tree, The Spa at Half Moon, is a 68,000 square foot indoor/outdoor sanctuary. Fern Tree fuses modern spa techniques with ancient remedies using Jamaican herbs, fruits, and botanical blends. Set amidst lush gardens, each spa treatment room opens onto a private garden terrace. Couples may reserve the plantation-style massage room, equipped with a private patio and dipping pool. Families, wedding parties, and groups can enjoy the spa cottage with separate living and spa treatment areas. The spa also houses a relaxation lounge, yoga pavilion, and hydrotherapy and meditation labyrinth.

  • Sauna in spa
  • Spa tub in spa
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments

Accessibility

If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Special check-in instructions:

Airport shuttle service is available on request during limited hours. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Free rollaway/extra beds!
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • No pets allowed

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Fees

Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • A tax is imposed by the city: USD 4.00 per accommodation, per night
  • Resort fee: USD 30.00 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Beach towels
  • Fitness center access
  • Sporting facilities or equipment
  • Children's club/arcade access
  • Shuttle service
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • Faxes
  • In-room safe
  • In-room coffee
  • In-room bottled water
  • Concierge/valet service
  • Self parking
  • Parking
  • Housekeeping
  • Additional inclusions

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 35.00 and USD 50.00 for adults, USD 12.50 and USD 25.00 for children (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 20.00 per person (roundtrip)
  • Airport shuttle fee per child: USD 12.00 (roundtrip), (from 3 to 12 years old)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Half Moon
  • Half Moon Hotel
  • Half Moon Hotel Montego Bay
  • Half Moon Montego Bay
  • Moon Half
  • Half Moon Jamaica
  • Half Moon, a Rock Hotel Montego Bay
  • Half Moon Resort Jamaica
  • Half Moon Bay Jamaica
  • Half Moon a Rock Hotel Montego Bay

You should know

  • Half Moon offers transfers from the airport (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation with your arrival details prior to travel.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Globe, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.