Half Moon, A RockResort
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... tour boats have their passengers swimming in the water. So some of our group decided to swim despite the "pollution"
This seems to be a very Jamaican thing. Confusing and conflicting situations.
*We went to Ocho Rios, about an hour east of us. It is a fairly large city but we ...
... to see the show tonight but skipped it because we were pretty tired. Tonight was formal night. We dressed up because I really wanted to try the fisherman’s plate I kept hearing about that is always offered on the second formal night. It was good. We each got one and then split the prime rib. I’m glad we split the second entrée because it was also good and the fisherman’s plate wasn’t that ...
Amateurs. Second time backpacking & Yours Truly planned this trip. I also paid for half of my sister's flight plus all of my own so I opted for the cheapest flights. Our flight itinerary from Philadelphia, USA to Buenos Aires, Argentina looks like this:
PHL --> Montego Bay, Jamaica
MB --> Panama City, Panama
PC --> Buenos Aires
Sure. Why not.
We're told upon checking our bags in PHL that our luggage will meet ...
... families. Gonna keep it simple and just stick to family this time around. Found a local convenience store en-route to/from our hotel to the main road and utilize that a lot. Red Stripe is pretty cheap and nummy! Good beer and she'll be chilling in our fridge.
My goodness it's obvious we've traveled before - had all of our supplies and gifts all within two hours of arriving! Good to go and ready for the night to unfold (and what a night!!).
Decided to walk for a bit ...
... day as there wasn't hardly a cloud in the sky, and as we were getting our things together we could feel a change in the ships speed, so we went out on the balcony to see that we were pulling into port. This was interesting as we had only a small area in which to pull into the dock as there were rocks jutting out of the water on both sides creating a channel to traverse to dock the boat. The captain then had the boat swing around to back ...
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Better than we ever dreamed!!!
10 of us went to Half Moon in june 2003. We stayed in a 6 person villa right on the ocean. Nothing could have been better, private pool, ocean, a maid butler and cook were more than we could have imagined.
The Villas are all excellent but the ones on the ocean were unbelievable. The guys loved the golf and the women loved the spa. If you looking for nightlife there wasn't any. Food was great Staff was excellent... We all said we would go again in a second.
Great Place to Stay...
Stayed in Montego Bay with a group in May. It is a beautiful place!!
Our cottage was very spacious and had a pool right outside the door.
All of the staff at the Half Moon were very helpful and ready to accommodate. The food was plentiful and very good! Especially enjoyed the catamaran trip to Margaretaville, which included snorkeling. Fun place to go!
We love Half Moon!
We have visited Half Moon every July/August for the last 7 years. This will be our 8th visit and we love it. Our 8 year old soon considers it to be his 2nd home! We stay in an Imperial suite on the Half Moon Bay. Every morning when you wake up you have the choice of putting your toes in the sand on one side of our suite or dipping them in the pool on the other! Service can be slow, but hey mon, this is Jamaica!!
We just returned on March 14/03 from a one week stay at the Half Moon. We have two teenaged boys so we opted for two junior suites. The rooms opened out on to a private terrace that was only steps from the beautiful beach and ocean. We often had our breakfast or lunch delivered to our terrace so that we didn't have to leave the beach. They will even deliver your lunch to the pool - so no stopping and getting cleaned up midday in order to go to the dining room. The food at all of the restaurants was outstanding, but the best thing was the staff. They are knowledgeable, helpful and the most friendly group of employees we have ever experienced. The weather was perfect, the grounds and pools are beautifully maintained. Make sure you go on the beach horseback ride. The horses actually go swimming with you on their backs!! Also - since this was a concern of mine -the security is excellent - we felt 100% safe. We can't wait to go back. Enjoy!
We went to the Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica - to get married and for a brief vacation from 1/23/03 - 1/27/03. We had a wonderful experience from beginning to end.The resort is only a 20 minute ride from the airport. The grounds are beautifully maintained - and the main building is breathtaking. We were whisked away to a VIP check in and were brought rum punch. We stayed in a Royal Suite - which was about 4 buildings away from the main building. The resort is set up in small, usually 4 unit villas. Ours did not have a private pool, but was oceanside and only steps away from the Hibiscus Pool. I highly recommend this lodging option. We were close to the main building, which contained two restaurants and the shops. There is no nightclub, so there was never any problem with noise or with crowds. We signed up for the Half Moon all inclusive meal plan - which included dine-around privileges at Round Hill - which is 40 minutes + away - but where we had a great meal and an even better dining experience. We also dined at the Sugar Mill - where I had one of the best meals of my life - and had dinned one night at the Japanese restaurant affiliated with Half Moon - that, too, was excellent. Every member of the staff was incredibly gracious - from the servers to housekeeping. We plan to make this an annual visit.
We've just got back home from the resort and considering the opinions above, the only one thing that could be said is the following: it's all up only to which room category you choose. Fortunately for us we stayed in Royal Suite and we both agreed that we couldn't bargain for anything better. The living room and the bedroom were very spacious, there was a kitchen and quite a comfortable bathroom in the Suite.
We stayed from 10/12 through 10/19, during the rainy season. Despite the cloudy weather, we had a great time biking, playing tennis, scuba diving and, weather permitting - sunbathing. We were on the platinum package so activities were included as well as food, etc. The restaurants were great, although several were closed due to the slow season. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, contrary to others' reports. The bellmen, bartenders, waiters, dive staff, spa attendants, etc. were all very customer orientated. Beaches were great and the grounds were tropical and well maintained. Our Junior Suite showed some age, but our terrace was 15 feet from the ocean. The resort is focused inward, advertised activities lie within the resort, so if you stay more than 3 or 4 days, you need to consult with the bellstaff to arrange outside tours. No problem. We would definately go again!
I just came back from spending a week at the Half Moon...we were there on the MBAA annual conference-Master brewers. We stayed in the Villas for 6 of the 7 nights while there. We were impressed by the natural beauty of the island. The beaches though were full of seaweed which made swimming uncomfortable. The villa accomodation while seemingly luxurious,did not provide us with the privacy we wanted. Our impression was that the staff wanted to keep us in the resort. They seemed very upset that we ventured out of the resort. Understandably they would prefer if we we none the wiser and stayed at Half moon to pay their high prices!We left Jamaica feeling scammed and cheated. The last night at the resort was the clincher...after the convention ended ,some couples decided to stay another night,however we were informed that we would have to move to the main hotel rooms. We checked out of the villas at 12 noon. The management of Half Moon sent a nasty letter threatening to charge us half day's rate if check out was done after 12 noon. Our new room was not ready until 3 pm. Did I mention that on my initial arrival at Half moon my room was not ready until 5.30 pm although I checked in at 2.30 pm? Imagine how appalled I was at the "threatening letter". Why bother to advertise that the Queen stayed there? Half moon only caters for royalty....since the other guests are treated like dirt.My advise is......Go to Sandals if you have to go to Montego Bay. Half moon prices are way too high for the quality it offers.
There is nothing like arriving at a destination and feeling like the staff is really glad you are there.
Having heard rave reviews of the Half Moon, we decided to try it out, instead of going back to the Ritz Carlton Rose Hall, where we had stayed the year before in Montego Bay. Bad idea! As soon as we walked into our "suites" (more like tiny rooms with a small sofa jammed in a corner), we were disgusted. Bugs everywhere! Visible filth on every surface! The rooms smelled and looked like they hadn't been touched for at least fifty years. The bathrooms were small, dirty and dark, and the showers offered either freezing cold or scorching hot water --nothing in between! Despite our rooms being utterly gross, the resort did have a FEW positive attributes. Their multiple restaraunts are all fairly good. The Sugar Mill is excellent in fact. However, service is slow (typical in Jamaica...). There are many activities on the resort (tennis, golf, pools, watersports, etc.) but even they couldn't make up for the fact that our rooms were not liveable. Thank God the weather was perfect so we didn't have to spend much time in them!