Half Moon

Montego Bay, Jamaica

The hotel

Spread over 400 acres and lying on 2 miles of powder-white sands, Half Moon is the ultimate in first-class luxury. Your room, suite or villa is individually styled, and theres 3 areas of the property to choose from, including the new Eclipse area with 2 restaurants, 3 bars, a spa, infinity-edge pool, plus private beachfront with a natural swimming cove. On Friday nights, head down to the beach for a barbecue, and spend your days relaxing by the pool, on the beach or in the spa, or try your hand at golf, or one of the many water sports on offer. However you choose to spend your time, you'll love every moment and make memories to last a lifetime.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Honeymoon
  • Kids Club
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Horse Riding
  • Golf
  • Tennis

Where is it

Located on the North Coast of Jamaica. Transfer time from Montego Bay Airport: 15 minutes.

Hotel information

210 rooms and suites, and 27 Villas, across 3 areas of the property; Eclipse, Founders Cove and Rose Hall Villas. All rooms and suites are different and feature a private balcony or patio, air-conditioning, cable TV, radio, refrigerated mini-bar, iron and board, safe and hairdryer.

Eclipse: 57 luxury rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, 3 bars, market cafe, Fern Tree - a Salamander Spa, an infinity-edge swimming pool, and private beachfront with a natural swimming cove.

Founders Cove: 10 exclusive cottages.

Rose Hall Villas: 5-, 6- and 7-bedroom villas, perfect for groups, families and golfers. Villas feature a living and dining room, outdoor living space and private pool, a butler, housekeeper and a cook.

Garden View Rooms are in the Founders Cove area, either located on the ground or first floor with views of the gardens and private patio or balcony. With 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Premium Plan option (Dec-Mar bookings): includes the following

  • daily breakfast at Seagrape Terrace
  • lunch at Seagrape Terrace, Moonchies, Cedar Bar, Spice, North Pointe lunch and dinner
  • dinner at Seagrape Terrace, Il Giardino, Sugar Mill*, North Pointe, weekly beach BBQ at Sunrise Beach
  • Daily beverage credit of US$80 per person.

 Premium Plan option (from Mar onwards): includes the following

  • daily breakfast at Seagrape Terrace*, Hayward Restaurant
  • lunch at Hayward Restaurant*, Moonchies*, Cedar Bar, Spice, North Pointe
  • dinner at Hayward Restaurant, Delmare*, Sugar Mill*, North Pointe, weekly beach BBQ at Sunrise Beach
  • Daily beverage credit of US$80 per person.

*Seagrape Terrace and Moonchies are open seasonally (main open dates: 20 Dec–30 Apr). Hayward Restaurant lunch service is seasonal. Select menu items may attract a surcharge at Delmare and Sugar Mill Restaurants.

Full Board option: includes breakfast, lunch and dinner only.

(Drinks not included with meals)

Ocean View Rooms are in the Founders Cove area, either located on the ground floor with private patio or the first floor with balcony, with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Eclipse Ocean Rooms are in the Eclipse area within two-story cottages, with large patio or balcony, views of the ocean, and 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Great House Ocean Rooms are in the Eclipse area and are on the first floor, with large furnished patio or balcony with ocean views, and 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Estate Ocean Rooms are in the Eclipse area and have private patio or wrap-around balcony, private outdoor shower (ground floor rooms only, not guaranteed), views of the Caribbean sea, and 1 king-size or double bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Ocean Junior Suites are in the Founders Cove area, steps away from the beach, and have a living area separate to the bedroom, private balcony or patio with views of the sea, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Prestige Ocean Junior Suites are in the Founders Cove area  on the beachfront, with living area and private patio or balcony with ocean views, with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Pool Suites are in the Founders Cove area with views of the pool and gardens, with a living area separate to the bedroom and 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Ocean Suites are as Pool Suites, but enjoy Caribbean sea views.

Prestige Ocean Suites are in the Founders Cove area and have ocean views, with spacious living room and separate bedroom, and views of the ocean from the large private balcony or patio, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Estate Ocean Suites are in the Eclipse area and are large, airy suites with large indoor and outdoor living areas, a wet bar, a private patio off the bedroom, an outdoor shower, and 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child (2, 3 and 4 bedroom interconnecting suites available on request).

Great House Ocean Suites are in the Eclipse area and have views from the expansive balcony of the Caribbean Sea and lawns, with an open-plan living area, kitchenette, and dining area for up to 6 people, plus separate bedroom with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 infant (2 bedroom interconnecting suites available on request)

5 Bed Garden View Villas sleep maximum 12 adults or 2 adults and 10 children.

6 Bed Garden View Villas sleep maximum 14 adults or 2 adults and 12 children.

7 Bed Garden View Villas sleep maximum 16 adults or 2 adults and 14 children.

5 Bed Ocean View Premium Villas sleep maximum 16 adults or 2 adults and 14 children.

6 Bed Ocean View Premium Villas sleep maximum 16 adults or 2 adults and 14 children.

3 restaurants: Seagrape Terrace (eclectic International cuisine with an emphasis on ingredients grown and reared locally, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, buffet and à la carte, the head chef offers a four-course special menu for lunch and dinner each day. Nightly entertainment), Il Giardino (Italian cuisine open for dinner only), award-wining Sugar Mill Restaurant, recognised as the best restaurant in Jamaica and one of the finest in the Caribbean. Chef de Cuisine Christopher Golding has a masters touch, blending Jamaican produce with accents of Asia and Europe to spectacular effect (modern Jamaican cuisine, open for dinner only). Reservations are required for dinner at Seagrape Terrace, Il Giardino and The Sugar Mill Restaurant. Half Moon also hosts a Beach Barbecue for guests at Sunrise Beach on Friday nights. Lester’s Café. 4 bars: Cedar Bar, Hibiscus Pool Bar, 19th Hole Bar (on the Half Moon Golf Course) and Sugar Mill Bar.

3 main pools including Olympic-size pool, award-winning Fern Tree Spa*, with 9 treatment rooms, a spa cottage and 2 overwater spa cabanas, yoga and pilates available for all levels*. Activities include, 18-hole golf course* which is home to the Jamaica Open, Equestrian Centre, 11 tennis courts, squash courts, fitness centre, spinning studio*, putting green*, bicycles*, croquet*, full range of water-sports* from both Sunrise Beach and Sunset Beach. Anancy Children's Village* (3 years and over potty trained).

Complimentary WiFi available in public areas and rooms.

This hotel has resort fees that are included in the room rate (subject to change)

Resort fee includes: - WiFi access – Press Reader – unlimited digital access to more than 7,000 newspapers and magazines – Complimentary valet parking – Half Moon logoed water bottles (one per person) – Resort bicycles – 24-hour access to the fitness center – Tennis courts & racquets and clinics (reservations requested) – Squash courts and racquets – Pickleball (reservations requested) – 18-hole putting green – Basketball courts – Water sports equipment, including kayaks, paddleboards and snorkeling gear – Recreational programming, including select tennis, golf and Spinningâ clinics. Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

* Denotes local charge.

Dress code: resort casual for Seagrape Terrace, Il Giardino and Sugar Mill Restaurant has a smart casual dress code

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Incredible Service and Atmosphere

Apr 10, 2021 alloverman2021

Everything about our 4 night stay at Half Moon Eclipse was exceptional. Everyone treated us like family, the food was phenomenal (special thanks to Claudio and the entire staffs at Del Mare, North Pointe Grill and Hayward's), and the views were utterly breathtaking. Renting bikes/carts is highly recommended, as the campus is expansive and fully… Read more
Everything about our 4 night stay at Half Moon Eclipse was exceptional. Everyone treated us like family, the food was phenomenal (special thanks to Claudio and the entire staffs at Del Mare, North Pointe Grill and Hayward's), and the views were utterly breathtaking. Renting bikes/carts is highly recommended, as the campus is expansive and fully worth exploring. Multiple pools and beachfronts, with access to water sports, and extremely helpful attendants always available. Truly a wonderful experience and definitely plan on returning. Read less
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Apr 8, 2021 AleciaUnique Miami, Florida

It feels great to visit my home country and relax. This place is great for any type of getaway. It sits on several hundred acres and you have your choice of bungalow type rooms or villas that can house an entire entire family. The staff are very welcoming and accommodate to your every need. Gym, multiple pools (there a pools bar that you can… Read more
It feels great to visit my home country and relax. This place is great for any type of getaway. It sits on several hundred acres and you have your choice of bungalow type rooms or villas that can house an entire entire family. The staff are very welcoming and accommodate to your every need. Gym, multiple pools (there a pools bar that you can swim to), tennis court, basketball court...what more can you ask for? Wayne and the Richards (there are two of them) the bellmen, never skip a beat when they see you coming their way or request for them to assist with an errand. Terry was one of the hostesses at breakfast and also a waitress at the pool. She always has a bright smile on her face and gives you a warm welcome. Be sure stop by the cascading pool to soak up some sun. Delecia is usually there for lunch and recommends the best drinks. Tenisha is another waitress at the pool who makes great lunch recommendations. Donhu, Derwayne, and Jalean.... the bartenders and servers in the main area ALWAYS remember what you order for drinks, whether they’re alcoholic or non alcoholic Don’t pass up an opportunity to get a massage in paradise. Helga was my masseuse, she provided a great massage. The chef at the restaurant, Claudio, is always up for a challenge. Ask him for the chefs choice and have him make you whatever he so pleases from the menu. Trust me, you can’t go wrong. Alessandro, the sommelier, he definitely knows his stuff when it comes to wine. Everyone takes the appropriate COVID precautions. Staff are very good about wearing masks, they also clean the seating areas and common areas frequently. Hand sanitizer is accessible pretty much everywhere on property. Other notable mentions of people who were extremely helpful during my stay: Leroy - night manager Shernette - GM Carol - bikes Andrea - breakfast Christine - breakfast Marcia - housekeeping Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic return visit!

Apr 6, 2021 liberec00 Chicago, Illinois

A huge thank you to Carol and Nadia for all the hard work getting us setup and creating such a magical event for my daughter’s 6th birthday. The service from Levonne and Joy at breakfast and Tiesha Donaldson at the pool was magnificent as usual and a big shout out to Tashae for taking care of the kids during the three days they went to the kids… Read more
A huge thank you to Carol and Nadia for all the hard work getting us setup and creating such a magical event for my daughter’s 6th birthday. The service from Levonne and Joy at breakfast and Tiesha Donaldson at the pool was magnificent as usual and a big shout out to Tashae for taking care of the kids during the three days they went to the kids club. I’m still hearing about the Volcano. A stay at Halfmoon wound not be complete without spa treatments and Carl and Sanjay never disappoint. Finally, I want to thank Chef Claudio, Cordell and Alessandro for making my 50th birthday dinner truly memorable. We can’t wait to come back next year! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating You Won't Want to Leave

Apr 4, 2021 Picky_Traveler999 New York, New York, United States

Just returned from 7 nights at Half Moon. The staff, food and setting are all amazing. We stayed in the new Eclipse section which was just completed last year. The rooms are fresh, well designed and comfortable. The rooms at Founders Cove are more dated but we were told they are slated to eventually be renovated as well. One of the main… Read more
Just returned from 7 nights at Half Moon. The staff, food and setting are all amazing. We stayed in the new Eclipse section which was just completed last year. The rooms are fresh, well designed and comfortable. The rooms at Founders Cove are more dated but we were told they are slated to eventually be renovated as well. One of the main attractions for us was the convenience. The resort has tennis, golf and water sports right on property to name a few. Unlike many other Caribbean resorts, there is no need to take off-property transportation to go snorkeling, scuba, sailing, etc. During our snorkel trip we saw multiple sting rays in their natural setting - beautiful. While the beach in front of the Eclipse section is picture perfect, we found swimming to be better in the Founders Cove section which has deeper water and less sea grass (a 3 minute bike ride from our room). My only complaint involved the bikes – I am 6’2” tall and I had to ride a bike appropriately sized for a 12 year old until I finally caught up with a maintenance staff member who quickly found a higher seat post to correct the issue. The food in all the restaurants was excellent – not always easy to say in a beach resort setting. My only suggestion would be to offer a breakfast inclusive promotion or a meal plan for breakfast and dinner (we are not huge eaters and three meals a day is too much especially in a tropical setting). Finally, there are some restrictions due to the Covid pandemic that effect off property excursions on certain days so best to plan those out with the concierge immediately upon arrival. Two thumbs up for Half Moon. Read less
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Mar 28, 2021 54Oscawana New York City, New York

Half Moon is, for our family, the perfect vacation spot. We have just finished a one week vacation in a Half Moon Villa, taken care of by the Villa staff: the best Butler (Ferdinand Sims); best maid (Pamela Grey), and our new but superb cook (Beverly). Ferdie and Pam have shared our vacations with us for 9 of the 11 years here. The warm… Read more
Half Moon is, for our family, the perfect vacation spot. We have just finished a one week vacation in a Half Moon Villa, taken care of by the Villa staff: the best Butler (Ferdinand Sims); best maid (Pamela Grey), and our new but superb cook (Beverly). Ferdie and Pam have shared our vacations with us for 9 of the 11 years here. The warm vibes from our villa staff are echoed by the rest of the hotel staff, who are anxious to help make your Half Moon vacation one of many to come. During our usual two week Christmas Vacation there are 11...including 5 grandchildren (the oldest is 18), two set of their parents and two grandparents. The children have grown up here playing tennis, riding bikes and enjoying water sports (and as they grew older, playing golf on the 18 hole Half Moon course). We had no concerns about Covid management. Hotel employees are scrupulous about masking. Temperature is taken in the indoor dining areas. Hand sanitizer is available everywhere, chairs and other equipment are cleaned after each guest's use and towels are kept separate before every use. Over the last two years the Hotel part of Half Moon was renovated to be a truly deluxe facility, with a fabulous infinity pool, new beaches, expanded restaurant facilities (most open air) with wonderful food. We could not have imagined a better vacation experience the last time that we were here. But, truth be told, Half Moon has become an exclusive luxury hotel. Read less