Two stunning powder white sand private beaches, relaxed colonial charm, historic grandeur and elegance combined with modern luxury, championship golf and true Jamaican hospitality, all make beautiful Half Moon the ultimate Caribbean resort today as it has been for generations—counting HM The Queen and JFK among its former guests. And now it has reopened its beautiful Rose Hall Villas for private retreats—a luxurious home-from-beach-side-home under the Caribbean sun.
Opened in 1954 as a winter getaway for 16 North American families who built a collection of beachside cottages on a former sugar cane estate, Half Moon has grown into a celebrated landmark resort in the Caribbean—one that has hosted generations of royalty, celebrities and loyal guests on its 400 scenic acres.
This iconic resort is a consistent winner of numerous awards and accolades—for example, it is Forbes Travel Guide’s highest-rated resort in Jamaica and Conde Nast Traveler’s No1 Resort in Jamaica and No6 in the Top 50 Resorts in the entire Caribbean.
Half Moon was named Most Outstanding Beachfront Resort in the LUX Global Excellence Awards—and Travel + Leisure put the new Eclipse at Half Moon on the ‘It List’ of the world’s best new hotels and resorts in 2021. The awards are too many to mention—but in these unusual times it’s also good to see Half Moon win the AAA inspector’s Best of Housekeeping Awards.
And at Half Moon, the appeal is immediate. Arrive to a vista of sweeping open-air lobby with marble floors and white colonial furnishings and you will be gazing through one of the best restaurants and bars in Jamaica towards the picture-perfect sparkling Caribbean sea. It’s bliss, and it only gets better! Service throughout Half Moon is a real highlight: the warm and welcoming staff, who go out of their way to learn your name and your favourite drink, soon feel like family.
This legendary resort does not rest on its laurels. It continues to build on its historic past to provide everything which both loyal guests and new visitors require. Along with a $75 million refurbishment, recently it opened a new resort, Eclipse at Half Moon, a beautiful low-rise resort-within-a-resort, with its own dedicated accommodations and facilities, as well as giving access to all that legendary Half Moon at large has to offer.
Eclipse joins the two existing options at Half Moon: Founders Cove, whose rooms and restaurants are located at the resort’s original site around Sunset Beach; and Rose Hall Villas, with 28 five-to-seven-bedroom villas featuring their own butler, housekeeper and cook.
All guests enjoy the fabulous Half Moon restaurants and facilities, including the Robert Trent Jones Sr-designed Half Moon 18-hole par-72 championship golf course, Equestrian Centre (offering riding, jumping and polo lessons, as well as hacking around the estate and swimming the horses on that wonderful Caribbean shoreline), multiple tennis and squash courts and the water sports hub. Bicycles (and golf carts) are available to help guests explore everything Half Moon has to offer—including the two miles of pristine white-sand beach around which everything at Half Moon revolves.
Discerning guests will enjoy the luxury of space and tranquillity which Half Moon offers, from the panoramic views of the horizon to sunrise yoga meditation in an overwater bungalow. Whatever guests choose, days at Half Moon are theirs to spend in any way they wish. Such as the Zen-like Fern Tree Spa, a super-sized gym—and that superb 18-hole golf course.
Half Moon’s 18-hole par-72 championship golf course is acclaimed by industry experts and amateur golfers alike. The course was designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr and modernised by Robert Rulewich, creating a masterpiece of beauty and game-raising challenges. PGA tournaments held at Half Moon include the European PGA Senior Tour, and the Jamaica Open. Four minutes away from the Half Moon Golf Course are the White Witch and Cinnamon Hill courses, making Half Moon a golf destination par excellence.
Most guest suites, cottages and villas have either patios or balconies, allowing guests to enjoy the peaceful views of gardens, pools and the sea from which a soft and gentle breeze blows constantly across the resort. Rooms are a fusion of modern luxury and old plantation charm, traditional colonial Caribbean style with a twist. Rich wood and woven furnishings and details combine with tropical prints and ultra-sleek, gleaming bathrooms complete with Jacuzzi tubs, glass block rainfall showers, whirlpool tubs and generously sized toiletries from Fern Spa add modern luxury.
With a total of 54 pools at this Montego Bay resort, it’s easy to indulge in an early morning or late-day private swim—and of course you can swim in the ocean, with or without the horses! Many suites, including the Imperial, have semi-private swimming pools just steps from the front door. Thoughtful extra touches include insect repellent, ceiling fans as well as air-conditioning, and complimentary rum cakes on arrival.
Half Moon is home to some of Jamaica’s best restaurants. Take the Sugar Mill, renowned as one of the best dining experiences in Jamaica, and featuring the creations of top island chef Christopher Golding. Set within a beautifully restored sugar mill, this award-winning restaurant specialises in international favourites with Jamaican ingredients (think coconut and saffron–poached snapper fillet).
The recently opened restaurant, Delaware, is already winning five-star accolades for its cuisine and ambience. An elegantly and dramatically appointed seafood restaurant with Italian influences overlooking the white sand beach of Eclipse at Half Moon, And recently Delmare has joined Sugar Mill as an award-winning restaurant. This beautifully-appointed culinary experience took home the Norma Shirley Award for Restaurant of the Year and the Solomon Gardner Award for Outstanding Service at the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards 2021.
Delaware’s menu features the freshest catches of fish and shellfish, seamlessly blending fine dining with one of the Caribbean’s most stunning backdrops. As to the bars, they include the celebrated Cedar Bar, at the heart of the resort, a lively place to enjoy an expertly mixed cocktail and more.
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