Private, white sand beaches, friendly Jamaican hospitality, and facilities that are fit for the Queen herself. What more could you ask for from a luxury tropical getaway? Maybe this . . . the Half Moon Resort, located in Rose Hall, Jamaica, is also the first hotel inducted into the Caribbean Hotel Association’s Green Hotel Hall of Fame.
Sixty years ago, a group of like-minded men wanted to give back to a country they had come to love. Frequent visitors to Montego Bay’s Sunset Lodge, they were persuaded to open their own resort further down the beach, providing a place for friends and family to stay and owing its name to the half-moon shape of the beautiful beach it was built upon. Although today the resort has become much bigger than that small collection of cottages in 1954, it has retained its luxurious hospitality and played host to movie stars like Clark Gable, dignitaries like President John F. Kennedy, and a royal roster of the Windsor family, from Princess Margaret to Queen Elizabeth II and, just recently, Prince Harry.
To the Half Moon, it doesn’t matter if you are royalty or simply one of their many treasured guests, during your stay, you will be treated to a little slice of paradise. The 400 acre resort, located along a two mile stretch of beach on the north coast of Jamaica, is surrounded by lush gardens and breathtaking sea views. Your choice of 197 guest rooms offer an accommodation to fit any taste, from rooms and suites to private villas, many featuring their own private swimming pools! Guests staying in one of 32 Royal Villas will also have the added benefit of a private cook, butler and housekeeper during their stay. All accommodations feature locally made furnishings, decor with a tropical flair, air conditioning, television, and internet access.
Hungry or thirsty guests of the Half Moon are not without plenty of options, since the resort boasts five restaurants and seven bars. Three of the restaurants offer fine dining, while two offer a more casual eating experience. All will please your taste buds with an array of traditional Caribbean dishes, plus Indian and Thai cuisine, all using produce and food from local suppliers and herbs from the organic herbal garden located on the property. In addition to these options, the cooks in each Royal Villa will whip up delicious meals for guests to enjoy without having to leave the comforts of their private rooms.
After your delicious meal, you will find everything you want to do right on site at Half Moon Resort. In addition to windsurfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving in the amazing turquoise waters that border the white sand beach, there are activities both active and calming. The resort has a total of 51 pools, including an Olympic size lap pool. Then there’s the Fern Tree Spa, which has an indoor and outdoor facility totaling 68,000 square feet. A combination of modern and ancient spa techniques, making use of natural fruits, herbs, and botanicals are offered, along with unique yoga facilities, a hydrotherapy pool, gardens, and six exclusive beachfront spa suites featuring private in-room treatment options.
Kids are welcome guests at Half Moon Resort, and they will find plenty of places to have fun. There’s a children’s play area, Anancy Children’s Village, as well as the Hype Zone. Plus, the Very Important Little Persons Service offers special amenities just for kids and teens when they check in. There’s even a Dolphin Lagoon. Of course, grownups will find still more to keep busy while the little ones play, with tennis courts, croquet, mini golf, trails, an Equestrian Center, and an entire Shopping Village that offers anything you may need (and maybe a few wants, as well!)
A little slice of crescent shaped paradise exists in Jamaica, and if the Half Moon Resort has any say, it will exist long into the future thanks to an abundance of environmentally minded policies and procedures. The Green Globe certified resort employs an Environmental Manager who oversees all of the resort’s environmental efforts and manages the environmental program’s recycling, composting, waste management and energy conserving efforts. In addition to their environmental achievements, the Half Moon is a 4 Diamond AAA resort – and has been every year for 30 years!
Come fall in love with Jamaica when you stay at the Half Moon, a RockResort, where you can enjoy the warm white sand, the sparkling turquoise sea, and the green philosophy that will allow future generations to fall in love, too.