Half Moon Jamaica, A Review
By Cacinda Maloney
Far up ahead, I could see the majestic black wrought iron gates that would soon open up into a wealthy man’s grand tropical paradise. For me, I only wanted some down time to relax having already visited 12 countries this year at that point (and it was only May when I arrived in Jamaica). I knew I needed a break from traveling and work after being at the Sandals Ochi Rios grand opening last week. The Maloney Boys joined me here at Half Moon for a little “R and R”.
I had arrived at the place of Royalty in the Caribbean, but for once I was glad they were nowhere in sight! More than once, I have had heard of Royalty ruining ones vacation plans and I wanted nothing to spoil mine!
History of Half Moon
Half Moon has the look and feel of money, not new money, but old money that is a part of the upper crust. They have been host to the rich and famous since 1957 and a long line of British Royalty has stayed here year after year. Rumor has it that the famous Jackie O penned her will right here in one of the cottages. It ends up that it is not rumor, as documented by photos on the walls of the main lobby.
Titans in the business world from centuries past, with names such as Firestone, Armour and Reynolds have all been here. This place was their place to come, to relax, and get away from it all.
Villas, Cottages, and Rooms
And relax we did! While inside our beachfront villa suite, you can have everything you need from morning and night maid service, a butler, to a full-time cook, even a baby sitter if you need it. You ask for it, and it can be done. Half Moon has a wide variety of accommodations to fit a wide variety of family’s needs. The Villa experience is perfect for a family who all want to stay together in a main area with separate bedrooms or you can choose two beach front junior suites, that have lock off doors between them. There are so many options of different styles of accommodations at Half Moon that I won’t cover them all. The suites tend to be decorated in the “old world” tropical genre.
Tennis and Golf – Here at Half Moon, they quite literally have it all. A huge golfing center, putting green and 14 lit tennis courts for avid or weekend warriors. They also have a staff of pro’s you can work with. Plus games like Bocci Ball and Croquet.
Equestrian Center – Half Moon has one of the most majestic equestrian centers I have ever seen and you can take lessons as well. They also allow guests to ride along the beach.
Bicycle and Golf Car Rental – There is a huge white tent on the property that houses hundreds of different styles of cruiser bicycles and golf carts for use. The bicycles are included in the price of any of the rooms so that you can have a way to get around this gigantic property. The golf carts come with each villa or can be rented with the junior suites.
Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis – These things are everywhere you look and many of the villas have private pools or they have private pools for a few villas, so there is no lack of pools here.
Dolphin Center – Ok, not many places have one of these, but Half Moon has one. They have four dolphins, all born in captivity and the center is on a beach.
The Fern Spa – One of the first things I noticed on my morning walk, was not the spa (probably since I didn’t see it at first), but the over-the-water bungalows they have for a massage or therapy treatments down by the beach. The wooden bungalows looked perfect for a relaxing massage out on the water. They have a full-service spa on the premises as well.
Kids Play Village – There is an entire village dedicated to taking care of the kiddos with a full staff and lots of outdoor activities.
In additional to all the above mentioned facilities, Half Moon also houses a commissary, a medical center, two gift shops, a dive center, a recreational sports center, multiple restaurants, a shopping village, a giant chess set near the beach and a memorial to a Cuban refugee boat that found land right on Half Moon’s property in March of 1996!
Disclosure: Myself and the Maloney Boys were guests of Half Moon Jamaica, however, the relaxing time we had, gazing at the ocean underneath our palapa was all our own.