The open air Lobby Terrace at Half Moon, A RockResort — Photo courtesy of Half Moon, A RockResort
Feel the stress melt away upon pulling up to the grand entrance of Half Moon, A RockResort through lush landscaping and Caribbean ocean breezes. Over the last 50 years, this peaceful, 400-acre luxury resort draws politicians, royals, celebrities and families who seek a private beach vacation in Jamaica with impeccable service and attention to detail.
Located 15 minutes away from Montego Bay Sangster International Airport, guests of Half Moon, A RockResort enjoy a two-mile, secluded stretch of beach shaped like a crescent that will no doubt be a focal point of any stay. Two resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins reside in the resort's natural Dolphin Lagoon. Watch them from shore or swim alongside these magnificent creatures. Rafts, kayaks, beach chairs and more are provided, while a variety of water sports can be booked based on your schedule. A personalized diving facility arranges dive trips to unique locations and certifications for those new to the sport. Should you tire of the beach, hop into one of the property's 54 swimming pools.
Half Moon, A RockResort Guest Room — Photo courtesy of Half Moon, A RockResort
Choose from one of the 197 elegantly appointed, spacious guest rooms and suites. Private balconies or patrios, coffee makers, cable TV, plenty of storage, WiFi and comfortable beds grace each room and suite which are designed to feel more like a home than a hotel room.
A Royal Villa, such as the one Prince Harry recently stayed in — Photo courtesy of Half Moon, A RockResort
Or, book the ultimate in luxury: a Royal Villa. Not only do they range from five to seven bedrooms, but each comes equipped with a cook, personal butler, housekeeper, private pool and two golf carts for cruising around the property. The staff works with Royal Villa guests prior to arrival in order to stock the villa properly and prepare a menu accordingly.
Fern Tree, A RockResorts Spa at Half Moon — Photo courtesy of Katie Dillon
Fern Tree, A RockResorts Spa at Half Moon is Jamaica's largest spa. Guests relax in a gorgeous indoor/outdoor setting sprawled over 68,000 square feet that includes a yoga pavilion, fitness center, library, indoor relaxation area, pools, lush gardens, overnight accommodations, a variety of treatment rooms, a cafe and more. Therapies combine traditional Caribbean healing methods with modern techniques, and resort guests are invited to use the facilities regardless of whether or not they have a treatment booked.
Anancy Children's Village — Photo courtesy of Katie Dillon
Named after a Jamaican character, Anancy the spider, the Anancy Children's Village is a large, supervised play area for ages 3-13. While parents spa, golf or dine, kids play enjoy plenty of shade, cooking and other fun hands-on activities. The HypeZone entertains teens ages 13-19 featuring a game room, mini spa, lounge and more.
The beachfront Cedar Bar — Photo courtesy of Katie Dillon
Whether you crave Jamaican cuisine, a continental breakfast or a multiple course meal in your room, the resort's six restaurants are at your service. Kids are welcome at all. A traditional rum drink and other libations can be found at one of the eight mellow bars ranging from swim-up to oceanfront.
A ring in the equestrian center — Photo courtesy of Katie Dillon
If all of the above isn't enough to keep your itinerary full, add the 18-hole championship golf course or onsite equestrian center to your to-do list. Instruction is available for first-timers.
It is entirely possible to spend an entire vacation in Jamaica without ever leaving Half Moon, A RockResort as many holiday makers can attest. The resort embodies most of what Jamaica is known for: gorgeous beaches, delicious cuisine, nice people, sunshine and relaxation.