Our final staycation while on the beautiful island of Jamaica was at Half Moon resort and there couldn’t have been a more perfect way to round off our trip!
When talking about service in Jamaica, people often use Half Moon as a standard to be aiming for – ‘We want Half Moon service’ you’ll often hear business owners say when talking about the goals for their companies and my goodness can I see why!
Half Moon is situated in Montego Bay and has been frequented by royalty, presidents and celebs alike for over 60 years! It was first created back in 1957 when 17 families bought the 35 acres of beachfront from the sugarcane estate to build homes on and 3 of those families are still a part of the resort now. Over the years it has grown into one of Jamaica’s most desirable holiday locations with stunning villas, fine dining, a world class spa, golf course and equestrian centre.
Half Moon’s accommodation comprises of rooms, suites and private villas which are all individually designed. Most have private pools and for those that don’t there is a stunning pool area.
Each accommodation is walking distance from the sea, some are even right on the beach and all accommodation is either a walk, bike ride or golf cart ride from the resorts facilities. We opted to rent a golf cart as we knew it would be fun for the boys and it just made it easier to whizz around to the restaurants, kids club, equestrian centre and generally for exploring the area!
We had a villa with private pool and beach access. It was honestly perfect for us as a family as we had the quiet privacy for when the boys wanted to nap but then we could walk or take the golf cart to the other facilities!
The villa comprised of a lounge and dining area, kitchen with daily restocked minibar, large bedroom with private patio access, walk in wardrobe and newly refurbished bathroom. I did feature a villa tour in my vlog so I’ll pop that at the end of the blog post.
We then had a huge pool, gazebo for dining and garden with mango trees! It was so serene and beautiful, I wanted to stay forever!
On our first night at Round Hill we went to Sunrise Beach for the beach BBQ. They do it on set days and luckily it fell on one of our two that we were staying there! We were welcomed with rum punch (fruit punch for the boys) and instantly slipped off our sandals to settle into the Caribbean comfort … cool breeze, steel drums and sand between our toes!
The food was delicious and it was the first time during our 6 weeks in Jamaica that I could eat plant-based and well. Most of my meals I’d either have to settle for vegetarian or the vegan options would be VERY limited but at Half Moon there were so many options and Pete confirmed that the meat dishes were top notch too!
While dining we were entertained by the fabulous steel band, dancers, limbo, fire breathing and even crab racing which the boys delighted in watching!
Our days were spent playing in the pool, exploring the beaches and at the fantastic kids club ‘Anancy Childrens Village’. The village has a huge outdoor play area plus separate wooden huts for different age ranges of children. They put on a host of activities everyday, it’s a really amazing programme which you can even join your children at or if you’re looking for some child-free time, can leave them in safe hands all day!
Jasper took part in so many arts and crafts, nothing was too much for the ladies so when Jasper said he wanted to make a spider out of sticks and stone out came the glue gun – she meant business!
On our last day she’d even made the boys a tie-dye top each as we’d arrived a bit late and she didn’t want them to miss out!
The absolute highlight of my trip though had to be visiting the equestrian centre. It comes so highly recommended in Jamaica and you can really see just how well loved the horses are there.
I opted for a beach stroll as the swimming sessions were fully booked but my guide did take me quite deep in the sea so I still got to experience the ocean with my stunning horse!
I hadn’t been near a horse for years as I’m actually allergic to either their hair or hay, but being stubborn I was adamant that my allergies had gone and I’d be fine to experience the ride … I mean it was a once in a life time kind of thing!
I was absolutely fine for the duration but as soon as I got back to the stables my eyes, mouth, throat and hands started to itch like crazy! I wished back to the hotel room to shower off, took some antihistamines and was fine within a few hours … no pain no gain right? It was totally worth the slightly bloodshot and half closed eyes for the evening!
I could not fault our stay at Half Moon, the service was excellent, facilities were amazing and the land was just beautiful with the most amazing views at every turn!
Is Half Moon on your list of places to stay?
Thanks for reading,
*One night of our stay was kindly gifted by Half Moon however all opinions are my own.