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Half Moon, Jamaica - participating for the first time at LUXURY Leisure 2010

Half Moon, Jamaica - participating for the first time at LUXURY Leisure 2010


One of the Most Outstanding Resorts in the World

Half Moon is one of the finest resorts in the world. With its 400 beautifully manicured acres, 398 unique accommodations, numerous recreational facilities, shopping village, varied cuisine, and a conference center, Half Moon is a destination in itself.

Winner of numerous awards for excellence (see attached list), Half Moon offers the highest standards throughout the resort. Half Moon continues to demonstrate its quest for excellence in its recent investment of $15.5 million to further enhance and update the resort.

It is noteworthy that Half Moon has been awarded four diamonds by AAA for over 27 consecutive years – the only resort in the Caribbean to have earned such an achievement.

In addition, Half Moon is the leader in the Caribbean in ecological projects and is the first hotel to be inducted into the Caribbean Hotel Association’s Green Hotel Hall of Fame. Its preservation program includes recycling, waste management, composting and energy conservation. The resort also maintains a 20-acre nature reserve and along with a vibrant herb and vegetable garden as well as an array of fruit trees.

Accommodations at Half Moon have an air of elegant informality with a blend of native island style. Furnishings are Queen Anne and Chippendale reproductions, made at the resort by local craftsmen in Jamaican Mahogany and highlighted by coordinated prints. The plantation-style buildings lend a cool, crisp touch to the lush green of the lawns and tropical gardens.

Guests choose accommodations from 33 four - to seven-bedroom villas, 24 superior rooms, 17 junior suites, 14 deluxe suites, 53 royal suites and 11 imperial suites. With the new Hibiscus Wing, guests can also choose from 68 beachfront one and two bedroom suites.

Thirty-two five, six and seven bedroom Royal Villas are situated along picturesque Sunrise Beach, amid lush tropical gardens. Combining the comforts of home with the personalized service of an exclusive resort, each villa is staffed with a cook, housekeeper and butler. All are decorated with cool tropical colors and offer either view of the Caribbean Sea or well-manicured gardens. Each room has its own bath, shares a living room, and some offer a spacious central library. Villa guests have the use of all resort facilities and each villa has its own swimming pool.

The 18 beachfront Royal Suites, offering the ultimate in pampered resort living, are enclosed within the Royal Court complex, which contains two large private swimming pools. Each of the spacious suites in the elegant Georgian-Colonial-style building comprises an entrance hall, large living room with terrace, and bedroom.

Some Imperial and Royal suites are in charming cottages along the western beachfront, some with its own swimming pool. Junior and deluxe suites as well as the superior and deluxe rooms can be found along the crescent-shaped beach. All accommodations include cable TV, mini-bar, air-conditioning, telephone, in-room safe, balconies or patios, hair dryer, and an ocean and / or garden view.

The new Hibiscus rooms and suites, offering a variety of deluxe rooms, junior and royal suites, are outfitted with a contemporary plantation-style theme and furnishings and feature large verandahs and balconies, data port internet access, electronic safe and other signature Half Moon amenities.

Three restaurants – the Seagrape Terrace, Sugar Mill and Il Giardino – are available for fine dining as well as additional restaurants in the shopping center. For a more informal setting, the La Baguette restaurant is located poolside at the Oleander Terrace. Additional dining options include the exotic Akbar/Thai Garden restaurant offering Indian and Thai cuisine as well as the casual Prince of Wales, an English-style pub. Entertainment includes nightly live music at the Seagrape Terrace and various excursions and sightseeing tours.

Half Moon is also home to a wide variety of sports. One of the resort’s most impressive features is the recently renovated, award winning 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. Half Moon also has 13 lit tennis courts, four squash courts, a croquet lawn, miniature golf and jogging trail. Water sports include windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, glass bottom boat tours and 51 pools, including an Olympic-size lap pool and a “swim with the dolphins” experience.

The resort’s Fern Tree, The Spa at Half Moon™ features a variety of therapeutic treatments including facials, steam and sauna, hydro room, couples massage room and large relaxation area. The fitness center features aerobic dance, an exercise program and life-cycle equipment. Additionally, Half Moon is the first officially licensed Spinning® resort in the Caribbean. A well-maintained equestrian centre ensures top facilities for horseback riding, show jumping and dressage.

The Anancy Children’s Village features a new children’s play area modeled around a village concept with buildings ablaze with a mosaic of brightly coloured hues guaranteed to enlighten the senses of young visitors. Additionally, children of all ages will enjoy the new Roger Rulewich designed 18-hole putting course, which has been relocated adjacent to the Anancy Children’s Village. Additionally, the recently launched Hype Zone and Very Important Little Persons Service will be the delight of young adults, teens, tweens and little ones.

Half Moon’s Shopping Village, which was opened in 1994, offers fashion boutiques, gift and souvenir shops, supermarket, medical facility, pharmacy, duty-free stores, bank, beauty salon, photo studio, an English pub and a 4,650 square-foot Conference Center and a 12,000 square-foot ballroom. With meeting rooms in other areas of the resort, Half Moon has more than 26,000 square feet of meeting space.

Accommodations from April 16 through December 14 range from $250 to $1,250 per room, per night, based on double occupancy and rates from December 15 through April 15 range from $400 to $1,800, per room, per night, based on double occupancy. Individual meal plans are $25 per person, per day for breakfast only, $85 for breakfast and dinner, and $110 for three meals daily. All-inclusive plans include the Half Moon Plan for $140 per person, per day offering three meals daily and premium beverage at resort bars; the Ultimate in Luxury for $190 per person, per day providing three meals daily, premium beverage at resort bars as well as bicycle, limited water sports, golf green fees at the Half Moon Golf Club and horseback riding; the Total Golf Experience for $190 per person, per day offering three meals daily, premium beverage at resort bars, golf green fees, cart and caddy at the Half Moon Golf Club as well as the White Witch and Cinnamon Hill golf courses (restrictions apply). Nightly rates for the Half Moon’s four-, five-, six, and seven-bedroom villas from April 16 through December 14 range from $1175 to $2,340; and from December 15 through April 15, the nightly rates range from $1,880 to $3,420.

Half Moon also offers membership in a Vacation Club, which allows guests to buy weeks in a spacious suite with living room and private terrace, master bedroom with private balcony, kitchenette, foyer and bath for up to 25 years. Membership in the club involves a one-time purchase price, plus annual dues.

For more information on all that Half Moon has to offer call our on-site call centre at 800-626-0592 in the US or 876-953-2211 or visit


2010  Best Luxury Hotel, Business Destination Magazine

2010  Fern Tree, The Spa at Half Moon Best Luxury Spa for 2010, Business Destination Magazine

2010  Green Innovation Award, Association of Travel Marketing Executives

2010  Reader’s Choice Platinum List (American Airlines Celebrated Living Magazine)

2010  Fern Tree, The Spa at Half Moon named to Conde’ Nast Traveler Best Spas List

2009  World Travel Awards - Caribbean’s Leading Conference Hotel

2009  World Travel Awards - Jamaica’s Leading Golf Resort

2009  World Travel Awards - Jamaica’s Leading Resort

2009  Spa Magazine Silver Sage Award

2009  Travel + Leisure Top Ten Caribbean Spas List

2009  M&C Gold Awards Hall of Fame

2009  Travel and Weekly Magellan Awards in the Spa Design and Luxury Hotel/Resort categories

2009  Elite Family and Travel Best Family Hotel in the Caribbean

2009  Virtuoso - Best Family Program Award

2009  M&C Gold Key Award

2009  Travel + Leisure World’s Best Award List (# 25 in the Caribbean Bermuda and Bahamas)

2009  Travel + Leisure Best in Service - Caribbean category

2009  M&C Gold Tee Award

2009  Reader’s Choice Platinum List (American Airlines Celebrated Living Magazine)

2008  Caribbean’s Top 50 Golf Courses, Golf Week magazine

2008  Golf Resort of the Year, Rest of World from International Association of Golf Tour Operators

2008  Silver Sage Reader’s Choice Award from Spa Magazine

2008  Richard Whitfield, Managing Director named Hotelier of the year by Caribbean World Magazine

2008  Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International's (HSMAI) Adrian Award Bronze award for the best new opening/launch public relations campaign.

2008  Forbes Traveler 400 Best

2008  Green Globe International Green Globe Certification

2008  Travel + Leisure World’s Best Award List (# 13 in the Caribbean Bermuda and Bahamas)

2008  Reader’s Choice Poll of Top 100 Golf Resort (Conde’ Nast Traveler)

2008  Reader’s Choice Platinum List (American Airlines Celebrated Living Magazine)

2008  M&C 2008 Gold Tee Award

2008  Fern Tree, The Spa at Half Moon named to Conde’ Nast Traveler One of the Hot New Spas in the world

2008  Conde Nast Gold List

2007  Expedia Insiders’ Select

2007  Incentive Magazine Platinum Partner Award

2007  Best Beachside Hotel – AOL Travel

2007  Elite Meetings International – Elite Certified Award

2007  Corporate Meetings & Incentives Paragon Award

2007  M&C Gold Tee Award

2007  Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award

2007  American Airlines’ Celebrated Living Magazine’s Platinum List

2006  Caribbean’s Leading Conference Hotel – World Travel Awards

2006  Jamaica’s Leading Golf Resort – World Travel Awards

2006  Family Travel Forum’s Top Ten Getaway for Luxury Travelers

2006  Caribbean Travel & Life Best Golf Resort

2006  Conde Nast Traveler Top 25 Caribbean Resort (# 15)

2006  INCENTIVE Magazine Platinum Partner Award Winner

2006  M&C 2006 Gold Key Award

2006  American Airlines’ Celebrated Living Magazine’s Platinum List

2006  Conde Nast Johannesen Recommended Hotel

2006  Travel + Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels in the World

2005  World Travel Award for Jamaica’s Leading Golf Resort

2005  World Travel Awards for Caribbean’s Leading Golf Resort

2005  Best Golf Resort in the Caribbean, Caribbean World magazine

2005  Travel + Leisure’s Most Kid Friendly Resort  

2005  American Airlines’ Celebrated Living Magazine’s Platinum List

2005  Listed among Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Resorts

2005  Conde Nast Johannesen Recommended Hotel

2005  M&C 2005 Gold Key Award

2004  World Travel Award for Jamaica’s Leading Hotel

2004  World Travel Award for Caribbean’s Leading Conference Hotel

2004  Named Departures Magazine Readers’ Favorite

2003  Named on Conde Nast Traveler Gold List

2003  Singled out as Departures Magazine Top Ten Caribbean Resorts

2003  World Travel Award for Leading Caribbean Resort

2003  Half Moon is named Best Caribbean Golf Resort by Caribbean World Magazine

2002  Received Platinum Award from Incentives magazine for superb meetings facilities

2002  Received Emerald Award for sustainable tourism given by Counterpart International at the Caribbean Media Exchange

2002  Named Caribbean’s Leading Hotel at the 9th Annual World Travel Awards

2001  Gold Key Award from Meetings & Conventions Magazine as one of the finest meeting facilities worldwide

2000  Heinz Simonitsch, managing director of Half Moon, honored as one of 21 Travel and Tourism leaders at World Travel Market

2000  Named Caribbean’s Leading Hotel at the 7th Annual World Travel Awards

1999  Caribbean Hotel Industry Conference (CHIC) inducts Half Moon as its first hotel in the Green Hotel Hall of Fame for its outstanding ecological programs

1998  Runner-up for Ecotourism Award by Conde Nast Traveler

1998  Best of Golf Award from Links magazine in honor of its caddie programs

1998  Gold Key Award from Meetings & Conventions Magazine as one of the finest meeting facilities worldwide

1997  World’s Best Award from Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the Best Hotels in the Caribbean

1997  Conde Nast Traveller (U.K.) names Half Moon in top 50 tropical resorts

1997  Links magazine names Half Moon in top 100 Golf Resorts in North America

1996  Special Hotel Award category of the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award

1996/97  Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award

1995 -97  Half Moon named Green Hotel of the Year, sponsored by Caribbean Hotel Association and American Express

1978 – 2009  The American Association of Automobile Clubs Four Diamond Award for superior quality in service excellence, hospitality and exceptional guest accommodations (the only hotel in the Caribbean to receive this award for 28 consecutive years.).