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65 Years of Half Moon

Debbie Reynolds clutches her children, Todd and Carrie (or a prepubescent Princess Leia to Star Wars fans) on a black and white-tinted beach. A rosy-cheeked Prince Harry shakes a housekeeper’s hand vigorously while another housekeeper grins in delight. Queen Elizabeth, bedecked in green from head to toe, pauses to listen to the melodies of a mento band. The backdrop in the photos is the same – the iconic Half Moon in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

What keeps generations of loyal guests coming back for 65 years?

It could be the familiarity of having the option to stay in the West Cottages – a section of the resort that has existed since it opened its doors in 1954.

It could be the echoes of history – of staying at what was once a loading dock for Rose Hall’s sugar shipments, or dining at an ancient sugar mill with a 17th century water wheel that still churns.

It could be the sense of family – created by staff members who not only have worked at Half Moon for decades, but remember guests’ names and greet them with “Welcome home!” every time they return.

What started as a vision to create a permanent winter escape for a group of American, British and Bermudian entrepreneurs and their families, has blossomed into an award-winning iconic destination infused with unparalleled Jamaican hospitality.

Seventeen whitewashed cottages and 30 beachfront rooms multiplied to 153 rooms and suites, with 57 additional accommodations scheduled to come on stream this year to for those who want to experience the playground of old Hollywood elite.

So how did Half Moon earn the label of “the Royals’ favourite Jamaican hotel” (Daily Mail)?

Because for 65 years, Half Moon has promised the luxury of space, serenity and satisfaction, and delivered with uncompromising quality of service.


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