Half Moon, Jamaica: Barefoot Luxury

There are a handful of properties in Jamaica where barefoot luxury and the convenience of a resort hotel manage to co-exist. One such hotel is Half Moon at Rose Hall.

Half Moon is a luxury resort in Rose Hall Jamaica.

Located just 15 minutes from Montego Bay airport, this piece of Caribbean barefoot luxury makes travel feel easy. Step foot into a luxe lobby of vintage-style chandeliers and beautifully arranged tropical flowers and you’re greeted with a warm yet unhurried vibe.

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With 197 rooms and suites and 24 villas spread over 400 acres of land, it’s easy to assume this could simply be another one-size-fits-all style of resort.

But in truth, many high profile guests have been taking holidays here since 1954. So count the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince Harry on this exclusive list. US president J.F. Kennedy and Jackie O once stayed for a whole month too. So what are they doing so right?

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The answer is, a number of things. Firstly, there’s a feeling of space. Half Moon sits on a two-mile stretch of pristine sands where you can enjoy the kind of Caribbean barefoot luxury that you thought you could only dream about.

An onsite equestrian centre allows guests to go horseback riding in the ocean and they can take advantage of various sports such as tennis and squash. Plus there’s a Robert Trent Jones golf course punctuated with dozens of palm trees. So you can while away an afternoon teeing off in the most picture-postcard setting.

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Secondly, the service of a ‘RockResort’ has an exclusive, unparalleled feel. Book into select accommodations such as the Half Moon villas and aside from 12 onsite restaurants and bars, you also have a butler, chef and housekeeper to ensure your stay is as luxurious and comfortable as possible. Nothing is too much trouble and despite the scale of the resort, staff will combine seamless service with special touches, like always remembering your name and serving you your cocktail of choice without asking.

If you want to alternate the home-from-home experience with fine dining, you are in the right place here. The Sugar Mill restaurant was voted the ‘Restaurant of the Year’ by the Jamaica Observer last year and has been attracting gourmands year after year.

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Exquisite Caribbean flavorus co-exist alongside culinary influences from Europe, Africa and Asia. So jerk chicken spring rolls, ‘Jam-Asian’ spiced lamb rack and Vegan or ‘Ital’ focused vegetable dishes make for an eclectic gastronomical experience. Built upon the historic site of the former Running Gut Estate – a former sugar plantation – you can also expect a positively romantic and luxurious setting.

Finally, the license to indulge is placed in your hands on arrival at Half Moon. So Jamaican bush baths, island hot rock massages and other signature treatments can be enjoyed amidst the indigenous plants and herbs and delightfully serene Fern Tree Spa, completely guilt-free.

If you can bear to tear yourself away from the verdant surroundings, Half Moon, Jamaica offers various excursions to the Blue Mountains and beyond.

But if you’re looking for the type of Caribbean barefoot luxury where you simply relax in a setting that’s swathed in plantation style character, creature comforts and totally switch off without a care in the world, well that’s ok too.

Lucy McGuire

Lucy is an award-winning journalist and founder of the travel blog The Travel Journo. When she's not hunting down the latest luxury spa or London food trend, or jetting off somewhere for a travel assignment, she's drinking lattes and tapping on her laptop from the cafes of South London. Her favourite travel destinations are New York & the Caribbean.

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