Half Moon-Rose Hall, Jamaica-Endless romance on Valentines Day

Imagine strolling hand-in-hand along a sandy crescent beach, dotted with palms, against a backdrop of whitewashed cottages at Half Moon on Jamaica’s northern coast.  With 400 acres featuring beautifully landscaped gardens, the charming white washed cottages set along two miles of private white sand beach create the perfect environment for a Valentine’s Day celebration for 2011.  Half Moon has been setting the pace for a luxury vacation in the Caribbean for over 50 years.  If you are thinking of a destination wedding, vow renewal, honeymoon or romantic getaway, you will be walking in the footsteps of some very famous people from over the past 50+ years.

History of Half Moon

In 1954, a group of wealthy individuals chose to build an exclusive vacation resort on a perfectly shaped crescent beach, that they aptly named “Half Moon”.  That same year Half Moon Golf, Tennis & Beach Club officially opened with seventeen whitewashed cottages overlooking Half Moon Bay, and 30 beachfront homes.  Guests to this piece of paradise have included the likes of Joan Crawford, Clark Gable and HRH Princess Margaret as well as HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, and HRH the Prince of Wales, John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy, Prince Rainer of Monaco; and George H. W. Bush, when he was Vice President.

Over the years, Half Moon has undergone several renovations and additions.  Renovations have included the demolition and rebuilding of its 50-year-old beachfront rooms as well as maintaining eleven of the original cottages as a tribute to the legacy of the founders.

Half Moon Cottages along Sunset BeachHalf Moon Cottage #6 along Sunset Beach

Half Moon Cottages along Sunset BeachHalf Moon Cottages along Sunset Beach

Beaches

Half Moon Crescent-shaped beach

Half Moon Crescent-shaped beach

The two main beaches for activities, swimming and sunning are the Sunset Beach, directly in front of the West Cottages and adjacent to the lobby and the Sunrise Beach, which is east of the main lobby and closer to the Royal Villas.  You can arrange snorkeling, kayaks, pedal boats and beach floats from Sunset Beach while Sunrise Beach is close to the private Dolphin Lagoon and from which you will depart for all deep water activities.  Half Moon hosts a weekly beach BBQ at Sunrise Beach as well.

Activities

Dolphin Lagoon

Dolphin Lagoon

Half Moon offers an exclusive Dolphin Lagoon and is the only resort in the Caribbean to offer this feature.  What a beautiful Valentine’s gift to your sweetheart – to swim with the dolphins and meet them, nose-to-nose, so to speak.  You will don life jackets for optional types of encounters:
•    Beach Encounter – a basic program geared for non-swimmers
•    Deep Water Encounter – the next level of interaction with the dolphins
•    Swim Encounter – Meet the dolphins and experience their powerful swimming abilities
•    Private Swim – For individuals who want more quality one-on-one time with the dolphins
•    Trainer for a day – the ultimate dolphin experience – you will spend the whole day with the dolphin trainers, doing the job and interacting with the dolphins under the guidance of their trainers.

Part 2 of this Half Moon: Fern Tree Spa – give the Valentine’s gift of a Spa Experience will be published tomorrow.  Part 3 will be a wrap up picture show.  Be sure to come back to Striped Pot to read more about this amazing resort for the senses.

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