Half Moon, one of the most complete resorts in the Caribbean, is undergoing a major renovation programme to be completed between now and the end of November 2003. The world-class spa destination located in Montego Bay will see new rooms and suites, an upgraded golf course, new vistas, a name change under new management.
The Half Moon resort is to remain open throughout the period of renovation as less than five of the resort’s 400 acres will be affected, and construction traffic will be tightly controlled.
The fifty-year old blocks of superior and junior suites in the main hotel buildings and east resort cottages are being demolished and replaced with clusters of rooms and suites.
The most westerly cluster will sit directly on the famous Sunset Beach and will house 12 deluxe suites and four deluxe rooms. The five other clusters, located on a newly renovated beach area, will comprise 44 junior suites and eight deluxe rooms. All will enjoy large balconies or terraces and guests on the ground floor will step out directly onto the beach.
These changes will have additional benefits as large areas now will be open to the Caribbean Sea including views from the Hibiscus and Lap pools and from the tennis courts. The Beach Bar, closed a few years ago, will reopen to overlook the crescent-shaped Half Moon Bay with its spectacular sunsets. The entrance to Half Moon and other areas have also been newly landscaped to enhance the natural beauty of the resort.
With destination weddings becoming a major feature at Half Moon, a new inter-denominational wedding chapel is being built on an island at Sunrise Beach near the Dolphin Lagoon. The chapel’s open walls will allow guests to view the ceremony with the romantic backdrop of the Caribbean Sea and the tropical gardens of Half Moon.
Guests will also be able to enjoy the facilities at the Half Moon’s Bodywork Spa, which provides a combination of traditional European treatments and old-world Jamaican and Indian techniques to present services which include everything from body wraps, aromatherapy massages and beauty treatments, to Thalassotherapy, hydrotherapy, sauna, steam, plus Swiss and Vichy showers. The Half Moon has also created an all-inclusive Spa Package allowing guests to experience various spa services, personal training, several dining options, entertainment, and sporting activities.
Other changes include the upgrading of the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed Golf Course. The club house will be enlarged to accommodate the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, exclusive in the Caribbean to Half Moon. The pro shop, changing rooms and bag and shoe storage areas will all be completely upgraded with new fixtures and fittings. The tournament and press offices will be refitted and wired for communication.
The decision was also undertaken to drop ‘Golf, Tennis and Beach Club’, the tag used over the past 25 years, since the resort now offers the most complete range of sun activities. Complementing these changes, Half Moon has adopted a new advertising programme, featuring the theme ‘Feel Completely’ to convey the endless emotions the Half Moon delivers. For the first time in its history, full colour advertisements will appear in upscale lifestyle magazines throughout the year.
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