Half Moon is investing $75 million to renew its legacy as the Caribbean’s most iconic resort, in celebration of its upcoming 65th anniversary.
Enhancing the property and delivering transformative experiences for generations of discerning travellers, the rebirth of the Half Moon legacy will be realised in November 2018.
When the transformation debuts, new additions will include an elegant entry and Great House, 57 accommodations, expanded beachfront with a natural swimming cove, adults-only swimming pool, two restaurants, market café, vegan café located at the Fern Tree Spa, three bars and grill.
The overall design and architecture of the transformed resort has been envisioned in partnership with Hart Howerton’s team of building and landscape architects and interior designers.
The classic Anglo-Caribbean atmosphere will remain prevalent with the addition of contemporary accents that are reminiscent of Jamaica’s traditions and style.
Unique accents will be present across the new additions and include vibrant colours and prints as well as bespoke natural and woven materials seen in everything from furniture to the distinguished light fixtures.
The interior and exterior design of the buildings and rooms also complement the art on display throughout the property, which is created by local Jamaican painters and artisans, and depict intricate Jamaican landscapes, villages and portraits.
The 57 new guest rooms and suites include Prestige Ocean Rooms, Estate Ocean Rooms, Estate Ocean Suites and a Great House Ocean Suite.
Half Moon will debut two new dining venues, both offering a unique atmosphere and gastronomic experience.
A new three-meal restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features intimate dining areas all within one spacious setting.
Attached will lie an elegant, fresh seafood restaurant featuring dramatic design and statement local artwork.
The beverage and cocktail experience at Half Moon will be elevated with the introduction of three new distinctive bars.
Lester’s Bar will join a new Pool Bar which features design accents such as driftwood-inspired architecture and locally sourced, theatrical hanging lanterns that resemble fishing baskets.
Half Moon will additionally introduce a beachside bar and grill with traditional Jamaican cuisine venue on Sunset Beach and offering open-air and scenic outdoor seating.
“Since opening our doors in 1954, Half Moon has been known for its warm Jamaican hospitality infused with superlative comfort and luxury, and now it is time for our legacy to be reborn,” said Guy Steuart, chairman of Half Moon.
“It’s time to build anew and to continue to express ourselves in ways that are elegant in the 21st century.
“We’ve attracted the world’s discerning travellers by offering the finest experience in the Caribbean as well as the utmost privacy, intimacy and distraction.
“The transformation of Half Moon will refresh, reposition and ready the resort for the next 60 plus years and we are thrilled to welcome future generations of guests as we extend our heritage.”