The Half Moon has announces the opening of its highly-anticipated luxury resort, Eclipse at Half Moon. Nestled between the lush rolling hills of Montego Bay and the glistening Caribbean Sea, Eclipse at Half Moon is a celebration of authentic Jamaican culture reflecting its surrounding natural beauty. Just a ten-minute drive from Sangster International Airport, the resort features 57 new accommodations, a stunning infinity-edge pool, natural swimming cove, and seven bars and restaurants.
Half Moon is renowned for its legacy of excellence and hospitality. The property was founded 65 years ago, and three of the original founding families still remain as owners.
“Eclipse is a distinct luxury experience, and one that honours and complements Half Moon’s legacy and character,” said Guy Steuart III, chairman of the board at Half Moon. “Guests will discover our unique spirit of character and culture amidst traditional, elegant architecture inspired by our surroundings, and dimensioned within an abundance of roamable beach and gardens.”
The resort was designed by the renowned architecture and design firm Hart Howerton of New York and San Francisco. The heart of the resort is its Great House, the property’s arrival experience, which is framed by a large Guango tree – one of more than 70 trees carefully replanted to ensure mature and natural surroundings. The lobby is set on a gentle rise of 17 feet above high tide to offer unobstructed views of the sea from the moment guests arrive, while the Anglo-Caribbean aesthetic was inspired by Jamaican culture and accented with elegant shutters, vibrant colours and vintage family photographs from the owners’ archives.
Eclipse features a variety of luxurious accommodations which are located in three areas. In the Great House, each second-floor room features large balconies and stunning views, while the resort’s signature Great House Ocean Suite offers an open-plan design with up to two bedrooms, a classically-appointed living area, elegant dining area, and a sweeping balcony overlooking the Great Lawn and the Caribbean Sea.
With incredible sunrise views and surrounded by lush, tropical gardens, the resort’s tastefully designed Estate Homes offer maximum flexibility, including up to four bedrooms – each with its own private entrance. The Estate Homes also include a butler pantry, large great room, island contemporary furnishings, indoor/outdoor showers, and living and dining terraces.
Eclipse also features 32 Prestige Ocean Rooms, which are carefully positioned in low-profile Cottages offering fabulous views of the Caribbean Sea. These spacious rooms offer luxurious bathrooms, reading coves, colourful artwork from students of the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, and expansive verandas or terraces featuring daybeds.
Eclipse offers its guests the option of seven new restaurants and bars to choose from. Within the Great House, Lester’s Bar provides a sophisticated setting inspired by a vibrant painting of Michael Lester’s called ‘Junkanoo’. The 12-foot-wide piece of art depicts a culturally-rich festival in the English-speaking Caribbean, and is displayed above an impressive selection of the finest Caribbean rums and premium spirits.
For relaxation and restoration, guests can also enjoy Fern Tree, A Salamander Spa, which is amongst the most luxurious in the Caribbean and features two dramatic overwater bungalows for massage treatments and yoga classes. Seamlessly set to blend into the resort’s abundant foliage, the spa is part of the noted Salamander Spa brand, which features acclaimed properties in Virginia and Florida.
Guests of the Eclipse can enjoy access to all of Half Moon’s amenities and experiences, including a classic Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed golf course, and the Sugar Mill restaurant –consistently rated as Jamaica’s best. Horseback riders of all levels can enjoy the Half Moon Equestrian Centre, with everything from riding, jumping, and polo lessons to a thrilling Turf and Surf Experience. Racquet sport enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy within Half Moon’s tennis, pickleball and squash facilities, featuring 11 courts and professional coaches offering clinics, private lessons, and tournament play.