Sun | Aug 20, 2017

Half Moon upgrade enters second phase

Published:Sunday | March 12, 2017 | 3:00 AM
Guy Steuart, chairman of Half Moon.
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Half Moon resort in Montego Bay is to undergo extensive renovation as part of the second phase of a $9.6 billion refurbishing project launched two years ago.

Renovations of the more than six-decade old property is scheduled to commence in May 2017, with a completion date of October 2018.

In a media release, the hotel's management said the project would introduce new guest facilities and restaurants, and expand the beach facilities and accommodations. Half Moon will develop 57 new rooms and suites, to replace 44 existing rooms.

This phase follows the 2015 refurbishment of the award-winning Sugar Mill Restaurant, resort lobby, Robert Trent Jones Sr-designed golf course and the introduction of the popular Lester's Cafe. Also near completion is the centralised Back of House complex, which will open in June of this year and provide first-rate resources, and modern facilities for Half Moon team members, said the release.

"This period of development will be an exciting time for Half Moon, which has been the chosen retreat for royalty, presidents and generations of loyal guests," said Guy Steuart III, chairman of the Half Moon Board of Directors.

He added that the investment demonstrates the ongoing commitment to the hotel's guests, loyalty club members, staff and the people of Jamaica.

Family-owned for more than 60 years, and independently managed, Half Moon has been "a landmark of world-class hospitality," said Steuart III.

"We now look forward to welcoming a new generation of guests as we embark on this journey that will extend the legacy - refreshing, repositioning and readying Half Moon for the next 60 years," he said.

The expansive resort, situated on 400 acres of tropical gardens and bordered by two miles of beach front, will remain open for the duration of the development project.

According to the hotel's general manager, Sandro Fabris, the resort operations will not be impacted by the initiative.

"We will continue to provide the excellent service we are known for, and ensure that our guests' comfort will be our top priority," he said.

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