TORONTO — The news reports coming in from Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands are heartbreaking, and the images even more so.
MONTEGO BAY — One of the best-known resorts in Jamaica is getting new management.
Half Moon, one of the Caribbean’s most iconic resort destinations in Montego Bay, has announced that it has selected Salamander Hotels & Resorts to manage the award-winning 400-acre property.
Specializing in independent luxury, Salamander owns and manages the Forbes Five-Star Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA; and Innisbrook Resort in Tampa, FL. The company also operates the new Hotel Bennett in Charleston, SC; The Henderson, a grand beach resort in Destin, FL; and the recently renovated Hammock Beach Resort, near St. Augustine, FL.
“With successes in operating luxury, golf and beach properties, Salamander is our chosen hospitality partner for Half Moon,” said Guy Steuart III, chairman of Half Moon.
“Since the inception of Half Moon, our team members have injected their hearts and souls into what has become a globally-recognized brand and symbol for gracious Jamaican hospitality, one of the finest experiences in the Caribbean. As we commemorate our 65th anniversary, Half Moon intends to build on its reputation of providing transformative experiences for generations of discerning travelers,” he said.
Half Moon opened in 1954 and over the years has been a chosen retreat for royalty, presidents and celebrities.
It expanded with the purchase of the neighboring Colony Hotel in 1979 and then with the construction of five-to-seven bedroom villas, which were rebranded in 2018 as Rose Hall Villas By Half Moon.
Amenities at the resort include a spa and wellness sanctuary, the Fern Tree Spa at Half Moon; an 18-hole championship golf course; equestrian centre; 11 flood-lit tennis courts; and the Sugar Mill, known as one of Jamaica’s best restaurant.
Salamander founder and CEO Sheila Johnson says her team will work closely with Half Moon’s owners and its team to build on the resort’s legacy of excellence.
“We are delighted to have this amazing opportunity to collaborate with Half Moon and the Jamaica business and tourism communities,” said Johnson. “The resort is renowned for its wonderful, caring employees, many of whom have been a part of the Half Moon family for generations. I look forward to introducing my business partners, colleagues and Salamander’s many loyal guests to Half Moon’s storied history and exciting future.”
Johnson is the only African-American woman to wholly own a Forbes Five-Star resort. She’s the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and is also a partner in Monumental Sports & Entertainment.