Half Moon, a RockResort Rating: 4.5 Pearls

Half Moon's Sugar Mill, an upscale Caribbean restaurant housed within a centuries-old, dramatically lit sugar mill, features high-quality entrees and excellent ambiance.

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 Half Moon's Sugar Mill, an upscale Caribbean restaurant housed within a centuries-old, dramatically lit sugar mill, features high-quality entrees and excellent ambiance.
Half Moon's Sugar Mill, an upscale Caribbean restaurant housed within a centuries-old, dramatically lit sugar mill, features high-quality entrees and excellent ambiance. Sea Grape Terrace offers a popular "full Jamaican breakfast" buffet, which includes a mix of ackee and salt fish (the national dish), fried bread dumplings, grilled bananas, yams, and mixed vegetables. Unlike the great majority of all-inclusives, the intimate Caves eco-boutique features fresh, seasonal ingredients and inventive Jamaican-focused menus. Highlights include pumpkin ginger soup, saffron crabcakes served over spicy tomato salsa and drizzled with a herb-mustard vinaigrette, or rock shrimp simmered in a savory coconut sauce. But the setting -- overlooking the sunset on the coarse rock cliffs or by candlelight inside a natural cave -- is beyond compare. There's no buffet at Royal Plantation, but rather two excellent a la carte restaurants for dinner -- French cuisine at Papillon and alfresco Italian at Le Terrace. Royal Plantation also offers made-to-order breakfasts, a fresh, beachside grill for lunch (which offers some of the best jerk chicken in Jamaica), and 24-hour room service. In addition, guests can make special menu requests of the French chef. From fried cheese balls to raw juice smoothies, the Iberostar has one of the largest, most elaborate buffets in Jamaica. The four internationally themed a la carte restaurants are even more popular. Standouts include the Benihana-style Samurai restaurant, which offers such treats as perfectly cooked plantain-and-zucchini tempura or fresh, Jamaican-spiced shrimp and octopus. Featuring 11 restaurants and an expansive, international buffet, Green Island, the Riu has some of the best meal variety in Jamaica. At the buffet, the spiced meat is actually spicy -- uncommon when it comes to resort food -- and the breakfast menu is particularly generous, with ackee and salt fish, three kinds of French toast, and Cocoa Puffs at the cereal bar. The Riu also has an all-night snack bar called Luigi's, which serves pizza, salads, fruit, and dessert. The resort's three a la carte restaurants -- the "gourmet" Sir Andrew, Shadows Steakhouse, and Churrasceria Rodizio -- have to be booked well in advance, but the four kinds of Brazilian churrascaria-style meats at Rodizio are not to be missed. Oasis Hamaca offers a solid breakfast selection, on par with some of the better all-inclusives like the Iberostar. It includes a hot bar, an omelet and egg station, fresh fruit and juices, waffles and pancakes, cereal, and an exhaustive array of breads. An abbreviated version of breakfast is served at Mango's, a buffet located near the beach. El Rigoletto serves a wide variety of pasta dishes, accompanied by well-prepared fish and meats. If you end up sleeping through breakfast, not to worry. Los Bohios -- a steak restaurant by night -- is a snack bar open throughout the day. There's a fresh selection of fruits, some yogurt, burgers, hot dogs, pancakes, and omelets made to order well into the afternoon. You can even get a drink at the neighboring  Los Bohios Bar. If you end up sleeping through breakfast, not to worry. Los Bohios -- a steak restaurant by night -- is a snack bar open throughout the day. There's a fresh selection of fruits, some yogurt, burgers, hot dogs, pancakes, and omelets made to order well into the afternoon. You can even get a drink at the neighboring  Los Bohios Bar. La Cana, the resort's buffet restaurant, is open most hours of the day -- a welcome change from other hotels where one cannot find any food for hours between meals. Spanning three rooms, the buffet spread is pretty impressive and includes a huge dessert table. There are plenty of fruits and vegetables for healthy eating and enough variety to satisfy picky eaters. You can also get omelets and pasta made to order at several counters around the buffet. Palmyra, the Ambar's buffet restaurant, is open for all three meals and has a different theme every day -- like Italian, Caribbean, or American. It also has 24-hour room service, though in reality one's choices here are limited to snack-heavy menu items rather than entrees. The Porto Fino restaurant was hands down the best dinners we experienced at any all-inclusive in the Caribbean. The food is served without the usual over-reliance on salt and spices, as is often the case in all-inclusives. The dining environment -- a set up that is a constant at the three à la cartes -- is spacious and elegant with most of the tables on a slightly raised platform in the middle of a large dining room with a statue bearing a lamp in the center.
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