Salamander specializes in independent luxury. It owns and manages the Forbes Five-Star Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA, and Innisbrook Resort in Tampa. The company also operates the new Hotel Bennett in Charleston, SC, along with The Henderson in Destin, FL, and the recently renovated Hammock Beach Resort, near St. Augustine, FL.
Half Moon, having launched in 1954, expanded by buying the neighboring Colony Hotel in 1979 and then by constructing five-to-seven bedroom villas, which were rebranded in 2018 as Rose Hall Villas By Half Moon.
Amenities at the resort include the Fern Tree Spa at Half Moon, an 18-hole championship golf course, an equestrian center, 11 flood-lit tennis courts and the Sugar Mill restaurant. Half Moon was recently recognized as having one of the top family programs by Virtuoso.
Salamander, founded by noted entrepreneur Sheila Johnson, will collaborate with Half Moon’s owners and its team to develop the resort. Johnson is the only African-American woman to wholly own a Forbes Five-Star resort. Known as the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, she is also a partner in Monumental Sports & Entertainment, and the recipient of several awards including the Lincoln Medal, which is bestowed to citizens whose work and achievements exemplify the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.