1917 Jan 20
LAKE WHICH HAS BEEN FORMED AT MONEAGUE
Beautiful Expanse of Crystal Clear Water Some 4 Miles Long
THE NEW ATTRACTION
Moneague Hotel has Been
Modernised by Mr. Ben Oliphant
Jamaica, the land of perpetual
sunshine, has now got in her midst another phenomenon. It is a beautiful fresh
water lake extending fully four miles in length with an expanse of about half a mile.
It is the most marvellous thing I have ever seen; and no words of mine can accurately describe this wonder! I had heard vague reports of the existence of the lake, but I was of the opinion that this broad expanse
of water was mainly the overflow of some gully or stream due to the recent heavy rains.
I had conversed with several people about the lake and I was still sceptical about the whole matter until I met Mr.
Ben Oliphant one day last week. He assured me that I would be surprised -- would
be delighted -- to behold a picture the like of which I had never seen before. I
told him of my tour on the Gatun Lakes on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal and it was with the assurance that I would
see something equally good, if not better, that I accepted his invitation to spend a week at the Moneague hotel.
I detrained at Ewarton
and was conversing about the beauty spots of Jamaica with a gentleman who was travelling with me to Moneague, when the chauffeur
of the motor car in which I was travelling called our attention to the lakes. We
were then about two miles from the town of Moneague and outstretched and extending up the valley was
A GREAT POOL OF CLEAR
surrounded by lovely hills
and palm trees with ferns and wild flowers along the edges of the banks. Then
I realized the Moneague Lake was a reality -- a thing of joy; and I came out and watched the rippling waters for fully half
an hour; I was fascinated!
I had not been to Moneague
for close upon seven years and to the entire atmosphere to me seemed somewhat changed.
St. Ann, the garden parish, has always had an attraction for me. As a
youngster I can recall spending some of the happiest days of my life in the parish, sporting in child-like fashion up hill
and down dale; but as I drove along this particular afternoon the climate seemed ever so much more bracing and I wonder how
those who toil amidst the dust and heat of a city like Kingston -- those who
have to endure the eternal grind -- do not go thither to be refreshed and revived.
Moneague hotel of today
is different to what it was seven or eight years ago. It is still perched on
a hill; fanned on all sides by balmy breezes and affording the visitor some of the finest sceneries that one could wish to
behold. But when I went over the building I could scarcely realize the marvellous
improvements which had taken place. The hotel is still owned by the Government,
but the ruling authorities can claim no credit for the change that has taken place.
Full credit is due only to that energetic and popular young man, Mr. Ben Oliphant, who has put his money and brain
into this hotel enterprise and has thus made it a success. What was a white elephant
has to-day been converted into a valuable asset and now the Moneague hotel is voted one of the best equipped hotels in the
island and by far the most picturesquely situated.
A tour through the hotel
convinced me that there has been a large capital outlay in carrying out the improvements I saw. The old kerosine lamps have been replaced by acetyline gas, the bed rooms are comfortably furnished and
the general appearance of the whole place at once told of the comfort which awaits the visitor. Careful study of the hotel business has convinced Mr. Oliphant that he has only to
MAKE HIS GUESTS FEEL AT
and at the same time happy
and his success is assured. And of a truth
he has commanded success. There is no conventionality at Moneague -- no
fringes or make-up in the management. You get a "square deal" and once you go
there it is your desire to return again. The climate is alluring, the arrangements
for your comfort are unsurpassed and the rates which you pay are very reasonable. One
can therefore readily understand why this health resort is so popular not only amongst winter tourists but to the best Jamaica
families who periodically spend week ends and summer holidays at the hotel and cottages.