I’m going to start this review at the end! When we arrived home after our two-night break at Lusty Beg we chatted about what made the island so special. My wise hubby commented, “People talk about a weekend ‘getaway’ or an ‘escape’ away from it all – Lusty Beg is as good as it gets. And it’s two hours drive away!”
So now you know it was a good ‘un – here’s all the details!
Lusty Beg Island is around 2 hours drive from Belfast and the scenery along the way is so beautiful it really should be considered part of the relaxation process. Gazing out at the green fields and beautiful trees – Fermanagh is a really stunning county!
The only way to get to Lusty Beg Island is to travel a short distance across Lough Erne on a small two-car sized ferry that looks like a D-Day landing craft that chug-chugs, slow and steady, across the lake.
The friendly ferryman and the slow pace instantly set the scene for a weekend that would go at a different pace to normal life. Sure what’s the rush? You’re on your holidays!
The weather was beautiful when we arrived and we drove (slowly) to our lodge, which had plenty of room to park right outside the door. The well-equipped lodges are styled up like a house from Twin Peaks with cosy plaid furnishings and lots of wood paneling. It felt like a home-from home and with the stunning views – we both agreed we could happily live there!
Eating in eating out.
The lodges are fully kitted out self-catering houses although the food is so good, and the staff are amazing, in the Island’s restaurant we indulged at every opportunity! If you love fresh fish then you’re in for a treat – the whole roasted sea bass for 2 people with olives and cherry tomatoes was divine! I actually could have eaten the whole thing myself it was so light and delicious. The chef also very kindly did all the chopping for us and filleted it the fish so no hokery with little bones etc. I can also highly recommend the Fish, chips and hand chopped tartar sauce served with double-cooked chips – so light and crispy oh yum I wish I had it right now! Steak lovers will also delight in the Grill section with Rib eye, Sirloin and Tomahawk for 2. And of course we had to have a little desert or two. The sticky toffee pudding was lush but the chocolate brownie sundae was a joy to behold! Dreamy! Good quality good with friendly and efficient service – it’s hard to beat!
The Island has some stunning nature trails to discover on a dry day but even with a grey mizzle in the sky – we had a blast going 4×4 off roading. It was surprisingly good as it wasn’t at all what we expected. When we imagined 4×4 off roading we were thinking of tearing it up around swamps and hills and while that was kiiiinnddda what it was about – it was more about navigating a huge lump of a vehicle between trees in deep, deep mud and in some cases deep, deep water!! As the third person in the car I was relieved to be on the correct side of the car when we were at a 45degree angle in a rather large puddy patch. It certainly was adrenalin filled! To make sure the back seat passengers were keeping their focus there is a quiz to play with the questions pinned to trees as you pass by. My handwriting is messy at the best of times so it was hilarious scratching down the answers on the paper. Great fun.
Excellent tuition and facilities. Our tutor was calm and collected which made us feel totally confident that everything we were doing was safe. Next up was Archery. I unleashed my inner Katniss Everdeene trying out a proper bow and arrow for the first time and now I’m hooked! Again, the tuition and expert tips and encouragement meant you could see small improvements with every shot until I could hit any colour with ease.
We chilled out in the afternoon with a trip to spa for a Voya facial and back massage – heaven!
The spa contains a good-sized swimming pool – small sauna and steam room and outdoor Jacuzzi. My only fault with Lusty Beg was the changing rooms, which were shared with the swimming pool and was quite busy with a family with small children when I was there. But it is a minor one! The treatment rooms are beautifully decorated in dark browns and plum tones with lots of twinkling tea lights – dreamy!
I had the Organic Purifying Defense Facial, which begins with a deep cleansing back treatment to relax and detox. The facial includes a lymphatic drainage massage and marine clay mask to deep cleanse and balance the skin. My therapist was amazing and I floated off into my own little world as she worked her magic. After the treatment I joined my hubby downstairs for a couples seaweed bath. The baths are beside each other but with a tiled area in between so you can’t actually see the other person while you’re in the bath, which is quite funny. The doors of the room were opened with sheer muslin curtains flowing in the breeze so we could look out onto the lake. It was quite mizzly outside so it was quite gleeful to lie back in the warm seaweed bath and look outside.
On the way home we took a detour to visit the Drumanoney Falls – I would highly recommend you take a spin to visit this stunning waterfall – it just wrapped up the weekend beautifully.