On Thursday I was whisked off on a 3 and a half hour journey to Fermanagh in Northern Ireland thanks to Rachel Dalton Communications. I was lucky enough to receive a night's accommodation in Lusty Beg Island- an exclusive spa paradise. When I first read the email, I have to admit- I squealed a little! I'm so grateful for every opportunity I get, but this one was definitely different to the rest. I was delighted to see some bloggers I recognised also heading up on the coach, as well as journalists, stylists and other members of the press. Not only would accommodation and transport be provided, but we could also make full use of the spa and the activities there. It felt like a bit of a retreat in all honesty, as the island was so tranquil and beautiful. Sounds good, right? Let me tell you, it gets better! I've decided to break my review into small sections so it's easier to understand, so let's get to it!
I brought my friend Ciara along and we were delighted to receive a room with a double bed and a single bed, and Ciara was gracious enough to let me have the double. The rooms were extremely spacious and modern, with lovely touches like the swan towels on the bed, and free fruit and water on the desk. We stayed in one of their Courtyard B&B rooms, but they also have lakeside cabins, chalets and lodges- how perfect would that be for a group of friends looking for a few nights away! Thankfully, the beds were extremely comfortable, which was definitely a necessity at the end of our long day.
On Thursday afternoon when we first arrived, we were treated to some delicious soup and sandwiches- but it was the 4 course dinner that night that took my breath away. First we arrived at 7pm for pre-drinks in the Thatch Bar overlooking the lake, then we headed into the main restaurant for dinner at 8. There were four or five long tables and it was great to have Margaret, Laura and Zoë at mine, as we had a brilliant chat.The dinner consisted of confit of duck, roast red pepper & tomato soup, fillet steak and a trio of desserts. It's making me hungry just thinking about it! Breakfast was a buffet consisting of your usual hot food, fruit, cereals, croissants and pancakes- scrumptious!
On Friday I was booked in for my facial with Voya after 12, so myself, Ciara and Zoë decided to venture down to the pool before hand. At first, we were the only ones in the swimming pool, which was an added bonus! It was unlike anything I've ever experienced before- the water and air were warm, making it feel very exotic. The outdoor hot-tub was simply divine, and we felt very posh in it indeed! When it came to my facial, I wasn't sure what to expect, as Id never had one before- but after this one, I'll definitely be getting one again. I was brought to the relaxation room first before receiving a facial using Voya products. It was so relaxing and I honestly felt so chilled out after it.
Although the island offers boating, archery and clay pigeon shooting at an added price, Ciara and I only embarked on a trip to the shooting range. I was petrified to shoot a gun, to say the least! I managed to somehow shoot two of the clay pigeons (don't worry, they're not real pigeons, and I'm ashamed to say I thought they were at first- you can only imagine my relief when I heard they weren't!). The shock after the first bullet was released was immense, and the gun was also extremely heavy, so I've a big, round bruise on my arm now. Nevertheless, it was great fun and definitely an experience I'll remember.
Overall, my trip to Lusty Beg Island was a fantastic experience and I can't recommend the place enough. The only negative thing I could say about it is that there was no wifi in the rooms- but when you're heading up there for some peace and quiet, perhaps that's actually a good thing! I can't recommend Lusty Beg enough, and it would be a perfect destination for weddings as they can also host civil ceremonies there. I'm so grateful to Rachel Dalton Communications for inviting me too! You can find out more about Lusty Beg on their website here.
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