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Review: Lusty Beg Island Resort

I had the pleasure of staying at Lusty Beg Island not so long ago and I have to say, it’s one of the best hotel experiences I’ve ever had.

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Image courtesy of www.fermanaghlakelands.com

Lusty Beg Island is a 75 acre paradise nestled in the Fermanagh Lakelands.  It’s so secluded you can’t even get to it by car! Well you can, but you have to drive your car on to a ferry that takes you over to the island!

The journey wasn’t too bad either, from Dublin it took me about an hour and thirty minutes to drive up!

As soon as we arrived we were greeted with a cocktail, checked into the resort and shown to our rooms. There are so many different accommodation options to choose from depending who you’re travelling with and what your needs are!

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The Lakeside Cabins feature a master bedroom with en suite bathroom, an open plan living area, a mini kitchenette and a private verandah overlooking the Lough. Prices for the Lakeside Cabins start from a very reasonable £130 per night and include breakfast the following morning.

The Courtyard Rooms mimic all the comfort and luxury of a hotel room with breakfast the following morning included. Choose from the following Courtyard Room options:

DOUBLE ROOMS – with one double bed, double rooms are perfect for couples sharing. Priced from £119 per night including breakfast the following morning.

TWIN ROOMS – with two double beds, twin rooms can fit up to 4 people sharing. Priced from £149 per night including breakfast the following morning.

FAMILY ROOMS – with a double bed and two singles, family rooms are perfect for a family sharing. Priced from £149 per night including breakfast the following morning.

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The self catering lodges are perfect for large parties travelling together (Hens/Stags/Birthdays etc) and offer the perfect home-away-from home setting.

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4* INISH LODGE – Sleeps up to six, the ground floor comprises of a living/dining area, fitted kitchen, private verandah, twin bedroom and bathroom with shower. Upstairs there is a double master bedroom with balcony, twin bedroom and bathroom with bath. Other facilities include a clothes washer, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, Flat Screen TV/DVD and wood burning stove. The Inish Lodges can be rented for a 3 night or 7 night period. Prices start at £595 for 3 nights and £745 for 7 nights.

3* LUSTY MOR CHALET – Sleeps up to six, features a double master bedroom and two twin rooms complete with a living/dining area, fitted kitchen, bathroom and verandah overlooking the marina. Lusty Mor Chalets can be rented for a 3 night or 7 night period. Prices start at £340 for 3 nights and £450 for 7 nights.

3* LUSTY BOA CHALET – Sleeps up to four, includes a double master bedroom and a twin room. Complete with a living/dining area, fitted kitchen, bathroom and verandah overlooking the marina. Lusty Boa Chalets can be rented for a 3 night or 7 night period. Prices start at £260 for 3 nights and £370 for 7 nights.

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I stayed in one of the Lakeside cabins and I had unbelievable views of the Lough from my private verandah!

Once we got settled in our rooms and freshened up, we went to the Island Restaurant to dine.

The new menu has food options for everyone and every occasion with a focus on showcasing local and best in class produce featuring a line-up of uncomplicated food choices, crafted to reflect the island’s laid back vibe.

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Starters include deliciously hearty Killybegs Seafood Chowder, Pepata of Mussells & freshly baked sourdough, a classic Gambas Pil Pil and St Tola goat’s curd, thyme-roasted beetroot & toasted seeds salad – a mellow and warm cheese accompanied by herb garden grown mixed leaves and beetroots, roasted daily on-site along with fresh thyme.

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Steak fans can look forward to the ultimate tomahawk steak- a  succulent steak loaded with rich flavour served with either a béarnaise or pepper sauce.

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Some signature dishes include the classic mouth watering hamburger cooked to perfection and served with smoked cheddar, crispy onions, relish and fries.

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Another one of Lusty Beg’s signature star dishes is the Irish free-range chicken curry with poppadum and chutney created by Head Chef Kunwar inspired by his time growing up in Punjab, India.  It’s a deliciously authentic dish easy on the tastebuds made by someone who really understands how to spice and season curry to perfection.

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Desserts feature an impressive choice of tantalising and tempting classics including Chocolate brownie Sundae, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Lusty Lemon Tart, a pastry shell filled with homemade lemon curd served with fresh cream.

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Lusty Beg’s new cocktail menu features a host of much-loved cocktail classics including mojitos, margaritas and martinis mixed with a modern twist. 

Lusty Beg’s new Pink Butterfly specially created by Lusty Beg mixologists is a refreshing cocktail created with Malibu rum, Grey Goose vodka, cranberry and pineapple juice and splash of grenadine.

The new Bombay Bramble contains Bombay Sapphire gin, fresh lemon juice and raspberry liqueur combined with crushed ice to create a fantastically fruity cocktail with a delicately balanced flavour.

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What I wore to dinner:

Cream Gypsy Top from iClothing €18.95 shop here: http://bit.ly/2cX47fw

Distressed Boyfriend Jeans in Medium Denim from Forever21 €27 shop here: http://bit.ly/2dZamR8

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Block Heel Sandals in Cobalt Blue from iClothing €24.95 shop here: http://bit.ly/1ZG90aO

 Aside from the amazing accommodation and food, there’s also SO MUCH to do on Lusty Beg Island!

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I visited their Island Spa to indulge in a VOYA Seaweed Bath. The Island Spa exclusively uses VOYA products, all of which are organic and contain seaweed. The seaweed is harvested in County Sligo just 45 minutes away from the spa! Seaweed naturally absorbs nourishment from the sea and contains countless minerals, vitamins and beneficial ingredients in high concentrations. As nature’s most powerful anti-oxidant from the marine world, it fights against harmful environmental aggressors and slows down the signs of aging. Seaweed is also known for its properties that strengthen the immune system and help with prevention of acute illnesses. Seaweed-based treatments can deeply detoxify, hydrate and nourish the skin, hair and body.

It felt a little weird at first I must admit, the water is really warm and enticing but the seaweed feels slimy over your skin when you first climb in, not to mention the smell of seaweed is really overpowering however, after a few minutes I adapted and began to relax. After the treatment I was completely refreshed and re-energised.  It was one of the most amazing treatments I ever had for relaxation and detoxification and it’s something I’d definitely do again!

To view the full range of treatments on offer at The Island Spa, check out the treatment brochure HERE.

Aside from the spa, there’s also an array of activities to take part in on the Island including off road driving, archery, kayaking, clay pigeon shooting, speed boating, canoeing and cycling!

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(MRS Makeup & I still managed to get a selfie while off road driving)

As I was only there for the one night I didn’t get to take part in all the activities but I did get to go off road driving, speed boating and I attempted clay pigeon shooting which was so much fun!

I couldn’t recommend Lusty Beg Island enough as a resort to visit, I don’t have one bad thing to say!

If you’re getting married you can actually rent the whole island out for your wedding party, how cool would that be?  Plus it’s the perfect getaway for any big occasions like 30ths, 40ths, stag & hen parties etc.. Great for couples & families too, it really is an all-rounder location!

Check out my behind the scenes video over on YouTube @peaches_og

For more information on Lusty Beg Island head to their website www.lustybegisland.com, email info@lustybegisland.com or call 0044 28 686 33300.