The recent wind and rain from the passing Storm Frank has no doubt had us all seeking the creature comforts of a warm fire, tasty food and perhaps a hot drink.
For me it brought back memories of a fantastic trip to Lusty Beg Island at the end of November which saw my wife and I treated to a short spa break at the Fermanagh lakeland location.
We travelled down from Belfast through torrential rain and high winds stopping for lunch in Enniskillen before completing our journey out to Lusty Beg Island, which is accessed by a short ferry crossing.
The inclement weather outside was soon a distant memory as the warm welcome at reception - where we received the keys to our four-star lodge accommodation - made us feel very much at home.
We stepped out of the storm and into our Inish Lodge on a windswept Saturday afternoon and were amazed by the first class facilities not to mention the views over the lakes.
Lusty Beg is perfect for the couple - like us - making the most of a weekend away from the children, but it was clear that this would also be ideal for a family break. Each lodge has a living and dining area, fully fitted kitchen, verandah, master bedroom with balcony, two twin bedrooms, bathroom with bath upstairs and downstairs shower/wet room.
In total they can sleep six people and even at the height of winter you can request a six-seater hot tub for your private verandah. It really is home from home with TV, DVD player, wood burning stove, dishwasher, but only much better.
Part of our visit to Lusty Beg included a visit to the island spa. Now a spa is not a usual haunt for me however I returned from Lusty Beg enthused by the whole experience.
A seaweed bath was our treatment of choice and while very much uncertain what to expect I found the experience enjoyable, not to mention very relaxing. I’m also sure it had other benefits to do with the seaweed which I was told naturally absorbs its nourishment from the sea and contains countless minerals, vitamins and beneficial ingredients.
One of the real strengths of Lusty Beg is that you can tailor your stay to your own requirements. If you want to enjoy your own space, and your own cooking, the lodges tick those boxes, but it would be a shame to miss out on the stunning food in the Island Restaurant.
We ate in the restaurant on the Saturday night and the food was quite simply excellent. After a very tasty starter, steak was on the menu for us and it certainly did not disappoint nor did the beautiful hot sticky toffee pudding for desert which was just the ticket given the gales that were blowing outside.
The island also offers an extensive range of activities however if you wish to explore the surrounding area it is easy to travel to and from the island.
We had a fantastic time on Lusty Beg and plan to return later in the year with our children for a family break.