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Beg for a break at this stunning lakeside resort.

Byline: AILBHE JORDAN

IN a small country like Ireland, it can be hard to find a weekend break that feels like you're really getting away from it all.

But spending a couple of days on Lusty Beg Island is a true escape from everyday life.

Accessible only by ferry, this wooded lakeside resort sits on the lower banks of Lough Erne just across the water from Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.

I drove up with a pal late one sun-kissed Friday afternoon to enjoy some R'n'R after a hectic week at work.

The self-catering lodge we'd be calling home for the weekend turned out to be fancier than many show apartments I've viewed over the years.

We're talking hotel standard, right down to the fresh towels and pristine bedsheets every day courtesy of the resort's efficient cleaning staff.

The lakeside view from our balcony was stunning so we sat out with a glass of wine to catch the last rays before hitting the main resort for dinner.

I tucked into garlic and chilli prawns followed by a mouth watering burger, while my companion chose goat's cheese and beetroot salad before ordering a steak. Reluctant as we were to leave a mouthful of our delicious dessert behind -sticky toffee pudding and brownies with ice-cream - we couldn't quite finish.

Nevertheless, it crossed my mind our return car ferry might sink before it reached dry land.

The next morning we set off early to explore the island's 75 acres of woodland.

From gentle nature rambles to kayaking on the lake, there are activities to suit every type of holidaymaker.

After our excursion we strolled to the Island Spa for a luxurious 90-minute hot stone massage that left us both feeling thoroughly chilled.

While my friend kicked back in the relaxation room with magazines and herbal teas, I floated off to enjoy a deluxe pedicure that left my pinkies looking and feeling like new.

That evening we headed back to the restaurant and tucked into a feast of fresh seafood while watching the comings and goings on the resort's main deck.

After dinner we sampled a French Martini from the bar's carefully chosen cocktail menu and enjoyed the live music before heading back to our cabin.

The following morning after a hearty breakfast we reluctantly handed our keys back to Mary - the resort's helpful manager.

Glancing over at the sun sparkling on Lough Erne, we couldn't resist heading back over for one last coffee on the deck before boarding the ferry back to reality.

Accommodation in Lusty Beg starts from [euro]126 per night. For more information visit www.lustybegisland.com, email info@lustybegisland.com or call (0044)28 6863 3300.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 18, 2016
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