Why: Nothing beats a hotel on the water, and Lough
Erne Resort has to be one of the finest. Set on a lush peninsula in the
Fermanagh Lakelands, it feels like every aspect of the hotel was designed to
utilise the exceptional views. Whether you’re in the restaurant or the pool,
your eye is drawn to the still waters of the lake, bordered by swaying reeds
and wooden walkways. This setting, combined with luxurious rooms and
exceptional service, makes for an idyllic getaway.
Highlights: The food coming out of the kitchens is some of
the best I have eaten in Ireland. From the tangy
sourdough bread served up at breakfast to the dramatic soufflé finishing off
dinner, the meals are of an incredibly high standard. Think a modern, creative take on Irish cuisine,
with the best of local ingredients, presented with flair and panache. The
service is also top notch, striking the perfect balance of friendliness and
careful attention, without the stuffiness you can sometimes find in a 5*
Lowlights: While there is a relaxation room in the spa,
it’s usually only available for those getting treatments. It would be nice to
have a few loungers for guests using the pool and thermal suite.
Best for: Golfers, walkers, foodies, couples.
Concierge’s Choice: Soon after we arrived, we were
ushered out to explore the Collop Walk, a pathway weaving around the stunning
18 hole golf course, through woodlands, lakes and greenery. When he realized
we’d taken a wrong turn and missed the panoramic view from the helipad, the
friendly Neil whizzed us to the top on the back of his golf buggy, lest we
leave without drinking it in.
Ask for room number: The rooms with a lake view are well
worth the few extra euro, and there are some impressive suites for special
Guests of honour: As hosts of the G8 Summit in 2013, Lough Erne
saw some of the world’s political heavyweights swoop onto the helipads. Obama
stayed in one of the circular lodges, in case you’re wondering.
Rates: The One Night Gourmet Break at Lough Erne
Resort is available from €116 per person sharing, including an overnight stay
in a lakeview room, with breakfast and dinner in the Catalina Restaurant.
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