On Friday we went up to Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen. I’d won a voucher last year and thought it was about time we used it. The hotel is lovely, it was very welcoming and warm and the staff were very efficient. We’d booked in for Afternoon Tea. We were kept waiting quite a while because the waitress was chatting to the people at the table next to us but we did get served in the end.
The Tea Selection was presented to us – there was a huge selection including Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Black to Relax, Japan Classic, Jasmine, Roibosh Vanilla, Mint, Camomile, Red Berries, Lemon Sky, Sports Cup and Irish Whiskey Cream. I’m very boring and just wanted a normal cup of tea! Lucy got some kind of fancy tea and it came with a little timer so she could see when it was brewed. Jono and I just got normal enough tea and I had to ask for milk…trust me, can’t bring me anywhere!
The Afternoon Tea was served. Jono went for the chocolate version..and I think I should have gone for the same. All the Afternoon Teas consisted of 4 small sandwiches (and some of the bread was stale), a scone with cream and jam and some small pastries and sweet treats. It was nice enough but to be honest it wasn’t a patch on the Eala Bhan Afternoon Tea.
After our tea we went to the Spa. Jono had opted to get a back massage, Lucy and I went for facials. The receptionist was lovely, very friendly and helpful. We were given our robes, towels and slippers and had use of the pool, jacuzzi and steam room before our treatments. Lucy and Jono really enjoyed their treatments I have to say I didn’t enjoy mine though. It’s a Thai Spa so maybe the treatments are different but I didn’t expect my shoulders to be massaged and I swear the masseuse was going for my jugular vein – it really hurt and stupidly I didn’t say anything! She also kept blocking my nose so I found it hard to breath. When we filled out our consultation form there was no mention of what kind of pressure we wanted in our massage as there was in the Eros Spa at the Yeats Country Hotel and during the treatment I wasn’t asked if everything was OK, in fact I wasn’t asked anything. I was very relieved when it was all over. Now I have to say the massage did relieve the pain I’d been experiencing in my back and neck but the next day I was in agony and am only just back to normal today. Is it possible to get whiplash from a facial?? ;)
So after we had a little time ‘recovering’ from our treatments we went back in to the bar and had something to eat…just to use up the voucher ;)
There was a lovely atmosphere with a pianist playing Christmas songs and the Christmas trees and open fires. The food was lovely and the service was very good. Lucy and I shared a chocolate fondue, we did wonder why the strawberries tasted of garlic though!
All in all it was an experience but not the relaxing one that I’d hoped for. Once again Sligo wins and I would rather have gone to Eala Bhan for the Afternoon Tea followed by Eros Spa at the Yeats Country Hotel. You can read Lucy’s blog post here.