18 Oct Review: Finn Lough Bubble Domes
Imagine being immersed in the great outdoors yet ensconced from the elements. Imagine being gently hushed to sleep by the sounds of nature whilst being snuggly tucked up in a four-poster bed. Imagine taking a long hot bath under a canopy of twinkling stars. Well, that’s exactly what you can do when you stay in one of the Finn Lough bubble domes. When I first saw photos of the Finn Lough bubble domes I thought they must be in Finland or Iceland.
They looked so space-aged and glamorous. I just assumed I’d have to go on an expedition to a far-off land to experience them. So, I was delighted to discover that the Finn Lough bubble domes are just up in Fermanagh in Northern Ireland. That’s less than a three-hour drive from where I live. I was even more delighted to find out I would be staying there for one night on a business trip.
The bubble domes are tucked away in Muckross Wood in the unspoilt Fermanagh Lakelands. I could see Lower Lough Erne from my bubble dome. In fact, I could see a lot of things from my forest bubble dome as they have 180-degree transparent walls. However, whilst I could see out into the woodland I could not see any of the other bubble domes nor could they see into my bubble dome. Everything felt safe, secure and secluded.
The word glamping has been used a lot to describe staying in the Finn Lough bubble domes. I think it’s far sexier and sophisticated than that.
It is a very luxurious way to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of nature.
Each bubble dome features a four-poster bed with heated mattress with the most sumptuous bedding I have ever snuggled into. The bubble domes also have underfloor heating and comfortable armchairs made from Aroca wood. There’s a Nespresso machine and radio and a torch for late night walks in the wood.
The bathroom is in a little annexe bubble. The shower is hot and powerful and there are delicious smelling toiletries to lather up with. When done, there are fluffy robes and slippers in which to wrap up and lounge about.
I was staying in the Premium Bubble Dome which has a free-standing stone bath. The bath was so deep I felt I needed armbands to stay afloat. There was plenty of hot water too for numerous bathing sessions.
When I first walked into the bubble dome I was so excited I took hundreds of photos of everything.
It was unlike anything I had been in before. It was like being in a snowdome. Then once I calmed down I made a coffee and relaxed back in the rocking chair. I just listened to the trees rustling in the wind and the lapping of the lake.
There is no wi-fi in the Finn Lough bubble domes so I had no distractions. In fact, there was no phone coverage at all and you know what, I was ok with that. For the first time in a long time, I just switched off and enjoyed my surroundings.
I went for a walk in the woods and then headed to the lakeside marquee. Here, I took a seat by the roaring fire and wrapped up in a blanket. I nursed a drink whilst watching the sunset. It was idyllic. I was really taken with the whole romance of it all.
If you are a food lover like I am then your taste buds and tummy are in for a treat at the Finn Lough Resort.
The menu is seasonal, fresh, foraged and local and the chef really knows how to put a menu together and to bring out the best in all the ingredients. I can’t remember the last time I had food that really celebrated Irish cuisine the way the dishes did at Finn Lough. It was creative yet uncomplicated and elegant yet comforting at the same time. It was everything I wanted from a meal and a vegetarian meal at that. Those that had the meat dishes were as impressed and delighted with their food as I was with mine.
After dinner, we headed to the snug.
The bar has great local craft beers and ciders and some very good Boatyard Distillery gin made with local botanicals. We could have stayed there for hours just chatting with the super friendly staff and guests but I was desperate to get back to the bubble dome and enjoy the whole experience. We caught a ride on a golf cart back up to the forest. It would have been fun finding our way back in the dark but it was raining heavily so we gratefully took the lift.
Back in the bubble dome we immediately began to thaw out and dry off thanks to the warmth of the bubble (don’t laugh, but I did wonder how the bubble didn’t melt). We then sunk into the huge four-poster bed and cocooned ourselves in the duvet. The bed is so comfortable and the place is so quiet that my partner drifted off to sleep within minutes. I, however, was too excited to sleep. The novelty of the bubble dome was nowhere near wearing off.
I lay in the bed and star gazed all night.
The top of the bubble dome is transparent and there is no light pollution so this is the perfect way to see the Milky Way. I was hoping to see a shooting star, too, so I tried my best not to blink. I didn’t want to miss one second of the night sky. After about an hour the clouds cleared off and I had a canopy of the biggest and brightest stars I had ever seen. The sky shimmered with the amount of stars. I felt I could just reach out and touch them but I think it was just the plastic of the bubble dome magnifying the stars. I lay awake all night looking at them twinkle and listening to the rain bounce off the bubble. The whole experience was necromantic.
Around 8 am the sun began to rise and the forest was bathed in a peachy light.
I decided I wanted to be bathed in the same light. I got up and ran a bath and relaxed in the tub in the middle of the forest. It was a very entrancing and exhilarating experience. I wasn’t worried in the slightest that anyone would see me but it really did feel like I was having a bath in the outdoors. I stayed in the bath until the sun came up, just staring out at the lake and the trees not wanting the experience to end.
But then my tummy began rumbling and I was so excited to see what was for breakfast. When I got to the breakfast room I was not disappointed. I wanted to try everything on the menu but I went with the baked avocados because, you know, Instagram loves an avocado or two.
I’ve stayed in some magnificent hotels around the world but staying in the Finn Lough bubble domes it is one of the best resort experiences I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying and I would wholeheartedly recommend this to everyone.
Information about Finn Lough Resort.
Finn Lough is a 100-acre resort with a whole host of activities and outdoor pursuits. There are loads of walking and biking trails and you can hire peddle kayaks, canoes and boats to explore the lakes, you can go fishing and there are tennis courts and an airsoft arena and a children’s play area.
There is a spa too where you can be pampered and indulge in a two-hour elements trail that combines many different treatments and saunas and pools. You can of course just chill out in the outdoor hot tube and take in the wonderful lake views.
If the Finn Lough bubble domes aren’t suitable for you, there are other accommodations. You can stay in waterside cottages, catered suites and lakeside lodges.
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