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Michaela McAreavey murder hotel is ranked top honeymoon resort

By Staff Reporter

The hotel where Michaela McAreavey was brutally murdered has been ranked the top honeymoon destination in its resort - despite its dark history.

The Co Tyrone woman was found strangled in the bathroom of her suite at five-star Legends in the resort of Grand Gaube in Mauritius four years ago this week, on January 10.

But just over three years ago, resort chiefs made efforts to distance themselves from the tragedy by rebranding the hotel the 'Lux Grand Gaube', after the idyllic coastal village in the north of the Indian Ocean island where it is based.

Honeymooners have since flocked back to the luxury premises, helping the resort hotel land its best-ever rating on TripAdvisor, the travel review website.

Of the 2,217 reviews posted, 1,732 rate the hotel as "excellent", while 345 describe it as "very good".

Just 92 holidaymakers said their experience was "average", while 36 said it was "poor".

As few as 12 recalled their stay was "terrible".

The figures mean 80% of couples have given the hotel an all-but-flawless review - its best-ever rating.

A British newlywed gushed: "This hotel is absolutely wonderful. We have been to some lovely places around the world, but we both think that this is the best."

Another recent honeymooner, from Manchester, wrote: "Let me say I have never been looked after as well in any hotel. Great credit to the Lux management team - other hotels could learn a lot from you."

The experience of recent honeymooners couldn't contrast more sharply with the tragedy that befell the Harte and McAreavey families, after Michaela (27) was found strangled in the bathroom of her luxury hotel suite.

Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte, had returned to her room to fetch biscuits to share with her new husband, John McAreavey, when she was fatally attacked.

She had been married for only 11 days when her devastated husband discovered her body in the bathtub of their suite.

Two hotel employees were acquitted of murder charges after a seven-week trial in Mauritius in 2012.

Investigations appeared to have ground to a halt until last September, when her family was informed of new developments by the island's police chiefs.

Reports said four new suspects had been identified.


Ballygawley teacher Michaela McAreavey and husband John were married for only a few days when she was murdered during their honeymoon at their Mauritius hotel. After they had eaten lunch, the former beauty queen returned to their room to get biscuits. When she did not come back, John went to their suite where he found his bride dead in the bathtub.

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