The ultimate destination for newlyweds
WHITE sandy beaches, endless blue skies and exclusive resorts are what draw Irish honeymooners to the idyllic island of Mauritius in their thousands every year.
The island lies in the south-west of the Indian Ocean and enjoys a sub-tropical climate, with average daytime temperatures varying between a balmy 26C and 32C in coastal regions.
Coral reefs line crystal-clear lagoons and the gentle sea ripples on to white sandy beaches, edged with coconut palms.
The official language is English, making it ideal for Irish holidaymakers. Locals sport the T-shirt-friendly slogan, 'No Problem in Mauritius', and this is pretty much the mantra of any stay on the island.
Irish and British tour operators organise thousands of weddings and honeymoons in Mauritius every year.
The stylish Legends Hotel beach resort situated in the fishing village of Grand Gaube, where Michaela Harte and her husband, Down footballer John McAreavey were staying, boasts a luxury spa, three swimming pools and five restaurants.
It was voted the number one destination among Irish honeymooners last year. A seven-night stay there costs in the region of €1,230 per person.