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Michaela death hotel No 1 with honeymooners


John and Michaela McAreavey. Photo: Irish News/PA Wire

John and Michaela McAreavey. Photo: Irish News/PA Wire

John and Michaela McAreavey. Photo: Irish News/PA Wire

THE Mauritius hotel where newlywed Michaela McAreavey was murdered has been named "best honeymoon destination" for the second year in a row.

Bride Michaela (27) was found strangled to death in the bathroom of her suite at the five-star Legends in Grand Gaube three years ago.

Just over two years ago, resort chiefs set about rebranding the hotel as the Lux Grand Gaube, naming it after the coastal village in the north of the Indian Ocean island where it is located.

Now reviewers on TripAdvisor have again heaped praise on the place.

In the past 12 months the number of holidaymakers – most of them honeymooners – who have posted flawless reviews online has almost doubled.

Of the 1,426 comments on the website, 1,044 rate the hotel as "excellent" while 254 describe it as "very good".

Eighty-three holidaymakers said their experience was "average", while 33 said it was "poor". Only 12 – five more than last year – said their stay was "terrible".

Holidaymakers who visited the Lux Grand Gaube over the past 12 months have refused to let the horror of Michaela's death put them off.

Typical of the upbeat comments is one from last November in which a newlywed gushed: "I could not think of a better place to spend my honeymoon."

Another London-based visitor wrote: "This hotel was the first of our three honeymoon hotels and it was the perfect beginning."

The experiences of recent honeymooners are in stark contrast to the tragedy that befell the Harte and McAreavey families after the former beauty queen was found dead by her husband John McAreavey in their suite on January 10 2011.

Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte, had gone to fetch biscuits when she was fatally attacked.

She and John had been married for only 11 days when he found her lifeless body in the bath.

Police in Mauritius have not looked at the case in more than a year, according to a recent report. Two hotel employees were acquitted of murder in a trial that ended in July 2012.

A second inquiry into teacher Michaela's killing ended in December 2012 after reportedly failing to make any headway.