The hotel where Michaela McAreavey was murdered has again been voted the leading honeymoon destination in its resort. It has scored its best ratings with holidaymakers.
Irish bride Michaela, 27, was found strangled in the bathroom of her suite at the five-star Legends hotel, in the resort of Grand Gaube, in Mauritius, five years ago.
Four years ago, hotel chiefs distanced themselves from the tragedy by re-branding the plush premises the ‘Lux Grand Gaube’, after the idyllic coastal village in which it is located, in the north of the Indian Ocean island.
Honeymooners, the majority of the hotel’s clients, have since flocked to the luxury retreat, and it has been named the top hotel in its resort for the third year in a row.
Of the 3,044 reviews posted on the website, 2,435 rated the hotel as ‘excellent’ — a significant increase on last year, while 444 customers described their experience as “very good”.
Just 111 holidaymakers said their experience was “average”, while 39 described it as “poor”. As few as 15, just three more than last year, said their stay was “terrible”.
Eighty percent of holidaymakers have given the hotel a flawless review — its best rating since it was re-branded and evidence that most travellers are either oblivious to the hotel’s dark history or have refused to let it put them off staying there.
Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football 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 only been married 11 days when her traumatised husband discovered her body in the bathtub.
Two hotel employees were acquitted of murder charges after a seven-week trial in Mauritius, which ended in July, 2012.
Michaela’s family then opened a civil case against the hotel to claim damages, which resulted in an out- of-court agreement last year
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