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Michaela McAreavey murder hotel voted leading honeymoon destination

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John McAreavey and Michaela on their wedding day
John McAreavey and Michaela on their wedding day
Lux Hotel in Mauritius formerly named Legends
Lux Hotel in Mauritius formerly named Legends
Mickey Harte with daughter Michaela on her wedding day
Mickey Harte with daughter Michaela on her wedding day

The hotel where Michaela McAreavey was murdered five years ago today has been voted the leading honeymoon destination in its resort.

Michaela (27), daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte, was found strangled in the bathroom of her and new husband John McAreavey’s hotel room in the Legends Hotel, Grand Gaube, on January 10, 2011.

The hotel has since been rebranded the LUX Grand Gaube, following the murder of Michaela, as the tourism industry on the island of Mauritius suffered heavily as a result.

In the months after the story broke, making headlines around the world, a Mauritius tourism chief said: “The Mauritius market was very badly hit after the tragedy.

 “The LUX Grand Gaube doesn’t attract the Irish in the numbers it once did. It used to be one of the most popular hotels there.”

On TripAdvisor the hotel scores an impressive 93 per cent rating.

John, who has since found new love with Tara Brennan, set up a charity, The Michaela Foundation, in his late wife’s name after the tragedy.

Legends hotel room similar to the one Michaela was murdered in

This week on Twitter he posted a message saying that the foundation is going from strength-to-strength.

He said: “2016 is a significant year in that it marks five years from our inception.

"I look back at those five years with huge pride, knowing that we have made a telling contribution to many people’s lives.”