Suite fit for the royals

Royal Suite 1 became Fiji’s most popular hotel room this week, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle checked in at Suva’s Grand Pacific Hotel on Tuesday.

A look at the room, GPH’s biggest and found on the hotel’s top floor just above the lobby will show why it was chosen to accommodate the British royals. Royal Suit 1 costs $2000 a night.

The door of RS1 immediately opens into a dining area consisting of a six-seat table with a platter of fresh local fruits. Adjacent to this is a writing desk with lamp.

The spacious lounge area consists of five huge sofas arranged around a coffee table decked with fresh fruits.

This can be seen clearly from the bedroom.

There is an abundance of Pure Fiji products and immaculately arranged tropical flowers to welcome any visitor.

Wall hangings, by way of black and white photos, depict previous visits by members of the British royal family.

Prominent in the room is a 1953 photo of the Queen receiving a bouquet of flowers from a young Adi Mei Kainona, the daughter of the late Governor General and President of Fiji, Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau.

Established as the standard of luxury fit for royalty, now more than 100 years later, rooms like RS1 remain true to the ideals of delivering the best hotel accommodation Fiji has to offer. A total of 16 rooms were taken up by the royals and their support staff.

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