The Duke and Duchess of Sussexare jetting off to the beautiful island of Fiji, and they’ll be staying in the lap of luxury at the luxurious Grand Pacific Hotel. From the stunning outdoor pool to breathtaking views to not one but six different dining venues, the parents-to-be will likely want for nothing during their stay.
The lavish hotel boasts several different kinds of suites, offering the perfect living experience for anyone who can afford the price points, which range from CA$450 to a whopping $1,300 per night. Given the island’s colonial past and many royal visitors, some of the restaurants and rooms are named after British royalty, like the Prince Albert Restaurant and the Queen Elizabeth Suite. Their fine-dining eating venues – manned by executive chef Mo Arun – offer high teas and meals created with local Fijian foods and delicacies to marry “the traditional with a contemporary take,” something the foodie duchess will surely appreciate. Given the stunning views, we’re willing to bet that Prince Harryand Duchess Meghanwill take advantage of their pool- and ocean-side bar and restaurant to take in a sunset.
According to the establishment’s website, the hotel has been a South Pacific icon for more than a century and is lovingly referred to as the “grand old lady,” thanks to the colonial architecture and history combined with the comforts of Fijian hospitality. Planning for the gorgeous escape to paradise began back in 1908 before finally opening on May 23, 1914. In its earliest days, the resort only had 35 rooms, which even at the time was far too few to accommodate the boatloads of tourists making a stop along their travels. Sadly, over the years, the property underwent multiple ownership changes which eventually lead to its closure in 1992 – but it was thankfully rescued in 2011, renovated and finally reopened in 2014.
Many members of the Royal Familyhave stayed here over the years, like Edward, Prince of Wales (who went on to become King Edward VIII) in 1920, and Prince Albert and his wife – the Queen Mother! – in 1927. Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles, also visited back in 1970 to celebrate Fiji’s Independence, and finally, the Queen, who visited shortly after her coronation in the winter of 1953.