QT Gold Coast

Reviewed exclusively for Holidays in Heels by writer Claire Hastings in Australia!

The last time I and two of my friends went to Gold Coast, we decided to have some fun and create unforgettable memories! To all of you who are suckers for a cultural and artistic boost (just like I am), this is one of the best experiences you can treat yourself to. It’s a heavenly place if you wish to see what a real cultural melting pot looks like and if you want to enjoy art at its finest. Following, apart from all-things-art at this wonderful destination, there is a multitude of other, more dynamic things to do, too! That last time, we went for a surfing weekend, and it was absolutely amazing! We stayed at the lovely QT Gold Coast and were treated to such a wonderful time that I still feel like crying for not actually being there at this very moment (instead of writing about it).

The Welcome

For me personally, it’s very important to stay at a hotel that will sweep me off of my feet. It doesn’t have to look like a magical castle, per se, although I wouldn’t mind that option, either. When we arrived, our hotel managed to meet our expectations perfectly: it looked like a luxury complex right out of Hollywood.

 As I was saying in the introductory paragraph… I wish I could live there!  It is on the vibrant beachside location and it is perfect for all the aesthetic addicts like me.

Sweet Suite

Picking a room isn’t as easy as it might sound. Sure, you can always waltz in, ask for a free room, and hope for the best. Not this time, though. We decided to ask for the best possible and to pamper ourselves; after all, it was a girl-weekend-out. We planned to have fun. There are a few simple rules you should follow if you want to score an affordable room, however, in this hotel, every room is a top-notch choice.

QT Gold Coast offers beautiful interiors and wonderful views. You can choose between an Ocean and Mountain River view.

Ocean view King suite comes with a King bed, a double sofa bed in the lounge room, an iPod dock, mini bar and designer furnishings. 

Twin mountain river view room offers stunning hinterland views of the mountains or river, private balcony, workspace, flat screen HD TV, bespoke bathroom, deluxe amenities, iPod dock, mini bar and designer furnishings.


After a long day of exploring and finding good places to shop (and of course learning how to surf with a dreamy instructor), a girl gets thirsty. Luckily, since our hotel has everything you could ever wish for, we could go down to the bar and grab a drink. The Stingray Lounge bar offer ranges from the simplest of drinks to the most complex cocktails to turn the night around, and they’re not even expensive (which is pretty great!).

We enjoyed eating at the wonderful Bazaar restaurant. Exactly what we needed that weekend! Don’t even get me started on the food and ambient as it was like out of a dream! The hotel also offers a great sushi restaurant.


Even if you’re going for a short getaway, it’s necessary to bring a few essentials with you. A few pairs of simple jeans, or even shorts is a must. Statement or plain white shirts should be your bag’s essentials as the nights are very warm and you want that tan to show, right? Don’t forget to pack a couple of party dresses since you should be planning a night out as well. Oh yeah, don’t forget nude sandals for the long walks on the beach! Ah, I can still feel the warm sand between my toes, seriously!

Gold Coast



Juliet Dunn beach dress
1,000 AED – harrods.com

Jack Rogers gold shoes
435 AED – jildorshoes.com

Lizzie Fortunato beaded jewelry
1,010 AED – shop.harpersbazaar.com

Wrap bracelet

Essie nail polish
42 AED – macys.com


Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
The rooms
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
Don’t miss
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at www.hotel-bedford.com
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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