Skye Hotel Suites

Reviewed exclusively for us by Aussie blogger Claire Hastings!

I love my hometown of Brisbane, but seeing Sydney is something I will never get tired of, so to say that I was ecstatic about us meeting there would be an understatement. I had a blogger conference to organize in Sydney and wanted to choose a hotel that is architecturally stunning, comfortable and with a luxurious feel, features interesting facilities, and last but not least, has an Instagrammable quality to it. It’s no wonder we unanimously agreed that our home for the weekend will be the SKYE Hotel, and I am super-excited to share my experience.

The Welcome

We all know how strong the power of good photography is; it simply makes everything better than it is, so it’s understandable that you don’t expect things to be as gorgeous in real life. Well, we were in for a surprise, because photos actually didn’t do this hotel justice. Just after the doors were opened we were stunned by the warm yet ultra-minimalistic design. The geometric clean shapes, the colors, it was all just too good to be true.

Sweet Suite

We were escorted to our rooms and that’s where all our expectations were surpassed. We had booked the Deluxe Studio Suite which is first of all, much larger than standard hotel rooms, and spaciousness is always a huge plus. Then, the suite itself; the combination of luxurious yet warm and earthy colors simply envelop you with warmth and makes you feel completely at home. The minimalistic design that features plenty of wood provides that perfect blend of contemporary and homely design and the curtains around the bed give you an incredible sense of privacy.

Aside from being plain stunning, the room has everything one could ever want – Wi-Fi, cable, AC, and even a washing machine and dryer (as well as in iron and ironing board). To some, this might not be a big deal, but as a fashion blogger and a general neat-freak, I appreciated the fact that I can iron all my precious outfits that got wrinkly in the suitcase, so that was a nice touch. The luxurious toiletries were a major plus in my book – what can I say, I’m a sucker for good hotel products, for me it really makes a difference. We also loved the fact that the suite has a kitchenette, because I hate leaving the room before drinking that first cup of coffee. Of course, the view was stunning, but none of this, regardless of how amazing is the best part.

Time to Relax

The best part, hands down, is the pool. I won’t lie, I spent a lot of my spare time either swimming or lying on one of the gorgeous poolside decks. Of course, I wasn’t going to miss the spa – a massage is always necessary, and luckily, this one was offered by our super-hospitable hotel.

Fine Dining

Needless to say, we treated our taste buds to some supreme Australian cuisine right there, as it was both perfect for pre-clubbing drinks and quality food; but also for snapping tons and tons of photos against all the perfect backdrops.

I have nothing but praise for this hotel as our stay was beyond perfect, so if you’re ever in this neck of the woods, this is my honest recommendation!


Claire says: “When you’re a fashion blogger you tend to mind what you pack just a little bit more, and the level of mindfulness increases when you know you’ll be going out, meeting people, wining, dining, partying etc. I knew I had to bring my A-game, so I took the job of selecting my outfits quite seriously!”

Go for a dress in a fun, standout hue like this yellow number and the one thing every blogger needs – WiFi 😉


Night out



Yellow cocktail dress
90 AED –

Dolce Gabbana shoulder handbag
11,060 AED –

Earring jewelry
11 AED –

Kate Spade fake ring
145 AED –

130 AED –


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
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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