Americans have such a fun way with words, don’t they?! Take ‘staycation’ for instance… a clever combination of the words stay and vacation…so much more exciting that ‘holiday in the place you live’! And lets face it, sometimes you don’t have time, money or even your act together enough to organize a getaway, so a staycation provides a welcome circuit breaker, and change of scenery without breaking the bank, or requiring much effort! So when Kinga and I were invited to high tea at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, we thought, why not have a girls only sleepover in the city?

After checking in to our room (and an obligatory jump on the bed! Not allowed to do it at home…!) we met Kinga’s best friend Miranda and her mum Viola in the Tea Lounge, just off the main lobby for our afternoon tea. The grown ups opt for fragrant jasmine tea (though we agree that next time, a glass of champagne would be more than acceptable!) whilst the girls ask for hot choccies… We were presented with beautiful platters featuring perfect finger sandwiches, macarons, tartlets, jellies, scones and more. There are Archibald entries very cleverly printed onto chocolate for decoration, but these don’t last long; they’re scoffed by our junior tea companions! I can’t go past a finger sandwich, and the chicken truffle mousse ones on offer were sublime. Points too for freshly baked scones…does the jam go on first, or the cream?! No matter! We ate the lot!

Bellies full, we walk through the city and The Domain to the Art Gallery of News South Wales, to check out this years Archibald prize entries. I am so impressed, and grateful to this gallery for their patience when it comes to kids at exhibitions… we did encounter a few hipsters rolling their eyes at the girls (who were very excited, and may or may not have been giggling at artworks that featured nudes!) but for the most part fellow gallery goers were fine with kids enjoying themselves too. My tip is to go in the late afternoon, an hour or so before closing… we did, and were able to see a few other exhibitions too (because galleries with kids means lightening speed art appreciation, to keep up!)

Art attack complete, we walked/cartwheeled through the park, back to the hotel for a quick debrief/bed jumping session before bidding Viola and Miranda farewell. Kinga felt like sushi for dinner, so we popped next door to Sushi Tei for a quick bite. The city was super quiet, or maybe we’re just not used to it, as we’re never in the city at night?! Back in our room, we had a bubble bath then snuggled into bed together to watch some tv…

Big feather pillows? Check! Cuddles with my little lady? Check? Simpsons on the telly (her request, not mine!)? Check! A jam packed staycation, and I can’t wait to do it again!


61-101 Phillip Street Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000

The Tea Lounge, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

$69* per person, inclusive of Dilmah Tea, & a ticket to the Archibald exhibition

*Offer available from 11 May – 31 August. Subject to availability and conditions apply. Ticket to the Archibald exhibition valid until 9 September 2018. (This high tea promotion runs until the 31st of August, after this date, please enquire about the next themed high tea with the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth)

Sushi Tei
1 Chifley Square
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia

Art Gallery of NSW


10 thoughts on “SYDNEY STAYCATION, NSW

    1. I’m a fan, and will certainly do it again! You’re absolutely right…a lovely time for us girls together!

  1. I love the idea of a staycation! Such a cool way to have fun between the trips away. And you end up seeing your own city in a completely different light. Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

    1. It was so weird waking up in the city…in the best possible way! 100% seeing it in a different light…can’t wait to do it again!

  2. Your staycation sounds lovely – and loads of fun. On a more practical note since D and I moved about as far north as you can get and still be in Sydney we have promised ourselves the occasional night or two at city hotels. Neither of us are great fans of driving after dark but we don’t want to cut ourselves off from ballets, concerts and shows completely. It is good to hear that the Sofitel is a good place to crash.

    1. I have always admired the architecture of the Sofitel Wentworth, and it is a great property to stay at. At last count I think they currently have 10 properties in the city…I am eyeing off their new property at darling harbour for our next city stay, perhaps once it’s warmer so I can have a dip in the infinity pool overlooking the city. I love your thinking Lyn…you really can have the best of both worlds!

  3. Looks FABULOUS! I can’t wait to do something like this with Pippa! Although I can see myself eating all the cake and leaving nothing behind!!


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