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We've never professed to be geography whiz kids but we'd like to think that we do know at least most of the major and minor countries of the world. However, Tajikistan had us a little confused. Where is this place? And why is there now a Hyatt there?
We had to take it to the interwebs to find out that Tajikistan is located in Central Asia near republics like Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The entire country is no bigger than Wisconsin and was once part of the Soviet Socialist Republic. And we just learned that the Hyatt that's opened there is the country's first international chain hotel.
The Hyatt Regency Dushanbe opening up in the country's capital, Dushanbe. Since we've obviously never been to Tajikistan we can't give you the inside scoop on the hotel's location, but this place sounds nice, with views of the Hisor mountain range from floor to ceiling windows in the guest rooms. And guess what--they even have iPod docks and WiFi, which makes us happy.
Current room rates are starting at $200 a night which sounds okay for a Hyatt Regency but, given that Tajikistan is only slowly making it onto the international visitor radar, probably the priciest place in town.
If you decide that Sydney's not the place for your Australian New Year's Eve celebration, then we've got another tip for you: the Gold Coast, just a few hours' north in Queensland. Now we don't normally rate the Gold Coast as a great tourist destination but when there's partying to be done, this is the spot.
Like in Sydney, all the truly best places are booked out for New Year's Eve but one that still rates well and does have vacancies is the Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove. They've got last minute rooms going for A$359 ($235); luckily that's relatively cheap because the restaurants are charging a real premium rate for New Year's--A$175 per adult at the Fireplace restaurant and A$130 at the Cove Café.
The big drawcard at the Sanctuary is usually the swimming pool setup. It's more of a lagoon than anything and has a good pool bar (although we've heard it closes at 5.00pm--not sure if that early madness continues all through summer or not). The famous Gold Coast theme parks are all close to this hotel, and since they're the reason most Aussies hit the Gold Coast this is a big plus point. So for fun and partying as 2009 ticks in, this is probably not a bad place to be.
Everyone knows the old superstition about bad things happening in threes. But Hyatt is turning that sad old tale around with a decidedly not bad set of three bonuses at the Hyatt Regency Aruba. Book your stay with code 34Free and Hyatt will begin heaping the rewards upon you.
Start with a fifth night free when you book four nights, then snag a complimentary one-category room upgrade and top it off with a full breakfast for two daily. Naturally, any deal this sweet won't last -- the promotion is good now through December 18, 2008 and isn't valid November 1 through 4 and November 10 through 13.
And there's more!