4212 Travel Guide
Formerly a Hyatt Regency, the rebranded InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is tucked away in the yacht marinas of Hope Island on the Gold Coast. Along with close proximity of the famous beaches of Surfers Paradise or the tranquil hinterland, the 5-star resort features lagoon, garden and golf course views for its guests.
Housed in a vintage-styled 1940s Queenslander home, you will feel as though you have stepped back in time and into a plantation style mansion. You can take your pick of any one of the 243 rooms styled in colonial decor and featuring polished hardwood floors. If you prefer a private balcony, the homestead rooms are the ones to nab as they offer views of the marina or golf course.
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.