Owned by the Brunei Investment Authority, this is a GIANT hotel with incredible grand lobbies, rooms, hallways, and grounds. The pool is large, with an infinity pool edge that has great views of the ocean. Being in the hotel makes you feel like a hobbit: everything is oversized. The lobby itself is about the size of a soccer pitch in all three dimensions, with huge columns, seating everywhere, multiple levels. From the outside the hotel almost looks castle-like.
Here is the best part: a hotel like this in Europe, if it existed at all, would charge $1,000 per night. In Brunei, it is $250 or $350 per night. So, as long as you don't mind being in a compound like atmosphere, which makes the visit very hotel-centric, this is a pretty amazing place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the north eastern tip of Borneo on the doorstep of one of Asia's oldest rainforests, The Empire Hotel & Country Club is Brunei’s most prestigious beach resort offering unsurpassed 5-star luxury.This palatial resort hotel, which astounds visitors with its spectacular 12 storey marble and gold lobby, is set in its own private 180-hectare (445 acres) estate of manicured gardens and an 18-hole, floodlit Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and Country Club. Each of the hotel’s 522 opulently appointed guest rooms, suites and private villas has a view of the ocean, lagoon, gardens or golf course, while standard throughout the hotel are Imperial king-sized beds made with the finest linens, and over-sized marble bathrooms with walk-in shower, deep soaking tub with gold taps and luxury amenities. The Empire Hotel & Country Club also extends the kingdom’s regal hospitality with an impressive range of international restaurants, spa, world-class golf and sporting activities, and international meeting facilities for top level MICE gatherings, making it a resort ideal for family, romantic or business vacations. The Empire Hotel & Country Club is a member of WORLDHOTELS and recipient of numerous prestigious international awards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Empire Hotel And Country Club
- Empire Hotel Brunei