Thanks to a recommendation from my business associate Dennis Walter who earlier this year did 3 of his daily afternoon broadcast shows from The Empire, we requested an ocean view room. When this was not initially provided we requested a change and were accommodated with our request. The E club is one of the many extras that can be enjoyed by booking a room on the appropriate floors - the High Teas and Mocktails were a very pleasant experience each day.
The special pre 8am tee off golf offer provided a considerable saving, with the Jack Nicklaus designed course a challenging yet enjoyable experience. Having not participated in 10 pin bowling for over 20 years, my wife and I took the opportunity whilst at the Sports club to play a couple of games - it seemed such a waste of resources to have an eight lane set up not being utilized by guests. On the 2 days we went to the club no one else was playing - in fact the staff member had to be called to turn on the centre for us to bowl and all for only $6 per game, including shoes!
The service level by all staff was first class at all times - no waiting for buggy transfers or moving around the hotel even though the place was crawling with police and security due to the 3 day stay of an o/seas president.
The $40 evening buffet provided a wide range of well presented selections, including a good selection of seafood and meats. The buffet breakfast is very comprehensive in the selection of Western and Asian foods available, although a better variety of fruit could be available. In room dining provides the opportunity to enjoy a glass of your wine with dinner as a change!
Management should consider making DVD/CD players available in rooms or available from reception. The quality of the in room hair dryers need to be upgraded - these were obviously not purchased by a woman!
All in all a most enjoyable experience and one that we will look forward to sharing with friends on our return visit.
- 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