Absolutely Brilliant! By far the best hotel/resort I have had the pleasure to stay in.
The staff were extremely friendly in all areas from the groundskeepers to the management. They are all very proud of the hotel and rightly so. Unlike some other comments on this site, I didn't find the rooms dated at all, the coffee was fine and the plates at the atrium restuarant (breakfast) were cleared as soon as we returned to the buffet for another helping. On that note, the buffer breakfast choices were vast, catering to all tastes.
We had an unfortunate incident the first morning we were there, with our son hitting his head in the room. The staff were helpful in their always relaxed manner. We ended up at Jerudong Hospital about 5 minutes down the road. Couldnt fault the hospital either. From registration to seeing a paediatrician took about 5 minutes at a cost of $60 Brunein dollars (about $40 Aussie). He was of Indian descent and the entire medical team were friendly and professional. The hospital was extremeley clean.
There isn't a great deal to do in Bandar (the city). The mosques are worthwhile - need to cover up if only wearing shorts - they provide neck-to-toe black robes. Shopping is average - lots of dodgy DVDs and CDs available. But the must - do is taking a boat tour of the water village. You can find a boat from the edge of the river (they will find you! - we had a choice of 10 men on motor boats yelling out their best price to us!) It cost us $20 for the hour - we didnt bargain them down, so you could probably do better.
Back to the hotel - as others have commented it is huge. The lobby is SO big that you find yourself distracted when checking in and out.
Our only small gripe is the lack of a shuttle bus to the city. There is however a public bus that leaves every couple of hours. It costs only ONE Brunei dollar. Apart from saving a few dollars by not taking the hotel car ($35 each way), it gave us a great opportunity to see some of the back roads and countryside. It will take about 40 mins to 1 hour to get to the city. You can catch the bus back to the hotel as well - it is the number 57.
We took the family 'fun' package which included bowling, movie theatre and use of the country club (except golf). Exceptional value for an outstanding hotel.
- 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:
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