I've stayed at the Empire for 3 years in a row, but was dissapointed with the carnival laid on as part of the Sultan's birthday celebrations. It had the feeling of a cheap village fete and wasn't what I expected from a luxury hotel. I tried to enjoy the loud music but the tannoy announcements were just plain annoying. When the club music started I couldn't relax and decided to walk round the stalls. A manager asked me if I was enjoying myself and I asked very politely if there was any chance of turning the music down. He very rudely said in a northern English accent "Get used to it"!!
Well guess what I won't be going there ever again.
It's a beautiful hotel so it's a shame. But in the last few years it's been getting a bit tatty around the pool area, lots of the mosaic tiles are coming off and if you sit on the pool edge the grout stains your swimmers. Also the area around the jacuzzi is a mess with a tatty looking turtle pond. I was surprised to see a plastic children's slide toy in the lagoon beach. The new loungers were beautiful last year but this year they are broken and some were held together with bits of string.
- 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