The Empire Hotel and Country Club, Brunei Darussalam

The Empire lights up the sky

When guests need a buggy to be taken from the lobby to their room, you know the Empire Hotel and Country Club must be big. 

Built by Brunei’s notorious Royal ‘playboy’ Prince Jefri Bolkian in the ’90s as a playground, The Empire is now a renowned 5-star beach resort and one of the most magnificent properties in South East Asia. While it’s not quite clear how Prince Jefri’s lavish ways got him exiled from Brunei, one thing is for sure – his taste for extravagance is in a league of its own.

Lobby lounge

The resort is nothing short of extraordinary, spanning across 180 hectares of tropical garden and comprising of 359 spacious guestrooms and 61 opulent suites and private villas, all a short stroll or buggy ride from the gold furnished main lobby. Yes, that’s right. Gold.


The main lobby is located on the fifth floor of the Atrium and the first part of the resort that guests see. It is truly impressive as the Atrium soars 53.22 metres (12 storeys) into the sky with large supporting columns that are covered in 21K gold plated details and encrusted with tiger-eye stones, lapis lazuli and malachite. Everything shouts European luxury in the lobby, from the Swarovski chandeliers to the mosaic (Italian) marble floors to the elegant furniture imported from France and Italy.

Kayaks are free for hire at the hotel beach

The 200 architects and interior designers didn’t skimp on luxury in the guestrooms either, fitting all bathrooms with 20mm thick marble slabs and furnishing rooms with unique art and hand tufted carpet made from the finest New Zealand wool.

And while The Empire is located in Brunei’s more remote area of Jerudong, guests will never be bored with the property featuring nine swimming pools, a cinema, shopping arcade, theatre, spa, bowling alley, library, driving range and an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus.

One of the nine swimming pools within the estate

Guests that stay in their room won’t be bored either with over 25 television channels available and 24-hour room service. Those that want to dine outside their room can choose from nine restaurants serving everything from local snacks to authentic Italian to Chinese cuisine.

But the best part of this resort is its ability to cater to all types of leisure and corporate travellers. The Empire uses its massive size to its advantage, giving families, couples and business travellers enough of their own space to do what they need when they need. Executive travellers can use the exclusive E-Club with private lounge, concierge and business centre while kids can play at the E Kids Club which provides all-day care and entertainment. Couples can just lounge by the infinity pool or head to the PADI scuba-diving centre which offers explorations to Brunei’s spectacular underwater reefs and shipwrecks.

18-hole championship golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus
So for some serious luxury, whether it is for work or play, head to The Empire Hotel and Country Club for your dose!
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L
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