If you have the money to spent, there are some huge villa houses located near to the Lagoon Wing of the hotel. The villa houses look extremely luxurous and huge from the outside, and the exclusive swimming pool here (see my swimming pool tips) is very nice as it is an "infinity" concept pool facing the South China Sea.more
The Lagoon Wing consist of several tall blocks of hotel rooms facing a big lagoon located next to the main building. I stayed here for about 1 week in July 2007 and found it to be very quite and nice environment. Even the corridor and lift areas are air-conditioned.Overall, the rooms at the Lagoon Wing are cheaper than those facing the sea, but it...more
The Atrium Cafe is located at the main lobby area at one floor below the main entrance and check-in area. This is where the hotel guests will take their daily buffet breakfast, and it is also opened for lunch and dinner (which you can choose buffet or a-la-carte).Since it is located at the main lobby, this cafe offers very good views of the...more
The Empire Hotel & Country Club is famous for its exclusively made chocolates which you can purchase at a counter at the main lobby area next to the check-in counter.There are many types of chocolates to choose from, and the box is very beautifully designed. I remembered a box of about 16 chocolates cost about $20+ brunei dollars, this is very good...more
The Pantai Restaurant is located at the 2 large main pools area of Empire Hotel & Country Club, and serves good seafood and grilled dishes. If you are staying at the hotel, do check out the buffet dinner at this restaurant which costs around $30+ per person. The buffet food (e.g. seafood, grilled dishes etc) is very good and the ambience is...more
The sunset at the Empire Hotel & Country Club can be very romantic, especially if you go to the beach area near to the main swimming pools and Pantai Restaurant. There are some benches here for you to sit down and admire the beautiful sunset at the South China Sea.After sunset, the buildings and architectures of the hotel will light up, giving it a...more
If you like exercise and want to take photographs, the best way to explore the various areas of Empire Hotel & Country Club is by walking. Being a top-range hotel, the paths are easy to walk with lots of signages. You can even obtain a map of the hotel and its surroundings from the check-in counter when you arrive at the hotel.Personally, I really...more
As the Empire Hotel & Country Club is very big and the buildings are spread over a large space, a good way to move around are by the buggies (see photos) provided by the hotel to its guest free of charge. The staff drivers will send you to your destination, and if you want a buggy but none are available, simply contact the hotel via telephones at...more
Because the Empire Hotel & Country Club is located at an exclusive area of Brunei, the best way to get there from the airport is by taxi. Luckily the hotel is not far away from the airport, and the taxi journey should cost you around $20 brunei dollars one way.There are some taxis outside the arrival hall of the airport, and the airport is not very...more
If you want to do some shopping at the Empire Hotel & Country Club, there is a shopping arcade just next to the main lobby area. However, the shopping here is quite limited and not cheap, which is to be expected. The problem with this hotel is that it is very far way from the main town Bandar Seri Begawan and a ride there will take about 30 minutes one way.
watch out for creepers along the beach
their seeds really stick to whoever passes by
and they are very spikey and can cause skin irritation
up and about in the mid-day sun ...
... it's the humidity that gets you, not the heat ...
Unique Suggestions: drink plenty of water ... not iced ...
.. and wear loose cotton clothings ....
.. be prepared to sweat it out ...
.. we don't need a sauna, just be out under the sun!
Fun Alternatives: siesta?!
aka power nap for biz types
The Jerudong Park Polo Club is about 10 minutes drive from the Empire Hotel, and this polo club is a symbol of luxury and royalty in Brunei because it is catered for the rich and famous (which include the royal family of Brunei of course).I have a change to get a glimpse of this polo club because part of my work meeting in July 2007 was held at one...more
If you are staying at the Lagoon Wing or East Wing of the Empire Hotel & Country Club, there is a relatively isolated beach near to this section of the hotel. As the hotel area is very big, the best way to walk around is to get a map of the entire area, which you can obtain from the check-in counter at the main lobby area.more
There are a total of 8 swimming pools at the Empire Hotel & Country Club, and the pool at the villa houses area of the hotel is perhaps the most beautiful and exclusive. Why?Firstly, it is an "infinity" pool which reaches out to the beach area and South China Sea. Secondly, it is very well designed and exclusive only to the guests staying at the...more