The Empire Brunei
Journey to the island of Borneo, where you'll come face to face with ancient jungles, pristine beaches, and endemic wildlife found nowhere else in the world. Within Borneo, in the tiny Kingdom of Brunei, you'll find The Empire Brunei hotel and resort. A visit to The Empire Brunei is like stepping into another world, where life revolves around luxury, opulence, and most importantly, relaxation, rest, and restoration. Guests of The Empire Brunei can:
- Stay in expansive and luxurious rooms, all with large balconies and direct ocean views
- Dine at one of over a half a dozen restaurants serving local and international cuisine
- Swim in any one of the five pools on property or take a dip in the clear warm waters of the South China Sea
- Play a round of golf at the resort's 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course
- Enjoy seemingly endless activities, from water sports to ball sports to cycling and cooking classes
From the moment you step inside the soaring lobby with its marble pillars, gold accents, and tiger's eye inlaid, gold-plated stair rails, you know you're in for an experience like no other. Sumptuous luxury reminiscent of a private sultan's palace surrounds you on the interior, while beautiful, naturalistic landscaping featuring lagoons, lawns, ponds, and an immaculate golf course nestle you in place when outdoors.
The Empire Brunei's welcoming atmosphere, multiple room types, and ample event space for both weddings and business events makes this resort hotel great for any type of traveler, from an intimate couple's escape to a family-friendly weeks-long reunion.
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With 522 rooms, 52 suites, and 16 standalone villas, The Empire Brunei has a room for everyone. Standard rooms run from Superior to Ocean and Deluxe and all feature high ceilings, plush carpets, gold-accented furniture, crystal lamps, balconies, and ocean views.
More amenity-rich rooms, such as Deluxe with Executive Lounge, the Executive Suite, and Ambassador Suite, offer the same features as standard rooms with the addition of complimentary access to the Executive Lounge, where beverages, garment pressing, breakfast, afternoon tea, evening canapes, and one-hour usage of the Executive Lounge Boardroom are available. Marble bathrooms, soaking tubs, walk-in showers, and furniture adorned with precious lapis lazuli and malachite further the hotel's rich atmosphere.
Finally, the most luxurious of all the accommodations are the 16 free-standing, ultra-private Villas. These two-bedroom separate suites feature their own gardens, a large living and dining area with a pantry, and a host of other amazing amenities, such as a soaking tub, separate shower, and beautiful views from private balconies, all wrapped in a secluded area west of the resort proper.
From locally sourced South Asian dishes to international and European cuisine, the hotel's dining program offers guests a smorgasbord of flavors from around the world. Whether you're in search of Italian and pasta dishes from Spaghettini or want a quick grab-and-go snack from Zest, each dish is prepared with the same dedication to service that is foundational to the guest experience at The Empire Brunei.
Atrium Café – Buffet breakfast and á la cart lunches are on offer at the light-filled Atrium Café.
Li Gong by Yi Yuan Ting SDN BHD – The Empire Brunei's fine dining restaurant features regional Chinese dishes and traditional dim sum.
Pantai – Pantai offers guests buffet dinners focusing on Asian cuisine and barbeque, along with light lunches on weekends.
Lobby Lounge – In the heart of it all, the Lobby Lounge is the place to get afternoon high tea, light meals, pastries, and desserts.
Spaghettini – Classic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine are on the menu at this European-focused restaurant.
Zen – Zen serves travelers Japanese-focused foods including teppanyaki grilled dishes and other East Asian favorites.
Zest – This grab-and-go restaurant provides takeaway drinks, desserts, sandwiches, and salads for when you're on the go.
With over 445 acres / 180 hectares of oasis-like property to explore and experience, there's no shortage of activities to help you while away the day. Within the resort itself, guests can enjoy sports of all kinds, including watersports such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and swimming, along with diving and more traditional sport offerings such as tennis, badminton, cycling, squash, basketball, and hiking. Other activities tend toward entertainment, fitness, and relaxation — with the resort's state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor lap pool, a commercial-grade cinema, and the hotel's spa, where you can treat yourself to the Spa Empire Signature massage, a fusion of Balinese, Taksu, and Swedish massage techniques that will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated.
And, for golf lovers, the 18-hole, par 71 Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course offers 7,029 yards of fairways, greens, and distinct elevation changes. The course is located at The Empire Brunei Country Club, where guests can also experience the golf academy, practice facility, and pro shop.
The Empire Brunei is also happy to set you up on a tour of The Kingdom, with special excursions such as Brunei by Night, where you're invited to explore the city after dark, as well as eco-tours, such as Birdwatching in Ulu Temburong, and the Brunei Monkey tour to see the world-renowned, strange-looking proboscis monkeys.
For travelers seeking an authentic Bruneian experience, head outside the hotel for eco and historical activities.
Other Fun Things to Do
- Bukit Shahbander Recreational Park
- Jerudong Park Waterpark and Playground
- Royal Brunei Golf & Country Club
- Brunei Maritime Museum
- Istana Nurul Iman Palace
- Mausoleum of Sultan Bolkiah
- Silver Jubilee Monument
- Malay Technology Museum
- Water Village
The Empire Brunei
Set on the northern coast of Borneo — the world's third-largest island and home to one of the oldest rain forests on the planet — The Empire Brunei offers guests the chance to experience the natural wonders of the island while also enjoying all the amenities of a five-star hotel stay.
Guest should take note that the Kingdom of Brunei is a Muslim nation where laws prohibiting alcohol and other vices are strictly enforced. However, non-Muslim travelers over the age of 17 can bring alcohol into the country for personal use.
Brunei International Airport is 13.7 mi / 22.1 km away from the hotel — about 25 minutes by car.