Open For Play (1997)
Bandar Seri Begawan
Empire Country Club, The Online:
The Empire Country Club has some of the finest golfing facilities in the region. Its floodlit 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf course has played host to heads-of-state and royalty from around the world. The course also hosts the annual Brunei Open, contested by the professional Asian Tour. The course has also been ranked among Asia's leading golf destinations in the World Travel Awards. The course's driving range has 26 covered bays with target greens from 50 to 200 metres. There is also a putting and chipping green. Golf lessons on the driving range or course are available with resident professional Ahmad Dan Bateman, an accomplished Canadian who has featured on the US Secondary Tour for the past 10 years and on the Asian Tour for the past 7 years. The latest in golf equipment and golfing fashion can be hired or purchased from the golf pro shop.
The Empire Country Club is located in the grounds of Brunei's luxurious beachfront resort, The Empire Hotel & Country Club. Its array of world-class sports and leisure facilities includes floodlit tennis, badminton, squash, fitness centre, ten-pin bowling, billiards and snooker, indoor spa pool and a multi purpose court. It also houses a spa providing a wide variety of massage therapies and beauty treatments.
The Empire Hotel & Country Club Sheer Luxury and Opulence in the Sultanate of Brunei
A peaceful sanctuary of sheer luxury and opulence, The Empire Hotel & Country Club is the crown jewel of the Sultanate of Brunei on the tropical island of Borneo.
Overlooking the South China Sea, at the edge of one of Asia's oldest rainforests, The Empire Hotel & Country Club is Brunei’s most prestigious beach resort offering its guests unsurpassed 5-star luxury.
This palatial hotel is set in its own private 180-hectare (445 acres) estate of manicured botanical gardens and a championship, floodlit Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Towering Royal palms, blossoming bougainvilleas and other exotic shrubs provide a stately arrival at a property which is regarded as one of the finest in the world.
The Empire Hotel & Country Club offers every guest a stunning panorama either of the ocean, lagoon, gardens or golf course. This spectacular masterpiece of architecture and design features 454 guestrooms which at 60 sq m, are some of the largest in Southeast Asia. Also 64 opulent suites and a collection of private villas set in their own grounds complete with waterfalls and private swimming pool.
Imperial king-size beds with the softest duvets and down pillows are standard throughout the hotel, as are oversized en suite marble-tiled bathrooms with walk-in showers and deep soaking tubs with gold fittings.
Top of the suites range is the Emperor Suite, which boasts former US President Bill Clinton amongst an impressive line-up of famous guests. At 666 sq m, it is one of the world’s largest hotel suites featuring its own indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and full-sized movie screen. This “palace within a palace” has been voted the “World’s Leading Presidential Suite” in the World Travel Awards.
Fine dining is another hallmark of the Empire Hotel & Country Club with an exceptional choice of international restaurants offering authentic local and international cuisines prepared by its team of master chefs. Signature restaurant, Spaghettini, serves an Italian menu, while Pantai by the beach and poolside provides the ultimate in al fresco dining. Li Gong specializes in exquisite Cantonese cuisine and the main Atrium Café is known throughout Brunei for its daily luncheon buffet which offers a magnificent spread of international dishes served against a backdrop of ocean vistas.
Overlooking the putting green and also with a sea view, is the popular Bunker Bistro at the neighbouring Country Club, which is the place to enjoy a casual meal after a round of golf, with a menu of international and local dishes by the master chefs – The Bunker Sizzlers.
For business travellers, the exclusive E-Club offers a private lounge, concierge and business center with sea view terrace, for complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and all-day soft drinks, coffee and tea. Internet is complimentary for Deluxe E-Club Room, Suite and Villa guests.
In addition, The Empire Hotel & Country Club boasts impeccable credentials as a MICE destination (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) housing a variety of function rooms with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment catering to events of all kinds. The Empire Hotel & Country Club has previously hosted many prominent international events such as the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF), Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC) CEO Summit and Commonwealth Finance Ministers’ Meeting.
The splendour of The Empire extends to the Country Club, which has facilities rivaling the best in the world. Its array of world-class sports and leisure facilities includes floodlit tennis, badminton, squash, fitness centre, ten-pin bowling, billiards and snooker. It also houses a spa providing a wide variety of massage therapies and beauty treatments. A must try is The Royal Touch package which offers science and hands on therapy combine for physical refreshment from top to toe.
Ranked among Asia’s leading golf destinations in the World Travel Awards, The Empire Hotel & Country Club offers one of the finest golfing facilities in the region. Immaculate fairways and greens, sensitively carved through natural rainforest and vegetation at the magnificent floodlit 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course also play host to the annual Brunei Open, contested by the professional Asian Tour.
Meanwhile, diving enthusiasts can explore Brunei’s spectacular underwater reefs and shipwrecks through a PADI scuba-diving centre for both adults and children, or enjoy a range of water sports, from windsurfing to sailing as well as the resort’s swimming pool complex which boasts no less than nine beachfront pools.
Unique in Asia, the hotel has its own state of the art theatre for live concerts and performances, as well as its own movie theatre, The Empire Cinema. Both are ideal for fun, family entertainment. Additional facilities for family include The E-Kids Club which provides all-day care and entertainment for youngsters enhanced with an eco-friendly focus. Youngsters aged between 3-10 years have their own playground in an enclosed safe area with a shallow pool, water slide and activity room.
With its emphasis on luxury, exemplary standards of excellence and premium service, The Empire Hotel & Country Club is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including ‘Asia’s Leading Resort’ and ‘Brunei’s Best Hotel’ in the World Travel Awards.
Frequently voted Asia’s Best Resort, it is no surprise that Brunei’s most prestigious resort continues to host royalty, heads of state and celebrities. Visitors can experience the majesty of Brunei Darussalam, through the unsurpassed 5-star beach resort literally fit for royalty, The Empire Hotel & Country Club.
Best Golf Resort in Asia Pacific from Asian Golf Monthly in December 2010
Hosted Aberdeen Brunei Senior Masters since 2009