Hubs and I spent our first couple weeks in Brunei at the 5* Resort, The Empire Hotel and Country Club. As the name suggests it’s a grand old affair with gold-plated columns, elevators and even the wall sockets are gold-plated! The resort it huge. It’s a little bit Vegas without all the stuff that really makes Vegas, Vegas. (No booze, no gambling and no scantily clad visitors). There is a gym, cinema and golf course on site as well as 4 or 5 pools although at the moment only 2 of the pools are open. We got a room with a view of the South China Sea (that’s the blue between the other blue and the green):
The trouble with Resorts is this: It’s pretty hot. So you’ll be needing to cool down at the pool. It’s a 10 minute walk to the pool from your building. So you stick on a bikini, add a cover up and make your way there; past the promenade of shops with lonely and bored looking Sales Assistants, through the air conditioned main building and eventually you make it down to the pool. You pick a sunny spot with a clean-looking sun-lounger and throw down your towel before you realise that you left your Ray-Bans in the room. So you head back. Back through the chilly main building, where the thermometer seems to have dropped to “Icelandic”, past those really sad Sales Assistants and up/down any number of (gold-plated) lifts and back to your room. Only when you get there you realise you left the key to your room safely tucked away in the pocket of your Kindle. A trip back down to the lobby to look for a Bell Boy with a master key. Eventually you make it back to the pool. Having spent the last 1/2 hour working up a sweat you’re even more excited about that first cool dip. Only in the time you’ve been gone the pool’s been invaded by Chinese teenagers. So much for the quiet life.