We found the Empire Country Club quite by accident. Our moving and packing schedule from Miri to Ipoh was fairly rigorous and the move came as a short notice shock to the children who were just starting to settle in Miri. A few months ago we read that there was an ASEAN dinosaur exhibition coming to Brunei just a short drive from Miri. The children, who love dinosaurs, asked very politely if we could go to see it. While we normally avoid this type of stuff like the plague we thought it would make a perfect treat to reward them for their good behaviour and excellent help with the packing.
|Mosaics in the most expensive hotel building in the world|
We had both read about this place as it was infamous for almost bankrupting the oil rich state. It was built, originally, as a private residence but when the costs of construction could not be met it had to be taken over by the state and turned into a hotel. It is, perhaps, one of the most sumptuous buildings I have ever seen, rivalling the Hermitage which is not surprising given the amount of money it cost to build. It manages (just) to appear luxurious rather than kitsch but it teeters very close to the edge.
|one of the many swimming pools|
|The accommodation blocks were added to|
make the residence into an hotel. Rates are, we understand, quite reasonable.
|Traditional high tea...|
|...with more food than four people could ever eat.|
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