Empire Hotel and Country Club, Brunei Darussalam

26 06 2007

Submitted by Juan Pablo


I do enjoy visiting some of the fotoblogs. It’s interesting to see their perspectives on places, people and events. Taking shots of building is not my flavour as I prefer to take portraits and people in photographs. However, recently, I did an experiment in taking pictures of building. Here are my shots of the Empire Hotel and Country Club. Enjoy them!


Look like postcards to me! Last weekend, there was not much of an afternoon sun. Usually, at around 5.00 pm, you can see the wall of the Atrium Building going GOLDEN from the sun rays!!

I love the architectural design of the Pantai Restaurant. It gives me such a relaxing mood when u set into the restaurant or just walk around it!.

The three coconut trees are such an insignia for me. You can pretend to be in the Caribbean without leaving the country. Dreaming is free!! hehehe


Me and Daboys’ favourite haunt at the Empire has to be the Pool Deck . We can eat, drink, swim and sleep here if we want. Not only the food…. but the service of Imam and his team, made us feel at home. Recommended food to have include Nachos, Club Sandwich and Chicken Caesar Salad. Drinks?? Try the healthy smoothies.. Yumm!!

Oh ! This little fella couldn’t agree more with me..!!! As you can see, he patiently wait to be served in the pool!! Cute!!

For more info, visit The Empire Hotel & Country Club main website.


Grand Hyatt Singapore

24 06 2007

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A favourite address of mine whenever I go to Singapore… the Grand Hyatt Hotel at the Scotts Road with its newly furbished Grand Rooms. Spacious minimalist designed concept that makes a weary traveler feel welcome and at home. With plasma TV and sun- flower shower head that makes you feel like having a shower in the rain.

Oh. don’t forget to have your meal at the Straits Kitchen ( Halal). Great choices of Asian cuisine.

Club Olasis is my venue if I want to exercise or try out the spa. If you have the energy in the evening, why don’t you pop into Brix, have a drink and listen or dance the night away to the band.

Definitely more than 5 for me.

More info on the hotel here.

Post by Georgious Papardous

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22 06 2007

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Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

5 06 2007

Emirates Palace

Entry contributed by Filly.

Another hotel that I stayed during my trip to Dubai, or more appropriate a palace, the Emirates Palace of Abu Dhabi. I remember there was a forward email about this Emirates Palace saying that its the residence of one of the Arabs Prince. Well I can tell you it isn’t, although it is fit for a prince/princess. My first impression of this hotel would have to be of this expression – *speechless* . Yes it’s simply is in a class of its own. Just take a look for yourself…

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All I can say is that never in my wildest dream that I’d experience staying at this luxurious place since I know I could never afford it because I heard even just a coke will cost you probably around 30 to 50 USD, if I’m not mistaken. But I must say the downside of the Emirates Palace would be that you can get lost easily because the palace is so huge that getting back to your room could be quite a walkathon. But then again, don’t worry about getting lost because they will assign each one of you a butler. Now I’m sure when the word butler is mentioned, you’d quickly picture Alfred from Batman or Mr. Belvedere. Nope you don’t get the old men type but instead the butler is a lady (mine looks like Shakira!) with a very nice and unique uniform looking to show you your room and how everything in your room operates. Men would definately love this. Oh, one of the unique thing about the room is the coin shaped key (middle pic below).

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So do you really still need my ratings? Ok I’ll say 7 stars out of 5. Hehe…

The Emirates Palace is part of the Kempinski Group which also owns The Kempinski Mall of Emirates.

Note: Main pics taken from The Emirates Palace main website. Thumbnails are taken by Filly.

Posted by Andrew Rijley

Villarica Park Lake Hotel, Pucon, Chile

3 06 2007

Sun-rise over Villarica Lake

It may seems forever to reach the hotel especially if you come from Asia. Once you reach Santiago, you have to take a flight to Temoco and an hour’s drive to Pucon. Once you reached Pucon, you will appreciate the beauty of the place with the lake in front of you and Mount Villarica in your background.

Villarica Park Late Hotel is not the only hotel in Pucon but one of the best there.

A total of 70 rooms with two swimming pools, a spa. gym and other amenities and lovely view of the Villarica Lake. The Hotel is packed especially in the Summer where the Chileans will come and spend their summer here.

Food is great with international cuisine and local Chilean wines to suit your choice of meals.
While you are there, you can visit Mount Villarica and many of the “thermas” or hot spring around the area.

Definitely 5 out of 5.

Post by Georgious Papardous
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Ritz Carlton, Santiago, Chile

3 06 2007

Roof Top Swimming pool, gym and spa

A hotel designed for World and Corporate leaders. The Ritz Carlton in down town Santiago Chile is made for the immaculate world travelers.

The roof top swimming and spa facilties with the snow capped Andes Mountain in the background, provide an excellent retreat in the middle of the city.

Since its creation in June 2003, The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago has received all the major awards the local and international hospitality industry and leading consumer organizations can confer. The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago is the first and only Chilean hotel to be named the number one hotel of Mexico, Central and South America by the prestigious Travel+Leisure Magazine.

My rating : 5 out of 5.

Post by: Georgious Papardous

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The Kempinski Mall of the Emirates

3 06 2007

Entry contributed by Filly.

Stayed at this hotel on the second day it officially opened so being the first to sleep in the room is an honour. Its a very modernly furnished hotel with one of the most comfortable bed of the trip and its very spacious.


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These pictures of my room are their standard room and its complete with dining, living room and the best part is its located inside the biggest mall and the so called indoor ice skiing in Dubai.

My rating: 5 stars out of 5.

Kempinski Mall of the Emirates website

Posted by: Andrew Rijleh