In search of the beautiful Brunei

Tropical delight ... Brunei conjures mystic images.

The island of Borneo in South East Asia conjures exotic and mystical images - a land filled with treasures, contrasts and surprises. And the Brunei Tourism Authority went all out to promote it at ILTM.

"The kingdom of Brunei Darussalem, an independent state on the north coast of the island, is no exception. With its wild interior, unspoilt beaches and a rich cultural heritage it has much to offer," said an official.

"With its rainforest, one of the few remaining unspoilt natural treasures of the world, Brunei is frequently referred to as the 'kingdom in the jungle'; the same could also be said about the ultra-luxurious Empire Hotel and Country Club.

This property is spacious and luxurious. Located on a stretch of Brunei's pristine coastline by the South China Sea, the resort evokes a tranquil ambience. The 162-hectare estate has lush tropical gardens, providing an idyllic sanctuary next to a championship golf course and is Brunei's only beachside hotel.

The spectacular lobby mirrors the riches and elegance of a Royal Court. Exclusivity and privacy, in rooms, suites and villas with personalised service, is assured. Each room is elegantly designed and appointed with private balconies and huge marble bathrooms. The Music House is a sensation, with its rooms, indoor swimming pool, dance floor and recording studio.

Guests are offered a variety of facilities including an 18-hole championship floodlit golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. With its views of the South China Sea it is both a delight and a challenge to play. There are floodlit outdoor tennis courts, indoor air-conditioned badminton and squash courts, a 50-metre outdoor pool, ten-pin bowling, a three-screen cinema and a kids' club."