This was our eigth visit to Dubai in eight years and as with all previous occassions we booked into Madinat Jumeirah. We have tended to stay at Al Qasr but this was our second time at Dar Al Masyaf.
Because we have been so many times before and always love it, I tend to have a nagging fear when we arrive that it will not live up to past experience. Once again, however, this fear was soon quashed. It's as good as ever.
Without doubt this is our favourite resort. Everything you could want for is available without leaving the complex. In fact, we always plan to have meals out but usually end up sticking with the 40+ restaurants that are within walking/buggy/abra distance.
Personally I think that Dar Al Masyaf is slightly superia to Al Qasr but there's not a lot in it. Certainly the rooms are bigger. The free drinks from 6-8pm definitely swing it. Each evening we would have a couple of glasses of Champagne each before heading out. At Madinat prices, that probably saved us over £400 over our 4 night stay.
The rooms are absolutely beautiful and although we were in villa 24, quite a long way from the beach and pool, the buggies and abra's can be ordered by your butler which makes like easy if you don't feel like walking in the blistering heat. It was also nice to be able to sit out on the balcony overlooking the waterway.
The beds... don't get me started on the beds. My wife complains about our bed at home every time we get back from Dubai. The beds just seem to eat you up. I can't imagine anyone struggling to sleep.
Breakfast is fantsatic whether you eat it by the pool or in the main restaurant. We didn't really do it justice but you could spend hours in there if you wanted. It's worth it just for the mint and lemon juice. Beautiful!
Other than the rooms, eating options and the impecable service, it is the beach and the pool that make the resort what it is. While the pool can get quite lively when there are plenty of kids about, the beach is a lovely peaceful retreat. The water was like getting in a bath too.
I need to add that the one negative is that Madinat Jumeirah is very expensive. When we first visited it was a cheap get-away. That is far from the case now. The rooms are expensive and some of the food and drink prices can be eye-watering. That said, the fact that we keep going back goes to show that you are getting the quality that you pay for.
If you are thinking about booking either Al Qasr or Dar Al Masyaf, all I can say is "do it". You won't regret it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amongst tranquil gardens, waterways, exclusive pools and Madinat Jumeirah's private beach, the intimate and exquisite summerhouses of Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf offer newly refurbished elegant and spacious guestrooms and courtyards, personalised and generous butler service and an understated Arabian luxury experience. These summerhouses offer an exquisitely designed hideaway - the premium accommodation at the Arabian Resort of Dubai. Every summerhouse has a typical Arabian Majlis or living room where sundowners are served to guests daily before they depart by traditional abra boats, on foot or by golf buggies to one of the resort's 40 restaurants. Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf has been completely redecorated in summer 2015 and features Arabian, Gulf and Ocean villas. Dubai's longest private beach is only steps away, as well as the many facilities within Madinat Jumeirah Resort. Souk Madinat Jumeirah features more than 80 shops, bars and restaurants. Access to Talise Spa and Talise Fitness, tennis and squash courts as well as unlimited access to Wild Wadi Waterpark are all available to guests. ... more less
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