Dar Al Masyaf is one of three luxury hotels in the Madinat Jumeirah, a vast Arabic-themed area surrounded by manmade waterways and filled with restaurants, bars and shops. Most of the Dar Al Masyaf rooms are reachable only via a gondola down the waterways, making it somewhat secluded. It’s also by a rather spectacular beach, which is only for hotel guests. The complex is just next door to the iconic Burj Al Arab, and just a few minutes drive away from the Mall of the Emirates. A taxi to the airport will take around 25 minutes.
The rooms are found in ‘Summer Houses’, traditional Arabic-inspired two-storey buildings accessible by waterway or winding paths through the Madinat Jumeirah’s landscaped gardens. The standard Arabian Deluxe Rooms are large, and have ornate Arabian wooden furnishings and artworks liberally scattered about, with a bright and breezy colour-scheme. Each comes with a large terrace, plus a marble bathroom featuring rain shower and tub, and sleep up to two adults and two children under 12. Pre-dinner drinks are served in the courtyard of each summer house between 6pm and 8pm.
The Summer Houses are hidden amid gorgeous landscaped gardens and winding paths by the side of the manmade waterways, perfect for a cheeky wander, and just a few minutes from an incredible beach.
Eating and drinking
Just seconds walk from each Summer House is the Madinat Jumeirah, with more restaurants to sink even Mr Creosote. Arabic food, steaks, Italian, Indian, it’s all here, along with some lively bars, a cool rooftop nightclub and a cosy wine spot. There's also the more fine dining options at the Al Qasr next door, including the city's best Thai, an intimate vegetarian and a spectacular fish restaurant on a pier out to sea.
The 2km private beach almost on the Dar Al Masyaf’s doorstop is laden with deck chairs and staffed with attendants happy to fling towels in your direction. There are games such as table tennis available, alongside more watery activities such as windsurfing, waterskiing and kayaking. Should the waters of the Gulf be a little too toasty, there's a chilled outdoor pool surrounded by deck chairs amid the hotel's summer houses. The Madinat’s Talise Spa is equipped for all of your pampering needs while the Quay Healthclub offers an extensive gym plus 25-metre indoor pool. For a bit of peace and quiet, Sinbad's Kids Club should keep the little ones entertained. Basically, you shouldn’t get bored.
Absolutely excellent - friendly, helpful and attentive throughout.
Who stays there
It's private and secluded nature makes Dar Al Masyaf a big hit with romancing couples. If you stay in the Summer House, you might not encounter anyone else at all.
The price for an Arabic Deluxe room in one of Dar Al Masyaf’s Summer Houses is for up to two adults and two children below 12 and doesn’t include 20 per cent taxes and charges. A more economical option is the Summer Break Package (May 15 – October 8), which includes breakfast and children under 16 - staying in the same room as the adults - can stay and eat for free when accompanying dining adults.
Pros & Cons
- Romantic setting
- Great beach
- Excellent dining options
- Sometimes you have to wait a while for the gondola to pick you up
- Part of giant resort
- Not cheap