Even by Dubai’s high standards of luxury, the Dar Al Masyaf summer houses are a little bit special. The 29 villas that make up the resort – the most sought-after beachfront properties in Dubai –consist of large rooms and suites that follow resort’s Arabic theme. With one pool to every three villas and 24-hour butler services, the palatial villas are wonderfully elegant. They carry a hefty price tag, but the two-storied quarters, with their lush, intimate settings and intricately landscaped gardens, are surely worth it. Dar Al Masyaf, Jumeirah, Dubai, (04 366 8888).
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