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).To see 100 more of our favourite things to do in Dubai, click here.