Dar Al Masyaf, Madinat Jumeirah

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Even by Dubai’s high standards of service and luxury, the Dar Al Masyaf summer houses are a little bit special. The 29 villas that make up the resort are the most sought-after beachfront properties in Dubai. Each consists of large rooms and suites designed to support the resort’s Arabic themes of décor and service. They offer the privacy of secluded surroundings as well as access to the rest of the Madinat’s extensive facilities. With one pool to every three villas and 24-hour butler services, the palatial villas are wonderfully elegant. Assuming you can stretch to the hefty price tag, the two-storied quarters with their lush, intimate settings and intricately landscaped gardens will excite even the most blasé of holidaymakers. Rooms can be reached by taking a walk through the lush gardens or by a short abra ride through the private canals.

The essentials

•Guests have unlimited access to nearby Wild Wadi waterpark.

•A 24-hour butler is that much more personal than room service and the Dar Al Masyaf boasts one per summer house.

•The stretch of private beach that runs from the Dar Al Masyaf is the best stroll in Dubai. A convenient walkway runs past the Burj Al Arab as far as the iconic 360 bar in the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. All three hotels are operated by the Jumeirah group and there is some sharing of facilities between the three.

•A majilis meeting room is located in each summer house. Free drinks are given to guests from 6pm to 8pm every day.

•The low-rise design of these hotels is in stark contrast with many properties in sky-high Dubai. While this will not be to the tastes of many, other holidaymakers may prefer the quiet privacy of a secluded garden.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,


  • Location: Umm Suqeim, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 366 8888
  • Travel: Al Sufouh Road
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  • No. of Rooms: 283
  • No. of Floors: 2
  • Hotel Rating: 5 star

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  • Activities: 
  • Tennis court, 
  • Sauna, 
  • Fitness centre/gym, 
  • Outdoor pool, 
  • Spa & Health club, 
  • Indoor pool, 
  • Windsurfing
  • Room amenities: 
  • In-room safe, 
  • Balcony & Terrace, 
  • Mini bar, 
  • Television

User reviews

  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Beachside

User reviews:

Posted by: Karen Whiteside on 10 Mar ' 13 at 11:23
  • Best for: Beachside
  • Would you go back to this hotel? Yes

Wow what a wonderful and special place. Would recommend for couples or those travelling with a family. It is a large well thought out resort that is connected via a series of very pretty waterways. Travel by boat or golf buggy makes all areas very accessible and obviously a fun way to travel!
We had a fabulous room overlooking the waterways so it was very private and peaceful. The villas come with an excellent 24 hour butler service. Many thanks to Jerry Obwar who made sure our stay was wonderful. He was great, especially during the 6-8pm happy hour!

Posted by: Marty Morawski on 15 Jan ' 10 at 17:44
  • Best for: Beachside
  • Would you go back to this hotel? No

I have stayed here at least 10-12 times pre- 2007, and stopped because of poorer service every time we came, as well as Price -vs- Value, did not meet our expectations.
for the same price at the Hyatt or Hilton, I would be in a Pres. Suite for sure.
5th anniversary came around, and we decided to give it one more try; what a mistake!
I think I am the only American who has frequented this hotel so much. Although English is the preferred Language of the Staff/Hotel, Private Butlers, who do not know what you are saying, nor can follow directions, or think on their own, or pay attention to details of your reservation.

Last time I'll visit, is all I can say to you

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