More stately and ostentatious than its sister Mina A’Salam, Al Qasr was designed to reflect the royal summer residence while providing the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Madinat resort. It’s certainly grandiose; the huge lobby with Arabian lanterns and plump cushions leads to an opulent cigar lounge, continuing the theme of the Mina A’Salam, although the bedrooms here are larger than those in its sister hotel.
What makes Al Qasr stand out, however, is its 24-hour butler service (not quite the Burj – here you have to share your Jeeves with 11 other rooms), its 2km of private beach and its proximity to the Talise Spa, one of the most sensational spas in the Gulf.
There are club executive (kid-free) lounges and a kids’ club as well as a separate pool, so although Al Qasr is family friendly, you can also have an adults-only break without much intrusion. Transportation through the immense resort is through both water taxis and golf buggies.