Dar Al Masyaf at Madinat Jumeirah
Dubai - Jumeirah Beach, United Arab Emirates
based on 7 nights
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per person for 7 nights, based on 2 people sharing an Arabian Summer House, on a bed and breakfast basis, including transfers.
At a Glance
The closest thing you'll come to a boutique hotel in Dubai
Traditional courtyard summer houses of old Arabia have inspired these beautifully designed stand-alone, two-storey houses
Guests of Dar Al Masyaf receive private butler service
Ideal for small groups of families
The Dar Al Masyaf Gulf Summer Houses offer superb access to the beach and benefit from privileged locations within the resort
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The best time to visit the UAE is between October and November and then February and March, when temperatures hang around the mid-20s and the humidity is under control. While December and January are generally considered the best months to go, the weather over the last couple of ‘winters’ has been unpredictable with occasional cloud and rain.
The month of Ramadan means hotel rates are heavily discounted, but while outside the resort, Ramadan is strictly adhered to, within the resorts you will notice very little difference.
High summer (July and August) means heavy discounted hotels it’s a great option for a cheap getaway but it will be very very hot and very very humid!
Dar Al Masyaf offers a private and luxurious sanctuary within the vast resort complex of Madinat Jumeirah. This is a fantastic option for families and couples alike. Dar Al Masyaf is made up of 29 standalone Arabian and Gulf Summer Houses.
Inspired by the traditional Arabian courtyard summer houses and with no more than 11 rooms in each house, they offer an element of privacy yet still have easy access to the superb facilities of Madinat Jumeirah. The Arabian Summer Houses are scattered around the resort and have the benefit of a private pool for every three or four units. The Gulf Summer Houses are located along the beach and offer excellent sea views together with easy access to the beach. Both options present the most luxurious accommodation within the Madinat complex.
Within Madinat Jumeirah there is a huge choice of facilities available including an excellent Kid’s Club, a wonderful spa (both located at Al Qasr), a reconstructed and air conditioned souk and a choice of over 40 restaurants, bars and cafes. All of this is spread out amongst stunning landscaped gardens and a 1 kilometer stretch of private beach. A quirky addition is the 3.7 kilometers of waterways with traditional boats to transfer guests from place to place.
Dar Al Masyaf offers 283 rooms and suites spread out between 29 Summer Houses. Rooms are beautifully furnished in an antique Arabian style and feature luxurious amenities, intricately detailed bathrooms with separate bathtubs and walk-in rain showers and exclusive butler service. Internet access and Wild Wadi Water Park entry are both complimentary.
|Arabian Summer House Deluxe||
The Arabian Summer House Deluxe rooms have a delightfully serene setting with private beach access and are positioned to offer views of the lush gardens and waterways. They offer 60m² of space with king-size or twin beds, a secluded terrace, private majlis and generous marble bathroom. There is also private check in and butler service.
|Gulf Summer House Arabian Deluxe||
The Gulf Summer House Arabian Deluxe rooms are located closer to the private beach, which is accessible through a garden courtyard. They have views of the lush gardens and meandering waterways and offer 60m² of space with king-size or twin beds, a secluded terrace, private majlis and generous marble bathroom. There is also private check in and butler service.
|Gulf Summer House Ocean Deluxe||
The Gulf Summer House Ocean Deluxe rooms offer views of the breathtaking tranquil azure ocean. The beach is accessible through a garden courtyard. They offer 60m² of space with king-size or twin beds, a secluded terrace, private majlis and generous marble bathroom. There is also private check in and butler service.
|Arabian Summer House - Arabian Suite||
The Arabian Suites are designed in an opulent and distinct Middle Eastern style with warm tones and natural tiles paired with antique furnishings. There is a spacious marble bathroom with glass-walled shower and separate bathtub, a lounge and dining area with pantry, a lush garden and waterway views from the duo of shared pool terraces. The suites benefit from a private butler service and private check-in facility.
|Gulf Summer House - Arabian Suite||
The Gulf Summer House Arabian Suites are located closer to the beach. 120m² in size with a spacious lounge area, majilis and bedroom, these suites are decorated with authentic Arabian furnishings. The spacious marble bathrooms feature glass-walled showers, and the suites also have a private pantry and butler service for dining and entertaining. There are two outdoor terraces for outdoor relaxation.
|Gulf Summer House - Ocean Suite||
The Gulf Summer House Ocean Suites offer uninterrupted panoramic ocean views.
120m² in size with a spacious lounge area, majilis and bedroom, these suites are decorated with authentic Arabian furnishings. The spacious marble bathrooms feature glass-walled showers, and the suites also have a private pantry and butler service for dining and entertaining. There are two outdoor terraces for outdoor relaxation.
Dar Al Masyaf is highly recommended for children and has an excellent Kid’s Club, Sinbad's, at the neighboring Al Qasr hotel offering a wide range of organized activities and a kid's pool supervised by highly trained lifeguards.
The Madinat complex has an excellent Kid’s Club, Sinbad's, located at the Al Qasr hotel which offers a wide range of organized activities and a kid's pool supervised by highly trained lifeguards. Sinbad's is open daily from 8am to 7pm and accepts children from 4 to 12 years old. Children aged 2 to 3 years can be left at Sinbad's between 8am - 12pm, after which they must be collected or accompanied by a parent or babysitter. A babysitting service is available on request at an additional charge.
The Dar Al Masyaf is located within the Madinat Jumeirah complex and enjoys access to the unrivalled range of leisure facilities available across the three hotels. With a choice of swimming pools, the award-winning Talise Spa and Talise fitness center, Sinbad's Kids Club, souk Madinat Jumeirah with 75 boutique shops, over 50 world class restaurants, bars and nightlife venues and the adjacent Wild Wadi Waterpark with free access for guests, there is something to suit every individual need.
The activities on offer at the Dar Al Masyaf are extensive thanks to its membership of the Madinat Jumeirah complex of hotels.
Active guests can enjoy access to Talise Fitness - the resort's modern, fully equipped gym offering world class personal training as well as a swim school, a High Altitude Suite to achieve quick results and a state-of-the-art, 6.4 meter-high rock climbing wall. The resort has 2 squash courts and 5 floodlit tennis courts. The on-site Peter Burwash International Tennis Programme provides keen players with quality instruction.
The resort enjoys a two kilometer stretch of private pristine beach and water sports enthusiasts have plenty of options to choose from including windsurfing, sailing, waterskiing, kayaking and wakeboarding. The Pavilion Dive Center offers scuba diving for all levels.
If shopping is your reason to visit Dubai, the Souk Madinat Jumeirah offers 75 boutique shops selling everything from fashion, jewelry, antiques, and perfumes. It also has a vast range of food outlets offering cuisines from across the globe. For entertainment, there is a theater with regular live musicals, comedy acts, ballets and plays and numerous nightlife venues including a karaoke lounge bar.
Nicky Hazeldine (Staff)
There is a quiet and tranquil feel to Dar Al Masyaf with the waterways offering a unique and fun way to get around the Madinat resort complex. The rooms are very spacious with only 8 or 9 other rooms in a unit, each unit with its own outside seating area and swimming pool where you can also enjoy drinks from 6 - 7pm. Staying within the Madinat hotel complex you have access to over 60 restaurants, literally catering to every taste!
Kirsty Harper (Staff)
Although located within the large resort of Madinat Jumeirah, Dar Al Masyaf has a quiet and peaceful feel. The rooms are located within Arabic style summer houses with waterways connecting you to the large selection of facilities of the Madinat complex.
Katie May (Staff)
I really liked the feel of Dar Al Masyaf, away from the hustle and bustle of its neighboring sister hotels. The waterways meander their way through the summer houses and offer a relaxing way to get around. Each of the summer houses is located on a small "island" with 8 or 9 other units, each sharing a pool. There is a feeling of peace, tranquillity and exclusivity, yet you are only a stone's throw from the souk, Wild Wadi Waterpark, and the busy Jumeirah Beach.
Clare Monro (Staff)
Dar Al Masyaf boasts the best of both worlds - a boutique and intimate feel with all of the perks of being in a larger resort. The summerhouses are small buildings which feel a bit like Moroccan Riads, (a pool for every three summer houses) but then you've got 44 restaurants to choose from! It's also good fun getting around the property by 'abra' or boat, on the resort's canals.
Elizabeth Bray (Staff)
Jumeirah Madinat is a large complex split into three separate hotels and linked by waterways. There are over 60 restaurants to try should you have the time, as well as a large beach, souk area (Arabian market) and various pools to choose from.
1. Mina A'Salam is the hotel option for guests with a slightly more modest budget. It has an old Arabic style, grand lobby with a huge pond of rose petals and the rooms feature dark woods and give a subdued luxury feel. I would recommend the Arabian Sea View Deluxe rooms or suites as they allow two children under 12 to share your room, which is great for smaller families or couples looking to access the Jumeirah complex at a lower budget.
2. Dar al Masyaf is the most exclusive section of the complex and the most popular with Scott Dunn guests. It is made up of a collection of summerhouses spread all around the complex and joined by waterways. Each house has around 9 rooms and a suite. The houses are split into two categories: Arabian and Gulf. The Gulf houses offer either sea view or garden view rooms, Arabian offering garden view rooms only, and there is one suite in each house. All rooms interconnect so they are great for families. The Dar Al Masyaf feels like a boutique hotel despite being part of such a large resort. This hotel also has the best access to the beach, children's club and majority of restaurants.
3. Al Qasr is the more luxurious of the two main hotels and more suitable for couples than Mina A'Salam. I would say Al Qasr is more glitzy and better located due to its proximity to the beach; the kid's club and the souk area are also located here with many shops and restaurants, perfect for families. Rooms have either Arabian (garden) views or Gulf (sea) views. Connecting rooms can be requested but are unfortunately not guaranteed.
I highly recommend their new Mexican restaurant Tortuga, which is great to pop into for a casual yet yummy meal in the Mina A'Salam, the Pulled Beef Burrito is excellent as is the Borrego Mexican Tacos which is oven roasted lamb in avocado leaves with green tomatillo sauce.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
Dar Al Masyaf is part of the Madinat Jumeirah complex of hotels and is home to the exclusive Arabian style villas. Each cluster of villas is located close to the water's edge and surrounds a private pool, providing the opportunity to relax in peace. The facilities on offer within the Madinat Jumeirah are extensive, with over 40 restaurants you are spoiled for choice. Jumeirah Beach is a popular Dubai destination, and the Madinat Jumeirah is one of the more popular hotels, especially for families with children wanting to enjoy the Wild Wadi Waterpark, which is complimentary for hotel guests to access.
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Location & directions
Dubai - Jumeirah Beach, United Arab Emirates
Madinat Jumeirah lies in a superb location along the prestigious Jumeirah beach strip, on the Arabian Coastline near Burj Al Arab.