Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf at Madinat Jumeirah
13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Brilliantly conceived and executed hotel resort that reminded me of a Disney style hotel. The place is very well run with loads of food outlets of various standards but offers no sense of privacy and real luxury. As a commercial venture the hotel is a great success because it fits the right mould for families with small kids who want to sleep 3/4 to a room. For those who want a little more luxury(the hotel is expensive) and a little privacy go elsewhere.
Dubai is booming, the roads are becoming very busy at times, there is so much building work going on it reminded me of Shanghi but only more insane. China has over 1 billion population, Dubai has around 1 million!
At some stage when they have completed the Palm, Jebel Ali, The World, Dubailand and of course the worlds tallest building it will be worth revisiting!
Until it all quietens down the place is best left to families with kids under 14. For them it is very good."
- Travel date: Sun 19th of February 2006
The most amazing place
"We stayed in an Arabian deluxe Summer house with our two children. The service, surroundings and hotel are outstanding. This was our second visit to the Madinat Jumeirah Resort and it just gets better. The staff can't do enough. The weather for January was perfect and the kids had a fantastic time. Don't be put off by other reviews - this is still a family resort,the kids club was great, the huge Al qasr pool amazing, and the lifeguards watch the children all the time. THe Wild Wadi water park is next door. You can get free transport via the water taxis and a golf buggy. The waiters are great with the kids. We didn't experience one family where the children were distruptive or annoying. The kind of people who visit here are not the kind you get in spanish resorts. The only kind of "bling" on display here is the real thing. Make sure you visit the Ski Dome at the Emirates Mall - Snow in Dubai whatever next!! If you want to experience a truly 5 star experience in the most beautiful of surroundings, with great food and service visit this hotel. If you want the european "bling" then go next door to the Jumeriah Beach hotel."
- Travel date: Tue 7th of February 2006
"I stayed in an Ocean Gulf villa by the beach for 4 nights while celebrating my wifes 40th birthday.Pure and ultimate luxury.A place to really chill and enjoy excellent service from your "butler" for whom no request is too much bother.Your transport around the resort is by either golf buggy or abra (water taxi)and everytime arrived in minutes after ordering through our butler.
Enjoyed the 6pm to 8pm free drinks period every night in the coutyard of the villa complex incl champagne.Enormous choice of restaurants however you can get stung with the cost of wine.
Would most definately recommend for time to chill or with children.Hope to return shortly."
- Travel date: Tue 24th of January 2006
"Stayed at this hotel in July 05 for one week, there is nothing negative to say, it really is a beautiful place and very hard to beat, except for the Al maha desert resort, i cannot add anymore to other comments only you will love it, i had a waterways view and was more than happy with this choice it was cheaper than the gulf view.
Make sure you experience cocktail hour as it is not heavily promoted 6pm -8pm , in the cooler months sit outside in the courtyard with your glass of champers.
Jumeriah really does tick all the boxes."
- Travel date: Sun 8th of January 2006
"We spent 5 nights at Dar Al Masyaf in November with our young son and enjoyed it immensely. It was easily one of the best hotels we have stayed in anywhere in the world. You arrive in Al Qasr and are taken by boat to your villa. These are like Moroccan Riads with 9 rooms and a private butler, set amongst beautiful garens and waterways. Three villas share a private pool but there are also large pools within Madinat Jumeirah to visit. The rooms are beautiful and large with huge bathrooms. Service is impeccable and the private butlers for each villa can't do enough to help. The hotel is child friendly and has an amazing kids club with covered pool. Lifeguards were everywhere. At night the butler will call you a golf buggy or boat to take you to one of over 50 restaurants. Pad Thai was our favourite. The waterways within the resort give way to harbours and quays lined with bars and restaurants, giving an almost Mediterranean feel. The beach is very clean and has great service, and unlike many other Dubai hotels, there ia almost no construction nearby. The sea and pools were warm in November. Overall, we had an amazing holiday and can't wait to return. I would say this is definitely one of the best hotels in the world."
- Travel date: Mon 26th of December 2005
Dar Al Masyaf - Perfection!
"My wife and myself have just returned from a 4 night stay in an Ocean Deluxe Villa. We have previously stayed at the JBH and had high expectations, they were all met and exceeded.
The Villas are spacious, luxurious, tasteful, the butlers welcoming, friendly and helpful. We found every aspect of the Madinat complex to be faultless.
All meals including pool snacks were extremley good. Our favourite restaurant is Pierchic (Book early to aviod disappointment).
We found the best mall was Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai an experience, Arabian Adventures desert tour great fun.
All in all an amazing break. Go you will not be disappointed."
- Travel date: Tue 13th of December 2005
Jumeirah International Hospitality at its best
"We are regular visitors to Dubai and over the past 4 years have had the opportunity to experience a number of its superb hotels. When you are staying 5 Star Dubai Style its difficult to find fault with any of the Hotels, but we have found there is a diffrence and that is staying at a Jumeirah International Property. We have stayed at The Emirates Towers which is sophisticated and elegant at The Jumeirah Beach Hotel which has impresive rooms, good service but tends to be busy with families. We were therefore delighted to see that durring 2002 building works were well under way for The Madinat Jumeirah Resort which looked like it would surpass any other accommodation on offer in Dubai (The Burj Al Arab excluded, although not everybody's cup of tea)
We were lucky enough to stay at The Mina Al Salam durring its first week of opening back in Sept 2003 and it met all our expectations and more, excellent rooms great food and first class service. Whilst there we were shown over the building works which were to become, The Souk, The Al Qasar and The Dar Al Masyaf Villas. Durring late 2004 and earlier this year we stayed at The Al Qasar and found this to be even more luxurious than The Mina Al Salam, the service was friendly and the pool outstanding. Having now fallen for the charm of the Madiant Resort we decided back In August to treat ourselves to a stay in one of the Arabian Summer houses, we were not dissapointed. The price is a little more than using the Executive Club Floor in The Al Qasar but the additional cost is well worth it. The room we had was very genorous in size and featured a sitting area and a seperate dressing room with a huge en-suite bathroom, we also had a large balcony overlooking the waterways. The rooms follow the theme of the resort being decorated with a traditional Arabic style using some of the finest materials and providing a luxurious yet homely feel. We enjoyed the 24hour service from a team of butlers who couldnt do enough for you, they were friendly and professional and made the stay even more special. Each Summer house has the use of a Private Swimming pool which has a lifeguard on duty most of the day. The pool has a number of recliners/ parasol's and complimentary towels are provided for you, your butler will even serve you drinks poolside if you ask. You have the use of all the other facilities within the Madinat Resort and the use of the Main Pool shouldnt be missed, its the largest poll in the UAE, the Pool Butlers are friendly and enthusiastic and amazingly remembered us from our previous stays. If its First Class Sevice, First Class Food and an unforgetable Holiday you want, look no further than Madinat Jumeirah it has it all. Ps The buffet breakfasts at all the Hotels are mind blowing (although not cheap) will set you up for the day."
- Travel date: Fri 12th of August 2005
"Just returned from Dar Al Masyaf- what a fantastic resort.
We stayed five nights in the arabian summer villas
very friendly, extremely professional staff
And very luxurious surroundings.
recommend to anyone.
Far better than tacky Berg al arab"
- Travel date: Mon 8th of August 2005
"Just Returned from a 5 day stay at the Dar al Masyaf Villa's in the Madinat Jumeirah Resort and i am already planning my return. This is truly the best hotel in Dubai. The rooms, service and surroundings are uncomparable to any other hotel around. We had been given royal treatment and i was lovin it. I have stayed at Jumeirah Beach hotel nextdoor, but this is truly on another level.
The Place is a true wonder, Check it out."
- Travel date: Sat 23rd of July 2005
Brilliant! Fabulous! Luxurious!
"This holiday was fantastic, my boyfriend and I stayed for 10 days in one of the summer houses (villa) at the Dar Al Masaf. The Room was very spacious and luxurious and had everything you needed, from shower gels, conditioners, dressing gowns, beach towels, beach bags, slippers, tea making facilities, hairdryer etc. We had fresh fruit and water free to our villa everyday and a 24 hour butler service who was there to book reservations bring ice etc.
The massive walk in bathroom / dressing room had 2 built in wardrobes with a big stand alone oval bath and a huge shower. The Dar Al Masyaf was the best place to stay as you were next to the beach and also right near the gigantic swimming pool and a bridge away from the souk. The food in most of the restaurants in the souk were great especially The Meat Co which we eat in on the last night, we had wished we had eat in there earlier as would have probably eaten in there a few more times!
I would recommend at the airport if you want to drink to buy alcohol at the airport as the mini bar was very expensive. Also if you like a decent cup of tea also take your own tea bags.
If you go to the waterpark make sure you get a voucher from your butler as this gives you discount into the park and free towels. One trip we went on was the Desert bedonin safari which we booked through Gulf Ventures. The tour guide was absolutely hilarious and made our night on the 4x4 drive through the sand dunes.
Catch the free shuttle bus from main reception in Al Qsar to all local shoping centres, souk etc. Karama is very very cheap for up to date DVD's and fake bags, watches etc. A good tip for bartering is at the Karama pay 50% of their original price, at the gold souk a good price is about 70% of their original price.
In dubai you can wear what you want anywhere but ladies be prepared to get some stares if you do wear short skirts and revealing tops when not around the beach or pool.
Also last but not least, if your like me and worry about Mosquitoes and getting bitten, I did see Mozzie's but didn't get bitten once and didn't wear any repellent"
- Travel date: Thu 14th of July 2005
"This was our first family stay in Dubai so we scrutinized previous holiday makers advice on best value for money. Although this Hotel is not cheap, your every need is catered for, the staff are wonderful and the surroundings are superb. "
- Travel date: Thu 5th of July 2012
The accommodation is in Arabian Summer P...
"The accommodation is in Arabian Summer Palaces, which are built in the traditional style, but oh so luxurious complete with 24 hour butler! You travel around the resort on either a dhow (small boat) as its all connected by waterways or golf buggies, the complex has over 40 bars and restaurants from the lively to the elegant, it has its own Souk (market) - beautiful shops and amazing atmosphere. The pools and beach are wonderful, so clean and the service is out of this world!
This hotel has a multi cultural staff who are so unbelievably nice - I donât think we saw a sullen or grumpy face anywhere. This was a holiday which had to been seen to be believed. We arranged tours from the hotel through Arabian adventures, did an amazing rally dune safari (I felt sick!) which included the sunset over the desert, camel ride, dinner with belly dancing and the hubbly bubbly pipes - brilliant.
We are definitely going back, Dubai was wonderful!
- Travel date: Thu 18th of January 2007