If you thought the above pic was snapped somewhere exotic like the Maldives, then you’re mistaken – because these bright blue waters and soft sands can be found right here in the heart of Dubai. Paying attention now? Thought so.
If you thought you needed to venture overseas or hop on a plane to have a taste of some tropical luxury this summer, think again – as Savoir Flair has officially found the best staycay spot in Dubai. Here are five reasons why the Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf should be the only place you book this summer.
The Sumptuous Setting
Nestled amongst tranquil, lush green gardens and winding waterways, you’ll find the luxury Dar Al Masyaf summerhouses — part of the Jumeirah Al Qasr hotel. As soon as you jump in your buggy and get whisked through the grounds you’re instantly transported far, far away from the buzz and buildings of Dubai. It’s so peaceful you could hear a pin drop, although the soothing sound of birdsong and of the sea linger on the breeze (you’re a hop and a skip away from the property’s stunning beach, the longest private one in town). There’s one word to sum this place up: Beautiful.
Each elegant summerhouse is its own entity, with a beautiful central courtyard reminiscent of the royal riads in Marrakech – complete with cool, quirky touches like pretty walled plates, colored glass lanterns, large clay pots, and intricately tiled water features. Top tip? Leave some time for Instagramming.
Each villa is home to up to 11 guest rooms, which enjoy access to the courtyard and to the private pools hidden amongst the greenery – the perfect spot to have a dip or cool off from the summer sun. But once inside your room, you’ll find it very hard to leave. Light, bright, and incredibly spacious, the bathroom alone is bigger than most Dubai’s apartments, complete with a huge standalone tub and walk-in shower. A natural color palette of creams, light woods, and soft blue is brought to life with understated Arabian touches, from the hanging lantern lights to mosaic floors and hanging artwork. Private terraces or gardens overlook the resort’s breathtaking greenery and abra waterways, providing the perfect piece of private paradise.
Not only will you be whisked through the hotel’s main reception straight to check-in in your villa, but you’ll be greeted by your very own personal butler, who’s there to help with everything. Literally. Need a restaurant booked or a spa treatment changed? He’s your guy. He’s also particularly helpful if you don’t have a clue where to start when picking your restaurant (more on that in a moment).
As a guest of the Dar Al Masyaf villas, you’re also treated to complimentary nightly sundowners and snacks in the villa’s courtyard or Majlis-inspired living room, where you can sip on delicious beverages before dinner. The staff is so attentive that they’ll remember your tipple of choice and all your preferences, really tailoring your stay to you and your needs.
Speaking of dinner, the food choices here are endless, as you have access to the resort’s 50 eateries. For the biggest and best burgers and “freakshakes” the size of your head, head to Black Tap. Or if a plate of homemade pasta is what you’re craving, Il Borro serves up the best of Italy. The most succulent steaks are on the menu at The Hide, and Pai Thai is the place for noodles and Asian cuisine. Whatever you’re craving, you’ll find the perfect dining destination here. Perhaps a short staycation isn’t the best idea…
Spend your stay sunning it up on the beach, being pampered in the spa, enjoying unlimited access to Wild Wadi, devouring a delicious ice lolly or two at the Summersault beach club (one of, if not the best in Dubai), or even playing a game of tennis. With access to all the facilities within the Madinat Jumeirah Resort, we can safely say you’ll never get bored, and you’ll ever want to leave. Ever.
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