With uber-posh seven-star hotels and decadent skyscrapers, Dubai can often be about bigger, better, faster, more. But the flashy city can also offer quietude in the slow lane without having to give up all the luxe pleasures that are abundantly available.
Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf is an oriental gem and probably the closest thing to a boutique hotel you will find in Dubai. Inspired by Old Arabia and made up of 29 stand-alone traditional two-storey courtyard summer houses, this private and luxurious sanctuary set within the massive complex of Madinat Jumeirah, offers ultimate solace.
GET AWAY FROM IT ALL
With a range of facilities at your doorstep, this sanctuary is the perfect hideaway for any recluse or anyone who wants to get away from it all, allowing you to experience Dubai on a more subtle level.
Hidden from the hustle and bustle of the main resort (think 40 restaurants and bars), and scattered around the calm, meandering waterways, nestled between lush manicured gardens, Dar Al Masyaf, which is accessible by water taxi, is a tranquil haven yet provides easy connection to all the facilities.
Relax and enjoy the sun-drenched slow life, far away from all the gaudiness, in one of the lavish and airy Arabian houses, taking in the breathtaking views of either the Persian Gulf or the gardens.
With Dar Al Masyaf being the resort’s premium accommodation, your stay wouldn’t be complete without a private butler who caters to your every whim 24 hours.
The award-winning Talise Spa is shared with the other three hotels (Al Qasr, Mina A’Salam and Al Naseem) within Madinat Jumeirah. One of the best wellness addresses in the Middle East, the Talise Spa is an oasis of relaxation and rejuvenation, especially for retreat-goers who want to create their own health retreat.
A tropical shelter of palm trees and water fountains, adjacent to Dar Al Masyaf, the Talise Spa with its 26 treatment rooms caters to every individual’s needs. Arrive in style by Abra (a traditional boat) and choose from a variety of signature treatments, including facials and body treatments, or stimulate your senses with the AlphaSphere Deluxe. Stepping into, what looks like a UFO, your entire body and mind will be exposed to an experience of sound, color, vibration, temperature, touch, light and smell, and the multi-sensory AlphaSphere Deluxe allows you to choose from four programs (reduce stress, re-energize, enhance creativity, heighten perception).
Continue your wellness journey at the infra-red sauna and steam rooms, or take a daily sunset hatha or vinyasa class by the beach and let the evening sun kiss your cheeks as you stretch and move into a number of asanas to the sound of waves crashing on the beach. Serious wellness enthusiasts can also indulge in the health-conscious spa cuisine, which is served by the pool.
WHAT WE LOVE
- At Dar Al Maysaf you can enjoy complimentary pre-dinner drinks in the courtyard of your summer house.
- Take your wellness retreat of yoga and relaxing massages to the next level with a personalized lifestyle medicine program at the neighboring DNA Health and Wellness Center. The center will organize a range of tests to depict heavy metal, vitamin, and mineral levels, as well as muscle mass, BMI, etc to understand your health risks, explore your DNA profile and personal genetic blueprint. Based on your results, the center will then create a personalized wellness plan for you.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
- The Madinat Jumeirah complex is so well designed, you might never leave the property during your Dubai stay. Start with afternoon tea at the Al Samar Lounge at Mina A’Salam and make your way over to Burj Al Arab for drinks. Be sure to schedule enough time to explore all of the hotels, as well as some extra days to experience Dubai city.
- If you have children and romance is a word long forgotten, fret not, as Madinat Jumeirah caters well to families too. Drop them off at the Kid’s Club at the neighboring Al Qasr or leave them with your baby sitter as you opt for a romantic night dedicated to just the two of you.
Dar Al Masyaf is inspired by Old Arabia and made up of 29 stand-alone traditional two-storey courtyard summer houses. Ideal for families, couples or small groups of friends, the rooms and suites are furnished in an antique Arabian style. All rooms feature a spacious bedroom, oversized marble bathroom with bath and walk-in rain shower, and the elegant villas also come with a private terrace overlooking the waterways. The Arabian Summer Houses have access to a shared pool, while the Gulf Summer Houses are connected to the beach.
The Talise Spa with its 26 treatment rooms is almost like a resort in itself. It offers a broad treatment menu, as well as yoga classes and healthy spa cuisine meals served next to the pool.
Swim in one of the 11 swimming pools within Madinat Jumeirah or simply use one of the pools at Dar Al Masyaf, which are shared among some of the houses.
TRAVEL IN STYLE
People at Dar Al Masyaf do tend to get dressed up, especially for dinner. However, within the Madinat Jumeirah complex you will see, anything goes.
WHEN YOU SHOULD GO
The best time to visit Dubai is from November to March.
Enjoy blue skies and perfect beach weather during winter. But this is also peak season for tourists, meaning you won’t be alone on Jumeirah Beach.
If you visit during summer, be prepared for the scorching heat.
An Arabian Summer House Deluxe for 3 adults (or 2 adults and 2 children) goes for US$515 a night. A Gulf Summer House Ocean Suite for 3 adults (or 2 adults and 2 children) costs US$1,470 a night. The Royal Malakiya Villa for 5 adults (or 4 adults and 2 children) goes for US$5,020 per night.