Dar Al Masyaf, Dubai

Dar Al Masyaf was recommended by friends who had stayed as part of their honeymoon and it didn’t disappoint. The level of service from the moment we taxied up the hotel drive to the moment we vacated was quite simply superb – we literally felt like royalty.

We booked an Arabian Summerhouse Deluxe for our stay and were informed that we would check in at our Summerhouse (rather than the main reception area of the hotel). Almost immediately we were whisked there by golf buggy and greeted by one of our butlers with complimentary refreshments before whizzing through the check in process. The accommodation itself was fabulous – luxurious, spacious and well equipped. Our package also included half board dining and we made the most of the Jumeirah hotels (Madinat, Jumeirah Beach, Burj Al Arab) for this.

Our butlers (Prytesh and Lee) could not do enough for us. Whether it was booking a restaurant, providing information on transport outside of the hotel or arranging an abra or golf buggy that would take us to the beach, the pool, the souk, the water park or the many fabulous restaurants. Then there’s Happy Hour (technically two hours) every night (6pm-8pm) where we enjoyed complimentary drinks (beer, wine, champagne) before heading off for our evening meals.

It’s not just the butlers who provide service with a smile either, the waiting staff at ALL of the restaurants we visited were friendly and attentive, likewise the attendants at the beach or pool. Those who ferried us around on the abras were excellent and those who drove us about on golf buggies were superb and would often stop so we could take pictures of the now iconic Dubai backdrop.

In terms of restaurants, we thoroughly enjoyed (and would recommend) The Hide & Tortuga (Madinat), Naya (Jumeirah Beach Hotel) and Al Muntaha (Burj Al Arab) – admittedly the drinks are on the expensive side but if you make the most of Happy Hour then you don’t need to drink too much when you’re out in the restaurants.

We also experienced the Big Friday Brunch at Al Qasr and although there’s an extra charge, it’s well worth it (if you love your food and drink!) To be honest, I don’t think we’ve ever seen such a unique and vast display of culinary delights – no wonder they give you three and a half hours to take it all in!

For those who love cheap thrills, Wild Wadi water park will be right up your street. Guests of Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts in Dubai get full complimentary access – just don’t take a trip down Jumeirah Sceirah straight after breakfast!

You needn’t worry about getting up early to put your towels out, there are plenty of sun loungers available on the beach or by the pool and plenty of attendants there to put towels out and keep your cool bag stocked with water – leaving you to sit back, relax and soak up the sun.

I could probably wax lyrical about this place all day long, but I won’t! Whilst I’m sure Dubai isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, we thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m sure we’ll be back there sooner rather than later.

The only downside…we only went for a week!

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