Dar Al Masyaf:An Arabian getaway that offers sun, sea and seclusion

With its 29 Arabian-themed villas, Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf offers luxury and privacy.

An exterior view of Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf with the iconic Burj Al Arab at a distance. (Courtesy of Jumeirah Group)

2017/05/14 Issue: 106 Page: 24

The Arab Weekly
N.P. Krishna Kumar

Dubai - For those seeking an ex­clusive retreat and inti­mate summer hideaway in Dubai, Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf will certainly meet expectations.

The resort boasts 29 two-storey traditional Arabian villas organised in clusters of three with a swim­ming pool for each cluster and 24/7 butler service. Eight of the villas face the sea as well as offering su­perb views of the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel.

Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf is part of the Jumeirah Group, the Emirate’s hospitality industry leader. It is in the vicinity of the group’s flagship properties — Burj Al Arab and Madi­nat Jumeirah.

“Nestled within Madinat Jumei­rah’s winding waterways and lush landscaped gardens and inspired by traditional Arabian courtyard summer houses, Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf offers a special exclusivity for discerning travellers in search of sun, sea and seclusion,” said Azar Saliba, general manager of Dar Al Masyaf.

“What Dar Al Masyaf adds to the mix is an exclusive atmosphere of tranquillity and high-end seclusion offering guests a haven of privacy and luxury.”

The group’s other luxury bou­tique hotels — Jumeirah Al Qasr, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam and the re­cently opened Jumeirah Al Naseem — are nearby. The waterway rec­reates the ambiance of the Dubai Creek heritage area and connects Dar Al Masyaf to other properties in the Madinat Jumeirah resort.

Guests do not have to travel far to reach the city centre and enjoy the many retail and entertainment op­tions in the city.

“With the facilities of Madinat Jumeirah being accessible via a walk through verdant gardens, us­ing the new fleet of 100 high-end buggies or a ride aboard 40 abras (traditional boats) along the quiet canals, everything guests could need is right on the doorstep of their own secluded oasis,” said Saliba.

Spacious and with a unique Ara­bian-themed design, each villa has a courtyard or majlis and compris­es ten to 11 luxuriously furnished rooms and suites, large bathrooms and spacious balconies. A typical room can easily accommodate three adults or a couple along with two children below the age of 12. Couples have the option of booking just one room in a villa.

For families with children, round-the-clock babysitting services are available.

The summer houses feature a pri­vate swimming pool per cluster of three villas to cool off in the warm months, while the ocean villas offer direct views and access to the beach.

Guests of Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf can enjoy the resort’s 2km pristine private beach, more than 50 restau­rants and bars and free access to Talise Fitness, Talise Spa, Wild Wadi Waterpark and the Kids’ Club.

While at the beach, they can cool down from summer heat with water sprays, face towels and ice lollies at regular intervals.

Another special touch is the com­plimentary happy hour offered 6pm- 8pm each day. Snacks and drinks are served in the courtyard.

Room rates depend on space and season, Saliba noted. “We have dif­ferent prices for different seasons throughout the year. Our room rates can start from $224 per night up to $994,” he said.

In terms of occupancy, Saliba said: “We have a good mix of guests trav­elling from Russia, the UK as well as the [Gulf Cooperation Council] and other nationalities. Our largest regional market outside the UAE is Saudi Arabia followed by Qatar and then Kuwait.”

Guest stays at Dar Al Masyaf vary depending on the time of the year. “We generally see either short stays of two nights or longer stays of up to 14 nights.” Saliba said. “We experi­ence healthy occupancies of around 80% all year round, with September to April being our busiest months. “

Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf has proved popular among guests, with a strong 9.2 rating on booking.com, just 0.1 point behind Dubai’s high­est-rated property, Burj Al Arab.

Saliba said, “The villas are ideal for couples looking for a private getaway, for big families or those in large parties who want to stay to­gether. Our guests seek privacy, a unique offering and butler service to cater to their every need.”

The resort also features seven royal villas or the Malakiya Villas. These have two to three bedrooms, a private swimming pool each, private entrance and 24/7 private butler ser­vice. “Created for ultimate luxury and exclusivity, the Malakiya Villas are the resort’s true hidden gems and where we have hosted interna­tional royalty and Hollywood celeb­rities,” said Saliba.

Guests at Dar Al Masyaf can also avail themselves of special offers. Jumeirah Flavours is one of the best-selling choices as it includes daily complimentary breakfast and a choice of lunch or dinner in more than 70 Jumeirah restaurants across Dubai as well as an array of other benefits.

N.P. Krishna Kumar is an Arab Weekly correspondent in Dubai.

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