Reviewed by Laura Ratliff
How did it strike you on arrival?
One of three properties at the Madinat Jumeirah Resort, Dar Al Masyaf is comprised of rooms and suites meant to resemble traditional Arab summer houses interconnected by canals. Rooms are recently refurbished and the property’s private beach and close proximity to Wild Wadi Waterpark make it a top pick for families.
Nice. What’s the crowd like?
Repeat guests, almost all with kids in tow.
The good stuff: Tell us about your room.
The Gulf Summer House Arabian Deluxe is a spacious 650 sqft room that feels like a small apartment and is closer to the beach than other offerings. The room, decorated with neutral tones and ochre accents, is accessed via a lush, secluded garden courtyard.
We’re craving some deep, restorative sleep. They got us?
Beds are befitting of an Arabian-inspired palace.
How about the little things, like mini bar, or shower goodies. Any of that find its way into your suitcase?
A bag of chips from the minibar will run you $7, but small touches like nightly chocolates, a beach bag, and daily fresh fruit make up for such small misgivings.
Please tell us the bathroom won’t let us down.
Marble-accented bathrooms are spacious and receive rave reviews from travelers. Toiletries are furnished by Amouage and restocked frequently.
Maybe the most important topic of all: Wi-Fi. What’s the word?
Wifi is free and surprisingly fast.
Room service: Worth it?
Children under four eat free any time of day, so room service is a huge perk if you have small kids with you, but it can be slow.
Staff: If you could award one a trophy, who gets it, and why?
Butlers are around to cater your every need. Lijans always has a smile on his face.
Anything stand out about other services and features? Whether it’s childcare, gyms, spas, even parking—whatever stuck with you.
There are 50 restaurants on the property. All rooms include complimentary entry to the Wild Wadi Waterpark.
Bottom line: worth it, and why?
There’s a reason why Dar Al Masyaf welcomes repeat guests year after year: the property’s unique and charming layout, coupled with the sheer number of dining options and activities, is a huge draw compared to other Dubai hotels.
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