This was my second visit but we were amazed and delighted right through the stay. We pulled up to Al Qasr via a spectacular drive adorned with gold statues of frolicking horses and fountains to have a luggage taken away and as if by magic arrive in our room. We were greeted with cold fragrant towels and a drink and then transported to Dar Al Masyaf by buggy. We had a huge ocean front suit with 2 balconies, one off the lounge and one off the bedroom. Every room was massive with beautiful decor with a distinct Arab look which I love. There was a 2nd wc near the front door, a kitchenette, a beautiful dining room area in the lounge which had a massive tv, lovely lounge suit, table and so on. The enormous bed with an overhead canopy was without doubt the most comfortable and sumptuous bed I have ever slept in. The beautiful large bathroom had double sinks, a lovely huge roll top free standing tub, a huge walk in shower with a seat, with lots of soft fluffy towels, robes and slippers and toiletries. Another plus was a laptop with free internet access. There was also an excellent hairdryer - not one of those usual awful hotel ones but a 'proper' hairdryer.. We checked in and out of our suit by our butler which was so speedy and easy that everything was stress free. One of the lovely benefits of this property in the Madinat is that you have 2 hours between 6-8pm where you can have complimentary drinks/cocktails in the reception area of your villa, either in the courtyard or inside in the lounge area. These were served with nuts and other nibbles which made a very welcome start to the evening before dinner. What we really loved about these summer villas was the peace and solitude. Madinat is a family resort but this property seemed more exclusive and secluded than the rest of Madinat. There were smaller pools between villas which added to the smaller boutique feel even though we were part of a very large complex of Madinat. We did prefer to eat breakfast in Al Qasr rather than the tented pavilion around the large pool that was so close to our villa because it had less children running around and the food was hotter. The tented breakfast area seemed more congested and busy to us but of course that may only be a snapshot of time when we were there.
I know it was our anniversary but whenever we returned back to our suit, there were gifts of fruit, a cake, dates and Arabic sweets and flowers to delight us. We again we wowed at MJ's. They made a heart on our table out of petals that were colour coded to the decor and gave us a glass of Tattinger champagne for our anniversary meal. We were amazed to be asked to choose from an array of different styled and weights of steak knives - the food, wine and service were top notch. We loved the abras that ferry you around the waterways of the resort and our butler would just call one for us to be waiting outside our villa when we were ready. There are buggy's too if you want to do on the paths but we also enjoyed just walking around the whole complex of Madinat which comprises the 3 hotels. There was their own souk in Madinat too for Arabic style shopping and throughout Madinat numerous excellent places to eat and drink to cover all tastes and degrees of luxury. On the last day my husband woke with a painful deaf ear and within moments of asking where the chemist was we were offered the doctor on site and whisked to him by buggy. He was seen straight away and had his ear syringed and given antibiotics.
The manicured beach of light golden sand had extremely comfortable loungers and a beach waiter dressed them with towels, pillows and shade. The free lemonade ice lolly's given out on the beach were a delightful welcome surprise. The azure sea was shallow, safe and like a very warn bath! Lifeguards scanned the sea (and around the pools) for everyones safety. The view of the Burg was particularly wonderful to see at night with the exploding flames and changing coloured lights running up and down the height. As part of the Jumeirah group we went to the Burg and saw their opulent suits and all around - wow!!
We felt a bit guilty not exploring more but as the 2nd time to Dubai had seen a lot beofre and these few days were the start of our planned three centre holiday of rest and relaxation.
I understand the staff who come from all nations are trained to never say no to any guest question and that is clear to see. They try to exceed your expectations constantly in service delivery - and do. I would whole heartedly recommend Madinat and in particular this property - fantastic!
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