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Madinat Jumeirah, Al Qasr


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Edit 30 Sep 2020-01 Oct 2020 (0 guests)

Al Qasr (‘The Palace’) is one of five hotels that make up the Medinat Jumeriah resort, a magical paradise that was designed to resemble a traditional Arabian town. In truth, it’s a lot more like a place conjured up in the Arabian Nights: part fantasy, part reality. There are few better spots to holiday than Dubai; let Al Qasr show you how it’s done.

The 294 room property is located within this 40-hectare resort, next door to the Wild Wadi Waterpark (admission included in your room rate) and the Burj Al Arab, and is only about a ten-minute ride from the Mall of The Emirates. The resort at large has over 50 restaurants and bars which guest can access, in other hotels, around the pools, on the beach and in the air-conditioned shopping “souk” that’s part of the complex. Golf buggies and “abra” boats can be hailed if you don’t want to walk.

Al Qasr isn’t the newest hotel on the premises (Jumeirah Al Naseem is), but its opulent Arabian decor – in the public areas and in the rooms – its stellar service, great dining options and its recreational offerings make it a wonderful choice for a holiday in the sun. If you’re here on business, however, you’ll be hard-pressed to ignore the distractions.

Choosing a room isn’t too hard, especially as they’re all pretty special. It’s worth paying the extra for club-level and water-facing digs, no matter the size. Rooms are large, decorated in regal, rich tones with dark wood furniture, archways, plush carpets, Arabian-inspired accent pieces and balconies. The lack of a Nespresso machine may be a deal-breaker for some, but the Wi-Fi is fast and free, and the bathrooms are large and have several choices of bathrobes and slippers. Amenities are from Amouage, the Omani perfumer.

Have breakfast on the lobby-level terrace with views out over the water. Enjoy dinner at any one of the wonderful restaurants right here. Along with several bars, there’s a Thai, a Spanish, a steakhouse and the most dramatic which is perched in the water and accessed by a bridge: Pierchic.

The property has two indoor pools and several outdoor ones. Talise Spa is one of the best in Dubai, and the gym here at Medinat Jumeriah is one of the biggest you’ll have ever seen at any hotel. Without a doubt, kids are welcome here at Al Qasr. The kids’ club is fantastic.

General information

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    How to get here

    30 minutes by road from Dubai International Airport

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    294 rooms & suites


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    Swimming pool

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    Kids club

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First-hand knowledge from LuxuryBARED members who've been here.

D Taylor

What I liked

An absolute favourite place to unwind over a 2-3 day stay. Definitely not in any way understated, everything works and is geared to be smoothly indulgent. The huge array of dining/entertainment/shopping options both in-hotel and in adjoining Jumeirah properties, plus a ‘real beach’ (rare in UAE) meant we could happily just ‘stay put’ without ever jumping in a car/taxi and be very well looked after.

What I disliked

Check in was crazily slow (the rush for National Day weekend probably didn’t help). The in-room IT situation is really not up to scratch (no on-demand movies, Wifi too slow/restricted for device streaming/download). Breakfast on the weekend feels way too industrial given the scale of the buffet and numbers of guests. The room decor is not to my taste, but, in keeping with the rest of the property, luxurious, beautifully maintained and hugely comfortable.

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