If you are new or have never been to Dubai it can be a little daunting to understand the synergy of this part of town, but don't worry, it's often confusing even for some residents, so let's break it down.
On the stretch of road where Jumeirah Beach Road becomes Al Sufouh Road there are four luxury hotels part of the Jumeirah Hotels Group.
One is theJumeirah Beach Hotel with the adjacent Wild Wadi Waterpark and perched opposite to the water park like a white diamond against the sapphire blue waters of the Persian Gulf stands the 7 stars iconic hotel Burj Al Arab.
Continuing South, just after passing the water park you'll find the first entrance to Madinat Jumeirah.
From this entrance you can access the Mina A' Salam Hotel and the Conference Halls where the Dubai International Film Festival is hosted.
Madinat Jumeirah is a resort which hosts as mentioned the Mina A' Salam, the Royal Fashion Souk and Al Qasr that's split into the palatial building and the Dar Al Masyaf complex with the very exclusive, and most luxurious accommodations of the resort: the Malakiya Villas.
AL QASR - THE PALACE
That gave Jumeirah Al Qasr an utmost feel of exclusivity.
Jumeirah Al Qasr is perched on a hill overlooking the resort. Palm trees and horse' statues, decorate the driveway a clear homage to the pride and glory of the region.
Checking in wasn't as impressive as the architecture. Rather the opposite. It was one of the worst check-ins we experienced.
SETTLING IN AT THE AL QASR ARABIAN DELUXE KING
The whole resort of Madinat Jumeirah is in fact inspired by old Arabian architecture. This is a place that although it was built 11 years ago, it will transport you into a sumptuous Arabian experience like those you read of in fairy tales.
I must say this is one of the best-designed hotel rooms we ever stayed.
The main room boast "His and Hers" sinks and a lush bathtub, whilst the WC and shower are inside their own independent enclosures.
Toiletries are of generous quantity and are all provided by luxury brand Amouage.
We left the room to get some lunch and at our return we found a complimentary bottle of red wine and some roses with a card wishing us a Happy Anniversary.
This is something else that the Jumeirah and other hotels in Dubai do; if you are celebrating a special occasion like a birthday or an anniversary you receive a little something. Whilst I am being grateful for the gift, it would also have been nice if they'd check whether the guests drink wine or not. I would assume this apply especially in a city like Dubai. Sadly, neither of us like red wine so the bottle remained unopened. However, as they say it's the thought that counts, so thank you Jumeirah for that.
AL QASR FACILITIES AND AMENITIES
If you fancy a little shopping therapy before lunch or dinner, the Souk is only a 5 minues Abra ride or walk away from the hotel main lobby. In the Souk you'll find over 95 selected boutiques.
When it comes to food and beverage outlets, you are simply spoiled for choice. There are over 50 restaurants in the resort with a number of cuisines ranging from Italian, to Chinese and Lebanese, to Arabic and many more. Jumeirah Al Qasr is also famous for hosting some of the most opulent brunches in town as well as fabulous traditional afternoon English and Arabic tea.
I'm speaking of course of Pai Thai, a fine dining restaurant that is constantly booked up any day of the week and any time of the year. The reason why this restaurant is so popular, is because as mentioned it serves unbelievably good Thai food. The Tom Kha Gai soup is probably the best one I've ever tasted outside of Thailand and the Massaman Curry is to die for.
Pai Thai can be reached by a 10 minutes walk or with a golf cart or by boat. I recommend the boat as it adds to the experience. There's an outside terrace ideal for al fresco dining and which is very popular despite the hot or cooler temperature. The only times I haven't seen diners on the terrace were during the really hot and steamy summer months, otherwise as soon as the humidity goes down a bit people will always opt for a table on the terrace. Who can blame them. The atmosphere here is super romantic and magical.
Also due to its central location it's actually our favorite water park in Dubai. Access is very easy: if you are driving, the car park is adjacent to the entrance and if you are going by taxi, the fare won't be high. Of course, if you are staying at any of the nearby Jumeirah Hotels, the staff will be also happy to give you a lift by golf cart.
SIMPLY DOOZY THOUGHTS
Jumeirah Al Qasr definitely offers a stay filled with luxury and indulgence whether you choose it for a stay-cation or a full blown holiday. It's unfortunate that for us the check-in incident cast a dark cloud on an otherwise wonderful stay.
Rooms at Al Qasr start from $ 408 (USD) a night.