As we start to ponder Winter destinations, already prepared for that time of year when the city will be overrun by tourists, 5th Avenue will be a claustrophobic sea of shopping bags and we will invariably have to point someone toward Serendipity, we naturally think of where we might replicate our time at Dar al Masyaf, the Jumeirah resort in Dubai. Essentially meaning, Summer Houses, Dar al Masyaf is a luxurious yet authentic Arab Courtyard inspired hideaway.
The stand alone two story houses overlooking the waterways are quiet and serene and offer the kind of privacy incomparable to the standard hotel style of rooms stacked on rooms towering into the sky. Even when you just have to leave the comforts of your peaceful nest for other parts of the resort, gondolas can be found at all times gliding along the waterways, still offering serenity, a quiet courtyard tour.
Of course there is great service, private butlers for the house, attendants everywhere, golf carts ferrying the lazy (that would be us) to any area of the resort. A staff hailing from 21 different countries each with their own story of leaving home, family and children, for Dubai to make a better life. Each more gentle, kind and more courteous than the next and willing to steer the unknowing to a most delightfully simple and flavorful breakfast called fools medames.
Every detail hit the highest note. What we could do to improve upon perfection; being armed with the proper essentials. Leather goods for organization,
Quiet poolside moments with an epic Persian poem,
The scent of sandalwood and rose,
Always a hand fan,
And loose silhouettes for balmy desert nights….
Images via Dar Al Masyaf, WSJ, Design Sponge, Basenotes, Barneys, Fashionology