Evocative of palatial Arabian summer residence and hosted within the walls of the verdant Madinat Jumeirah complex – a sprawling resort that has villas, hotels, restaurants, bars, conference facilities and a traditional souk all set amongst intertwining canals and manicured gardens – the Jumeirah Al Qasr feels a world away from the urbanised city centre, just three kilometres to the north. As you’d expect from the Jumeirah chain, rooms are both inviting and opulent, while retaining a nod of authenticity to the region. Explore the resort on one of the complimentary gondolas before stopping off for a traditional mezze spread in the souk's courtyards. The vast resort is set on the beachfront, just near the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, and while this escape is both exclusive and lavish, it’s perhaps less brazenly flashy than its soaring neighbours. As with the nearby Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, guests have complimentary access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark.
Jumeirah includes the stretch of coastline, beaches and suburbs in front of Jumeirah Beach Road, which divides the city from the Arabian Gulf. Given the lack of identifiable street names and numbers, those taking taxis will find it easiest to use landmarks to identify destinations, with Wild Wadi Waterpark, the Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah most commonly referenced.
Madinat Jumeirah Resort, Al Sufouh Road