My wife and I just returned from an 8 night stay at Jumeirah Madinat Dar Al Masyaf. We had villa 25. The staff was superb, including our butlers. Attention wa paid to every detail of our stay. Fresh fruits and water everyday, complimentary snacks and drinks. We were celebrating our anniversary and the staff sent a celebration gift to our room one afternoon. The room was beautiful and spacious. The decor follows an Arabian theme. It was a very comfortable room. However in the heat of the summer the A/C did not go as cool and we would've hope for to sleep comfortably at night. After complaining several days, we were offered to move to a different villa or one of their other adjacent hotels, by then it would've been too much hastle to move everything so we decided to stay in the room. The only other con of the villas may be the transportation inside the hotel. The villas extend thru the hotel and it is so big that you have to move around in a buggy or boat. When leaving the villa this can be easily arranged by your butler, but when elsewhere it is not as convenient. One of the boat drivers and his manager at the souk dock refused to take us to the correct stopping station, the reason for this was lost in translation, but my pregnant wife had to walk quite a bit under the scorching heat of summer.
Other than these issues, we had a great time. Again most of the staff is very courteous and will go out of their way to please you. We would definitely recommend this beautiful hotel.