Getting to the resort via taxi will cost 100 AED (about £20) from the Jumeirah area in Dubai. Some taxis may refuse to take you if you don't pay them a little extra for the return journey. Getting to Dubai from Bab al Shams is a little trickier as you have to ask the hotel to book either a transfer, which costs up to 400 ED (about £80) which works out well for large groups of people. For smaller groups the resort can book a taxi which is a little cheaper. Otherwise the food and drinks at the resort can be a little expensive, so make sure you are prepared.
Bab al Shams is a great resort for relaxing and getting away from it all however it is not an ideal base to explore Dubai from due to its distance from the city (about an hour's drive). It is a great location to spend a couple days after running around sightseeing in the metropolis.
The hotel has lots going on in the evenings in its food and beverage outlets. However, there isn't much activity in the day. Guests are free to wander around at their own leisure. The hotel has a spa, the Satori spa, which is a little small but where the staff is very friendly and efficient.
Otherwise, although the resort is more aimed at couples rather than families, there is a kids' club with in indoor and fun outdoor area and pool - opening times must be checked with the hotel prior to arrival as these tend to vary depending on the season.
Lastly, the hotel offers something a little different which we didn't get to see anywhere else: an eagle show! At 5pm, just before sunset, a young graceful Emirati visits the hotel with the eagles which he caught and trained himself. The show is very impressive and the elegance he exudes in his movements will remain in our memories for a long time to come. The show is free for in-house guests. There are also camel rides on offer for a small fee.