Even my family was guilty of double dipping.

The entry to Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda is marked by large gates and landscaped driveways at the Bahia Principe resort complex.

The fun is about to start.

Guests are welcomed in the colonial style lobby with cool drinks, a streamlined check-in and shown to their Suite. Now it’s time to relax.

The beautiful beach, two pools, kid’s playground, buffet and spa are all within easy walking distance.

The beach is a magnet for sun worshippers. There are plenty of large sun beds and umbrellas and the service by the ocean is gratifying. Non-motorized water sports like kayaks and windsurfing are just steps away.

The two pools offer a choice. There is a shallow pool area for the kiddies. Adults are drawn to the swim-up bar and adult-only tranquility pool.

bahia-experts-travel-kids-poolThe tranquility pool has palapas with a table and two loungers. This blue water pool is surrounded by swaying palms and coconut trees.

This is the perfect spot for colorful drinks and gourmet bite snacks.

It’s really easy to forget that the Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda is part of a vast complex.

After the sun sinks it’s time to explore. The lobby bar is popular after dinner but closes just before midnight. No worries.

Shine up your dance shoes. You can take your party to the disco and 24-hour bar within the resort complex.

You can choose a romantic walk or jump on the shuttle at the lobby.

Your Deluxe Junior Suite is one of over 500 in these cheerful white and bright yellow colonial buildings. You have a choice of one king-size bed or two full beds.

Picture canopy beds, yellow or coral accent walls, white wicker furniture and white linens.

Every Suite has a furnished terrace or balcony, sofa bed, flat-screen TVs and mini-bars stocked with beer, small liquor bottles and soda pop.

The bathrooms are large.

Each bathroom has double vanity sinks; separate shower, jetted bathtub and the amenities include shaving and vanity kits.

Our family loves the water. It’s impossible to resist the beach and pools at Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda. We were in the water at least twice every day.

Sometimes double dipping is encouraged.