Tipping at an All-Inclusive Resort: What’s the Deal?

Should you tip at an all-inclusive resort?  If so, how?  When?  Who? How much?

All-inclusive resorts are my preferred method of relaxation & pampering.  I just love not being nickeled & dimed to death and not having to sign checks for each morning mimosa, afternoon vodka tonic & evening chardonnay.  Yes, I do eat food at these resorts, and it’s nice to order the filet mignon & not worry about cost.

Here’s the lowdown on tipping at all-inclusive resorts.  Bottom line:  you do not have to.  However, I always do.  Why? Well, it’s not because I’m made of money. Have you seen how hard the staff works at an all-inclusive? Do you appreciate how well they take care of you? Did you develop a great relationship with a certain server or butler? These are all wonderful reasons to tip them to say THANK YOU for all they’ve done for you. After all, it’s the staff that makes the vacation. Plus, it guarantees that you’ll be treated like royalty – what’s not to like about that?!?

How much?

Well, that’s entirely up to you. Some people have set standards. I just do what feels right. Both ways are fine and will be much appreciated by those receiving your generosity.

I carry small bills everywhere I go during my stay. And, I make sure they’re easily accessible.

Who, how & when?

Tip your pool waitress and/or bartender. The weather is insanely hot and humid, yet that adorable pool waitress never missed a beat bringing you a cocktail. I tip when I’m handed the first drink (the amount is up to you, but I can guarantee you that after a couple cocktails, you won’t care if you’re handing out a five dollar bill or a 50 dollar bill). This is for two reasons:

    It ensures prompt service.
    I don’t have to worry about her shift ending before I can tip her.

Tip your meal server. As a creature of habit, I typically sit at the same table everyday. Same for poolside lounging. This translates to the same server during most of your stay, which in turn translates to building a relationship with that server (unless you have no personality). Again, be sure to tip during your first meal so you don’t run the risk of trying to tip him on his day off. Added benefits: your breakfast mimosa is delivered the moment you sit down without being asked and you’re tended to like royalty.

Tip housekeeping. Just leave some cash with a kind note on a pillow. I do this daily.

Any other tips on tipping? We’d love to hear them. Just leave a comment here.



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