Post # 1
It seems very debated whether this is expected/required or even helpful.
This thread has people saying different things, ranging from how the minimum wage is so low that of course you should tip, to the fact that tips might have to be turned over to management,
I don’t want to be cheap or thoughtless if it is expected, but one of the reasons I am so excited to be going to an all-inclusive in Mexico is that I *won’t* have to worry about carrying a wallet/purse/money around! The website doesn’t mention anything about tipping (but we haven’t gotten our final confirmation yet- perhaps that will have more info.)
Post # 3
I’ve only been to one all-inclusive but tipping was not allowed. They told us right away and there was a note in the room about it too.
Post # 4
We always tip when we stay at all-inclusives (or any other hotel for that matter).
TIPS-“To insure prompt service”- all tipping used to be done in advance , so that you would get good service. We find that tipping early in the week ensures extraordinary service for the whole week. It’s really no big deal to carry a few bills in the bag I take to the beach or the pool.
Post # 5
I’ve always heard to at least tip the maid a dollar or two each day. Place it on the bed for him/her.
Post # 6
Employees could get fired for accepting tips at ours. So no, we didn’t tip.
We did take a little bag of chocolates and left a few out each day on the bed for the housekeeper.
Post # 7
We tip when we go to all-inclusives, especially when someone has gone out of their way to help us. Since some resorts we’ve been to were strict on the no tipping policy usually my Darling Husband will shake their hand with the tip in his palm for a discreet transfer.
Post # 8
@hisgoosiegirl: Same as ours. I felt guilty for not tipping but I would have felt worse if they lost their job! That’s a good idea about the chocolates, thanks.
Post # 9
We tip only for things like lugging our bags up to the room, cleaning/maid services, laundry services, scuba instructor etc. Our travel agent told us not to tip but we felt that we should for these services. We did not tip the bartender at the swim up bar and the waiters for our meals (though we just went to the buffet most of the time because I loved the endless supply of fruit).
EDIT* The resort we stayed at did have a no tipping policy stated upon check-in and in the room’s reading materials.
Post # 10
I don’t tip. That is kind of part of the point of an all-inclusive; tips are already included in the price.
The only time I have tipped at an all-inclusive was when the head of the wait staff in the restaurant knew us by name and knew our room number our entire stay. We were impressed by this (and her general effort to go above and beyond) and gave her a tip as we were leaving.
Post # 11
I always tip, especially in places like Cuba. The people are so poor and appreciate every dollar. I leave gifts for the cleaning staff too.
TIP really means to ensure prompt service, so I like to tip ahead sometimes. From my experience, a tip goes a long way.
Post # 12
I wonder if the resorts that explicitly say that are saying it so that don’t make those who don’t really want to tip (especially at an all-inclusive) uncomfortable, BUT they understand that those who really want to tip still will? It would be completely different if they said that workers who accept tips might lose their job; I certainly wouldn’t tip in that scenario.
Post # 13
Just FYI: the “to Ensure proper service” thing is a false etymology. It’s not even the right letters.
Post # 14
- Wedding: January 2012 - Wynn Las Vegas/Bouchon Bistro
We always tip at AIs, unless there is a strict no-tipping policy. We generally give the maid service between 2-3 bucks per day (plus another 5 on our last day). The waiters at buffets get 1/person, and we usually tip 4-5 total at the fancier restaurants. We also tip 1/drink.
Post # 15
We tipped at the all-inclusive we went to in Jamaica. We tipped right away for servers at dinner, bartenders (but not every single time we got a drink), bell boys, etc. But we just left one bigger tip on the bed at the end of the trip for the housekeeping ladies!
Post # 16
We tipped alot at the all inclusives we’ve been too. We only tipped in small amounts but often. It’s expected as far as I can see. In Cuba we also tipped by giving things we had brought with us…i.e make up / clothes / toiletries…things they couldn’t get themselves.