(Closed) NWR- how to tip at an all inclusive

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

First I would check and make sure that tips are not already included in your all-inclusive.  I heard that many resorts are including gratiuity as well.

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We always tip anyways and it is really appreciated. For meals, we do $3 at breakfast, $5 at lunch and $5-$10 at dinner, depending on the type of dinner. The list you got looks good, but I usually leave extra for housekeeping if they do a really good job.

Have a great trip! Where are you going? Please report back on your stay when you get back!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Check the resorts policy, because some resorts actually try to discourage tipping to their staff, if it is already included in the cost. At least when I went to the Dominican they did. But I left some hair clips etc. for the maids at the end of the trip.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@CorgiTales: I think it’s something about encouraging the experience of all-inclusive = no worries.  So they discourage tipping so that you truly feel that everything is included.

Some people’s “complaints” about all-inclusives is that they have to add a tip every time they get a drink, have to carry cash around, etc. when everything is seemingly supposed to be included.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

we went to an all-inlcusive for our honeymoon. the one we were at also had gratuities included. it did not seem that anyone was tipping. we actually had some servers/bartenders seem suprised when we did tip. so, mostly we tipped when we felt we got excellent service!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Our resort in Mexico wsa all inclusive and it DID include tips – however – we tipped the bartender the first day about $5 (in US Dollars, gives them more pesos when they convert) and they took care of us the rest of the trip.  We’d give a dollar or 2 here and there, but they were thrilled because it wasnt expected.  We rarely tipped at restaurants (in the all inclusive) because many of them were buffet style.  People looked at us like we were insane for tipping since it was included, but we got taken care of the entire time for doing so

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I always tip regardless… it ensures you’ll get amazing service throughout the trip!

However, the last time I went to Cuba at an all-inclusive resort I learned that all the tips the staff received had to be given to management & then it was split equally between the staff. That kind of bothered me… so in Cuba (because they don’t have new stuff) I started tipping with things like makeup, pantyhose (they go nuts over it!), magazines, candies, cigarettes, dollar store toys, etc. I actually pack a whole suitcase full of “tip” stuff.  

I think you should ask someone who is serving you if they get to keep the tips or if they have to share. If they have to share then I wouldn’t tip as much (especially if its included) because you know management is getting a big cut.

Tipping, in whatever way, is always nice because it costs us so little & it means so much to the workers!  

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@corgitales

The reason they discourage it … is then some people get preferrential (sp?) treatment. It is true, if you tip the bartender etc. they will appreciate it and will often treat you better and/or ahead of other guests … which isn’t necessarily fair.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We’ve been to a few all inclussive resorts and we’ve always tipped.  I would say that you should not feel obligated to exceed more than $5 for any one particular tip. 

Since we spent the majority of the time at the pool bar, we usually tipped the bartender a few dollars at the beginning of the day.  This was much appreciated.  Housekeepers we left a couple bucks here and there. 

@RB: that’s what we did when we were in Cuba.  Since it is a communist country, every cent you give to them must be given back to the state and then divided equally (we won’t go into that).  But yeah, we brought everyday items like a toothbrush or candy to use as tip for the housekeeper. 

@Corgi: have a blast!  I’ve heard nothing but great stories about Puerta Vallarta.  I would have totally picked that over Cancun.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

In Rivera Maya, we tipped.  I didn’t even look at the policy before we left.  Oh well.  They seemed to appreciate it.  We tipped the van drivers $10.  We tipped the pool/beach servers $5 to start and then a couple bucks here and there for really good service.  At the buffets we tipped a couple dollars since they did bring us drinks, clear plates, pull out chairs, carry your plate, etc.  At meals we tipped $5-10.  It seemed worth it and it made them happy which in turn made us more happy and relaxed.

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