Do I Have To Leave A Tip At All Inclusive Resorts?


I'm wondering if I should take extra cash for leaving tips when I go to an all inclusive resort.

I know most all inclusive resorts say that tips are not necessary, but I wonder if the employees feel the same way.

I don't want someone to carry my bags all the way to my room and wait around for a tip while I have nothing to give them. For this reason, I plan to have a little cash in my pocket when I check in.

How about each time I order a drink or have something to eat? Do most people leave tips on the bar or table?

The last opportunity to tip is when I leave. Should I leave a tip for the housekeeping staff?

What do most people do about leaving tips at all inclusive resorts?

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I always take a bundle of singles with me when I go to an all inclusive resort.

You don't have to tip, but the employees at these resorts make very little money. They are really appreciative of tips and you will genrally see an increase in service with a tip. If the beach waiter knows I give a tip when I get a new drink, he/she will usually keep an eye on me and make sure he/she offers to get me a new drink when I am close to being finished with the current one.

I know I don't have to tip when someone carries my bags at an all icnlusive rsort, but come on, they just carried my bags. I agree that it is just common courtesy in most cases and I don't want to seem like a scrooge if someone carries my bag and then I have nothing to offer.

I usually don't leave money on buffet restaurant tables, but I wil tip at the specialty restaurants. I will tip more if the service is above average. I like to reward people who are doing good work.

I don't usually leave a tip at the end of my stay for the housekeeping staff, but that is a good idea. I'm not sure if I would just leave it in the room, but if I know the same person has cleaned my room most days, I will try to hand that person a tip the next time I see them.

One last thought - I have had very good results by leaving a tip on my minifridge. I usually write down what I want and leave a tip. This almost always results in getting exactly what I want in the minifridge.
Yep, even if they say I don't have to tip, I like to have some singles with me to reward good service.
Thanks for your replies.
I have found that each resort is different. Some resorts really frown on tipping while others seem to have a tipping culture engrained into the resort. Hard to tell which you will find at the resort you are going to unless someone mentions it in a review somewhere. I always take some singles a long just in case.
That is true. While I like to give tips, I have been at some resorts where the employees are not so willing to accept them. Other resorts, everyone was tipping and the employees accepted them graciously.

If you are at a resort that doesn't have a tipping culture, the employees will not be so willing to accept them and sometimes the other guests will give you dirty looks.

I always take some singles along to tip if I can and even at resorts where they are not as acceptable, I still try to offer them in certain situations. The employees deserve them and generally appreciate them.
For example, if you go to Riu all inclusive resorts, definately have some tip money along. Not only for service, but also to get a table when you don't have a reservation or to tip your housekeeping staff to get a better mini-fridge line-up.

Please post here if you know of specific resort chains where tip money is helpful and part of the resort culture.
Even though it is not required to leave a tip, I do as well daily for the wait staff and ywice for housekeeping 2 days into my stay and at the end of my stay. As everyone knows the staff at these resorts are not paid well at all, so any tip given to them is greatly appreciated.. and like wise you will see a great boost in service...

totally agree!

Check with the resort management about this.  At some resorts, accepting tips can get an employee fired.  More than once I've seen a bartender at an all-inclusive roll his eyes when someone leaves a tip, or ignore the tip, leaving it on the counter.

The reasoning is simple, it goes against the whole concept of all-inclusive.  One of the great joys of staying at an all-inclusive is putting your wallet in the safe and never having to think about money. It's not a question of whether you can afford to tip, or whether they need and/or will appreciate it.  By retaining even this small financial involvement in your transactions, you are greatly diminishing the experience in a way that you can only appreciate if you dispense with the tipping.

If you must tip at an all-inclusive, do it all at once at the end of your trip.  For one thing, you'll be in a position at that time to know which employees provided excellent and friendly service, regardless of your profile as a tipper.   

Bear in mind that you are visiting their culture, and resist the urge to shape it to conform to your own. Tipping is not a part of every culture, and by insisting on it, you are changing their culture.  This can work to the detriment of the locals.  You go for a week and leave, the locals have to deal with the aftermath.  If the tourists insist on tipping when it is not part of the local culture, what happens is that service levels drop for the locals, who don't tip, to favor the tourists.  This leads to resentment.   Moreover, if the culture is inclined to be friendly and hospitable because that is their way of life, you don't do the culture a service by introducing the idea of paying them to be friendly and to provide good service.
Even in our culture, tipping is based on custom, and not everyone gets tipped.  Do you tip the cashier at the convenience store, who is risking her life to be there at 1 in the morning to make sure the coffee is fresh and the shelves are stocked?   What about the clerk who checks you in at a hotel?  She could do it nicely and make your check-in experience pleasant, or she could be a jerk, but few people think of tipping her.   Taxi drivers get tips, but what about bus drivers?   Do you tip your flight attendant, who brings you drinks and snacks and comes running if you push the call button?  So why insist on tipping in a situation where the local custom or resort protocol is to not tip?

Someone else mentioned that they tip in the specialty restaurants but not at the buffet.  What is that about?  The workers in the buffet don't work as hard or aren't as deserving?   No, clearly it's about the tipper's own cultural norms.

Employment at most all-inclusives is a coveted job.   They get paid well by local standards, work in good conditions, often have meals provided, and are quite happy to have their position.   The tip is included in your resort package, by way of providing these employees with a job that they are very happy to have.  You could arrange your own package for less than you pay at the all-inclusive, in which case, depending on the customs of the country, you might tip.

Tipping inappropriately may make you feel generous or even superior, but doublecheck your thinking on this.  Feeding the bears at Yosemite might make you feel like you are nature's benefactor, but there are many great reasons why this is prohibited.   It changes the bears.  You feed the bears and leave, and others are left to deal with the changes in the bears' behavior.

It's really quite nice when someone offers you friendly service because they enjoy their work, and not in hopes that you will leave them a few dollars.


That is a great thought that we need to remember how our culture is different from other cultures.  There is no denying that our cultures will influence each other.  It is an important concept to think about as we embark on our travels. 


Hmmm... I wonder how we can get college students to think about this more before they go on spring break? 


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