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Tipping On Inclusive Holidays {A Closer Look}


Tipping On Inclusive Holidays
Post Last Modified – May 13, 2024 ¦

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Choosing To Tip Staff At All Inclusive Resorts

For many years, especially when our kids were young, we always chose all inclusive resort vacations. You just can’t beat the value for your dollar on these types of travel packages, including cruises. Many people and depending on where they live in the world, believe …

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is not necessary. So the big question many ask on these types of vacations is …

❓ “Do I Need To Tip At Inclusive Resorts” ❓

The answer simply put is .. Yes and No. It depends on what type of inclusive resort you are staying at, and your chosen travel destination in the world.

Staff And Gratuities At All Inclusive Properties


If you’ve experienced 🏨 all-inclusive resorts like we have over the years, it definitely depends on the ⭐ star rating of the resort and the destination you are going. The reactions of staff to tipping etiquette, varies greatly! 

We’ve stayed at resorts in the past where for example, if you don’t tip the bartenders, they will simply ignore you or serve you very weak 🍹 drinks. At other resorts we’ve stayed at over the years, staff have not expected anything in return for their exceptional service.

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❓ So, should you tip ❓

My answer is; yes and no, depending on the service you receive and the manner in which you are treated. 

I always Budget For Tips, when traveling anywhere in the world. The majority of people in the service industry, rely on tips heavily for their livelihood. This even more so, for those individuals who are living and have families in poorer countries of the world.

In many cases, this is also where you are most likely to take your 🏝 vacation, and where many 🏝 all-inclusive resorts are located.

Below, is a print out of a page at our hotel’s {in room guide,} at one of the latest 🏨 all-inclusive resorts we stayed at. The page in the guide clearly shows …

“All Tips Are Already Included.”


This notice is good to know, especially for those who aren’t quite sure what to do regarding tipping. But as I mentioned, if the service you receive is excellent, your resort staff will greatly appreciate a small gratuity every now and then.

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In many cases and from our years of traveling on these types of …

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it may just get you even better service, the next time that staff member sees you! 🤓

At most all-inclusive resorts, your food, beverages, room and airport transfers are usually all included in your package.
What is not generally included at most common all-inclusive resorts are; gratuities given to the staff.

Mexico and the Caribbean Islands are prime examples of countries that offer numerous all inclusive resort vacations.

Tipping Etiquette On All Inclusive Vacations

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Complete package vacations also include those superb …

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For the majority of cruise bookings, your; meals, entertainment and room service are all included with your cruise. However, gratuities are one of the things that are Not usually included, in your package price. 

Cruise lines have made it much easier for you to take care of gratuities, by having a specific amount for the duration of the cruise, charged to directly to your 💳 credit card.

For me personally, it offers peace of mind, knowing that gratuities are taken care of and something I have always budgeted for regardless. 

The amount charged is negligible, for what you receive from all staff members on board and for the exceptional service you are getting in return.


This is their livelihood and your generosity is the money they desperately need in many cases, to help support their families back home. If they; do a good job, are kind, courteous and professional, they definitely deserve a gratuity in my opinion.

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If you are paying for gratuities in advance and are not happy with a certain service, then do definitely raise your concerns to the concierge or service manager. I am sure they will do their utmost to correct your concern. If not, you certainly have the option of adjusting your authorized gratuity payment with them.

One travel expert recently mentioned:

“Generous tippers at resorts may find more mints on their pillows, so to speak, so don’t be afraid to open your wallet (and your heart) to those who keep you comfortable during your stay.”

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Many times, major cruise lines will offer outstanding incentives to book your 🛳cruise vacation with them. Just one incentive that surfaces regularly is – Free Onboard Gratuities! 🙂

That can be a huge saving for you on a typical 1 week cruise for 2 or 4 in your party. As well, you know that staff are still receiving a gratuity paid to them for the service you receive.

The Short Answer To Tipping On Inclusive Holidays

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Gratuities are optional at most inclusive resorts, and you are certainly not obligated to tip resort staff at any time. Some resorts like; Sandals, Beaches and Couples Resorts for example, have strict; “No Tipping” policies in place.

For most other all-inclusive resorts, tipping is optional and a personal choice. You are not required to tip and no one should ever make you feel like a gratuity is; expected.

For me personally, I will always leave a tip, when I receive friendly service and gratitude from a staff member. However, if I do tip a staff member and don’t receive even a smile or quick thankyou in return, that will be the last they receive from me.

A gratuity is not something a staff member should expect to receive.

I know how hard staff work at these resorts and for many, very long hours with just 1 day off a week to spend with family. For the majority of staff you encounter, leaving a small gesture of gratitude for their hard work, is always greatly appreciated.

It’s great to see other guests that partake in this practice as well. 🙂

The Bottom Line On Tipping On Inclusive Holidays

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Tipping is definitely a {personal choice} at resorts or elsewhere, with no restrictions in place.

If you tip your waiter after receiving good service at a restaurant, or tip your hairdresser or any other person in a service related employ at home, why wouldn’t you tip a staff member at an all-inclusive resort or on a cruise ship? ❓

Especially for those individuals that have gone above and beyond what is expected of them. I always suggest to {budget for tips} in your travel plans, wherever you may be traveling to. You decide, whether a gratuity is necessary or not, at your discretion.

It has always made me feel good when traveling, to offer a small gratuity to those individuals who work so hard to make your vacation as enjoyable and memorable as can be.


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My wife and I returned from a lovely vacation to 🏖 Varadero, Cuba 🏖 a couple of seasons ago. We enjoyed a lovely stay at an all inclusive beach resort.

Staff at this resort never expected a tip, and were always very grateful for receiving a small gratuity from us.

I always recommend including gratuities in your overall travel budget.

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