Cool- I didnt know I could take my delux one bedroom and turn it in for 2 hotel rooms- Will keep that for future reference.
Here is more questions:
do you tip at an All Inclusive? Maids? Bartenders? how about the restruants?
Tipping at the Tamarijn
check out this thread above.
once you tip the bartender, he/she will remember you.
i would say maybe $5 + to the bartender daily.
housekeeper...............$3 - 5 a day......maybe more if she is SUPER.
dining places.............. good question too, at the Tamarijn when we stayed there, we left $6- 8 every night at the a'la carte restaurants. "supposedly" tips are already included, but i don't know if the staff are tipped appropriately.
buffet.........breakfast and lunch...........left a few dollars each time.
with the bartender-- do we tip with each drink or just in the begining of the day?
(will they expect that 5.00 tip every drink?)
is the 5.00 for both or should be tip for each one of us.? (joe will drink only soda)
Would it be better if we tipped $1.00 with each drink? or is that too cheap?
Buffet- do you leave it on the table? or hand it to a waiter?
(I expect to get omelets- I will tip that person directly.
We leave a daily tip for the maid($4or$5) and if we request something in the mini-fridge we leave a couple of dollars.
Buffets are usually two-three dollars but at the Beach Grille we had Daryl every day and got quite friendly, so we left more.
At the bar, a dollar per order unless you are sitting for a while. Then a five will cover your stay.
We didn't do dinner there so I can't answer for the Occidental, but at other A-Is, we leave ten for the table of four.
We either hand the tip to the buffet waiter or leave it under something on the table if he or she is not around.
We also tip the luggage handlers who get us to the room. Usually a five (or six if we have too many bags.)
We usually bring $100.00 in ones and fives to take care of the week.
"Vacation is what you make of it, take from it and what you leave behind."
Tipping at the Tamarijn
Then we found out our 11 yo. was having a REALLY tough time getting her fix of ice cream (it is NOT self serve and is behind the bar so requires the cook or one of the bartenders to get it) and virgin Miami Vices. Dh and I dragged her down to the bar first thing when they opened at 11 a.m. one morning and introduced her as our daughter along with the tip. She NEVER had difficulty getting served after that. "
I doubt it matter what resort you are staying at. You are going to discover that there are servers, bartenders etc, that regardless how much you tip you will receive poor service and others excellent service.
There is one bartender in particular at the Tamarijn who we tip, besides the daily tip which is pooled, who we take aside and tip at the end of their shift on our last day.
When we arrived at the Radisson in June our room was not ready and we left our luggage with the bellmen.
An hour later when our room was ready, the luggage was already in the room. We think the bellmen took the luggage straight up when we left it with them. They didn't want it in their way so let the housekeeper deal with it