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    All Inclusive and tipping?

    I've read different resposes about tipping at the all inclusive resorts. When we went to Hedo in Jamaica the staff was forbidden to accept tips. Obviously that is not the case on Aruba. I don't mind tipping for great service, but the all inclusive package is expensive to begin with. I guess I'm asking what guidlines others use to tip under those circumstances. Does tipping get you better service? Do you leave something for housekeeping?
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    I was taught that you tip for superior service..I do that, regardless of being AI or not......Does it get me better service..sometimes, but I prefer to look at it as letting staff know I recognise and appreciate their efforts.

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    I agree with damnyank - when deserved give the tip. At the AI resorts in Jamaica(at least the 2 Sandals resorts I have stayed at), even though they arent supposed to take tips, if you insist, they will take a tip, and be very appreciative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by damnyankeeuk View Post
    I was taught that you tip for superior service..I do that, regardless of being AI or not......Does it get me better service..sometimes, but I prefer to look at it as letting staff know I recognise and appreciate their efforts.
    I agree with you. We always stay at an AI and we DO tip. We went to Jamaica and St. Lucia and they could not take tips, but we had to do that on the sly. If they would have been caught they would be in trouble. We would fold up the money and shake their hands. In Aruba they can take tips. I just feel you should tip on the service you get. They don't expect it though. And yes, we do leave something for the maid as well.
    Have a wonderful trip--wish we were going back soon, but we just got back.
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    Last edited by Arubalisa; 08-17-2010 at 02:30 PM.

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    I agree with the majority and will tip for good service at AIs and the tips are accepted.

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    I certainly don't mind tipping when appropriate. I do feel though that if tipping is a commonly accepted, even expected thing, then the hotel should not use the statetment that your all-inclusive cost includes "All accommodations, taxes and gratuities", as a selling point. This is only our 2nd all-inclusive trip and if I had not taken the time to read the forums I would not have budgeted enough tip money to cover the hotel staff.

    I'll just add this to the LONG list of good advice I've gotten from here!

    Thanks again for all the help...

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    No disagreement from me...I go with the majority.

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    Its easy good service tip...Bad service no tip...Its your choice its all inclusive tips included so you be the judge.

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    I disagree with te "bad service, no tip"....If you leave no tip, the waiter can always just assume you forgit or were too cheap to tip...however, if you leave a VERY small tip, they will know they gave you bad service.

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