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    Question Tipping and AI

    Hello!

    My husband I are visiting the island for the first time in just over a week.

    Neither one of us has ever stayed at an all-inclusive, and were wondering what we should do regarding tipping, both at and off the resort.

    What is standard? Do we tip per drink or item, or just do a larger tip our first day (assuming the same bartender/staff will be at the same location each day)? I know most places accept US money, so can we tip with that, or do we need to exchange for florin?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    I have only stayed at one AI in my entire life and that was in Antigua years ago. When we did we tipped as we got out our drinks or service and it was much appreciated by the staff members. The closest we got to another AI was staying at the Ritz on their club level floor. We had breakfast, lunch, apps for dinner, drinks, deserts etc....I tipped each member that had an influence on our vacation at the end of our 2 weeks. We asked the staff about their days off so we did not miss anyone prior to leaving.

    Off the resort I always leave at least 20% for great service, if you are decent but not great you get 15%. Have a nice trip.

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    USDs are accepted all over the island (and the locals prefer it).

    I found this article that might help:

    http://www.travelalerts.ca/blogs/the...bbean-resorts/


    To be honest, (on a somewhat related note) we stopped going on cruises that weren't all-inclusive as the tipping drove me bonkers. At every turn, we were tipping someone for something. So we started going on cruise lines where gratuities were included as part of the package. If the room steward was exceptional, we'd give them something extra. Yes, you pay a premium but I prefer it this way so I`m not carrying around a wad of cash and doling out every five minutes. Also, we had a giant tab at the end of one particularly crappy cruise (for drinks and internet) that added insult to injury - goodbye Carnival!

    The term "all-inclusive" is a misnomer in a lot of cases.

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    When off resort make sure you check your check to check if they already added a 15% service charge. And go from there.

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    I've only stayed at AIs in Aruba. I would tip the bartender $1 for every cocktail. After a short while, my cocktail would be ready for me by the time I approached the bar! For the room, I would tip about $5 daily. Even when eating at the buffet, I would leave a few dollars for the wait staff taking care of my table and tip appropriately at the resort restaurants.

    You will love Aruba - I'm sure this won't be your last trip to the happy island!

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    Hi! Welcome to the Aruba.com Community Forum!

    I tend to tip all over the place. I've never stayed AI, but I would think even a small token of appreciation would go a long way. Very small - like I usually go to the concierge desk and ask them to make a bunch of reservations for different days and give them a dollar or two. No big deal but it is much appreciated by them
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Welcome to the aruba.com community forum

    we have stayed a few times at the Tamarijn AI.
    we did tip additional.
    we tipped the bartender at the bunker bar $10 per day.
    we also tipped the al'a carte restaurants i think $5 and the buffet line always tipped the busser $ a few bucks each time we were there.
    also tipped the towel lady $5 at the beginning of our stay.
    housekeeping staff...leave $ on the pillow a few bucks a day.

    this is just my opinion.
    all tips are included in the all inclusive price, but i am sure that the staff's for these service related jobs is minimal and tips are appreciated greatly.

    USA $ are widely accepted.



    Quote Originally Posted by fieldg View Post
    Hello!

    My husband I are visiting the island for the first time in just over a week.

    Neither one of us has ever stayed at an all-inclusive, and were wondering what we should do regarding tipping, both at and off the resort.

    What is standard? Do we tip per drink or item, or just do a larger tip our first day (assuming the same bartender/staff will be at the same location each day)? I know most places accept US money, so can we tip with that, or do we need to exchange for florin?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    We have always and continue to stay at all inclusive while in Aruba and do tip. It is not required but I know very appreciated. we tip our housekeeper $5 per day and extra when leaving. Tips bartenders anywhere between couple of dollars to $5 a few times per stay not for every drink, a little more for our favorite people. And the buffet waiters a few dollars for breakfast and lunch and more at dinner. I feel they are very hard workers and I always make sure to bring enough tip money with us. I also always tip at casinos if I get a drink even if it is just a soda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiviDiviFan View Post
    We have always and continue to stay at all inclusive while in Aruba and do tip. It is not required but I know very appreciated. we tip our housekeeper $5 per day and extra when leaving. Tips bartenders anywhere between couple of dollars to $5 a few times per stay not for every drink, a little more for our favorite people. And the buffet waiters a few dollars for breakfast and lunch and more at dinner. I feel they are very hard workers and I always make sure to bring enough tip money with us. I also always tip at casinos if I get a drink even if it is just a soda.
    Although we don't do AI, these are excellent guidelines... we also tip the beach guy when he sets up our palapa and gets the towels.

    ....and I definately always take proper care of the bartenders.... always...!

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