The quick answer is no, you certainly don’t, and in some resorts with an active no-tip policy (Sandals & Beaches for example), all staff except butlers and spa staff will not accept tips.
That said, the vast majority of all-inclusives in the Caribbean and Mexico don’t have a policy either way. Staff will generally not expect to be tipped, and should really not treat you any differently if you decide not to, but they are sometimes tipped anyway, especially in resorts where the majority of guests are American.
How Much Should I Tip at an All-Inclusive Resort?
So if you decide to tip, how much should you budget? Many avid tippers will bring a bunch of dollar bills from home with them – about $150 to $200 US should be good for a one-week stay – or take a similar amount out in local currency while there.
As a rough guide:
- A la carte meal servers: $5 for a couple.
- Bartenders: $1 per drink order, especially if it’s some cocktail requiring extra effort and expertise.
- Concierge: $5-$10 per request should be good unless it’s for something very demanding.
- Room service: $2
- Housekeeping staff: $1-2
- Bellhops $1/bag
- Tour guide: $5 – $20 depending on the length of the tour, the knowledge of the guide, and the number of guests on the tour.
- Bus driver: $1-$2
- Private butler: $10 – $20 per day depending on how often you use their services.
Any services such as spa services, massage therapy, etc., which are not part of the all-inclusive package, can be tipped in the usual way by adding an extra percentage – in general, 15-20 – to the bill.