All Your Questions Answered About Tipping at an All Inclusive Resort
You've booked your trip to an all-inclusive resort and more than likely it states "tips" are included in your price, but is it really? The quick answer is yes, but the staff taking care of you all week really only see pennies of what you've pre-paid. The good news, you will have little need for vast amounts of cash (unless you just plan to buy or do a lot of extra things, which could also be awesome).
Still, lots of people have questions about tipping at an all-inclusive, and we want to help you navigate this as smoothly as possible, since it’s different than what we do in the States.
Note that if you staying at a Sandals Resort, the butler and spa staff are the ONLY people you are allowed to tip, so you can scroll on down to #6.
Okay, ready? Here we go:
As a destination wedding couple ourselves, we may be a bit biased, but we think having a destination wedding is the best decision. While we do wish we knew what we know now, we wouldn’t have changed a thing and hope to share what we learned from our experience and now being Destination Wedding Experts with couples who are considering or having a destination wedding. Even 6 years later, our wedding is something that not only we still talk about, but our guests do too. We had such an amazing time, created memories that will last forever, and love reminiscing about that day often.
So what are the benefits of having a destination wedding?
1. Less stress
Getting married in another country at first may seem like a lot to take on - the unknown and loads of information on the internet is what makes it stressful. However, when you have the right team of vendors, your stress will wash away. Most couples say picking the destination and resort are the most stressful part of the planning process and the rest is a piece of cake. Just remember, you don’t have to do it alone. When you hire a Destination Wedding Expert, they will narrow down the top destinations and resorts with your dreams, vision, and budget in mind making it much easier for you to pick the perfect place for you. Plus, most of these resorts and your Destination Wedding Expert already have a list of trusted vendors they know will produce the world class experience you desire. All of this means you do not have to be in overdrive for the next 12-18 months and can spend more time enjoying your engagement.
2. Save time
Look…. We are pre-programmed to think it takes 12+ months to plan a wedding and this may hold true for local weddings, but this is not the case when you choose a destination wedding. The only reason destination weddings are typically planned 12+ months in advance, is to give your guests enough time to check their schedules, request time off work, arrange sitters, and have an easy payment plan to be able to attend your wedding. In reality, your actual wedding can be planned in 90 days or less. And… you free up much of your time because you won’t be looking to source vendors, no physical in-person meetings, no final venue checks, etc – everything can be done virtually and you’re planning in your seat and not your feet.
3. You’ll receive more bang for your buck
Local weddings on average in the United States cost around $27,000 and it’s over in a few hours!! Now, you’re probably wondering how much a destination wedding costs? Well, they can absolutely cost the same amount as in the states, but they can also be a fraction of the cost once you consider the perks and travel incentives you can earn from the resort and your Destination Wedding Expert based on your guest count, resort package, etc… PLUS your events are now spread over a few days versus a few hours giving you much more value.
4. It’s a vacation for you and your guests
As travel designers, the one thing we hear the most from people is they wish they took more vacations. And isn’t a wedding the perfect excuse for said vacation? Vacations tend to bring relaxation and excitement, so your guests will probably let loose more, be much happier, way less drama, and have more fun when attending your wedding.
1. Consider your preferences and style
There are so many options available to you so to help narrow it down, think about the your ultimate goal for this vacation and make a list of your must-haves.
Things to think about:
2. Think about weather & seasonality
Depending on where you want to go weather and climate could impact your travel plans. Keep in mind in the Atlantic, hurricane season runs June - November affecting destinations in the Caribbean. Rainy season is May - November in many Central American regions. The summer months (June-August) in Mexico are known to be extra hot and humid and tend to have an increase in Sargassum on the Caribbean side. While some locations may offer better rates during off-seasons you'll have to weigh out the pros and cons of Mother Nature and her unpredictability. So always make sure to check the annual weather and climate patterns for each location to see how they align with your travel dates. Your best bet to avoid weather issues is to head to the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao) that lie outside the hurricane belt and are known for year round sunny and enjoyable weather conditions. Of course there are no guarantees when it comes to Mother Nature, but always best to be prepared.
MEET YOUR TRAVEL AGENTS
Heyyyy!!! We are John & Jennifer -- husband and wife duo. Experience seekers, obsessed with good champagne, charcuterie, designing cocktails (John), tacos (Jenn), & of course travel. Our love of travel started with our first international trip as a couple back in 2012 to Punta Cana & then our own destination wedding in 2016 back to where our love for travel all started -- Punta Cana. Hope you can feel our passion, kindness, & connection through all our work and adventures. Welcome, we are excited to have you here!