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Tipping at Couples resorts..............

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Tipping at Couples resorts..............

Could someone tell me that has stayed at couples do you tip? Is it allowed? If so, who do you usually tip and how much. Just curious as we're looking to make a trip to Couples Negril.

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1. Re: Tipping at Couples resorts..............

You do not tip Couples employees. That is already including in the price of your stay and they could be fired for taking a tip. You can tip non Couples employees like the airport porters, driver to and from the resort, spa works, and your guides on trips outside the resort.

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No tipping, only spa employees

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Only Spa employees and the bus drivers from airport, as they are not couples employees. There are numerous threads on this forum about the no tipping policy at Couples. They are very firm on their policy, and guests should respect it. Its hard not to tip, as the staff are so wonderful, but that is part of why everyone is treated the same, and tips are not permitted. Please respect their policy.

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That is wonderful things about Couples, is that you get wonderful service and don't have to worry about tipping. With the exception of course the wonderful women in the spa and the shuttle drivers.

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I have a question about this as well. Ive heard people sometime buy little gifts for the people the staff that provides room service. Is buy little dollar store gifts acceptable or should we just not bother entirely? Please help!

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6. Re: Tipping at Couples resorts..............

No tipping is very much enforced @ Couples. Instead, Couples staff participate in a profit sharing program with their employer. Somehow it seems to work as you still seem to get some of the best service and staff morale you'll find anywhere in the Carribean,

See here for thread that covers this pretty well: tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g147313-i70-k400483…

Whatever resort you choose, I hope you have a great trip!

Edited: 31 March 2011, 02:50
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I've done the little gifts for staff. Nail polish, bath and body works stuff for the ladies; hats and t-shirts for the men. Also, candy. Our chocolate is better than theirs, they tell me :) And school supplies are always useful.

Dollar store stuff okay, you don't have to be extravagant. But it is nice to show appreciation, without giving cash and jeopardizing their jobs.

You do have to put a note with the gifts, that includes your name and room number and who the gift is for.

Also, you don't have to do this. It won't affect how you are treated at all. We mostly do it now for those that we have become close to over the years.

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Please no tipping, we bring gifts. You can tip your driver on the way to and from, your skycap at the airport, spa employees. But not the servers, maids, bartenders etc ON the resort property. Gifts are best, or write them a RAVE review when you check out.

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10. Re: Tipping at Couples resorts..............

Tipping is officially against the resort policy as weed is officially illegal in Jamaica. Yesssssssss, it is:-) I stayed at Couples San Souci and found a way to tip discretely and generously. I am not one that is bound by rules but ruled by conscience. The easiest way to get around the rule is to arrange and GIVE outside the gate.

" Is buy little dollar store gifts"

The dollar store is a gold mine. here are things to consider:

cute school supplies

black or brown shoe polish

icy hot

ked no show black sock

wrist watch - Walmart is fine, mine still works

sun glasses

hot wheels cars

hair barrettes

flavored lip gloss

condoms - they want XL

American treats

"Also, you don't have to do this. It won't affect how you are treated at all."

Totally agree!

Yes Couples staff participates in a profit sharing plan (as Sandals provides medical). As you know many businesses haven't been profitable lately or according to the Accountants . Next to a Princess cruise , Couples has been my best vacation. I tipped toward the end of my vacation so my charm and warm smile were as valuable as my $$$, that was just extra for dinner that night.

Have a great trip, I did!

Edited: 31 March 2011, 04:11