Great travel often comes down to the Golden Rule: treat people the way you’d
like to be treated. That means not hogging the armrest on your flight, sure, but
it also means knowing what’s expected when dealing with resort staff and your
Do be aware of your space: Whether on the airplane or
relaxing by the pool, keep in mind that personal space is more than just
physical. If smoking is allowed, check with guests at the neighboring tables
before lighting up that cigar. The whole pool area doesn’t need to hear you yell
at your children not to run; pull them aside for a private conversation. And if
your resort has quiet areas or quiet hours, respect those.
Do know when and if tipping is appropriate, or expected. If
you’ve never been to an all-inclusive resort, it can sometimes be confusing to
know what exactly “all-inclusive” means, especially when it comes to tipping.
Start with hotel website: some resorts have guest etiquette pages; some will
include their gratuity policy on their amenities or services page. Gratuities
may be included in your resort fee, or your destination may even have a “no
tipping policy.” If so, offering resort staff tips for excellent service may
actually put them in an uncomfortable position; instead, be sure to get their
name and write an appreciative note to their manager. However, even if
gratuities are included or there is a no tipping policy, drivers and tour guides
for outside excursions or tours may still expect a tip. Ask when you book.
Don’t let it all hang out. Many hotels will ask that if
you’re not by the pool or heading to the beach, you wear a cover-up around the
lobby or common areas in your bathing suit. The great thing about this is that
there are so many cute options out there! The more upscale dining experiences at
most resorts will also have a dress code for
Do know reservation and cancellation policies for
restaurants, spa appointments, tours and tee times ahead of time. You can always
ask when you make any appointments or reservations.
Don’t bring in outside food. If your kids want pizza,
there’s no need to order delivery. Most likely one of the resort’s dining
options will be able to provide it, and many all-inclusive resorts even include
And finally, don’t be intimidated! Remember, your resort staff are used to
new visitors and are eager to help make your stay comfortable and relaxing. Just be gracious and you’ll be met with a smile.