All-Inclusive Resort Etiquette

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 fellow guests.

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 restaurants.

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 room service!

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.

What are your best tips for all-inclusive resort etiquette? Share them in the comments!

-Funjet Insider Laura


  1. Rex

    I always tell people, especially the younger ones, that they have plenty of beer and alcohol at the resort so they don’t have to try and drink them dry the first day they are there. It makes for a nicer second day!

    We always pack swim suits and tee shirts in our carry on luggage so that if and when we get to the resort and our room is not ready for two or three hours, we can change into our beach wear, go have lunch and enjoy the pool or beach until it is time to check into our room.

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