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Brettesaurus Rex
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Tipping protocol at/on way to All-inclusive in Mexico
Heading to Excellence Playa Mujeres (general reviews of there also welcome) and looking for advice on a Couple particular scenarios :
1) private shuttle from airport - decided to spring for this to just get us straight to the hotel. I'm assuming this is one spot I'll need to be ready to tip for, how much generally?

2) massage - getting one of these at the resort, any general rule there? It's one of the pretty involved ones, like 100 minutes or so

3) restaurant/bars? I've heard that the workers are not really supposed to take tips but will generally hook you up/appreciate it if you do

TIA


lsunurse
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re: Tipping protocol at/on way to All-inclusive in Mexico
I've always tipped at AIs. Usually a dollar a drink. I go to the bank before I leave and get like $150-200 in ones. We had a waitress that waited on us while we lay on the beach and because we tipped each time she never let us have an empty drink.

You should also def tip for the massage. We gave like $30-40 for the couples massage we got in Playa(the massage was free).

Also make sure to take care of the staff that clean and stock your room each day(check with the resort...it might be a different set of staff that clean you room and stock your fridge).
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Brettesaurus Rex
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re: Tipping protocol at/on way to All-inclusive in Mexico
Cool thanks for the tips


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Gaston
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re: Tipping protocol at/on way to All-inclusive in Mexico
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I go to the bank before I leave and get like $150-200 in ones.


I’ve had trips start this very same way.


rojotiger
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re: Tipping protocol at/on way to All-inclusive in Mexico
Just got back from Excellence Playa Mujeres yesterday. Private shuttle definitely the way to go as it's about 35 minutes from the airport. We gave them a $20 each way and they seemed happy. Massages the same.

As far as bars and restaurants it seemed very few were tipping in the restaurants. We always tipped about $10. Best advice I could give you for the bars is to tip them well the first day. A majority of the bartenders work the same bars at the same times. First night there we tipped $20 off the bat and $1 or $2 every other drink the rest of the stay. They will remember your name and will come back to you. Look for Rodolfo at the Terrace Bar and Miguel at the Martini Bar.

If you are in the excellence club I recommend doing the same out on the beach. Hugo Cesar and I forget the other ones name, but they will keep the drinks coming faster than you can drink them.

All the food was really good. Flavor market was the best. Agave and hibachi place were alright. I'd skip the grill unless you want the burger topped with crabmeat au gratin. Same with lobster house unless you want lobster. Didn't get to hit up the Indian place but heard it was really good. Definitely talk to the concierge when you get there. They can reserve you dinner in the wine cellar at French place, you just have to spend at least $100 on wine or champagne. That was the only extra cost we had to pay other than tequila tasting ($25 a person) but was well worth it. Any other questions fire away. It's an awesome place and we are already planning to go back.

Forgot to say...ask them about off the menu items at dinner or just tell them to bring you what's good. Never failed.
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Brettesaurus Rex
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re: Tipping protocol at/on way to All-inclusive in Mexico
Awesome thanks for the in depth review. When I was originally looking around this place was really well reviewed and was tops on a lot of the "best AIs in Mexico." This is my first kind of trip like this. Honestly one of my bigger concerns was the food quality but it sounds like that's not an issue.

We actually had an excursion to chichaniza planned but after hearing about it being close to 12 hours we decided to go with one of the better massages.

I wasn't too far off on what I was thinking for tips, really good to know.


rojotiger
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re: Tipping protocol at/on way to All-inclusive in Mexico
It was our first AI as well. The portions they give you aren’t huge which is good. A few nights we did double dinners where we ate at 6 and then got drinks/watched shows or whatever they had going on, and then had dinner again at a different place. Helps you hit all the restaurants.


Brettesaurus Rex
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re: Tipping protocol at/on way to All-inclusive in Mexico
That's funny because we've got 4 nights and I want to try everything and were thinking about employing the same tactic.

Did they have a lot of activities going on at the place and did you have to "reserve" them or just sort of show up? They didn't really have a list that I saw of those type things. Anything in particular you'd recommend?


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skewbs
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re: Tipping protocol at/on way to All-inclusive in Mexico
Ask the front desk when you check in, or check trip advisor for your specific hotel. I stayed at one where it was common to tip for drinks/food, and another that told us to leave our wallets in the room and that tipping was not aloud on the property.


rojotiger
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re: Tipping protocol at/on way to All-inclusive in Mexico
They leave a sheet in your room every night with what’s going on the next day. Monday nights they usually do a silent party which is fun. Only thing you have to reserve is the French wine cellar dinner, tequila/wine tastings, massages. They usually have 1 or 2 shows each night and then themed parties after that. No reservations required.


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Box Geauxrilla
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re: Tipping protocol at/on way to All-inclusive in Mexico
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1) private shuttle from airport - decided to spring for this to just get us straight to the hotel.


My advice for you if it's your first time flying into Cancun. Be VERY cautious of who you talk to near the shuttle area when you first get off the plane. They will have people with signs lining the walkways trying to get you to get in their shuttle or taxi. You need to talk to the shuttle company you're booked with and ask them exactly where their guys stand and what they are wearing. They should have a printed sheet of paper with your name already on the list. Otherwise, keep walking. They will lie to you, tell you that your shuttle already left, etc to get you to go with them.


Day to Day
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re: Tipping protocol at/on way to All-inclusive in Mexico
Going to Isla in June. Can you recommend anyone for private transportation?

Thanks.


rojotiger
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re: Tipping protocol at/on way to All-inclusive in Mexico
We used four seasons


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Brettesaurus Rex
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re: Tipping protocol at/on way to All-inclusive in Mexico
They gave us a map of exactly where they're group is, so we're heading straight there. SuperShuttle is the company were using.


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TFTC
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re: Tipping protocol at/on way to All-inclusive in Mexico
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Going to Isla in June. Can you recommend anyone for private transportation?


I went a month ago and used CARM... it was about $100 for 2 people + the ferry (included return trip).. I couldn't have been more pleased with how it worked out on both legs of the trip...
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iron banks
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re: Tipping protocol at/on way to All-inclusive in Mexico
CARM for transfers is legit and on time.


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