At Couples, All Inclusive means "ALL Inclusive." Yes, there are some things that are not included (Spa services, private dinner on the beach) but you can eat for 12 hours straight at the restaurants, drink from the bars until they run out, have room service dinner or breakfast delivered daily, go out snorkeling or SCUBA every trip (well OK, not the SCUBA when you figure in allowed down times,) etc. As for the no tipping, it means exactly that, you do not tip (and I believe the staff aren't allowed to accept tips.)
When the wife and I went, our wallets spent the entire vacation (we didn't leave the resort) in the room safe. This may also have helped us avoid buying souvenirs from the vendors they brought in one evening, though...
There is (at CTI, and I'd presume the other resorts) a gift shop, where obviously you have to pay for stuff.
So, all inclusive? Absolutely! You could go and only spend what it cost for the flights and the room easily.
MeganWage - Welcome to the Couples family!! YES, at Couples in particular, all inclusive means just that, ALL INCLUSIVE! All of your meals and drinks, as much as you want, are all included in the price, as well as lots of other great things, including all of the water sports - diving, windsurfing, kayaks, snorkeling trips, etc. Also, depending which of the 4 resorts you are at, there's a sunset catamaran cruise (at CN, CSA and CTI), trip to Dunn's River Falls (at CTI and CSS). On top of all of that, you will find a wonderful staff to serve you. And yes, there is a strict "no tipping" policy. Leave your wallet in the safe all week, and list on your check-out comment card the names of staff members who were exceptional during your stay.
And NO TIPPING means no tipping... the employees can get fired if they are caught accepting tips. This applies while on the resort. If you go off resort to excursions, then you can tip the driver and/or guides. Your driver to/from the airport also can be tipped as they are not Couples employees.
Tipping at the spa is voluntary, but most do... I usually tip about $10 or $15 per massage. Spa services are not included in your resort reservation so you pay for those.
Couples is cashless.. .meaning you charge anything you buy like things at the gift shop, spa services, photos you purchase etc... to your room and then settle up when you check out.
Absolutely no tipping, except for the shuttle driver ($10-20) and baggage handlers at the airport ($1-2 per bag).
All liquor, including top shelf, and food is included. Unlimited.
The only money we spent was in the gift shop.
Couples Resorts is the only place in the world I take my phone (s) , wallet and watch off and put them in the safe. If you have never been be prepared to be WOWWED. The service is outstanding from everyone. The food is excellant. There is no tipping, which is hard to believe. There is no better place to be with the one you love. Book now. But be forewarned, this place is addicting.
Yes, everything you eat and drink is included. You may also ask for seconds, or order two entries. As to tipping, the resort has a strict rule concerning tipping. You can't. If a staff member took a tip and someone reported that to management, there is a good possibility that they could be fired. Instead of tipping cash, many people bring things such as candy, they love chocolate, baseball hats with sports logos, perfume, nail polish, things for kids such as coloring books, pens, pencils, activity books. Those of us that continue to go back, we are known as "repeaters", bring specific things that staff may ask for. This includes clothes, shirts, sneakers, small tape recorder, electric drill, specific kind of perfume or nail polish, condoms(yes they do ask for them) first aid over the counter stuff like aspirin, band-aids, cold remedy, and more.
We are looking at Negril. I've heard there are some of the most beautiful beaches there. I've always wanted to try an All Inclusive place...but was skeptical of a big chain like Sandals for some reason. I came across Couples and it seems really nice and laid back.
That is awesome that everything really is included. Is there a lot of things to do and see outside of the resort in Negril? Or can you pretty much just stay at the resort?