Couples has a no tipping policy. Staff can be fired for accepting tips and guests can be asked to leave without a refund for tipping. This includes the housekeeping staff as they are also employees. The only 'staff' you can tip are the spa employees, as they are contracted through Couples and are not Couples employees. You will also want to tip your shuttle driver who takes you to and from the resort and the baggage handlers at the airport. If you take any off-site excursions you will want to tip your drivers and any guides that you use. If you do the catamaran sunset cruise, they are not Couples employees and you will want to tip them. Otherwise, there is no tipping of anyone else while at the resort.
As for tips, CN is fabulous. We love the resort. The beach is fabulous and so relaxing. One of our favorite things to do is take a raft out into the ocean and float for hours.
Remember that before each dinner there is usually some sort of 'happy hour' going on in the Piano Bar.
We also enjoy taking a dip in the pool at night. Sometimes after dinner, sometimes later. When it is hot at night it makes for a great way to cool off.
We enjoy getting one of the buildings close to the main restaurant. In the evenings you can sit out on your balcony and hear the band play. It always feels like a private concert. We've even been known to dance on the balcony.
We enjoy getting the Continental breakfast delivered to our room and sitting out on the balcony enjoying our food and coffee and watching the resort wake up. Makes for a very peaceful start to the day.
Lychee is our favorite restaurant and the Lychee Martinis are fabulous. I always have several!
You can go to the bar before dinner and ask for a bottle of wine or champagne and take it back to the room to drink while you get ready for dinner. This is one of our favorite things to do. Any leftover can be put in your fridge for the next night, or you can drink it when you return from dinner. They will supply you with nice glasses to use in your room.
There is an ice cream machine in the beach grill. It is fabulous for an afternoon snack.
We've gone dinner 'hopping' some nights. We start at one restaurant for appetizers, move to another for the main dish and still another for desert. It works wonderfully. Remember you can always order two of anything that you want.
In the mornings they make fabulous smoothies. By this bar is the makings for Bloody Mary's or Mimosas or just have some champagne.
There are so many wonderful things about CN. My biggest suggestion to you is to not plan anything in advance before you go. Just go with the flow while you are there. You will be amazed at how sand gravity takes hold and you can spend all day doing nothing and enjoying every minute of it.
Juliann & Jeff
Jamaica Soon Come