How Much to Tip for Spa Services?
When it comes to tipping for spa services, questions on how much to tip usually turns up. It would be nice to be able to give out a standard rate, but in reality, it does not always work that way.
Just like the tipping etiquette followed in restaurants, tipping in spas is subjective. A 15-20% tip on top of the bill is considered customary, but at the end of the day, the amount of gratuity you give will depend on the quality of service you received.
Superb spa services should be rewarded
How you value the service should be considered when tipping. If you have not had a body massage for months, and your therapist did an awesome job with it, then go ahead and reward her for the effort.
On the other hand, if the service was poor, you shouldn’t feel guilty on tipping less or none at all. No one should expect tips if they knew the service was really bad. You may want to switch spas, if that’s the case.
Before going to a spa, it’s good to take note of the following points:
- Know the country’s tipping culture. Tipping rules varies widely in different countries and situations. In some countries like US and Canada, most gratuities are not included in the bill, so a 15-20% tip applies. Tipping is not widely practiced in Japan (and in some cases, it is considered rude), so you’re not expected to tip hair salons or spas there. In the Philippines, tipping is also not required, however since majority of the masseurs there are paid on a per-customer basis, any tips from customers are still encouraged.
- If you are serviced by the spa owner, tips are not expected but if you like the service, then a 15 to 20 percent tip is still allowed.
- If you’re using a spa gift certificate, always check with your spa if tips are already included or not. There are times when the person who bought the certificate may have already included tips but if not, ask the receptionist how much tip is expected.
- Most health and resort spas may already include a service fee or tips in addition to the bill so you don’t have to worry about tipping. But if you think the service you received was extraordinary, then feel free to give your therapist some extra cash.
- Tipping is not allowed in most medical spas especially for medical procedures like Botox injections since it intrudes with their medical image. I mean, it would be odd to tip your doctors, right?
- If the spa therapist is doing a private practice, they get to keep the whole amount of the price paid for the service so tipping is not necessary but of course, any tip would is still appreciated.
Now, your turn. Do you give tips to your massage therapists and what can you share when it comes to tipping for any spa services ? Share them in the comments below.
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