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How Much to Tip for Spa Services? | Cebu Spa and Wellness Guide

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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Hi there and thank you for visiting this blog. I’m Jazmine, a free-spirited life traveler whose quintessential pursuits involve searching for the best spa experience in Cebu and beyond. This blog is where I share my reviews, tips, how-to tutorials, interesting articles related to spa, wellness and health.

20 Responses

  1. Carlo Olano says:

    I usually give around 50-100 pesos on a massage but it all depends on the service. The smallest tip I give is around 20 pesos.

    • Jazmine says:

      So true, it will really depend on the quality of service you’re getting. For superb service the maximum I tip would be at 15%.

  2. Rea says:

    The Philippines doesn’t really have a tipping culture I believe. So thanks for giving us these tips about tipping. I love how that sounds. Hehehe. I haven’t been to a spa ever so I most likely wouldn’t know what to do. LOL

    • Jazmine says:

      Tipping is not required here in our country because people employed in the service sector are expected to do their jobs with or without any gratuities, which is reasonable. However, I heard stories from a masseur friend that he’s only paid a minimum daily wage of P150 which is really low. I’m sure he was able to survive in that job through tips from his customers. I think it’s time for spas to raise the bar higher by increasing their salaries so that customers can look forward to better services even without the tips.

  3. I’m not so familiar with tipping in spa but if the service is indeed superb then I would probably be giving P100 pesos. I’m not rich! Haha

    • Jazmine says:

      Wow, P100 is quite generous of you since the minimum spa service in the Phils. costs P200. Using that example, you will giving 50% tip. I’m sure your masseur will love you for that! For me, I gave 10-20% tip depending on the service.

  4. Janine says:

    The minimum I tip for massaging service is P50. Actually, that’s the only amount I tip even when the service is good. HAHA!

  5. Emjae says:

    Not also familiar with tipping but this is great to know. So usually do you give it directly to them or pay it with the bill?

    • Jazmine says:

      Based from experience, I pay the full price of their service at the cashier as I leave and give the tip directly to my masseur. Some spas, offer tipping envelopes after the session is done.

  6. From my experience, I often give tips depending on the quality of services received. 🙂

  7. Katherine says:

    Great tips! But I haven’t really been much for visiting spas. I’ll certainly keep all the points you mentioned in mind if I ever get to visit one!

  8. Kiat Cebu says:

    I always like to get a massage and I try to do it regularly. Im no rich, but I practice to be generous when it comes to “tipping” because I know how tough and draining their job is. I once joined a workshop for Thai massage as part of my yoga training- I wished NOT to be a masseur, dmd. And if I am not mistaken, most of the massage parlors/Spas here PH dont give a minimum wage to their employees. Their salary depends on the number of customers they handled- it’s like, commission basis.

    • Jazmine says:

      I couldn’t agree more on this. I was really sad when I heard my friend that he only earned less than P200 as his daily income from massage. He has to earn more for his family which is the reason why he would resort to tips if customers are generous enough to give.

  9. Jhanis says:

    I have never been to a spa. Never had a massage in a spa! Can you believe that? I have an aversion to strangers touching me! hahahah Weird. I know. I can’t even stand it when somebody sits so close to me inside a jeeepney that our arms touch. I die.. Hahahh

  10. Jazmine says:

    Awesome! I also give more or less the same amount, too.

  11. Terry says:

    For 1 hours massage I will given P50, 2 hours massage usually will given Atleast P100.

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