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Tipping in Bali Villas
Headed off on a Bali adventure? Staying at a villa in Bali can be a great accommodation option, either as a standalone villa or as part of a larger villa complex. Your villa’s staff will be there to take care of your every need and make your stay a memorable one.
Do I Need To Tip The Villa Staff Members In Bali?
Yes, you should tip the villa’s staff members as tips are both customary and expected. Tips make up a large part of their income and they work hard for what, to many other nationalities, is not much money.
What About Villas That Charge Service Fees?
Villas in Bali often charge service fees that theoretically should go to improving the workers’ pay. In practice, much of the service charge goes to the owner, not the workers. If your villa charges service fees to users, you will still be expected to tip the villa staff.
How Much To Tip Villa Staff In Bali?
For each week that you spend in your villa, you should tip each member of the villa staff at least 100,000 IDR (Indonesian Rupiah). That’s around 7.30 USD or 10.50 AUD. This isn’t much but the villa staff will be grateful for it. You can tip members of villa staff more for good service or if they went out of their way for you. It’s up to you.
At a typical villa, you will have 3 – 5 staff that you are tipping 100,000 IDR to per week. This would be the maid, chef, gardener/pool person, possibly a butler, and a nanny if you chose a villa that could provide one. That means you will need to budget 300,000 – 500,000 IDR in tips per week.
In terms of figuring out how much you need to tip in total and how much 100,000 IDR is in your currency, we have a free Bali villa staff tip calculator at the end of this article for you to use.
If you are staying in a villa with a very large number of staff (the largest villas have up to 30 members of staff), contact the villa directly or your booking agent to understand the tipping etiquette, which is likely to involve a tipping pool with tips shared equally among the staff. If you’re booking the villa with 30 staff members have a blast!
Tipping in Bali: Interactive Tip Calculator
You can use our interactive Bali villa staff tip calculator below to figure out how much to tip your villa staff in Bali based on your length of stay and number of staff. We have set the default weekly tip rate to 100,000 IDR per week but feel free to change it as you like. You’ll be able to know how much to tip your staff, in advance, for your length of trip. Plus you can understand how much the tips are in your own currency, not just in IDR. Luckily, it’s not much! At the time of this writing, a tip of 100,000 IDR to each staff member for a one week stay is equivalent to 1.04 US Dollars or 1.51 Australian Dollars per night to each staff member. Feel free to tip more if you received great service.