When it comes to accommodation I’m not fussy. I’m not the type to spend precious hours in a foreign place relaxing in my room – no matter how fluffy the duvet on the giant four poster bed or how deep the claw bathtub. However I do appreciate the finer details that often are part and parcel of expensive accommodation options.
You see the difference between charging a fortune for a hotel room and a budget backpackers often comes down to the little things that in reality don’t actually cost establishments all that much. On a recent trip to Ponta Mamoli and White Pearl Resorts on the southern coast of Mozambique the difference really was in the details. I had spent the previous three nights at a budget, yet comfortable, hotel right on the beachfront in Ponta do Ouro, two bays over. At both places I enjoyed a very similar location, a similar all-meals included package but these hotels were worlds apart.
The difference at White Pearl came in the form of a simple, yet well-welcomed drink on arrival served with a simple skewer of fruit. A easy-to-do tour of the facilities, ice in the room alongside the usual tea and coffee (which was filter coffee not your usual packet stuff), a TV on a stand that rotated so that if I was lying on the bed, couch or even in the bath I have a good view and a docking station to play some music.
And to go with that bath some bath salts, matches to light the nearby candles and a jar filled with the little things like cotton wool, earbuds etc.
Other small details included an easy to find piece of paper with a listed wifi code with unlimited free wifi (something which all establishments should offer now days) and even a complimentary lemon for the G&T in the minibar and to top it off nicely a beach bag for towels for that inevitable day on the beach. And of course a tiny chocolate on the pillow at the end of the day.
Little things really, most of which honestly I didn’t even use but these where the things that made me feel at home, at ease and made me want to spend more time in my room, even to the point that I didn’t want to leave.