It has been my dream to go to Boracay and stay at the Discovery Shores.Mostly because am curious about this resort which has been garnering all these acclaim from independent travellers, the latest of which is being on the Top 100 Hotels in the World from Travel+Leisure.
We were able to get a discounted rate of $220 a night from a travel agent, still not cheap but cheaper when compared to Amanpulo or Shang-ri La Boracay.After staying in Discovery Shores for a couple of days, I now know the reason. Being in a paradise like Boracay makes it already dream-like as it is, and staying in Discovery caps the whole euphoric experience. You’d want to go back to Boracay. You’d want to stay here again.
We got the Junior Suite which is their basic room category. It had a queen size bed and a spacious divan in a corner where your underage children can stay (otherwise get the one- to two-bedroom suites).
The only deal breaker for me was the small bathroom (which had no bath tub, by the way). But soon enough I did not mind this as I realized that the room we stayed in (No. 204) was just a walk down to their huge swimming pool. Yes, we did not swim in the beach, but I had a great time relaxing in the heated jacuzzi by the pool.
Anyway, what won this resort to me were their little touches which never failed to surprise and amuse me. For example, we came from the restaurant to find this towel shaped like a monkey hanging by our closet
They also gave us free pichi-pichi, a native dessert, by sundown. Our welcome platter when we checked in the hotel was most awesome 🙂
The welcome foot bath with foot massage was very soothing. When you arrive, you’re also given pandan water, their signature welcome drink
When night time came, we had a good dinner at the Hotel’s Indigo Restaurant. There’s nothing like dining by the beach, especially since the hotel’s location in Station 1 is far away from the madding crowds of Station 2. There was a wedding reception going on in the events tent and we had the bonus of watching Boracay’s famous fire dancers.
Breakfast was served at the Sands Restaurant. You just know the day is off to a great start when you have this view!
Food and beverage were reasonably priced for the most part considering how expensive Boracay can be, even in less stellar establishments.
The other things I appreciated about the resort: unlimited shuttle transfers to Stations 2 & 3, free use of the business center which was open 24/7, the gym, the free pick-up in Caticlan port and ride in their own boat, the welcome souvenir photo.
As I said in my Trip Advisor review, Discovery Shores is worth the money. We will be back!
Discovery Shores Boracay
Station 1, Balabag, Boracay Island
5608 Malay, Aklan Philippines
Tel. No. (63 36) 288-4500 / (63 2) 720-8888