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Discovery Shores Boracay
Ranked #5 of 146 Hotels in Boracay
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Reviewed 8 November 2013 via mobile

Loved our stay in Discovery. Compared to Shangrila, Discovery's location makes it a notch better. With the white beach just a few steps away really makes a lot of difference. Ice cone and pastry available all morning side pool is a big come-on and high up there in likeability for children. Rooms are cleaned twice a day. Sweets and cookies are replenished everyday in your room. Shuttle is available any hour. Call for pick up wherever you are. We went to Regency to see the tunnel aquarium not at par with Hk or Sing or Us ocean parks bt its in Bora so that will do. We were there and picked up by Discovery van. Will definitely go back

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Arrived after hours but staff are waiting and ready for us including midnight snacks. Our party was 80+ for a family reunion occupying probably 20 units. This resort is world class in amenities and quality of service. Our 2 level Family Room is super spacious and kids enjoyed the balcony spa. The poolside was so inviting and we stayed there all day. Spa was best among the rest. The resort organized a white party in a custom tent built in front of the hotel by the beach. Program includes fire dancers as other tourist stopped to watch our private party. Food was delicious and fresh. Liquor and beer was flowing. The band was awesome. I am still missing the customary greeting where staff place their right hand in their chest. It was a memorable experience and highlight of our trip.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

a poolside junior suite could have made our stay perfect. otherwise everything is worth the cost of staying here. great welcome service, good breakfast spread. only downside is that they left the complimentary afternoon snack at the patio, the banana fritters were full of ants when we returned from a stroll.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

Pros: Great transfers, very nice beach, pool- and beach-side service

Cons: Much pricier than other properties, location too far from D.Mall and anything else going on, breakfast buffet was sub-par, lack of privacy

Simply stated, I wanted to try this hotel since it was supposed to be one of "the best" based on the ratings here, my girlfriend wanted to try Boracay Regency since she's a local and had heard many good things about that property. We spent one night at each property, and while I expected to have a much better experience at Discovery Shores, we didn't.

You arrive in a parking area and are greeted by an agent who walks you directly to your room. No lobby. Our room was pretty nice, and the welcome foot wash was as well (though longer foot massages cost $2-3 in the Philippines). The bed was dead center in the middle of the room, and faced a large bank of windows at pool level. This felt pretty exposed, so we drew all of the shades. All of the common areas are outside - restaurant, concierge station, lounge - so this can get pretty steamy on hot days. The WiFi was very poor and dropped frequently. The poolside chairs are great, but the food and drinks are priced very high. The Spa was even worse - again, everything comparative to what else is available locally. 3,000 php for a 1-hour service that costs 250-400 php at dozens of places just a short walk away is very, very hard to justify, even if it's amazing.

After relaxing and swimming, we got ready for dinner and walked the beach. There are a few places here and there, but it's nothing like the D.Mall area at Station 2. For our tastes, we really missed the amount of food choices, shops, and vibrant activity, so we walked all the way back to the hotel and took the transfer down to D.Mall anyway.

The next morning, I was excited for breakfast since we'd had a seriously great buffet at the Regency and hadn't yet eaten at Discovery Shores. It was very sub-par, both in quality and choice (not even any mango juice, practically a staple there!), and we were both disappointed.

The transfer back to the airport was awesome. They do a great job shepherding you every step of the way - van ride to their private ferry boat, meeting you at the airport, and even having an agent walk you through security and help you get your tickets and go up to the private "lounge" (just a room with a few couches and a TV in the gate area; still, nice when it's included). Ironically the experience leaving was the high point of our stay.

To me, this property seems perfect for a) couples who want a quiet and secluded getaway, b) people who want every detail of their transfers taken care of in style, and c) those who just want to lay on a beach and swim, doing little else.

Personally, I would not stay at Discovery Shores on my next trip to Boracay when there are properties in better locations, with better and cheaper food, for a third of the price.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Firstly - I am always disappointed to hear travelers complaining about petty little things. How spoiled are we travelers when we can't see what is being offered to us when it is so far about their standard of living. We get to share their beautiful beaches, wonderful food, the sand, the scenery, the warm climate, the efforts of the people to give us safety and hospitality. We have just returned from 7 days at Discovery Shores and we were highly impressed with the service, quality of food, cleanliness and above all the genuine care and service by the staff. Not everything was perfect during our stay but I have never walked on more beautiful sand, swam in such clean water, had my beach cleaned and raked every morning (even in typhoon weather were the storms brought in debris) and never have I been showered with so much genuinely pleasant service and accommodation by people. This is a boutique style resort which is lovely and unique situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. What a wonderful experience. Yes it was a little pricey but I have spent more in Costa Rica where you can not be on the beach after 5 pm for safety reasons. In Boracay the beach was alive and happy and full of people till late into the night with no concern for our safety. A person could walk for miles on the beach and choose from one of hundreds of restaurants and eat wonderful fresh food from all over the world for a fraction of the cost paid in most restaurants in North America. Fish and sea food caught in the morning can be cooked for you fresh at your choice of dozens of restaurants. Absolutely fabulous experience - we will return. Thank you to Jigs and Gen who really made our experience special although it must be said that all the staff were exceptional service wise. One suggestion: because this is a small resort, when there is a major event (banquet dinner, wedding etc. the set up will be lovely but it will mostly consume the main social areas of the resort. Be sure to ask about this before you make your booking as it does affect your use of the common areas)

Room Tip: All rooms face in toward the resort which runs perpendicular to the beach. View of sea from balco...
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

My entire family of 5 adults and 4 children stayed at the Discovery Shores for 5 nights in October,Great experience and great family fun. Superb accommodation and faultless service. Breakfast buffet also second to none. Would recommend this treasure highly.

Room Tip: We had three rooms - all of great quality!
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Discovery Shores is the best on White Beach if you want quintessential Boracay but with more comfort and luxury. Large junior suite, nice smelling linens, good service, fair breakfast. Staff is courteous and brisk even during this off season. Everything works just so one has a smooth experience, but don’t expect to be wowed.

To nitpick I mentioned if possible to have a special anniversary message for the hubby but there was none upon arrival. They asked if I am willing to pay for a cake P1200++. I asked for mangoes, and they gave one piece fruit with two days to ripen. I’ll be home in two days.

Price-wise Shangrila offers the same package with more value in terms of room and resort quality, but it is far from the Boracay action. Discovery is good for a weekend just to relax, swim on the famed beach and take in the whole Bora experience.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Station 1 Balabag, Malay, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines
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Region: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > Malay > Boracay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Boracay
#4 Luxury Hotel in Boracay
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Boracay
Price Range: £158 - £316 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Discovery Shores Boracay 4.5*
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discovery Shores Boracay, a sprawling beachfront property located on the unspoilt shores of Boracay Island in the Philippines, is the first luxury resort built in this majestic region. Apart from its spacious 87 all suite guestrooms and the highly-acclaimed Terra Wellness Spa overlooking the beach, Discovery Shores' facilities include the Sands Restaurant, Indigo Restaurant, Platitos, Sandbar beach bar, Sandbox kiddie lounge, a swimming pool, recreation room, an events hall and a gym. Discovery Shores is one of five properties of The Discovery Leisure Company's portfolio of distinctive hotels and resorts, and is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Lifestyle Collection. The resort embodies the hallmark of the Discovery brand: personalized and innovative service dispensed round-the-clock. Guests are guaranteed an unsurpassed level of quality, service and luxury. ... more   less 
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