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“Amazing stay at Discovery Shores during off-season” 4 of 5 stars
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Discovery Shores Boracay
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Station 1 Balabag, Aklan Province, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #9 of 139 Hotels in Boracay
New York City, New York
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“Amazing stay at Discovery Shores during off-season”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We stayed 2 nights at the Discovery Shores in early November...clearly off-season since the property was not fully booked. Our room was near the beach and we were right across from the pool. The room was extremely new, modern, and spacious. Bathroom was a bit on the small side (only shower, no tub) but still great.

The breakfast buffet was just ok due to limited selection.

What I like most was the staff. Everyone was extremely nice and attentive. Wiping our sunglasses, refilling water, bringing extra towels, etc. We were definitely pampered.

I would give this hotel a 5 star except for the shuttle service. We had dinner in a different part of the island (station 2) and the hotel shuttle service was supposed to pick us up in 7-10min according to the front desk. We ended up waiting for 40min to be picked up.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

I got married at this resort on July 7, 2012, and I say to anyone who wants to have a Boracay wedding, to have it in Discovery Shores as they have the most detail oriented and creative staff who makes sure you have the most beautifully arranged wedding. The location of the resort which is on the quieter side of White Beach has also the widest beach front area making it perfect for a ceremony. The scenery is just amazing, especially with the sunset as your backdrop.

Not to mention its impeccable customer service throughout our stay. We came back to a room that was always tidied up from stepping out for just an hour. Everyone always greeted with a smile. They were very attentive to our requests and needs and were very prompt at tending to us. It was such a homey environment. They certainly made it very easy for us as a couple who were running amok, preparing for the wedding. It was the best decision we had made for our wedding venue.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

We went to Boracay with the team from work. The resort was walking distance from the clubs in the island. They provided several options for outdoor activities, including para-sailing, jet skies, snorkeling, etc.

The food was very good and varied. A true luxurious experience!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

My friends and I just got back from Discovery, and we had a great experience. The hotel is located near the end of Station 1 so its very private and feels more exclusive. The rooms were very clean and comfortable, and the staff were very friendly and accommodating. Upon check in, we were treated to a complimentary foot massage inside the room, with drinks and pastries. A streamer inside our room welcomed us "home". And everyday, after a fun day outside, we came home to newly cleaned rooms, and with a new stock of pastries and fruits waiting on the table. What I liked most about the hotel is the design. The rooms, which look more like suites or apartments, are very spacious and are ideal for families or big groups. The hotel also has free shuttle service to any point in the island. Discovery also has its exclusive ferry and shuttle services in going to and from the airport, and has an exclusive waiting lounge at the departure area of the airport, which make the travel more convenient.

You may find the cost to be very steep though, especially if you are someone who will spend most of your time enjoying the outdoors - Boracay after all has a very beautiful beach and is known for its night life! I also think that the food at the front lobby restaurant (Sands) needs improvement. And if you get a room on top of the property, be prepared to walk down the stairs going to the beach, pool and resto/bar.

Room Tip: If you want more privacy, get a room on top of the property. But If you want to be in the middle of...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We went there on Dec 2011 & stayed for 2 nights, we hope we have been stayed longer.
It is a relax resort with perfect services. Once you checked in, they will provide you a foot massage in your room & nice iced-drinks, cakes & cookies, etc...
The staffs are friendly, good house keeping ( your room always clean when you back), a nice swimming pool & you could enjoy water, cookies, sometimes pizza when you lying on the beach bench, the staffs will taking care of your stuffs like sun glasses, towels, snappers & will put everything in a nice position, also will provide you with water, cookies, pizza etc...They also helped us took many nice pictures.
The beach part in front of the resort is great, that's the most beautiful part in boaracy beach! The sand is whie in colour & so soft & smooth. We had a happy stay. :)
But heard from my friend that if you go there in peak season like February, the beach will be a bit crowd.

Room Tip: The room with Balcony is a must & better choose the upper floor one which have more priavacy.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

This Hotel has the rigth location, but service not working.

Waiting for coffee all breakfast, no coffee shows up. Waiting for internet to be fixed, when? Restaurant closes 10 pm.

No hot water in the shower, but a lot of ants and other creeps in the sink, ceiling damaged by water.

At arrival no pick up at airport, had to find my way to the jetty by myself, walk to the Hotel by myself.

The room is big, but cozy as a hospital. But it is called a junior suite, I thought that meant a separate sleeping compartment, not just one room with a big bed in the middle, then nothing more.

Ooh, by the way, dont go here with a bad knee, i was on three stairs, any elevator? No....

At arrival there should be a foot massage, did they keep this promise? Of course not.

The list becomes just to long, my advice: Avoid this place, you can get better Hotels and cheaper. I paid 90 000 for two rooms three nights, and I did not even get ONE proper breakfast.

What is good then? The beach, but that can be reached from any Hotel, for free.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

We stayed in Shangrila Boracay in May 2012 and absolutely raved about it. But even during that stay, we took a peek at Discovery Shores, curious if it truly lived up to all the hype. So this time around, family in tow, we booked at DISCOVERY SHORES.

From the time we arrived at the airport, Discovery staff greeted us and took care of our luggage. We were transferred to a waiting lounge [shared with Fairways and Blue Waters] and then we boarded their motorized airconditioned ferry [the life vests need upgrading and cleaning, though]. Upon arrival at the resort, we were served their trademark welcome drink --- PANDAN WATER --- so refreshing!!! Actually, this drink is always available, it's complimentary, just ask housekeeping to have it delivered to your room, or any wait staff in the restaurants.

ROOM: We were promptly ushered to our room --- which was immaculate, modern, and completely luxurious! We booked a one-bedroom premier loft, which had living and dining areas + mini-kitchen bar + full toilet and bath + full balcony overlooking the pool in the ground floor; a bedroom, walk-in closet, full toilet and bath in the loft, which leads to a veranda with a jacuzzi! There is more than ample lighting, with nearly floor to ceiling glass windows. This unit is S-P-A-C-I-O-U-S, probably 90-100 sq. meters in total, but it "accommodates" 2 adults [+/- child] only, and any extra person incurs an extra charge. The resort could've been more generous by allowing 3 adults to stay here without charge, instead of just 2.
The room and its amenities: A+ definitely!!!

RESTAURANTS: Breakfast buffet is at Sands -- it's the typical fare = continental + filipino dishes + noodles. Sufficient. Above average. B+.

POOL/POOL BAR: lovely! great for kids. lovely lychee mojitos for the adults too. A+

AMBIENCE: i love the clean lines of the buildings' architecture, which still blends well with the tropical surroundings. A truly relaxing getaway with all the amenities of city dwelling. A+

SERVICE: Except for a glitch with reservations and the isolated unpleasant incident with an employee from front desk, [this misunderstanding was promptly rectified and more than made up for by the very able and courteous manager] the service was excellent == Everyone was welcoming, attentive, warm, prompt, and efficient -- from the drivers to the housekeeping and wait staff and the manager.

LOCATION: D-Shores is located towards the less crowded end of Station One, next to Friday's, along with a few other high end resorts, where the sand is most powdery. It's a 15-20 min beachfront walk to the D' Mall. There are many restaurants and local eateries in the vicinity. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service at all times [until 12 or 1 am] to anywhere on the island, without having to wait for pick-up/drop-off times.

OVERALL: We've been to Friday's and to Shangrila, but Discovery Shores tops them! It's great for couples, for families with small children, and for groups of friends/co-workers. We would definitely return and could not imagine staying anywhere else after being to Discovery Shores.

Tip: 1) to experience the best that local cuisine has to offer [i.e, the freshest seafood cooked in the simplest but most delectable way], go to D' TALIPAPA. It's your one-stop shop where you buy seafood and have them cooked while you wait. You can then either eat it there [some local eateries are airconditioned] or have them to go.
2) at Discovery, request for PANDAN WATER from housekeeping. [Pandan leaves are boiled in water with honey, then cooled with ice]. It's the best thirst quencher!!!

Room Tip: Choose a room near the pool area. Couples can manage in a standard bedoom, while families with child...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Station 1 Balabag, Aklan Province, Philippines
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Location: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > Boracay
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Boracay
#4 Luxury Hotel in Boracay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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 guestrooms and the 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, an events hall and a fitness facilities. Discovery Shores 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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