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“Discovery Shores is a class act!”

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Discovery Shores Boracay
Ranked #4 of 147 Hotels in Boracay
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Melbourne, Australia
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36 reviews
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“Discovery Shores is a class act!”
Reviewed May 6, 2014

We had a lovely time at Discovery Shores! It has an excellent right on the white beach and the service is the best we've ever experienced at a hotel! We loved the welcome basket and the small surprises we would find every day in the room! Also the beds are extremely comfortable, the rooms are spacious and it is a very clean place.

The only things that let us down was the poor healthy breakfast choices - dishes were mostly mostly fried rice, bacon, penne pasta, cereals full of sugar such as coco pops, chocos etc. A suggestion would be to add healthier choices such as muesli and yoghurt.

Also annoying was that the Internet in the rooms was poor and unreliable - constantly times out every 15 mins.

Overall though i would highly recommend Discovery Shores, especially since we also stayed at another hotel in Boracay (Argonauta) which is also highly rated, but i believe we had a much better experience at Discovery Shores.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Pasig, Philippines
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Reviewed May 4, 2014

The place, staff and service were superb! Our room was very clean and nice! Relaxed and pampered. We enjoyed the food and their butler parade! Simply heavenly! We would definitely return to Discovery Shores on our next visit!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed May 1, 2014

My family of 4 (with boys ages 6 and 11) stayed at Discovery Shores from April 21-24. It's almost as if the staff can read our minds. The ability to anticipate what the guests need before they ask for it, along with a cheerful willingness to accommodate requests from guests is the benchmark of service. In both capacity, Discovery Shores was able to deliver. We couldn't thank the manager and the staff enough for the very warm welcome, and what seemed like a VIP treatment, that was extended to us. The genuine smile and greeting from each staff we met daily was constant and consistent. My 2 kids quickly developed staff favorites and didn't have any trouble asking any staff for assistance. The foot wash upon arrival was a great way to start the beginning of our first day on the beach; the free shuttle that took us around the town was always available and the wait is always short; the breakfast buffet was scrumptuous, with selections that change daily. The price per night is extremely steep -- a comparable price would be considered an "All-Inclusive" vacation by North American and Carribbean standards, but we were not disappointed. There was, however, one thing that the resort could improve on, and that is the kids' activities. Discovery Shores didn't have much in the way of entertainment for kids. We have stayed at different beach resorts around the world, and one of the things we (as parents) look forward to is adult time. It always helps to have resort-sponsored activities for children -- either 4 hours in the morning, or 4 hours in the afternoon, then a movie night (with popcorn and snacks) to cap the evening. The kids look forward to these types of activities where they are in the company of other children. Other than that, the only regret we had was not staying longer.

I would like to add that Discovery Shores have their own private lounge at Caticlan Airport, which is for exclusive use of their guests. Our return flight to Manila was delayed for an hour, but we were comfortable in their private lounge.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Nutley, New Jersey
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Reviewed April 30, 2014

It's a limited family vacay for me , wifey and son but it was quite an awesome 3 day respite and beach adventure for the three of us .From the pick up airconditioned boat, the van, welcome drinks, 3rd flr suite , pool front and beach view plus a welcome foot massage ( for the 3 of us ) ...it couldn't be any better treat..:-) The beach/sand is immaculate and constantly combed clean by staff..the water is warm, bluish green and perfect for relaxing dip.The resort pool is heated and perfect for night swims....the staff @ the bar area gives unlimited refreshing " pandan cold drinks " all day....resort is close to all other fun activities eg: D' Mall ( by resort van ), etc.. The morning breakfasts were good, ...but special mention for the staff..they have that smile and genuine aura to serve and make their guets feel @ home...:-)
I would recommend this resort anytime to my friends. It''s definitely worth it..:-)

Room Tip: Get the higher suites w balcony on the 3rd flr pool front w view of the ocean/beach...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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manila, philippines
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

My family and I stayed at Discovery shores during the Holy week period (a few days before the actual holidays). We were expecting crowds, but surprisingly, it was quiet, especially at Station 1 area where this hotel is located.

Pros:
1) love the location - white beach right outside
2) excellent service - always saying "happy summer" with the staff giving you the most heartwarming smile.
3) requested for an hour later checkout and they accommodated us
4) shuttle van going to d'mall and back was always fast and available
5) love the room itself. though i find they lack towel hangers/racks in the bathroom area.

Cons:
1) For some reason, our 2-br suite had some electrical problems. We had no lights for a few hours and had to ask somebody to come fix it (which was done right away), then the next day, one of the airconditioning wouldn't turn on (which was also fixed afterwards).
2) We ate at the Sands restaurant 3-4x during our stay. The food was just so-so. Excellect service as usual, but there were too many flies around the eating area. I don't know if there is anything else they can do about it, but it really troubled me. It's very hard to eat when you are constantly swatting on flies.
3) Not too much activity for kids
4) PRICE - steep price

Overall, I would still recommend this hotel to my friends.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Makati, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2014

Stayed there as a couple September last year to attend a wedding nearby. The rooms were a nice size and the decor on the modern/minimal side. Just don't expect to keep your blinds open to natural lighting as the balconies face other balconies (or public areas). The pool is also rather small for a resort with the number of rooms it has. But I suppose that is because it has wide frontage on the lovely main white beach. Service is very good. Food was also good as expected. Can get noisy/busy though and feel crowded with hardly any pockets of privacy owing to its location. Also, I miss the old spa operator they used to have (Palm Garden)..had a chance to try the current one and though better than beach-front offers, can't compare with the signature patterns of the former. A relative stayed at both Discovery and Shangri-la that same visit and she says that Shangri-la beats what Discovery offered. Didn't understand what she meant until my hubby and I stayed this last Holy Week at the Shang. Well, in terms of value, Shangri-la was in a class all its own on all fronts (facilities, room, service, outlets, kids/gaming area). But that may be comparing apples and oranges…since Shangri-la is a global player, and Discovery is a smaller/boutique hotel. It truly depends what you're looking for during each visit to Boracay (we have been visiting the island from 1990s onwards, and have thus stayed at a select few places for one reason or another). Enjoy!

Room Tip: Stay towards the back. Away from the pool if you'd like more peace and quiet.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

I have stayed at both Discovery Suites and Shangrila Boracay.

Location - Discovery Suites is very convenient. If you want a lively atmosphere, this is the one for you. If you want a private and quite refuge then Shangrila is for you.

Food - Discovery Suites served better food and breakfast. It is also convenient to all the restaurants at DMall and the hotels nearby. You can eat anytime of the day

Service - Both have good service but maybe Discovery Suites offers a warmer and quicker service

Rooms - Discovery and Shangrila both have nice room. With Discovery, guests walking by or in their balconies can see us in the room. Shangrila tend to give you more privacy. We got a family room at Shangrila.

Overall, you can stay in one or the other depending on your mood for a particular stay or time of the year. You can't go wrong with these two resorts.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Discovery Shores Boracay
Address: Station 1 Balabag, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines
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Location: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > Boracay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center 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:
#3 Spa Hotel in Boracay
#3 Luxury Hotel in Boracay
#3 On the Beach 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 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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