My first view of Discovery Shores was through their rear entrance which was quite unremarkable.
My disappointment in the entrance was quickly erased by their smiling staff who offered me a cold drink as well as the nice guys who carried my bag and showed me to my room.
A beautiful layout and pool area was the trade-off for rooms not having an ocean view. But then who needs a view when you can experience the pristine beach and water just a few steps from your room.
Yes, the sand is blindingly white and fine.
Most hotels charge for drinks but here they gave away snow cones. They had dalandan and grape flavors that day.
I understand why Discovery Shores has won so many accolades world wide. They are so many small and unexpected touches around the hotel. Free cookies don’t cost much but say more specially to cookie monsters like me.
I was so lucky to be invited to join my friend and her family in their first trip to Boracay. Her parents stayed in a 1 bedroom suite. This was their living/dining room. 2 people could sleep on those comfy sofa beds.
We hanged around in this room when we weren’t in the beach.
one bedroom suite
This was our room, a junior suite which was the smallest room in the hotel. It had a very comfortable day bed which I slept on. This room is good for 3-4 people.
There were enough outlets for all our gadgets. That’s not my laptop. I was there for just pure r&r!
The bathroom was not the best I’ve seen but it was simple and modern.
There were small bottles of Molton Brown toiletries and much bigger sized in-house brand.
You’ll never go hungry in this hotel with free snacks like pili nuts, cookies and dried mangoes constantly refilled.
Both rooms had books you can borrow. How did they know that these 3 were some of my favorite authors?
The best way to soak in Discovery Shores’ hospitality was relaxing on the beach loungers while drinking their refreshing pandan water. I loved this lightly sweetened water so much I must have drank a liter on my first day.
At exactly 5:00 pm six staff members arrived bearing treats. I was speechless.
First I was offered a cold mist of orange mint, cucumber or plain Evian. The cool mist on my face, arms and legs was a pleasant relief from the humidity.
A flower for behind my ear. Aww….
I got a piece of hotdog wrapped in bacon.
Mango pops? Yes please. These were so creamy and delicious. They’d make a killing if they sold it.
Fresh fruits? Yes! But I didn’t have any hands left. One hand held on to the hotdog while the other was busy with my mango pop. Darn they should give us plates too! 😀 Did you notice all their sincere smiles? It’s more fun in the Philippines!!!
Even in the height of summer Station 1 wasn’t crowded. I will always stay in Station 1.
I wore the slippers provided by the hotel.
I love these shots of the sunset in Boracay.
This is what Discovery Shores look like at night.
Our room was on the ground floor and just after the pool. I loved it’s location.
When we got back to our room after dinner more goodies awaited us. The leche flan was so creamy and sweet.
Even better was the pichi pichi which was one of the best I’ve eaten. Really gooey with just the right amount of sugar and fresh coconut.
We already received free cloth tote bags earlier in the day so we were surprised to find more gifts from the hotel.
We each got cell phone dry boxes!! I used mine the next day. Thanks again Discovery Shores.
My first night was capped with an in-room massage by a masseuse we met outside the hotel who only charged us P400 an hour. It was so gracious of the hotel to allow them to massage the guests even though the hotel had their own spa and massage services. I had an amazing sleep that night.
These are just some of the reasons why Discovery Shores is one of the best if not the best hotel to stay in Boracay. It’s worth every peso or dollar I tell you.
Discovery Shores Boracay
Station 1, Balabag Boracay Island
5608 Malay, Aklan Philippines
telephone: (63 36) 288-4500 / (63 2) 720-8888
Manila Sales and Reservations Office
25 ADB Ave. Ortigas Center, Pasig City
telephone: (632) 720-8888
direct lines: (632) 719-6692 to 719-6695/719-6697/719-6699