Resort Review: Discovery Shores Boracay in Boracay Island

Discovery Shores Boracay, the best luxury resort in Boracay

Discovery Shores Boracay, the best luxury resort in Boracay

There is something magical about Boracay. Even if it is your nth time visiting, the feeling you get is as exciting as the first time you set foot on this little piece of heaven on earth. After all, Boracay has time and again been included in many a list of the world’s best islands.

Take in the island vibe and make the most of your vacation by booking a stay at Discovery Shores Boracay, the best luxury resort in Boracay. In this award-winning five-star resort, you are sure to be rewarded with a memorable experience.

Hotel Location

Which station in Boracay to stay in has always been a lingering question among visitors of the island. Well, it depends on what you want from your vacation.

For those who are in much need of peace and quiet, Station 1 is your best bet. It’s relatively peaceful and laidback—perfect for those who want to just lounge by the white sand and live for the melodic sound of the crashing waves.

Discovery Shores Boracay’s aerial view
Discovery Shores Boracay’s sprawling beachfront. Photo by Matthew Gomez
Discovery Shores Boracay is a beachfront resort in Station 1.

Sitting along the pristine white beach of Station 1, Discovery Shores Boracay is your home in this paradisiacal destination. It’s only a 10-minute walk from one of the island’s famous landmarks, the Boracay Grotto (Willy’s Rock). The resort provides free shuttle service to some areas, so it’s just a short ride to and from D’Mall, Station X and other touristy spots.

Discovery Shores Boracay boasts of a sprawling beachfront property—perfect for those who want quick and easy access to the azure blue waters and the beautiful staging of sunset at the latter part of the day. From the room where we were billeted, it took us only 3 minutes to walk down to the beachfront, considering we had a baby in tow.

Arrival Experience

The royal treatment began the moment we landed in Caticlan Airport. Greeting us with the warmest of smile was a staff from the resort, ushering us to an appointed shuttle that would take us to the port where a private air-conditioned boat would whisk us to the island.

From Cagban Jetty Port, we were escorted to another shuttle that would take us to the resort. We arrived at dusk, but the sunshiny smiles of the staff who greeted us were enough to assure us that we were already home (at least for the next 3 days).

Checking in was the least of our worries. It was as breezy as it could get. A guest relations officer welcomed us at the Concierge and led us to our Junior Suite. The check-in process—providing personal details, handing your ID, signing of forms, pleasantries—was all done in the comforts of our suite. We were even assisted in signing up for My Discovery Elite, the rewards program of the resort.

DSB’s Bogart The Beach Bear and the many treats that await guests. The bucket of beach toys for our 8-month-old baby Mishka was a thoughtful gesture. Photo by Matthew Gomez

Oh, the arrival experience was made more fun because we were welcomed by Discovery Shores Boracay’s famous Bogart The Beachy Bear. The welcome foot bath in the room was another awesome way to say hello to guests.

And did I say there was an array of complimentary goodies that greeted us in the suite? A dessert platter, fruits, a bucket of beach toys for our baby, a tube of sunscreen, and a mosquito repellant. Thoughtful gestures, aren’t they?

Our vacation already looked promising, and it was just the first night at Discovery Shores Boracay!


Our Junior Suite was like a page from a designer’s portfolio. Spacious and stylish, it’s furnished with a king-sized bed that’s perfect for our little family of three. The bed offered utmost comfort—it proved to be a challenge to peel ourselves out of the sheets because it was that comfy and soft and fluffy and everything you wanted for a vacation bed.

Welcome to our Junior Suite, peppered with thoughtful treats from the resort. Photo by Matthew Gomez
The bathroom of the Junior Suite

There’s an extra day bed that’s comfortable enough to lounge in. For someone who sleeps with multiple pillows, it was nice that this resort has extra pillows already available in the closet. There’s also a balcony where you can curl up to read a good book, dine al fresco, or breathe in some fresh air while music is playing on the background, thanks to the Bluetooth speaker in your suite. Nespresso machine, anyone? Yes, Discovery Shores Boracay’s mini bar has one! So take note, coffee lovers.

Adding more luxury to the suite is the contemporary bathroom that features separate areas for the toilet, shower, and vanity. For those who don’t pack light, fret not as there’s plenty of storage options (including an in-room safe) to park your essentials, gadgets, and whatnots.

Discovery Shores Boracay has well-designed suites for every type of traveler. Bigger rooms include one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. The resort also recently opened a new exclusive wing that houses 11 indulgent Signature Suites, which are larger in floor space and offer breathtaking bird’s eye view of Boracay while you are lazily lounging in a plunge pool in your very room.

Grand Signature Suite
Two-Bedroom Premier Suite
One Bedroom Suite


At Discovery Shores Boracay, you get to choose from four dining options: Indigo Restaurant, which is best known for its creative coastal cuisine; Sands Restaurant, its casual all-day dining place; Forno Osteria, one of the finest Italian restaurants in the island; and Sandbar, the chic spot to enjoy your favourite cocktails.

We had dinner at Indigo Restaurant, and the seafood platter was heavenly—no wonder Indigo’s been recognized as one of the top restaurants in many magazine and travel guide best of the best lists.

Indigo Restaurant
Forno Osteria
Sands Restaurant
Bacolod kansi and boodle fight-style dining by the beach at Sands. Photo by Matthew Gomez

Sands is a reliable choice, especially if it’s dining by the beach you’re after. After all, the restaurant offers a magnificent view of Boracay beach. Order Bacolod kansi (a dish that’s like a cross between bulalo and sinigang) as Sands makes the best one in the island.

Resort Facilities

There are endless reasons to enjoy your stay at Discovery Shores Boracay. For one, there is an inviting Swimming Pool if you’re done frolicking at the beach. There’s a shallow kiddie pool, jacuzzi, poolside bar, and butlers ready to hand you inflatable toys and treats.

DSB’s Swimming Pool. Photo by Matthew Gomez

For guests with young ones, there is The Sandbox kids room, replete with stuffed toys and various games for children. Daily activities for kids (some of which include arts & crafts, cooking lessons, and Filipino games) are also held here, to keep your active companions busy.

Complete your vacation with a rejuvenating treatment from Terra Wellness Spa. Get a relaxing massage or any of the signature treatments to ease your tired muscles or refresh you before flying back home.

Boracay sunset is one of the most magnificent experiences you’ll have on the island. And where best to witness the sun romantically kissing the horizon? At Discovery Shores Boracay’s 360 Roof Lounge!

360 Roof Lounge

It is also important to note that the convenience of guests is top of mind for Discovery Shores Boracay. While the resort’s layout will require you to go up and down, there is a lift to make life (read: going back to the room) easier. Umbrellas are also readily available for guests to use.

There’s a lift to help guests go up and down the resort


The tourist menu is filled to the brim at Discovery Shores Boracay. Whether it’s the luxurious ambiance of your suite, the appetizing meals you get to enjoy, the exciting activities inside the resort and most especially on its beachfront, or the finest hospitality you receive (or all of the above), you promise yourself you will be back.

[Photos courtesy of Discovery Shores Boracay, unless otherwise stated]

Discovery Shores Boracay
Book Online via Book Direct or Agoda
Address: Station 1 Barangay Balabag Boracay Island, Malay, 5608 Aklan, Philippines
Telephone: (02) 720 8888

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Whether it’s the luxurious ambiance of your suite, the appetizing meals you get to enjoy, the exciting activities inside the resort and most especially on its beachfront, or the finest hospitality you receive (or all of the above), you promise yourself you will be back.

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