I find that that there are two schools of thought when it comes to Boracay: one, those that resent its development, preferring its previously unspoilt shores that only had a handful of nipa huts and cottages; and two, those that enjoy the perks of its ever-increasing shops and establishments.
I’m leaning toward the latter although on my last visit to the island, I was aghast to find how the main road has become so narrow with all the hotels and buildings that have crept up on both sides. I have some misgivings too about Starbucks although, erm, I did buy a cup from them during one my previous stays there.
Discovery Shores is one of those complexes that have earned criticism from Boracay purists: its architecture does not blend with the environment, as opposed to say, nearby Fridays. It is imposing (though sleek), whereas it could have been more organic.
Personally, I like it—the edifices allow guests to have their own world, separate from the beach strip overrun by tourists. As a building, those in the upper floors also get to have their own, private view of the beach.
|The view at night|
The rooms are spacious. (The better ones have their own jacuzzi in the balcony.)
Guests are treated to a foot bath upon arrival:
and sweets with pandan juice for refreshment
The complimentary drinks weren’t bad either with freshly ground coffee and a tray of Twinings tea.
I wasn’t too impressed by the toiletries; as a luxury hotel, I thought they’d offer signature lines here:
|The maintenance staff also left her bottle of room freshener, which you can see on the sink, lol.|
The bath and toilet were too bare for my taste: (The sink is located outside this separated space, behind the mini bar counter, as you can see in the 7th photo from top.)
And I seriously don’t get 4 minutes:
I find the giveaway tote cute:
Other amenities include an iPod dock, free WiFi (if you can get a signal; it’s pretty strong at the lobby and pool area though). Breakfast buffet is disappointing (sorry I had to mention it) but overall, it had been a pleasant experience and I’d be happy to be back.
As a warning: practically all the guys here wear Vilebrequin. You don’t need to wear something similarly expensive but do bring something presentable.
|What I see through my window|