Six Senses Douro Valley
What We Love
- Nightly wine tastings featuring vintages from the surrounding vineyards
- The destination spa has an infinity pool, aromatic saunas and arctic showers
- Aerial yoga is offered in the nearby woods
- The beautiful woven baskets for floating in the outdoor swimming pool
What To Know
- It's a 90-minute drive from Porto, Portugal's second-largest city
- The Douro Valley is considered one of the world's best driving areas
- Wines, olive oils and elegant kaftans can be bought on-site
- Vegetarians are catered to, with abundant bounty from the organic vegetable garden
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Set on 20 acres in the heart of Portugal’s UNESCO World Heritage Douro Valley, this Six Senses property features the brand’s signature blend of luxury and wellness. Converted from a 19th-century terra-cotta quinta (farmhouse) by New York–based Irish designer Clodagh, the 57 light-flooded rooms and the jaw-dropping spa have views of mature gardens, ancient woodlands and surrounding vineyards. Dull golds and slate grays, as well as local woods and wool throws, create a peaceful atmosphere, and the inviting open-plan public areas have a kick-off-your-shoes vibe.
Bed and Bath
All of the guestrooms and suites have daybeds. In the standard rooms (Quinta Superior) they might be tucked into a niche in the wall with views of the gardens; in the larger suites, which range from 495 to 1,130 square feet, there are pairs of daybeds with built-in tables facing your 48-inch flat-screen TV. All lighting, telephone and TV controls are run through a smartphone. Floors of bleached Portuguese oak extend into the open or semi-open bathrooms, all of which have oversize rainfall showers (in the suites there are also tubs that allow you to soak with a view of the Douro River). Soaps made from local olive oil, port wine and lemongrass exfoliate the skin, while shower gels and shampoos from the Organic Pharmacy are kept in bespoke pottery containers. Delta or Illy coffee machines round out the amenities.
Vale Abraão is an all-day restaurant that spills out onto a stone terrace in summer (try the refreshing chilled peach gazpacho with sweet basil ice cream). In the winter the cozy dining room lures guests to linger with its open fireplace. The chef’s table at the far end of the restaurant offers ringside seating for six and features superbly smoked local delicacies from a Josper grill. The bar uses organic herbs from the garden in its cocktails, and the Wine Library, with its interactive screens, serves cuts of regional sausage and cheese to accompany nightly wine tastings from the comprehensive cellar. The spa is a destination in itself with 10 treatment rooms, a nail bar with a wine and cheese menu, an indoor pool with jets, a gym and a Pilates and yoga pavilion.
In the Area
Wine buffs should head straight to the fascinating Wine Museum in Regua to learn about the region’s history. Refuel afterward at the neighboring Castos de Pratos to share a plate of petiscos (Portuguese tapas). For a riverside view as well as gourmet food try DOC, chef Rui Paula’s Douro outpost, where he lays the heart of the region’s rural cuisine on a plate. The nearest town, Lamego, is home to the beautiful 18th-century Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, which is a painful 686 steps up from the Baroque old town but worth the climb for its stunning tiles alone.