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
- 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.
How to Get There
This might be my favorite hotel. I really can come up with anything to improve. It’s just great.
Location - The grounds are pretty. Great view of the river and trails through woods. It’s a 10 min taxi ride to town if you want to try restaurants there. And of course there are many many vineyards to visit.
Room - The view is amazing. I loved sitting in the window seat (there are three) with my tea and enjoying the view. Large room with a coffee bar in the entry way and then two chaise lounges facing the tv. On the other side is the bed and bathroom. Two sinks with plenty of space. The shower was huge and had amazing water pressure. 👍👍 Toilet closet also had a bidet. The True Organics products are nice and smell amazing.
Service - Top notch. Everyone was friendly and helpful and knew who we were. The sommelier was so nice and recommended more than wine.
Spa - Great store with products. There were five sauna rooms. One faced the outdoors - so peaceful. Large pool. Great views from the treatment rooms.
Food - The breakfast was ridiculously delicious. The homemade juices and jams - yum! A cheese and meat room. The avocado toast with egg was so good. The restaurant was prefect for dinner. We loved the flatbread and drinks in the bar. Great snack options and some perfect cocktails.
A beautifully situated hotel in the Douro Valley.
Excellent food in restaurants.
Outstanding service throughout.
Beautiful rooms. Nothing too much trouble for the staff. Extremely relaxing time spent there with lovely walks and of course the amazing spa and heated swimming pool.
So far, this is my favorite hotel property in the world. I stayed for 3 nights in Sept 2018 on a solo trip to Portugal and I loved every minute there, including 3 different spa experiences and many delicious meals. The property is absolutely gorgeous & they truly engage all of your senses. One of my favorite things, that really typified the property, was strolling around the garden, where you're met with incredible scents of all the herbs that they're growing - it felt nothing like a typical hotel or resort.
The staff is all extremely friendly and capable. 2 out of the 3 spa experiences I did were phenomenal; the first massage I had was very good but the massage therapist came off a little bit pushy, trying to get me to do a longer massage. The other therapists, though, were wonderful and adapted to what I expressed and what my body needed. My body was so much less knotted and tight when I left! I loved learning how to make my own scrub, body mask, and massage oil in their adorable plant lab (it would have been great to take home applications of each rather than just some of the oil) from a range of different ingredients and then getting those things applied right onto me! The pools are beautiful (there is an alpine-cold outdoor one but also a heated indoor one) and there is a co-ed spa area with 5-6 different sauna & steam experiences of different temperatures and modalities.
The spa & hotel boutiques were also awesome, I wanted to purchase just about everything there. :) Lots of local products to bring home for friends and family - and of course you can also taste and shop their enormous wine selection.
My room, which didn't have a view but still had a little private terrace that I enjoyed, was gorgeous. Six Senses offers a bunch of different classes and activities every day, from painting to tours of their garden to yoga. Some are free and some are for an extra charge; to me it really showed their commitment to taking care of their guests and again, engaging all of our senses at every level. I'd highly recommend spending some hours walking their property and doing some 'forest bathing,' inhaling the scents of all the flora - they have walking trails that are gorgeous and here and there there are delightful surprises, like a hidden pavilion and wicker nests with cushions and a view.
Finally, I'll comment on the activities that are on offer off of the property - I went on a sailing trip for a couple hours on the Douro one day, booked through Six Senses just the day before. The price was reasonable, and the captain was nice and very informative. The river is gorgeous and we barely saw a single soul the whole time - this isn't a part of the river that is heavily touristed yet; there is tons of fascinating agricultural and cultural history to learn. They were very accommodating in terms of start time, amount of time in the boat, etc - I was really able to tell them exactly what I wanted and they made it happen, it wasn't a case of choosing from pre-planned, canned itineraries like in most places. The 2 front-desk staffers that I spoke to did tell me some things that differed from each other, like prices of taxis in the area (I was able to take a local taxi to and from the dock, which was very affordable), so you may want to double-check things when booking.
So, even though you're in a remote area and you can't walk to a town, don't worry that there won't be enough to do - there are tons of on-resort activities, you can book other things, and the joy really is in being in this area that isn't heavily developed or busy.
The thing that made this property stand taller than comparable companies (Aman, Four Seasons, RC, Fairmont) and properties was how informed and deeply engaging all the staff was. Everyone was invested in the Six Senses experience without being cheesy or forced; folks seemed trained extensively in their jobs and very committed to guest happiness. It really seemed so far from the corporate, chain-hotel mentality, even though Six Senses is indeed a chain. Even the facility-management folks who came to help me with a little baby lizard in my bathroom one evening were so nice!! I hope to visit again soon with family and definitely can't wait to go to another Six Senses property as soon as I am able.
Fantastic place Wonderful spa. Wonderful restaurant Very expensive so go during off season for the same great service and experience
The rooms with the view are really special. And so quiet for a great nights sleep
We stayed for 3 nights and it was an amazing experience. The staff is very well trained and they will do their best to assist you with any needs.
Go for a walk at the Douro river side.
Dinning at their restaurant is also an amazing gourmet experience.
We enjoyed the scenaries and privace that is offered during your whole stay.