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 is a really nice property in a beautiful setting.
The following comments are related to disappointments based on its potential, the brand and the expectations you should have considering the cost per night that puts it in the top tier of most expensive stays in Portugal.
One critical flaw is that this resort only has one pool for everyone. On the first day it had a gaggle of noisy kids which made relaxing at the pool.... Challenging.
The pool also had some smokers and that was quite annoying.
WiFi doesn't cover the pool or other parts of the property within reasonable vicinity of the main building.
The pool bar kitchen unexpectedly closes for a few hours in the late afternoon.
Very sparse service at the pool, a resort of this grade usually has water bottle delivery to pool beds, cold cut fruit, ice cream etc.
It is a really nice resort and we enjoyed most of our stay but there's definitely a room for improvement to make this a 5 star experience to match the room rates.
Very expensive. Excellent service. Sublime spa. Spectacular vineyards. One of the best hotel rooms I have ever stayed in. Views of the river are gorgeous. Technology at property is 21st Century. Would go back in a minute.
What a beautiful place I loved everything about it. The grounds were beautiful as was the surrounding countryside. Food was great, staff friendly. Spa wonderful and the sauna with a view my favourite ever. Highly recommended.
What a difference to the Yeatman that I’m now checked into. The Six Senses property is not only a great property but also has the service to match it. I spent 2 nights here. The breakfast spread was good with several different choices of fruit, yogurt, juice etc. the cheese and charcuterie offered tremendous. There was also an egg station. Dinner on the first night was well served by the two wine concierges that also helped me choose a case from their retail shop to shop back home. The room was modern - sparse but efficient. Enough plugs etc. no desk though. I guess it’s a resort hotel. The front office kindly arranged a tour of Quinta da Carvalhas which was nice as we had a personal guide. I also tried the spa - wonderful massage beds ! If you’re visiting do try the restaurant DOC which was about a 15 min drive away. We will be back !
+ gorgeous details of the hotel
+ wellness, spa and gym
+ view and surroundings
+ staff friendliness and speed
+ Modern touches in the room
+ gym and courses
+ every detail is just perfect !
+ Both on site restaurants are great
+ more details !
+ fantastic products used everywhere
+ smell of the hotel
+ the feeling of relaxation
- a few tiny things mentioned below, nothing major.
Hotel and grounds:
From the second you arrive you feel at home, if your home was a resort with a 6 star feel to it. You are greeted by super friendly staff who then gave us some lovely tea, nuts and hot towels.
The checkin went fast and we were shown to our room. The entire hotel is a work of art. It is so well done and so stylishly decorated, even after 3 days I caught myself going “ look how nice “ and pointing, every 2 minutes walking around.
2 on site restaurants ( both great, I made separate reviews ) the wine tasting was lovely, the quality of staff ( all spoke English ( even the room cleaning staff)) was ready good, not a single bad experience whatsoever.
At one point another guest took my bathrobe by accident, and I ended up with a medium sized and a wrong keycard. I went to reception, they gave me a new card. Before I made it to my room, the cleaning staff had replaced the new robes !
My girlfriend had dirty glasses, yesterday cleaning lady left a micro-cloth for her glasses.
When we left the hotel in the final day, we noticed they had put 2 glass bottles of water in our car. So cute and sweet !
The rooms are beautifully decorated. The gorgeous open bathroom, the shower which was one of the nicest showers I have ever used, the lights in the room. The balcony and view is nothing but stunning. You overlook river and you have a lovely authentic pond downstairs. You only hear nature and a train once in a while in the distance.
My girlfriend tried the spa and loved it. The whole area is gorgeous, after your treatment you are guided to a lovely post spa are, where you are served a tea, nuts and grapes.
The whole area is stunning and lovely to walk around and observe and smell.
The wellness is a treat, and a reason to
come back. You have a hot room with herbs, a steam-room ( one of the nicest
steam rooms I have ever tried ) a room with hot seats, a sauna and an infrared sauna.
Staff is constantly replacing towels and refilling the complementary waters, 🍋 🥒 water and ginger cinnamon tea.
There is a pool which has some functions to get a rough stream of water for massage purposes whilst seating.
We spent hours every day in this area.
Once you finish you have a tumble spinner to dry your clothing which is lovely. Lots of complementary products like lotions, gels, aftershaves, eau de toilette and more. Every product used is of highest quality and feels great. I bought one of their products because of the exceptional quality and smell.
The gym is pretty great for a hotel gym. It’s open 24/7 It has all the cardio machines needed, in addition it also has spinning bikes, lots of free-weights, medicine balls, small and large balls, weighted bags, kettlebells, bench press, overall you can do a full workout. They also have classes everyday. Some hotel gyms look nice but don’t feel like real gyms this one however has real “gym floors” so dropping weights won’t be an issue.
We tried their on site bar twice for food and their main restaurant ( both separate reviews )
The breakfast is again one of the best I have ever had. The choice is fantastic, but more importantly almost all their products are organic and where possible, locally sourced. Their home made jams are all made without sugar, their choice of fruit is amazing, their pastries and choices of breads are plentiful.
You can order hot food from their chef, he made me a nice omelette, a lovely poached egg and an epic eggs Benedict !
They do fresh juices ( choice of 6 juices ) and they have all sorts of milks ( full fat, low fat, lactose free, soy, almond, chocolate etc. )
The American pancakes are the most fluffy I have had, you can enjoy it with all kinds of lovely ingredients or even Nutella. They also have bulletproof coffee!
5 star nitpicking
It’s very hard for me to find flaws. The only tiny things I observed was that it you could hear the other person using the toilet.
Also they have amazing lighting systems, but sometimes in the middle of the night to get up, it was hard to navigate. They have a tiny LED, but it’s easier to not use it because you might switch on all the lights. The 2 separate lights next to our bed didn’t work.
No place to put wet towels for them to dry, ( not a massive issue since they replace towels often, but I prefer to use the same one, and just put it over a radiator to dry it.
Six Senses have created a unique and wonderful experience with this resort.
Pictures don’t do justice to the fantastic feeling you get when staying at the resort. All the food we had was great, breakfasts were wonderful, the wellness was so clean, relaxing and just perfect. The rooms and the hotel are built with such style and awe, you can’t not like it. The views and surroundings complement the lovely place.
I could write another 2000 words, but instead just go here and see for yourself!
It was hard choosing 10 pictures, I tried my best ( I took more than 100, usually I take 5-10 pet hotel )