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.
How to Get There
This has got to be one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in. From the location within thr Douro valley, which offers the most jaw dropping views from every corner, to the decoration, everything is perfectly integrated with the environment and philosophy of the region. The staff is incredibly attentive, the spa is amazing! The restaurant is really good. Do not miss the welcome wine tasting class that takes place regularly at 5-6pm. The hotel also offers lots of classes and trips through the region. Do not miss it if you can! I would definitely recommend it!
Six Senses markets themselves as luxury five star hotels, resorts and spas...not quite. They get points for trying but do not live up to these lofty expectations. On the plus side, the property itself if stunning, located down a narrow road that opens up to a structure smartly built into the hillside. You get a sense of serenity upon arrival. The front desk staff is welcoming. There are activities on property or you can simply spa/massage all day. The resort is driving close to any number of quintas (wineries) and small towns to explore.
On the flip side, the presence of young children does not contribute to a relaxed atmosphere for adults whether for sleeping (they were a few doors away and the parent could have cared less about behaviour). For the cost of this resort (expensive), Six Senses could have identified an area of the hotel for families. The room design seems to try hard for feng shui but fails in several ways. The bed placement in the middle of the room is awkward and the lighting controls are far from intuitive. The mattress was beyond soft so you must request a different pad to create any sense of firmness.
We ate dinner in the restaurant two nights and the food was very good. The service was generally attentive. That said, Six Senses across the resort seems to hire younger, less experienced employees who have not yet developed their service personalities so they tend to be more mechanical in their communication style rather than personable. This is not necessary a bad thing, just not consistent with the Six Senses aspiration. We've stayed at other high-end spa retreats so have a good understanding of a premium experience. This one was solid but definitely not spectacular.
Our stay at Six senses Douro Valley was absolutely fantastic. We loved everything about it. Hosts were very kind, all the areas are beautifully decorated and cleaned and our room view was breathtaking !!! We have traveled around the world and we know how difficult it is to find a place like this: where we feel at home, in touch with the surrounding nature..It's really a special place. Thank you so much SS team for making our stay something memorable , we can't wait to come back :)
This is one of the better hotels in Portugal! The location is on the heart of the vineyard production zone. The staff was very nice, professional and relaxed, which make us to feel always great. The inside pool was a little cold, but all of the other SPA services were simply great: We loved the sauna with outside views. Breakfast was simply amazing!
We just returned from a two week stay in Portugal. Our favorite hotel by far was this property. Read all of the reviews here and believe them! . The spa was amazing, the property gorgeous... but the best thing was THE PEOPLE who work here! Housekeepers, front desk attendants, spa staff, restaurant - I can't say enough about them. We hope to return one day. Thanks for the wonderful stay.