Six Senses Douro Valley
A must for wine lovers and anyone with an appreciation for sophistication and stunning scenery, this Six Senses hotel offers spellbinding views of the valley’s terraced vineyards and the winding Douro River. Elegant, innovative and luxurious, true love of the grape permeates the property, from the wine bottle chandeliers descending from the ceiling to the Wine Library & Terrace where guests can sit and sample some of the finest wines in Portugal.
Set amid the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley, and surrounded by ancient vineyards, the hotel is a haven of peace and tranquillity. Chic, contemporary décor can be found in the guestrooms and suites, which come with floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies and wooden bridges leading out to idyllic secret gardens.
Of course, the wine is not the only thing that will tickle your tastebuds here; dining at Six Senses is an indulgent affair. Sample fresh, locally sourced ingredients taken straight from the valley and the hotel’s organic garden, dished up and delivered via market-inspired tasting menus. Take your seat in the dining room or on the terrace at The Vale de Abraão Restaurant, where you’ll be treated to a fun and informal open-kitchen experience. Summer visitors have the added highlight of the Pickles Restaurant and Summer Garden Barbecue, open from May to September, where feasts are served on communal tables beneath the vines
Naturally the hotel is home to a signature Six Senses Spa, where the elements of water, stone and wood combine to create a setting that urges relaxation. Head here for hatha yoga, guided meditation, wellness programmes, and a wonderful range of beauty treatments.
Though beautiful to look at, the Douro Valley is above all a place to explore, with various historical, cultural and active pursuits on the doorstep, from wine estate tours and cookery classes, to canyoning, kayaking, mountain biking and helicopter tours.