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When staying at Six Senses, you never lose sense that all important ‘sense of place.’ Nestled in a valley by the Douro River, the property is surrounded by rolling hills covered with vines. As soon as you walk through the huge, beautifully carved doors at the entrance of this hotel, you know that you are in for something special. At one time, the property was a private home and at first, the interiors are not what you would expect from the 19th century exterior. However, the designers did a wonderful job with large windows and walls of glass that bring the outside in. The use of neutrals and natural finishes allow the surrounding blues and greens to do their job as an integral part of the design.
Although the Six Senses Douro Valley is a perfect spot for those looking for a quiet break, guests with endless energy will be equally happy here. There are many activities for adventure seekers include canyoning the Cabrum Falls, mountain biking and kayaking. And, of course, there is abundant wine tasting available to treat yourself after a busy day of exploring.Susan Andrzejewski
There is definitely a zen-like vibe that encourages you to relax, despite the multitude of experiences available here.Susan Andrzejewski
The estate covers 19 acres with 57 guestrooms, suites and villas. The well designed rooms are contemporary, warm and inviting. Accomodations are spacious, complete with wood floors, sumptuous bedding, large windows and lots of natural light. Most rooms have a sectional or sitting area beckoning you to sit and take in the beautiful views.
We love the Quinta Duplex Suites, which are ideal for a romantic weekend for two. These spectacular two-level suites are located on the hotel’s tower section. The living room is located the first-floor and a king bedroom can be found on the second-floor; the bathrooms are super luxe!Susan Andrzejewski
On warm days, the outdoor pool is the place to be! It is stunning and perfectly situated with views of the river and surrounding vineyards. As a property with a focus on wellness, it’s easy to get a good workout in while staying at Six Senses Douro Valley. They offer a spacious gym equipped with state-of-the art cardio and weight machines. The gym overlooks the heated indoor pool which is housed in a room with a huge glass wall giving you the sense that you are outside.
The spa takes the zen-like feeling of the hotel to the next level with ten treatment rooms. The treatments are almost trance-inducing. Of course, any true oenophile should opt for the grape rejuvenation treatment. Using the pulp of the grape and grape seed oil, this treatment takes advantage of the antioxidants and health benefits of the local fruit.
There are a number of places to eat; so, throughout the day, you will likely experience all of them. Breakfast is wonderful and should not be missed, but each meal seems better than the one before. Much of the food is locally-sourced, with some coming from their own organic garden (which you are welcome to walk through). For a truly special experience, dine at the Chef’s Table, where your dinner will be prepared before you in the main kitchen and you will be able to experience the adrenaline of a working kitchen.
The region’s wine is obviously the big draw here. The ‘wine on tap’ in the “Wine Library” is always ready for independent or group wine tastings, making it hard for even the most devout spirit drinkers to ignore its call. With that said, the bartenders in the Quinta Bar are ready to make you anything you desire and the environment is cozy and comfortable. This is a favorite spot in the hotel; families with older children will find it very easy to pass hours here, playing pool and chatting with other guests.
Although children are permitted, the atmosphere is more conducive to families with older children, couples, singles, or group or friends.
The property is in the heart of the Douro Valley, an hour east of Porto and 3.5 hours north of Lisbon.
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