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The first European property for luxury spa brand Six Senses, the Six Senses Douro Valley creates an air of peaceful seclusion on a bend in the Douro River. Surrounded by terraced vineyards, sun decks and kitchen gardens, city life feels a world away.

The hotel is set on a converted family estate with the decor following a chic, modern design theme, though traditional elements such as stone floors and wooden features, including a long, dark wooden reception desk, add period character. Black-and-white pictures of the previous owners’ family life line the halls and the 50 rooms feature understated decor in natural shades, with clean lines and a mix of textures.

Ultimately, the focus here is on relaxation, with plenty of facilities for guests to use such as the central indoor pool, sauna, water beds and outdoor pool. Guests can also take a tour of the vegetable garden with hotel chefs, who use the produce to create seasonal dishes served from an open kitchen in the main dining room.

The hotel enjoys a secluded location but is just over half an hour’ drive from the town of Pinhão and an hour and a half from Porto.

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Rooms

Rooms are generous in size with some offering panoramic views of the river, while others look onto the nearby vineyards or the courtyard. The decor is minimalist but indulgent with high quality linens in a mixture of earthy textures and equally impressive fixtures in the bathrooms. All rooms offer air conditioning, TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi as standard, as well as tea and coffee facilities. A few rooms also offer a terrace.

Location

Just across from Régua, the hotel is tucked away among terraced vineyards and nestled into a secluded curve of the winding Douro River. Pinhão is around half an hour away by car and Porto around an hour and a half.

Food and Drink

A large focus is placed on health and wellness in the hotel’s cuisine with ingredients all being locally sourced, frequently from the hotel’s own garden. Guests can enjoy meals out on the terrace in warmer weather, or inside the dining room with its open kitchen. You can also enjoy a drink or snack in the intimate Quinta Bar and Lounge or Wine Library. Each night the hotel hosts a tasting event where you can sample local wines.

Facilities and Activities

As Six Senses is a luxury spa brand, there are plenty of opportunities for pampering and relaxation, and extensive spa facilities. Guests can enjoy a range of targeted therapies, from therapeutic massages to alternative medicine treatments and hands-on workshops from professionals using all-natural spa ingredients. There is also a central indoor pool, as well as an outdoor pool with pool bar.

Our opinion

True to the Six Senses reputation for delivering world-class luxury in settings of incredible natural beauty, the Six Senses Douro Valley is a wonderful option. We love the convenient location and superb views on offer.

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