This hotel is one you just have to see to believe. It’s set in a completely renovated 19th century manor house, high on a hill. While relaxing by the pool, doing yoga, or sipping port on the patio, you’ll be able to see the glistening Douro River flanked by lush green, terraced mountains..
The Douro Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and what use to be a farmhouse has been extensively rebuilt and made into a hotel with 60 rooms, suites, and villas. The farmhouse has a modern interior design that combines aspects of traditional Portuguese architecture and the inimitable Six Senses style. The hotel is located 125 kilometers from Porto Airport and is accessible via one of Portugal’s most picturesque routes.
The most beautiful drive in, also a little perilous. If a private driver was ever needed, this would be the place to listen to your travel advisor. These are dirt roads with no American-style guard rail. Having a driver who lives in the area and knows the route to take to reach your destination matters here.
When you first arrive, you destress. The energy is special here.
Arrival to Six Senses in Douro Valley is an experience to enjoy before even entering your room: offered at check-in you’ll find a hot hand towel for your face and hands, an assortment of nuts, wine and tea, in a bamboo tray for two, sharing perfectly the culture of the surroundings and of the resort. Then there’s the resort’s dog and mascot, Aqua who thinks he owns the place. And he does. He was discovered on the grounds and wasn’t made to leave. His bed is rightfully at the front door and you’ll find him lounging on the terrace when he is not busy welcoming guests.
The elevators are all glass and face outdoors to not miss a moment of the valley views with the hillside train as an added bonus. The room is expansive and when booking with Melted&Moved you’ll receive VIP perks such as a bottle of champagne to greet you so you can relax on your outdoor balcony with a little bubbly. In true Six Senses fashion, the shower and bath are cement, dark wood and spa-like.
Exclusive amenities included in your booking:
When it comes to breakfast, this perk means even more at Six Senses. Fresh fruits, artisan breads, and farm-to-table dishes, it’s an immersive experience, a delicious connection to the Douro Valley’s beauty. Amazing avocado toast with fresh pea hummus, sourdough bread, broccoli sprouts, garden leaves, and a poached egg, along with labneh, berries, and fermented fennel crostini.
The pound cake of the day is dangerous for those with a sweet tooth (that would be me) and the immunity bar with infused juice offerings and kombucha are a highlight of each morning. Careful as some were extra spicy with fire cider vinegar.
A 2,000 square foot cutting edge spa, relaxing underwater music and hydrotherapy options.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a spa newbie or a spa connoisseur; this experience will win you over. The spacious spa here includes an indoor pool and 10 treatment rooms that receive rave reviews. Floor to ceiling windows with lounge chairs facing the outdoors, underwater music in a very large pool and a several station hydrotherapy was perfect post massage. The cold plunge is an experience itself, still debating on whether or not you are supposed to go all the way under. An herbal spa, red light therapy and salt sauna are just a few choices when you were ready to warm up.
The Wine Library, located in the center of the resort, has a wine list, where Douro and Portugal wines play the main role and you will pass by and see wine tastings throughout the day and night. The Vale d’Abraão restaurant has an Open Kitchen with a wood oven, a Josper grill, a large fireplace, as well as relaxed spaces where guests can sample regional specialties with a healthy touch.
This is the kind of place where doing nothing but enjoying, is an accomplishment. Where learning just one new tidbit can shape the way you think about the world. Days filled with visiting the spa, boating, hiking, or wine tasting. Then you’ll settle back in at arguably the best hotel in Portugal for a relaxed evening celebrating your day.
Unique Dining Options
E-bike Picnic: Embark on a scenic e-bike adventure through the Douro Valley, stopping at charming villages and picturesque viewpoints. Your reward? A gourmet picnic basket laden with local cheeses, cured meats, fresh bread, and sweet treats, all enjoyed amidst the breathtaking landscape.
Secret Destination Dining: Let your senses be surprised with a pop-up dining experience tucked away in the woods by the river. The location and menu remain a secret until the last minute, adding a touch of mystery and adventure to your evening.
Immerse yourself in Douro Valley’s rhythm: Six Senses’ weekly calendar offers yoga sessions, tastings, hikes, and more, weaving wellness, wine, and nature into an unforgettable Portuguese adventure. The calendar of activities varies and updates based on new offerings. Recently included is a hike and bird study, perfect for animal enthusiasts.
I highly suggest booking a sailing day on the river to visit local wineries and see the valley from a different perspective. Sail along the Douro River, seated on a large comfortable cushion at the bow, surrounded by the mountainous fields that produce the famed Port Wine. If you’re the curious type, chat with the captain about his holidays in Spain and last adventures at sea.
Melted&Moved will VIP your stay at Six Senses Duoro Valley and provide insights on special experiences on premise and throughout the valley. For more insights, check out our Portugal Travel Guide.