The Six Senses Douro Valley Concierge Team has joined Gabrielle’s List today to share some of their top tips, enjoy!
How would you describe the Six Senses Douro Valley to someone thinking about staying here?
Situated in Portugal’s beautiful UNESCO world heritage site Douro Valley, the 20 acre estate of Six Senses Douro Valley combines 19th century architecture with contemporary interiors exhibiting the incomparable Six Senses style.
Six Senses Douro Valley encompasses 57 luxurious guest accommodations, which range from Quinta Superior Room and Quinta River Room, to spacious suites and villas with one, two and three bedrooms.
The incredible Six Senses Spa presents a décor of ecologically-friendly materials with the feeling of soft and trendy; a meeting between nature, Portuguese tradition and the elements of water, stone and wood. The spa offers Six Senses specialty treatments and multi- day programs plus a range of locally-inspired therapies, which also include some that are grape and fruit-based. The resort has 10 treatment rooms, a heated indoor pool with water jets, an outdoor pool and refreshment bar, and a gym.
Outside the changing rooms is the exclusive alchemy bar, where potions of herbs, salt, grapes and an array of exotic ingredients are individually mixed for scrubs and masks. An organic herb and plant garden offers key ingredients that are used in spa treatments. In addition to the external heated pool, a spacious outdoor yoga pavilion that is ideal for individual sessions and group training.
Dining options at the Six Senses Douro Valley make some of the best restaurants in the region, with the majority of the produce coming from the valley as well as the surrounding countryside. An organic garden of vegetables and herbs is located directly on the estate.
What’s the first piece of advice you’d give to anyone visiting Duoro Valley?
Be prepared to taste Top quality reds, whites and Ports and pay prices that are far below the quality level of what you taste; be prepared to be in one of the most stunning mountainous wine region in the world, demarcated in 1756, where every corner, every bend of the road or of the river is a new discovery. The temperatures are extreme in the summer(very dry, though) and much more pleasant, the harvest time is exciting and the autumn colors change the vineyards from crispy green to reds and yellows.
Describe the perfect day in Douro Valley?
Starting by a yoga lesson in the hotel and followed by a delicious and healthy breakfast you will be ready to start the day. A boat excursion on the river, where a finger food lunch can be served or a picnic in our woods, enjoying the shadow of a centenary old tree can be next step. In the afternoon a visit to a winery to taste some award winning wines and the perfect day ends in our Earth lab to be apart of one of our nature workshop – painting with nature elements, picking some herbs from our organic garden and dehydrating them to take them home and enjoy in a herbal tea.
What are the three best restaurants that are a must visit in Douro Valley?
The Vale de Abraão restaurant @ Six Senses Douro Valley, Terroir, the only organic plant based restaurant in the Douro valley, DOC restaurant from Chef Rui Paula one star Michelin Chef, Castas e Pratos, located next to the train station is a renovated wooden ware house, in a hip but cosy athmosphere, serving local food with a modern touch.
What are the must-visit shops/streets in Douro Valley?
Basically the wine shops that exist in many of the wineries, the Museu do Douro shop , and certainly our gourmet wine shop as well as our shop in the spa. Shops are not the Douro’s main selling point.
What’s your best insider tip to Douro Valley?
Stay at Six Senses Douro valley and get the true flair of a unique and healthy Douro experience, the food the wine, the people, the activities.