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LOCATION

Set in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Douro Valley, Six Senses Douro Valley inhabits a contemporary restoration of a haughty 19th-century manor. With hilltop views across the sapphire river and undulating landscape, the hotel, like a fine wine, is a carefully balanced blend of influences.

Modern overcomes the traditional within the rooms, with oak wooden floorboards disappearing beneath sleek modern furnishings. The outstanding Quinta Panorama suites have, you guessed it, spellbinding panoramic views across the picturesque countryside.  

While the UNESCO award helps to protect over 3,000 botanical species in the region, it might seem that they are all present within the hotel’s extensive kitchen gardens. The fresh produce contributes to meals full of flavor and local provenance. These can be enjoyed at the restaurant or as tailor-made picnics amid the delightfully manicured gardens or, for greater seclusion, the woods and vines.

WHAT MAKES THIS HOTEL UNIQUE?

Its proximity to some of the country’s best wine producers makes this a superb base for a European Sideways-style wine adventure. However, with its organic kitchen garden, fabulous views from the pool, and serene olive-tree-lined walkways, you may find yourself preferring to do the touring from the extensive hotel wine list rather than actually departing the hotel grounds.

Contributing to the conclusion that you should probably stay put is the wellness center with its personalized spa treatments.