The first resort property for the Six Senses group has opened its doors to great acclaim in Portugal. Located in the beautiful Portuguese UNESCO World Heritage area of the Douro Valley (near Porto), the property effortlessley blends 19th century architecture with contemporary interiors reflecting the inimitable Six Senses style. I’m planning a visit soon, soa full spa review will follow in due course.
The Douro is a sun-kissed valley boasting amber hued vine-filled terraces and the River Douro which winds its lazy way to Porto and the Atlantic Coast passing though the oldest wine-producing region in the world.
The resort covers 19 acres (8 hectares) and features 71 guest rooms and suites which range from Valley, Spa and River rooms to spacious suites and villas with one, two and three bedrooms.
An expansive Six Senses Spa measures over 24,000 square feet (2,200 square metres) with 10 treatments rooms. Presenting the Six Senses specialty treatments and multi-day programs delivered by skilled therapists, the spa has a menu of locally-inspired therapies which include some which are wine based. The spa will also include Six Senses Visiting Practitioner Program which features over 100 of the world’s best wellness healers, practitioners and experts. The group’s popular Yogic Programs are also being added to the menu of services which appeal to different levels of yoga practitioners through Discover Yoga and Yogic Detox.
Spa facilities also include a heated indoor pool with water jets, a heated outdoor pool and bar, and a gym with the latest exercise equipment and professional guidance. There are specially designed spa journeys for couples and some purely pampering procedures.
An all-day dining restaurant and a specialty restaurant draw upon the abundant fresh produce of the region and from the resort’s own gardens which feature a contemporary take on Portuguese classics. An interactive and instructional Wine Academy presents leading vintages from the area where guests are guided in the varieties and styles by leading Portuguese winemakers from the surrounding valley and the resort’s sommelier.