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Six Senses Douro Valley in Samodaes, Portugal
Housed between the walls of a traditional 19th-century manor is the unconventional, cutting-edge hideaway of Aquapura Douro Valley. Located in the Douro Valley region of Portugal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by grape-laden vineyards and spectacular scenery, this Small Luxury Hotels of the World affiliate boasts an ambiance that is streamlined and stylish with original works of art and atmospheric lighting found at every turn. Located on the south bank of the River Douro, you will find minimalist rooms with organic textures and materials coexisting with state-of-the-art technology. Sip fine wines from your private balcony, recline on a modern-style sofa and inhale the vineyard views. Private riverside or vineyard villas come equipped with personal butlers, private pools and sun decks. There is also a pair of sensational restaurants that awaken the palate, plus social areas for sipping bold Cabernet.
The library provides a tranquil setting in which to get lost in a good book, while the lush gardens are peppered with flora and towering cypress. The hotel's heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools are often a hub of activity, as are the tennis courts where friendly games are played. Consider a holistic treatment administered by a therapist at the soothing and sedate spa or retreat to the hotel's wine room. Consider the day-tripping opportunities, from a train ride and wine tastings through the valley to historic palace visits and the unearthing of charming nearby villages. After a day in this wondrous region you will quickly discover why Aquapura Douro Valley is one of the world's most beloved and breathtaking destinations.
Location of Six Senses Douro Valley
Nearest Airport: OPO
Amenities for Six Senses Douro Valley
- General Information
- 50 Guest Rooms
- Poolside Dining
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- Fitness Center
- Indoor Heated Pool
- Tennis Courts
- Outdoor Heated Pool
- Sun Deck
- In-Room Amenities
- Private Pools
- Wine Tasting
- Business Center/Services
- Historic Sites
- Culture & Arts
- Food & Wine
- Honeymoons & Romance
- Spa & Wellness
- Summer Getaways
Reviews for Six Senses Douro Valley
Everything at the Six Senses Douro Valley is serene, and seems to enforce you having to relax and spend your time on yourself. From the minute you arrive, coming into the reception area, they make you feel relaxed and that you deserve this time for yourself. You arrive at reception on the 8th floor, and after you check in, you are brought to a glass elevator and taken downstairs on a tour of the building. The Six Senses is built into a hillside, so you start at the top floor and work your way down. The rooms are a nice size, and ours had an open floor plan, with a king size bed and a nice seating area facing a floor to ceiling sliding glass door that opened to a small terrace with a table and chairs for sitting outside. We had a woodland view, with ability to see the river. The linens were very soft and comfortable. The closets had interior lighting and a mirror, a safe inside to lock your valuables, a rattan tote basket to carry things around, and 2 yoga mats to use. There was enough space to put our jackets in one closet and our clothing in another, and we had ample drawer space to unpack. Our luggage was able to be put away and not in our living space. The room came with a coffee maker and complimentary tea and coffee, as well as bottles of water that are bottled on-site (it's a sustainable resort), and a small glass jar of nuts and dried fruit, all complimentary. There is a fully stocked snack and mini-bar, but we did not feel the need to avail ourselves of it. Housekeeping come twice a day, and at turn down service, they leave extra bottles of water and glasses on the bedside for you. There is a large flat screen TV built into the wall that recesses, and again, turn down service takes it out and focuses it towards the bed in case you want to watch TV in bed. The bathroom is a large 2-sink vanity. There are 2 plush robes and 2 sets of slippers for you to use and enjoy. The toilet area is accessed at one end of the vanity, with a smoked glass sliding door for privacy. It has a bidet as well. There is a cute little cartoon drawn on the back side of the glass to look at while you are using the facilities! At the other end of the vanity is another smoked glass door accessing a large shower with a large rain head shower and a hand held. All the bath amenities are in ceramice pumps, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and body lotion, that are refilled by housekeeping, so there are no little plastic bottles going to the landfill. (again, it's a sustainable resort). The room is controled by a cool little hand held mobile device, much like a cell phone. Everything from the blackout shades covering the windows to the lights in the room are controlled electronically, either from wall switches or this device. It can also be used to call the front desk, housekeeping, ask questions, etc. Our guest experience manager showed us everything and made sure we were comfortable. The spa is beautiful, with many treatment rooms, an indoor pool, 3 or 4 different kinds of saunas, 1 steam room, a few different shower rooms to complement the hot room. There are hammock swings in front of windows to look out at the views. The reception area of the spa is serene, the staff very knowledgable and eager to help. They serve hot herbal tea and infused waters in both the reception area and in the sauna area. There are large pillow back chaises to realax in after treatments or in the pool/sauna area. There is also a lovely locker/changing room, with full showers and amenities as well. There are complimentary classes every day, and a daily schedule telling you what is available each day. We took yoga and TRX classes, as well as a make-your-own body scrub class. You can be as active or inactive as you'd like. The Six Senses arranged a boat cruise of the Douro River for us, and also made reservations for us to tour a local vineyard and port cellar. The restaurant is outstanding. the food is all locally sourced and well prepared. The breads are baked on site, and much of the yogurt is homemade, as are the jams. The Breakfast buffet is unlike any other breakfast buffet I've encountered, and I have had the privelege of traveling a good many places and staying in luxury properties. This breakfast is worth the trip alone! There is a lovely bar and game room that serves informal meals, flatbreads, snacks, etc., and the Wine Library, where there are evening tastings and small cheese and dessert snacks. A big highlight is their Earth Lab, where you learn all about the sustainability efforts of the Six Senses. The work they do with the surrounding areas, and striving to leave the world a better place, is wonderful. I am already planning a return trip!!
koala46 - philadelphia area
Beautiful and unique hotel in Douro, eco and sustainable, in the middle of wine grapes and nature. River views and old trees. You feel at home, comfort, decoration with some local agriculture objects and helpful and happy staff ! Wine tastings every day, yoga, meditation and massages, other activities available every day. An amazing spa, huge interior pool, all with amazing views to outside. Breakfast is great with local food like bread, cheese, fruit, pastryâ€™s..Bright and big rooms, comfortable bed and good shower and amenities. Beautiful garden, exterior pool, green areas with their own orchard.
Six Senses is wonderful! From the location, staff and views - cannot fault anything. We only stopped by for afternoon bite and wine at the terrace bar, but wish we could spend there a few days, hopefully next time. Cannot wait!
dimi70 - London, United Kingdom
Every cell of my body feels relaxed and recharged! This palatial period property has been given a totally modern makeover transforming in into the most luxurious of hotels and finest yoga resort allowing for aerial yoga by day and fine dinning at night. Set in the stunning Duro hills the staff are all completely welcoming and charming and made our stay fantastic. Best breakfast i have ever experienced see pic! and a wonderful vegetarian options on the fine dining menu in the evening! Had a delicious Negroni in the bar with American Gin served by a great guy - try white port and tonic on lads of ice for something more local and current. Lovely walk though vineyards from the front door!
Christopher B - Greater London, United Kingdom
A truly fabulous experience for the whole family. Greeting at the reception set the tone. We were provided with a warm towel and a refreshing tea. Our car and luggage was delivered to our villa whilst we were free to stretch our legs and explore the resort. Once we were ready to go to the villa, we were shown round by very friendly member of the team who showed us round the amazing property. Food wise, there is no reason to venture away from the resort. Breakfast was spectacular. The cook to order chef was a delight to watch and over the 5 days, we pretty much tried everything that was on offer. Nothing disappointed! Dinner was again a marvel. As a family of 5 and a party of 7, we all looked forward to that evenings meal. Again, we tried everything that was on offer and the bar has been set very high now, even for our 11 year old! Spa facilities are first class as you would expect. The gym is well kitted and all the variety of heat rooms is amazing. Things to definitely do: tree climbing, Ariel yoga and forest walk/ bike rides, wine tasting and exploring the wine library and using the wine dispenser ! Our last night was wonderful, but the icing on the cake was yet to come. At 6am, our car was delivered to our door all warmed up. Luggage was packed and then we were presented with a family breakfast box. We enjoyed our last Six Senses meal at Porto airport and we could see envious passengers wondering where we got our feast from! Nick and team have made our stay memorable !