Opening its first European resort in Portugal’s Douro Valley
True to its heritage of creating exceptional guest experiences in places of incredible beauty, Six Senses prepares to unveil its first resort in Europe. Located in the beautiful Portuguese UNESCO World Heritage area of the Douro Valley, the property is touched with the romance of 19th Century architecture wedded to contemporary interiors reflecting the Six Senses style.
Golden by name – Douro – the sun-kissed valley is also golden by nature, with amber hued vine-filled terraces and the River Douro winding its way to the Atlantic Coast and passing though the oldest wine-producing region in the world.
The resort covers 19 acres 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 all-day dining restaurant and a specialty restaurant draw upon the abundant fresh produce of the region and from the resort’s own gardens with a contemporary spin 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.
An expansive Six Senses Spa measures over 24,000 square feet (2,200 square meters) 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, including some that are wine based. The spa will also include the 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. A tennis court rounds out the on-site recreation facilities.
For added relaxation, guests can retire to the library and peruse a book whist enjoying a fine wine or cocktail.
Six Senses Douro Valley is scheduled to open in spring 2015 following an exciting refurbishment by Clodagh Design, a leading design services studio based in New York City. This serene setting is just 20 miles from Vila Real Airport and 88 miles from Porto International Airport. Helicopter arrivals are catered for at the nearby Quinta Romeneira helipad. Six Senses Douro Valley is the 12th property to join the rapidly expanding Six Senses portfolio.
About Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas…
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is a hotel and spa management company comprised of nine resorts and 28 spas under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spa. Set to double in size over the next three years, Six Senses operates resorts in far-flung locations featuring incredible natural beauty. Known for its unique and diverse design personality, each property is supported by a leadership commitment to community, sustainability and wellness.
Six Senses Spa offers a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists. Six Senses Spa is also located in prestigious hotels and resorts around the globe.
Evason introduces a collection of unique resorts that follow the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised responsibility to sustainability and to the community. Family friendly, these properties also provide a strong value focus while offering a vast array of guest services and personal attention.
– Press Release – Text & Images Courtesy Magrino for Six Senses