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Escape to a converted 19th Century manor in Portugal’s historic and breathtaking Douro River Valley. 

The Setting

The world is finally catching on to what the Portuguese have known forever, that the Douro Valley is one of the most glorious places on Earth. The peaceful River Douro winds through steep terrace vineyards and postcard-worthy rolling hills sprinkled with whitewashed 18th Century quintas (estates). With wine production (Port) going back as far as 2000 years, it’s regarded as one of the world’s oldest demarcated wine regions, (since 1756), leading to its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A particular Quinta we’d like to introduce you to, is Six Senses Douro Valley. This historic manor was converted into a five-star hotel in 2007 and is as thoughtful as it is stunning.  

Six Senses Douro Valley has protected a 10-acre (4-hectare) woodland on the property, highlighting its commitment to sustaining the environment and beautiful old-growth trees. They also sponsor the APEGA Donkey Refuge close to the Spanish border, where the last remaining Miranda donkeys are being saved from extinction. As Kind Travelers, you strive to leave places better than you found them, at Six Senses you may just leave as a better version of yourself, too. They are always promoting positive well-being by incorporating the six dimensions of wellness: social, environmental, physical, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual. 

Sleep and Sanctuary

Contemporary design and technological comforts meet the past in Six Senses Douro Valley’s 60 guest accommodations, ranging from Quinta Superior, Quinta Deluxe and Quinta River rooms, to spacious suites. Most guest rooms and suites pander to your sense of sight with vineyard or river views from private terraces or panoramic windows. Then, pander to your sense of touch with plush comforts, such as a range of hypoallergenic pillows from their pillow menu. In addition, all are sensitively refurbished to blend traditional highlights with Six Senses natural style. Take particular note of that style which led Virtuoso magazine to recognize them as the resort with the Best Achievement in Design. 

Eat. Pray. Eat.

Dining at Six Senses Douro Valley is a celebration of the region, you’ll find most of the produce is grown in the verdant valley that surrounds the resort. It’s also helpful an organic garden of vegetables and herbs is located right on the estate. These fresh ingredients are harvested only as needed, assuring ultimate freshness and flavor. Your main dining destination is the much lauded The Vale de Abraão Restaurant, offering a fine tasting menu in their classically elegant The Dining Room, or an all-day eatery featuring regional dishes and seasonal menus in the Open Kitchen and Terrace. For some laid back tapas or drinks with friends in a livelier environment, the Quinta Bar & Lounge is your best bet. Keeping up with the Earthly and sustainable ethos, the Summer Garden Restaurants bring the feast outdoors in stunning fashion with two pop-ups, a garden barbeque and Pickles Restaurant. There’s also the Wine Library & Terrace, perfect for pre/post-dinner sips and tapas. Unique to Six Senses Douro Valley, guests can learn the benefits of cooking responsibly with a cooking class, learn how to sustainably harvest vegetables for your home garden, or even learn to reap the health benefits by pickling produce and making your own fermented shrubs and tonics.   

  • The Dining Room at Vale de Abraão - Classic, yet contemporary décor creates an intimate atmosphere with a huge fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows in this outpost. Seasonal market-inspired fare incorporates the best regional cuisine and local ingredients. Lunch 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Dinner 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm

  • Open Kitchen & Terrace at Vale de Abraão - Open throughout the day and featuring seasonal menus of local and regional dishes. A bountiful breakfast buffet is the perfect way to begin a day of discovery, relaxation and spa sessions. There’s an open cooking station complete with a wood-fired oven for bread baking and traditional oven dishes. This is also a location for cooking classes, where guests can learn some of the finer points of preparing Portuguese cuisine.

  • Quinta Bar & Lounge - Offering a wide range of handcrafted cocktails made with ingredients from the farm and a menu of classic Portuguese petiscos (tapas), flatbreads and sandwiches, and afternoon teas (winter), a perfect place to unwind at the end of the day on the terrace or by the fireplace. Daily 12:30- Midnight. 

  • Wine Library & Terrace - Located in the heart of the hotel, the Wine Library restaurant is open for dinner, with a casual and fun menu consisting of sharing plates including ceviche, tartars and Portuguese home cooking classics paired with the best wines of the region. Fri & Sat 7:30pm - 10:30pm. 

  • Summer Garden Restaurants - Open during the warm Douro summer nights from May to September, these two pop up outlets under the stars have something for everyone. Discover Pickles Restaurant and Summer Garden Barbecue. At Pickles Restaurant, the Chef and his team are committed to Earthy, healthy and sustainable dishes using only organic, mainly plant-based products from our own organic gardens. The Garden Barbecue, mainly land and sea protein-based, is set in a quiet corner of the formal gardens, overlooking the organic garden. Relax at communal tables nestled under the vines. A feast for food lovers, these nights tend to sell out, so book in advance and arrive hungry!

  • Destination Dining - To add some fun to the culinary experience, secret destination dining is a pop-up experience with dinner tables tucked into the woods by the river. The location and the menu are kept secret until the last minute as a delightful surprise.

The Art of De-stressing
  • Portuguese tradition meets the elements of water, stone, and wood in a great setting for rural relaxation at  Six Senses Spa. The spa uses only natural and ethically-produced products (including those from the organic herb and plant garden) together with traditional and locally-inspired practices to treat you from the inside out and outside in. Aprés massage, plunge into more bliss in the external pool. There’s also a large outdoor yoga deck that blends beautifully with nature and its surroundings available for meditation or guided yoga practice. 

  • Adding to the bevy of wellness-inspired touches at Six Senses, find a large well-equipped 24-hour gym presenting the feel of a private living room rather than an exercise area. Also worthy of a visit is the Alchemy Bar, where potions of herbs, salt, grapes, and a range of exotic ingredients are individually blended for scrubs and masks. Take a 30-minute hands-on workshop to learn how to make your own cosmetics using fresh, seasonal and 100 percent organic ingredients from the garden. 

  • For those feeling nomadic, borrow a mountain bike from the Activities Hut to explore the property or ride over to local wine estates and towns. On foot? Hiking trails are around the property, a few trails even pass by your doorstep. Also down by the Activities Hut, a newly built paddle tennis court, badminton court, table tennis, and pétanque game are available and free to all guests. Nearby, the passive Douro River is ideal for kayaking, paddleboard excursions and other water sports. 

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  • Fire Pits on Property

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  • Baby Crib Service

  • Baby Sitting Program

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  • Family Friendly

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  • Complimentary Newspaper

  • Flat Screen TV

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  • Complimentary WiFi

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  • Pet Friendly

Guest Rooms
  • The generously-sized Quinta Superior rooms have a very modern yet cozy atmosphere with a spacious seating area and bathroom. They offer views of the pebbled terrace, vineyards or courtyard. Several of the vineyard-facing rooms also have a terrace with seating.

  • The oversized Quinta Deluxe units are located in the new wing and include a comfortable reading and sitting area and a spacious bathroom. Some of the rooms face the valley and others have a large floor-to-ceiling window with views over the wonderful woodland. They all have easy access to an elevator. Rooms with terraces have steps to the outside with a small seating area.

  • Located on the exclusive vineyard wing, these rooms have a spacious living room area and enjoy precious privacy. Vineyard Deluxe rooms on the fourth floor have a spacious outside terrace with a large seating space and dining area. Vineyard Deluxe rooms on the fifth floor offer views across the vineyard.

  • Featuring a contemporary décor wedded to the Six Senses natural style and a nod to a past era, plus delightful Douro River views, the Quinta River rooms offer a generous space. They present a different layout that includes a reading and seating area plus a very spacious bathroom. Some rooms have a private balcony or terrace.

  • The Vineyard Premiere rooms are located in the vineyard wing on the fourth floor, and include a comfortable reading and sitting area and a spacious bathroom. With a wine fridge, an oversized Ottoman sofa inside and a large number of comfortable sofas outside on the deck, packing a good book or two will be a good idea. There is also a dining area with tables for private dinners where the only company is the incredible view.

  • The Quinta Suites have a spacious separate living area with wooden floors, views out to the vineyard or to the river view. These dwellings offer different layouts to create different experiences. No two are exactly the same: one offers a private balcony and another a panoramic river view. They all, however, enable you to spread out in comfortable and spacious living rooms and large comfy bedrooms. 

  • Perfect for a romantic weekend for two, the spectacular two-level Quinta Duplex Suites are located in the hotel's tower with the living room on the first-floor and a king bedroom on the second-floor. They offer a unique layout to create an exclusive experience while presenting courtyard and vineyard views.

  • You'll feel like you can dive right into the Douro River from floor-to-ceiling windows in the Quinta Panorama Suite. Located on the 5th floor, these suites offer a separate living area, a spacious bedroom with a king bed and a beautiful bathroom with two separate sinks and a large tub and shower.

  • This beautiful light-filled and earth-toned Vineyard Suite has double-take views over Portugal’s celebrated wine region. Enjoy every convenience and raise a toast to life thanks to the wine fridge filled with Douro favorites.

  • Vineyard Rooftop Suites boast postcard-perfect views from on top of the world, this complete retreat offers its own garden deck and hot tub for the ultimate escape. Located on the top floor of the vineyard wing and overlooking the beautiful Vale Abraão valley, the two suites enjoy total privacy and a very comfortable and contemporary atmosphere. One terrace adjoins the living/dining rooms, and a private wooden bridge connects it to a cozy garden deck with daybed and hot tub, perfect for moments of relaxation and meditation.

  •  The Quinta Courtyard Suites are some of the finest in the resort offering pure elegance and precious privacy, separate living and dining area plus beautiful vistas. They are located on the fourth floor of an exclusive wing and look out over the Douro River and vineyard below. They feature a bedroom, bathroom with separate toilet, gracious living and dining areas and a beautiful balcony overlooking the river. 

  • The boehemith Vineyard Garden Suite is pure elegance and privacy with a beautiful wooden terrace complete with a hot tub and day bed. Located on the fifth floor of an exclusive wing of the hotel, this suite is ideal if you want to hide away (although you may not resist the lure of our restaurant or spa for long). It includes a separate bedroom, living and dining areas with a generously-sized bathroom on the inside, and a terrace with a hot tub and day bed overlooking the surrounding vineyards on the outside. A wine fridge with a selection of Douro wines is the ultimate luxury for discerning wine lovers.

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Conscious Culture

  • See the world famous gallery of rock art at the Vila Nova de Foz Côa archaeological park 
  • Occupying an 18th-century episcopal palace, the Museu de Lamego is one of Portugal’s finest regional museums
  • Take a day trip to the historical town of Lamego

Mindful Adventures

  • Take a paddleboarding tour down the peaceful Douro River
  • Head on a rewarding hike or drive to a spectacular view point at São Salvador do Mundo
  • Channel your inner child by tree climbing the soaring stalks of Six Senses’ enchanted forest 

Do Good for the Day

  • Help support Bagos D’ Ouro which uses education as a tool to help local children reverse the cycle of poverty
  • Learn the secrets of sustainable home farming on Six Senses’ organic garden tour
  • Swing by and have a look at the Earth Lab, a place where every Six Senses property showcases their sustainability efforts to reduce consumption, produce locally and support communities and ecosystems. 

Be Kind to Yourself

  • For an off-property workout hit up Fitness Factory in Lamego
  • Spend an unforgettable day touring the Quintas aka estates of Douro Valley wine country 
  • RéguaFit Health Club has classes to keep the body moving

Quinta de Vale Abraão, Samodães 5100-758 Lamego

By Plane
  • 125 km (77 mi) from Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO) in Porto 
  • 352 km (218 mi) from Lisbon and Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) 
By Bus/Train 
  • At OPO, take the 601 (every 20 min) to Carmo ($2-$7), walk about 2000ft to the Porto Sao Bento station, take the Re Train (once daily) ($8) to Caldas de Moledo. Walk or taxi remaining 20 min to the hotel. 
  • From Lisbon, at Lisboa Santa Apolonia station take the lc train (once every 2 hrs) to Campanha ($29-$45), hop on the Re ($8-$12) (once daily) to Caldas de Moledo, walk the remaining 20 min. By Bus, you can take the CitiExpress from Sete Rios in Lisbon to Regua ($19-$25), then board the Re at Regua to Caldas de Moledo. 
By Automobile
  • Private airport transfers via Tesla can be arranged through the hotel for up to three guests, one way; or for a minivan for a maximum of six guests, one way is from the nearest airport - Francisco Sá Carneiro in Oporto. Cheaper private transport may also be found at OPO. 
  • Driving from Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, take direction VRI and follow the signs to VRI | Porto | Zona Portuária Leixōes | A4 | Matosinhos. Turn in VRI direction (Vila Real | Valongo | A3 | Porto | Braga) following the A4 in the direction of Vila Real. After passing through the Marão Tunnel, take Exit #23 for the A24 in the direction of Viseu and stay left at the fork towards Viseu/Aveiro.  From the A24 take Exit # 10 to N313/Armamar. At the stop sign turn right and continue until the bottom of the hill. At the roundabout head straight towards Lamego | Cinfães | Resende on National Road EN222 crossing a small bridge over the Varosa River. After crossing the small bridge turn right towards Resende and continue on EN222 for six kilometers until you see the Six Senses Douro Valley sign on the right-hand side of the road.
  • Coming from Lisbon, follow A1 towards Aveiro, A25 towards Viseu and then A24 to Vila Real exiting Armamar/Valdigem. Turn right towards the river and at the roundabout follow straight towards Resende. Cross the bridge over the Varosa River, turn right to national road 222 and drive straight for 4 miles (6 kilometers) to the resort’s entrance on the right-hand side of the road.
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