Six Senses Douro Valley
Samodães - Lamego
Six Senses Douro Valley sits within the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley. The 60-guest accommodation quinta, or wine estate, dates to the late 19th century when it was known as Quinta Vale de Abraão and its contemporary interiors reflect both this rich heritage and Six Senses’ design values.
Located 125 kilometres (77,67 miles) from Oporto International Airport (OPO), the scenic drive to the resort, along winding roads which pass many examples of the region’s historic architecture, is one of Europe’s most captivating.
Six Senses Douro Valley comprises 60 guest accommodations and a generously proportioned Six Senses Spa with an indoor pool and 10 treatment rooms. At the heart of the resort, the Wine Library houses a 700 references wine list, centred on the wines of the Douro and Portugal.
A tasting room with deli counter and self-service wine dispensers allow guests to pair the region’s renowned or under-the-radar wines with freshly-prepared local delicacies day into evening. Nightly 8:00 pm wine pairing dinners and private wine tastings that can be booked throughout the day feature select sips from the 350 vineyards from the surrounding area. The relaxed, welcoming space also features a large reference library and touchscreens linked to The Douro Museum’s extensive oenological resources. Here, guest winemakers and international oenology experts present talks to the guests, sharing fascinating insights into Portugal’s winemaking techniques and sharing tasting tips.
The restaurant, Vale d’Abraão, features an open kitchen design with wood-fired ovens, a Josper grill, oversize fireplaces and several informal spaces where guests may sample locally-sourced, regional specialties with a healthy twist. Activities including wine and dine Douro River cruises, visits to the favourite nearby wineries, tree climbing, kayaking, cycling, hiking and traditional Portuguese tile painting are also offered.