Not everyone is looking for a beach holiday, some prefer the rolling hills, spa treatments, fantastic food and wine, and not forgetting getting out and about.
If you happen to be one of these travellers, then a destination, that certainly won't have crossed your mind would be the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal, the area has long been a destination for travellers, although mostly from neighbouring Spain, over the last couple of years or so, the popularity of the region has increased with tourists looking for somewhere close by, that offers that relaxed, chilled feel, without comprising on standards, service, and location.
You won't find a better destination hotel than the Six Senses Douro Valley the hotel is located in the beautiful and historic UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley.
It offers an exceptional experience for the wine and spa connoisseur. Comprising a beautifully renovated 19th-century manor house and set upon a hill overlooking the rolling vineyards of the Douro Valley and the river below, it is a very relaxing place to stay, offering plenty to do and see. The hotel’s stunning Wine Library & Terrace offers guests a delightful place to enjoy wines, self-service-style, while the Six Senses Spa is a blissfully tranquil retreat to while away a few hours with a sumptuous treatment. Six Senses Douro Valley also serves up a fantastic range of dishes that celebrate the region and uses produce that is harvested from the valley and surrounding countryside. The estate's organic garden is the source of delicious fresh vegetables and herbs that are picked as and when required, straight from the garden to kitchen to plate. When it comes to the rooms, suites and villas, each is sumptuously appointed and there is a choice of accommodation with one, two or three bedrooms, many with views of the vineyards and some with access to a shared pool.
Spa & Wellness:
The Six Senses Spa offers guests an indulgent range of treatments, including speciality and locally-inspired therapies, some of which are grape and wine-based, in ten luxury treatment rooms. There is also a heated indoor pool with water jets, an outdoor pool and a bar where healthy refreshments are served. If you prefer to work out, the gym features the latest exercise equipment and professional assistance is available. Or, the yoga pavilion offers the perfect space to tone up and unwind.
Other activities on offer include:
4 x 4 tours
Various water sports
Douro Valley wine tours and tastings
The Douro Valley is located apx 1 hour 30 mins drive from Oporto, you can fly direct from the UK to Porto airport, I have driven in Portugal myself, its easy, although often transfers will be included, my suggestion is to rent a car for the few days you are in this area.
Duration wise, I would say 4 / 5 nights would be a good amount of time to stay somewhere such as this, you can always add a couple of nights to the trip, by staying in Oporto itself, a wonderful city, this would make for a lovely weeks relaxing break.
3 night low season price from £998 per person, 3-night high season price from £1,398 per person.
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