The tiered, terraced Douro41 may be strikingly modern, but blends seamlessly into its Unesco-protected surroundings. This wineland wonder at times seems supernaturally suspended over its namesake river, with the pool and some of the rooms seeming to float freely above it. The valley views keep on coming, through huge floor-to-ceiling windows, on glass walkways and out on vast terraces. The super spa will make you want to spend an inordinate amount of time in your dressing gown, but tours and tastings at neighbouring quintas, vineyard strolls and superb Portuguese suppers await if you get dressed.
All ages are welcome. Cots can be added, some rooms can have twin beds on request, and the suites can accommodate one or two children. Babysitting for up to two children is available with two days’ notice for €15 an hour.
The riverside restaurant has some pretty spectacular scenery – go for a table near the window or out on the Douro-facing deck.
This may be a spa hotel, but best change out of your dressing gown and make at least a bit of an effort, to match the first-class food.
Raiva pays tribute to the region’s cuisine, and its amazing produce: you’ll enjoy freshwater fish, kid and veal, with nods to noble Portuguese cooking traditions such as vinha d’alhos (meat cooked with wine and garlic) and lagareiro (oven-baked octopus and potatoes). Breakfast is a bountiful spread of local jams, wood-oven-baked bread, just-squeezed juice and honey from the hotel bees.
The A Terra wine bar serves cocktail classics, along with an impressive list of Portuguese wines and a series of fire-cooked food. There’s also the Porto Club, with a fireplace and library for peaceful port imbibing. Children are welcome at A Terra and there’s a dedicated menu.
The bar is open all day, from 11am until midnight (1am on Fridays and Saturdays). Raiva serves dinner every night from 7pm till 10.30pm.
A selection of salads, pastas and comfort dishes can be served in-room.
Estrada Nacional 222 km 41, 4550-631 Castelo de Paiva, Portugal
Douro41 is on the banks of its namesake river, east of Porto in Portugal’s wine region and close to the town of Castelo de Paiva.
Porto’s airport is a 50-minute drive from the hotel. Transfers can be arranged for €90 each way.
It’s 40 minutes by car to reach the centre of Porto. The hotel has a car park a short distance away, so drop your bags off first; if you want to see more of the area’s port producers, a car will come in handy – but then again, you’ll probably want to sample some, so it might not.
Worth getting out of bed for
This is the Unesco-approved Alto Douro region, so there’s a whole lot of ravishing riverine countryside out there. Before you hit up the local quintas and villages, make sure you check out the hotel’s spa and three swimming pools. Porto is roughly 45 minutes away by car if you fancy a day trip, otherwise the hotel can help arrange sails down the Douro, visits to vineyards, wine and port tastings and romantic walks.
The hotel’s own restaurant is the finest for miles, but the concierge can arrange trips out to a neighbouring quinta for lunch – including Quinta la Gracha, home of Churchill’s Port, where you can enjoy tastings and a tour of the vineyards and the 19th-century lodge before a meal in the orange grove.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this wine hotel in Portugal and unpacked their cases of port, a full account of their beverage-focused break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Douro41 in the Douro Valley…
An easy 45-minute drive east out of Porto – on your way into the heart of the Douro Valley – Douro41 is a perfect starting pitstop for a wine- and port-focused holiday (which, frankly, is the best type of holiday). The Unesco-protected Alto Douro region is home to some pretty spectacular scenery, and this daring design hotel reflects the terraces of the landscape in its tiered design. The pool is suspended over the water, and that floaty feeling continues in some of the rooms, thanks to their uninterrupted views and enormous terraces. Days here are spent out touring neighbouring quintas, tasting their output, being pampered at the spa or packing in the calories at Raiva, where you can eat first-class Portuguese produce in simple-but-stellar dishes. Now, where did we put the corkscrew?
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