Need to know
57, including nine suites.
Noon, but if the room is available late check-out until 6pm can be arranged for 50 per cent of the day rate. Earliest check-in, 3pm for rooms and 4pm for villas.
Double rooms from $271.37 (€255), excluding tax at 6 per cent.
Rates do not usually include the buffet breakfast (€20 each).
Rustle up your own body scrubs, hair masks and lip balms at the Alchemy Bar. Run once a week, the free hour-long workshops use seasonal organic ingredients from the garden; it’s essential to book ahead.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, yoga and Pilates pavilion, lounge, wine library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, tea and coffee-making facilities, Six Senses and Organic Pharmacy toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
Dressed with oak floors, glass-walled bathrooms and tactile wool throws, rooms here are light-filled and unabashedly contemporary. Quinta Duplex Suites have bath tubs with wow-worthy views of the Douro River. On the fifth floor, Quinta Panorama Suites have sweeping views of the vineyards from enormous windows. Converted from old cellars, the Vineyard Pool Villa has access to a garden and dreamy plunge pool.
Down a flight of steps from the restaurant’s terrace, the outdoor unheated saltwater pool is a cobalt blue number framed by neat rows of sunloungers and serene views of the surrounding hills. A small poolside bar serves light lunch snacks and tipples. Equipped with water jets, the hotel’s indoor heated spa pool is open to all adult guests; it gets plenty of light through magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows.
Inspired by natural elements (water, stone and wood), the award-winning Six Senses spa is a blissful retreat with a sauna, herbal bath, laconium and steam room. Book one of 10 treatment rooms for indulgent massages, facials and ayurvedic treatments using luxurious Organic Pharmacy products and potent local ingedients such as grape pulp, citrus fruit and schist stones. Pampering programmes over several days offer nutritional advice and relaxing experiences tailored to each guest.
The surrounding woods call for walking meditation or tension-busting runs: bring a pair of trainers and comfortable leggings to try out aerial yoga among the trees.
The hotel is well adapted for disabled users thanks to large lifts, ramps to public areas and spacious rooms, one of which has a specially equipped bathroom for wheelchair users.
Pets weighing less than seven kilos can stay for free and will be treated to their own bed, food bowl and toys. See more pet-friendly hotels in Douro Valley.
Welcome. Extra beds and cots can be added to some rooms. Babysitting is available for €20 an hour.
Treading carefully is at the heart of Six Senses’ ethos and this Portuguese outpost is no exception: much of the kitchen’s produce is grown organically on site, toiletries are packed in recycled paper and great care was taken to use eco-friendly materials during the resort’s refurbishment. The hotel is involved with local communities and donates 50 per cent of its water-bottle sales to local charities.