Fine wine and dining in the picturesque Portuguese Douro Valley.
Up on a hill, overlooking a bend in the Douro river and acres of verdant vineyards, is a 19th century manor house which is home to the Six Senses Douro Valley. The hotel is authentically Portuguese in its architecture, but inside, you’ll find clean modern lines and recently refurbished bright, airy rooms with all the latest modern conveniences. Take your pick from panoramic river or vineyard views from floor-to-ceiling windows.
The Douro Valley is a wine-lover’s playground, and you can get up close and personal with every step of the wine-making process. Visit in September or October to stomp grapes barefoot in stone lagares, or take private guided tours around the valley. There are nightly wine tastings in the extensive Wine Library too, and you can hone your palate with tuition from the hotel’s sommeliers.
Fine wines need to be paired with good meals, and you won’t be disappointed. Lots of the hotel’s menu comes from produce grown in their own grounds, and it’s a real pleasure to go for a secret pop-up dinner at tables tucked away in the woods along the river. The hotel keep the location and menu a secret, so you won’t know exactly where you’re headed or what you’ll be served, making every meal a pleasant surprise.