Six Senses will open its first European resort in the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Douro Valley in Portugal

by Helen Andrews | 30 Apr 2015

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is set to unveil its first resort in Europe on 15 July in 10 hectares (22 acres) of the Portuguese UNESCO World Heritage Site of Douro Valley.

Designed by New York-based Clodagh, the 57-bedroom 19th century property features an interior palette of light greys and sandy tones. Using eco-friendly materials, Clodagh – owner and founder of Clodagh Design – has blended nature, Portuguese tradition, water, space, stone and wood.

The Six Senses Spa measures more than 2,200sq m (23,681sq ft) and comprises 10 treatment rooms, a heated indoor swimming pool with water jets, steamroom, sauna, laconium and a number of locally-inspired wine-based treatments – using grapes from the Douro region.

Other facilities at the resort include an outdoor swimming pool, activities hut, gym, aerial yoga and meditation nests dotted about the forest.

There are set to be three dining venues, including a wine library for tapas, cheese and wines made from more than 80 grape varieties indigenous to the Douro region. An interactive and instructional programme on winemaking will be led by leading Portuguese winemakers from the surrounding valley and also the resort’s own ‘wine directors’. Guests can participate in every stage of the winemaking process – from planting and stomping to blending their own wine.

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Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is set to unveil its first resort in Europe on 15 July in 10 hectares (22 acres) of the Portuguese UNESCO World Heritage Site of Douro Valley. Designed by New York-based Clodagh, the 57-bedroom 19th century property features an interior palette of light greys and sandy tones. Using eco-friendly materials, Clodagh – owner and founder of Clodagh Design – has blended nature, Portuguese tradition, water,
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Clodagh – owner and founder of Clodagh Design – has blended nature, Portuguese tradition, water, space, stone and wood for the property's interiors / Six Senses
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