One of the most anticipated hotel openings of the year, Six Senses Douro Valley is slated to open in mid 2015 as the first European resort for the Bangkok-based brand. The location is note worthy: overlooking the vineyard-clad hills of Portugal's Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage area and one of the world’s oldest wine-producing regions.
Perched on a hill, the hotel occupies a renovated manor house dating from the 19th century, and will have 41 guest rooms, 9 suites and 7 villas, some with private pools and gardens. The signature Six Senses Spa will offer grape- and wine-inspired therapy in 10 treatment rooms; other facilities will include a tennis court, heated pools and a fitness room.
The restaurant will focus on produce harvested both in the on-site garden and also in the surrounding Douro Valley. Another hotel highlight will be the "Wine Library", where guests can learn about local vintages from the knowledgeable sommelier.
The Six Senses Douro Valley is a 90-minute drive from the International Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro in Porto.