Six Senses Douro Valley – Back to Paradise

When you love the experience at one of the most beautiful places in the world, what do you do?

Well, obviously, you go back!

We first discovered Six Senses Douro Valley in the Autumn of 2016 (see) and we were blown away with that we consider one of the best hotels in Europe. So, last summer we decided to return!

The colors of Douro are completely different at this time of the year, and so are the hotel’s activities.

The reason we came back to Six Senses (not that there needs to be one) was the four-hands dinner by Ljubomir Stanisic and Alexandre Silva.

Approaching the hotel we could observe the Douro and its perfect combination with the surrounding environment. The green from the vineyards and their format descending in terraces to the river make of it one of the world’s prettiest postcards.

The hotel keeps the grandiosity of the manor-house from the XIX century, but this time my perspective of it was even more perfect, the Sun was part of the picture!


We were welcomed with the elegance and courtesy so characteristic of  Six Senses Douro Valley.

 A room with a view

We went to our room, the Quinta Panorama Suite with an astonishing view over Douro that seizes the entire atmosphere through the floor to ceiling windows, in the bedroom and the living room.

The combo of hi-tech, comfort and decor really make justice to the awards the hotel gets every year.

The afternoon was already long in one of my favorite places of the hotel, the Wine Library & Terrace,  where life is really all about books and wine when we decided to extend it a bit more to enjoy a great relaxing moment at Quinta Bar & Lounge. 

The night ended with a beautiful dinner, in the perfect company at the Restaurant Vale do Abraão, where Ljubomir and Alexandre Silva presented all the guests with a fabulous gastronomic experience. But João will talk about that in detail in another article.

I must confess it was not an easy task to get to my bedroom that night!!!

The morning after, the light was entering the room in an almost magical way through our huge window, Douro was calling me, but what really took me out of bed, after that long night, was the Six Senses breakfast!

This is guaranteed one of the best hotel breakfasts I ever tasted, and you know I’ve had the privilege of trying a few!

Perfect place and perfect company for an outdoors breakfast 

I know pictures don’t talk, but looking at these you’ll be salivating for sure!

And with a full tummy, it’s time to relax!
The first time we stayed at Six Senses the cold and rain wouldn’t let us even get to know the outside of the hotel so we stayed at the Spa, and very well.

This time, the sun invited us to the gardens, the terraces, and the pool. We went for a walk, saw Ljubomir’s vegetable garden and relaxed by the pool all morning! Every morning should be this way!

The hotel staff was as nice as the first time, caring for each guest needs, always smiling.

It was a pleasure to return and a privilege to again be welcomed by the sweetest Joana Van Zeller and the entire staff.

Once again…

See you soon Six Senses Douro Valley!

Hotel Six Senses Douro Valley
Bedrooms from 290€
Quinta de Vale Abraão– Samodães, Lamego
+351 254 660 600

Versão Portuguesa

Photos: Flavors & Senses

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