Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal

by Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Marlene Andrade is the Guest Experience Manager at Portugal’s Six Senses Douro Valley, a UNESCO-world-heritage-listed wine region which is also the oldest, demarcated wine region in the world. The luxury resort is a 75-minute drive from Oporto international airport and a leisurely four-hour drive from Lisbon, the capital. The resort is housed within a renovated, 19th-Century manor house, set high on a hill overlooking the rolling, vine-covered hills, and the Douro river, below. Marlene has worked at Six Senses Douro Valley since 2015 and says what attracted her to the job was the company’s commitment to sustainability, helping local families, and the local economy. This commitment is a hallmark of every Six Senses hotel, wherever it is located, according to Marlene. While high season is June through August, during the Harvest in early September, and at New Year, winery visits, wine tasting and local dining are offered throughout the year, as are biking and picnics. If this introduction has whetted your appetite (for fine wine!) and piqued your interest (for all the other reasons), read on and roll your grateful eyes over the sumptuous shots of this very photogenic resort… 

Marlene Andrade.

Most popular request… 

Our Spa is always fully booked! We have expert therapists that really excel in what they do.                                                                          

Favourite locale when enjoying a day off… 

Porto is an amazing city. I’m from there, originally, and it’s just 90-minutes away so I tend to go there as much as I can.                      

Best coffee…

Pastelaria da Sé is an amazing place just 15 minutes away from the hotel, in Lamego.                                              

Where we must go for lunch… 

Our restaurant Vale Abrãao, or our organic restaurant, Terroir, are two amazing options! At Vale Abraão we serve an a la carte menu, filled with traditional delicacies. At Terroir, by night, it’s an explosion of colours and flavors, where every dish contains organically-produced herbs and vegetables, picked from the garden, 10 metres away.                             

It’s a rainy day outside but we want to explore, what we should do…

The wineries near the resort are an amazing place to learn more about the wines, culture and history from the region.

An absolute must-do or must-see before leaving…

In Lamego, the Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios is a must-see icon in the region. There are 689 steps worth climbing to enjoy a beautiful view over Lamego. You can also visit the sanctuary that dates back to 1750.

What she loves about her hotel…

The environment couldn’t be better. As a Guest Experience Manager, I work directly with our guests, tailor-making their stay with us. Getting to know them and what they like to do provides us with an opportunity to positively influence their stay and hopefully create long-lasting memories.                                   

Anything else we should know when visiting… 

There is much to be done around here: A lot of different historical and cultural places to visit such as monasteries, museums and baroque churches; boat cruises; historic train rides; tasteful gastronomy; and award-winning wines. At Six Senses, we excel in delivering tranquility and relaxation to our guests, whether it’s at our spa or through long walks in our woods. We focus on the main areas of our bodies, targeting nutrition, exercise and sleep. Pay us a visit!

 

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