Fly, take a train, run, crawl, whatever it takes, the Six Senses Duoro Valley is worth it. This beautiful property is set at the bend of the Duoro river in a stunning vine laden valley. It sits quietly in the serene setting but hidden behind a small entrance is a place of absolute joy.
The team here are so professional but have a sense of relaxed charm that only working here could induce. I stayed in February and it seemed incredible that we sat having a picnic in the sunshine in t-shirts while it poured with rain back home. Everywhere you look here are textures, clever touches and a subtle nod to nature and wine.
I have relaxed more in a day here than months of massages could give. To slow down , take in the view, listen to the birds, enjoy incredible food and feel well is joyful. The food is absolutely delicious with clever touches at every meal. You could stay a month and not eat the same dish, although you may want to. The mushroom flatbread is something else and seabass ceviche beyond delicious. It is fresh and clever with some amazing flavours. It feels decadent and healthy at the same time.
The gardens and pool are are gorgeous and inside pool and spa perfect for a winter day. We walked along their ever growing edible garden (excuse the pun) and were escorted by the gorgeous Aqua the hotel owner or dog depending on your point of view. She makes you smile and that is also true of every other element of this hotel.
You know that feeling you dream of when sat hunched at a desk or clearing up for the fifteenth time that day…. I know now where you can find it. Six Senses Duoro Valley is a happy place of charm and peaceful fun. It is top of my list for a weekend treat and longer if you can. I am here to help advise on room types and all the things you can do here but frankly I’d camp in the gardens if it meant coming back here!