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February 27, 2019updated May 15, 2020

Unwind in Portugal’s Douro Valley

By Samantha Coles

Wellness is about balance, and there’s no better way to unwind after a strenuous hike than with a glass of red wine. Surrounded by acres of vineyards and pristine gardens full of fruits, herbs and vegetables, Six Senses Douro Valley overlooks the Douro River, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Explore the pretty terrain by foot with a private guide (the hotel’s resident dog, Aqua, will more than likely join you) to learn about the history of the area and take a peek at the historic villages and farms nearby.

Unleash your inner child

Then unleash your inner child with a visit to the magical forest — a towering century-old tree has a bell fixed high in its branches, so you can climb up to the top and ring out your success; the views over the valley are sublime.

Back at the resort, be sure to visit the wine library for a tasting session of the best ports and wines or, if you’re a teetotaler, try your hand at brewing
your own kombucha.

Quinta Courtyard Suite from $1,080 per night. Contact Nick Yarnell, general manager, reservations-dourovalley@sixsenses.com, +351 254 660 600, sixsenses.com

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