Driving towards the hotel,the scenery became so beautiful,the green terraces almost unreal,how did a person build and grow on these steep earth steps? we followed our sat-nav to a seemingly impossible steep track down,down to the Six Senses!
What a sight to behold,lovely building amongst the grapevines,we were met with cold drinks and welcome cool wipes.
From there we were treated with professional kindness and concern(we are quite elderly) shown to our suite, and all the
Necessary instruction given as to the electronic blinds tv and lighting.
The balcony from our room overlooked the courtyard,with viewsof the vineyards, just lovely.!
The meals proved to be delicious and different,watching the chefs at their stations so interesting.
Breakfast could not be faulted,fresh bread,fruit, omelettes,
Home made marmalade and jams.......fresh fruit juice.....very special.
The hotel dog showed us where to walk to the river, through the ripening vines.
The reception staff helped so much in helping with a problem re the toll card, thank you again.
I can't wait to visit the Six Senses again, it is without doubt,my favourite hotel.....ever!
I wasn't planning to write a review on the Six Senses Douro figuring it really didn't need one but when I saw what some people wrote, I felt like I had to chime in. We came for two nights, stayed for three and really thought about extending for a fourth! My 20 year old daughter and I both enjoyed everything about the hotel including the rooms (awesome beds), décor, spa, activities (wine tasting, kayaking, cooking class, alchemy class), pool, food and of course Aqua the resident dog. We enjoyed having a gorgeous place to relax and a ton of activities to do. We loved that the hotel is 5 star but casual and everyone working there is incredibly nice.
My husband and I spent 2 days here in between our time in Porto and the Algarve and it was heaven. Our room was the largest of all the places we stayed with a great view and amenities. The food (especially breakfast) is amazing and the wines are to die for. The best part is the scenery - looking out at the vineyards while relaxing at the pool was the best part of the stay. The concierge was lovely as well and helped with recs on vineyards and wineries to visit during our stay. Also, if you have time definitely go to the spa!!
We had huge expectations while booking this hotel, as we have stayed at other Six Senses before and each time was amazing
We booked a Quinta river view room, with river view, as the view is a key element of this hotel... €650 for room + breakfast
Before arriving, we made sure to ask specifically for a room with a terrace, as half of the rooms in our category had terraces and the other half not.
At our arrival, first surprise: no room with terrace... how is is possible not to get such a specific enquiry while we were the only visitors to ask specifically for it by mail before arriving to the hotel?! Any other luxury hotel charging so much would have secured a room with our specific request before our arrival, not there... so our first disappointment was at 22:00 on our first day after a long and tiring trip...
Second disappointment came very fast, the night itself: noise isolation is bad and we got the room 418, right next to elevator (like really next to it, 30cm next to it), noisy as hell, and with a limited river view... we had of course the wonderful experience to be waken up at 7:30 by the first noisy hotel guests who were going for breakfast and passing by our room...
In the morning, the hotel team (thanks to Aline who was super helpful) tried to get us another room, but none matched our expectations, as no view at all for both... we were offered a room with a terrace In our category, but for the next day, but we had only 4 nights to spend there and a limited appetite to unpack / repack...
Don't get me wrong, the room itself wasn't so bad, but what makes the difference between luxury hotels and nice hotels is the service and attention to details. Here, this point, that was important to us and that we mentioned to the hotel before coming, hasn't been taken Into consideration, and it's a pity...
The second day, we had a dinner st the Grotto, gastronomic even if the chef didn't get a Michelin star (that would be deserved food wise)... the set up itself is nice but
1) service is super slow... even for Michelin star standards (and its not one)... we spent close to 4 hours there and my wife was dead by the end of the experience
2) dinner was clearly overpriced: €250 per person without the wine pairing , so above €600 for 2 of us... yeatman in Porto is much better and like €100 per person less... Michelin star restaurants in Paris Barcelona or th US are also nicer and much cheaper... pricing is to be reconsidered
Our second day, we got an other h pleasant experience... we booked a horse riding session through the hotel concierge, drove there but the address and gps coordinates were wrong and we ended up lost for 3 hours and trying to call the horse riding center who don't speak English with no success... back to the hotel after wasting a full afternoon
The rest of the stay was ok, with the hotel team doing their best to compensate the first 2 bad days, especially Aline... but the beginning of our stay gave the full trip a sour taste...
We ended up spending €4000 for 4 night THe with the feeling of a 4* hotel basic experience, miles away from a real six senses experience..
Now, the location is amazing, scenery beautiful, personnel careful and present (even if slow and not proactive in the pool), and there is an obvious intention to improve and do better...
But still a. Lot of work to do, and for now, the price you pay is way beyond what you get
I'll give this place another shot in the next year, hoping to see some improvement, as the potential is really ther to have a real world class hotel
I've stayed at the Six Senses from July 18-20. First of all, the Douro region is a must go in all country - the place is beautiful, all the Quintas, wineries, good food, everything is just perfect. The Six Senses was one of the best luxury hotel experiences I had - the hotel is super neat, modern yet preserving a lot of local references, placed in the middle of the vineyards of the region, with a spectacular pool with infinite border towards the river - seems your swimming at it! if your looking for an extra wow effect, chose one of the large rooms or suites with Douro views - that is certainly worth it as you will be able to wake up to that stunning landscape. The hotel itself is amazing - large exterior and indoor pools, very good SPA, gym, restaurant, bar with an amazing red pool table, and a large balcony/sitting area where you can spend the night drinking good wine and relaxing. Breakfast is amazing, staff is extremely welcoming and there are several activities you can do free of charge as well. I had a small stay but certainly recommend it for a longer period - perfect for couples relaxing, families as well, and if your looking for an amazing landscape and countryside feel. Also, I do recommend to go on the summer days - that outdoor pool is a must good, one of the most beautiful I've ever swam at. Also, enjoy the restaurants nearby!