Spectacular spas: Six Senses Douro Valley

by Jessica Zen
Stripes Europe

Imagine a personalized wellness plan just for you, lasting an entire week. Don’t have that kind of time? Three days will certainly work as well. At Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal, a resort and spa located in a renovated 19th century manor house, your wellbeing is their top priority. You’ll have panoramic views of the surrounding vine-covered hills, which are part of Portugal’s wine country, creating one of the greatest relaxation getaways you’ll ever experience.  

The Six Senses Spa has 10 treatment rooms and offers specialty treatments and multi-day programs, depending on your needs. They’ll combine holistic approaches with the serenity of the surrounding environment in order to lead you to a healthier lifestyle. If a personalized wellness plan is what you’re after, you’ll get a screening to measure your health and then a recommended plan and nutritional advice. Programs can focus on sleep and resilience, losing weight, detoxing or reaching your full potential. If yoga is your thing, you’re in luck. There are also yoga programs for beginners, sleep and detoxing.

This spa also has single spa therapeutics such as facials, massages and body treatments. Try a collagen boosting rose diamond facial for brighter, younger looking skin. Since you are in wine country, you might as well try a complete grape rejuvenation. This treatment includes a dry skin brushing and an exfoliation with grape pulp and grape seed oil, followed by a vineyard soak and completed with a scalp massage. The results are more youthful looking skin. What could possibly beat that? Don’t forget to add an ayurvedic marma massage for complete relaxation. The massage will relieve stress and tension and balance your chakras by using enriched oils to create inner joy.

Now, about all the wine. There are several opportunities to try various types. You can wine and dine on a Douro River cruise, during which you’ll visit nearby wineries and meet the masters of the craft themselves. If you have the pleasure of visiting during the right season, you could even participate in the ancient tradition of stomping grapes! For a taste of excellent port, visit the neighboring property, Port Knox. You’ll get a tour of the property and the opportunity to sample port wines that are up to 100 years old.

Was there ever a more perfect combination than wine and a wellness vacation? Probably, but staying in a vineyard, drinking wine and getting a massage sounds pretty magical. Take a friend or your significant other and enjoy everything the Douro Valley has to offer!

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