Six Senses Douro Valley premiers its new Vineyard Wing to greatly enhance the wine estate with seven suites, three additional guest rooms and a meeting and event space accommodating up to 70 people. The 19th century manor house and surrounds, located in Lamego in northern Portugal, is set on a UNESCO World Heritage site within the world’s oldest demarcated wine region.
The new guest accommodations, ranging from 430 to 1,140 square feet (40 to 106 square meters), are beautifully appointed to make for a very personal retreat and feature generous outside areas. Guests can customize their mini bars with fine wines and produce from across the Douro region. Authentic materials have also been incorporated into the design concept including vineyard tools of yesteryear and wall art inspired by wooden wine cases.
“We are thrilled to open this new wing to our guests,” said Nick Yarnell, general manager of Six Senses Douro Valley. “The project took one year to complete and was delivered by New York design agency Clodagh, which created a concept to complement the décor within the main manor house”.
Another highlight for Nick Yarnell is the creation of a new event space, containing meeting rooms with views across the vineyards and kitted out to inspire team creativity. “The walls have ‘writable’ sections to aid interactive meetings and are equipped with the latest technology. An adjoining room offers further possibilities for pre-function or break-out sessions”. This multi-function area includes a large open skylight and a full-height living wall enabling it to transform seamlessly from a quiet lounge to a luxurious cinema, lecture room, reception room or even aerial yoga or meditation space. Noisy, silent or upside down, there are many possibilities give participants a new perspective on their PowerPoint.
Six Senses Douro Valley now features a total of 60 guest rooms and suites, set on the magical 19-acre (7-hectare) estate. Further amenities include three restaurants, 10 spa treatment rooms as well as indoor and outdoor pools. A dedicated ‘wine team’ curates a selection of on- and off-site wine tastings and educational experiences to unlock the magical world of Douro Port and wines. Meanwhile, a regular schedule of activities allows guests to maximize their experience of the Douro Valley and includes river cruises, grape stomping, prehistoric rock art site visits, canyoning, mountain biking, helicopter tours and tree climbing.