SIX SENSES HAS ITS FIRST EUROPEAN RESORT, IS WORKING ON A SECOND

While there are a number of Six Senses spas in Europe (in Paris, on Crete, in the Etihad lounge at London’s Heathrow airport to name a few), its proper resorts have so far been concentrated in destinations you’d associate with (remote) spa escapes, like Thailand, Vietnam, or the Maldives. That changed last year with the opening of the first European Six Senses in Portugal; and another resort in France is on the way.

Six Senses Douro Valley

Six Senses Douro Valley revamped the former Aquapura resort, an hour and a half away from Porto, in the north of Portugal. A 19th-century manor house on a hill overlooking the surrounding vineyards and the river Douro has 41 contemporary bedrooms, as well as 9 suites and villas in the surrounding buildings.

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The interiors mix white walls and clean lines with mostly greys and neutrals. Rooms have various layouts and views, and many have an outdoor space. Villas are set in the vineyard and come with their own private pool.

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Options to eat or drink range from the restaurant (simply called The Restaurant) and the Wine Library & Terrace to The Dining Room and a bar / lounge with games room. Produce is sourced from the region, and vegetables and herbs are grown on the estate itself.

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Rates for a Quinta Superior room start between €200-€300 depending on the season – that’s excluding any treatments.

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Six Senses Mont Blanc

If a resort in a Portuguese wine valley is a bit different for Six Senses, then its second European hotel will definitely be something completely new: a mountain resort atop Mont d’Arbois in France’s Haute-Savoie. Six Senses Mont Blanc perches at 1,800 metres and is accessible by cable car, snow crawler, or helicopter. Converting an existing hotel, it will have only 32 rooms and suites. In winter, it will give access to the hundreds of kilometres of ski slopes surrounding Mont Blanc, with après-ski some serious spa work being on the menu (or so we imagine). Come summer, it’ll be hiking instead of skiing.

There will be new Six Senses coming to the Seychelles, St. Lucia in the Caribbean, Bhutan, Taiwan, Bali, and Tunisia in the next few years as well.

[Photos/Rendering: Six Senses]

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Paul J DeVries

Paul J DeVries is a freelance travel writer and was previously a contributing editor for HotelChatter.com. Based in London, he knows the city’s hotel scene inside out, while also covering the latest in destinations around the world. When not checking out a new hotel, he checks in on the airlines and inflight products that get you there.