A festive and inter-active program awaits you this New Year at Six Senses Douro Valley. Educational, entertaining and relaxing experiences are lined up from 24 December, 2015 to 3 January, 2016. All the secrets about the Douro, its wines, and grape varieties will be disclosed.
Whether enjoying a family retreat or a romantic getaway, all these year-end activities are specially crafted to enhance all the senses:
A wine course, a master class on hot drinks and a workshop on homemade jams produced with delicious local fruits and herbs are the ideal complement for a relaxing stay where the spa will play a major part.
The gastronomy, the wines and the music
Chef Paulo Matos and his team have prepared a full gastronomical experience for the New Year’s Gala dinner. A special dinner and babysitting services has also been prepared for our younger guests.
Cocktails made with the most fabulous Douro wines and ports will be served before dinner – the Douro valley night, the white port & tonic, are some of the signature drinks. Freshly squeezed juices, sparkling wine from the region and an artisanal beer called the ‘mean sardine’ will also be served.
The Vale de Abraão restaurant and its open fire will be the perfect setting for this exquisite dinner. Indulge in diver scallops from Sagres, blue lobsters from the Portuguese Atlantic coast, and cuts of Wagyu 6 plus beef, paired with fabulous whites and reds from the Douro region.
A local traditional musical group, ‘4 Wine’ will play its revival Portuguese pop music hits at midnight and from 2:00 am onward, DJ Diogo de Sousa will surely keep the party alive and get you dancing.
On New Year’s Day, a delicious ‘Day One Brunch’ including several cold and hot dishes as well as healthy and vegetarian options will be served.
This will be followed by a ‘Five o’clock Tea’ for children and grown-ups at the Quinta Bar and Lounge between 3:00 and 6:00 pm. The guests will enjoy scones served with jams, and local ‘cavacas de Resende’ which is a tribute to local Portuguese pastry. Tea lovers must try the Vintage or the Tawny Port tea that have a Douro twist to them.
Six Senses Spa Douro Valley
A generously proportioned Six Senses spa occupying 2,200 square meters (24,000 square feet) features 10 treatment rooms, heated indoor pool with water jets, vitality suite, and a gym with the latest exercise equipment complemented by professional guidance.
The spa features a selection of locally inspired specialty treatments – using local herbs and fruits, together with an extensive menu of other Six Senses signature therapies. Expertly trained therapists create sensory journeys for guests with a range of holistic wellness and pampering treatments. There is something for everyone, from multi-day wellness programmes, Yogic Detox and Yogic Sleep programmes, and a selection of activities such as yoga, aerial yoga, pilates and forest circuit training.
Weather permitting meditation pods located in various places throughout the forest will be the perfect meditation or reading spot. On rainy days, there’s always the option of reading a book on a comfy sofa by the warm fire.
Prices and conditions
A minimum stay of three nights is compulsory during the festive season (24 December, 2015 to 3 January, 2016) for prices from EUR 500 for a Quinta Superior room for double or single occupancy.
New Year’s Gala dinner is compulsory for every in-house guest and has a price of EUR 250 per adult and EUR 30 per child which also includes babysitting services.