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Six Senses Spa to launch at Six Senses Douro Valley - July 15, 2015

15 July 2015 will see Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas open its first resort in Europe, located in the beautiful Portuguese UNESCO World Heritage area of the Douro Valley. Covering 22 acres, the new resort will feature an expansive 24,000 square foot Six Senses Spa offering treatments inspired by the local area and its famed port wine.

Facilities include 10 treatment rooms and a Vitality Suite located in the heart of the spa. The suite features a sauna, steam bath with chromo therapy, a laconium, experience showers and a herbal bath using locally grown lavender, rosemary and chamomile to calm the body and mind. Five of the spa’s treatment rooms offer incredible views of the surrounding vineyards and valley allowing spa treatments to seamlessly bring together the guest experience and the breathtaking surrounds. The reception area is open plan, surrounded by shelves and hanging spaces allowing guests to relax and shop ahead of their treatment. The spa also includes an indoor swimming pool making it an ideal space for guests to enjoy before or after a treatment.

Signature treatments have been inspired by the region and use locally sourced produce. Complete Grape Rejuvenation is an antioxidant body treatment drawing upon the powerful health benefits of grapes. It involves dry brushing of the skin followed by gentle exfoliation with grape pulp and grape seed oil. Finishing with a stimulating body wrap using vineyard soak and a scalp massage, the treatment leaves skin feeling more refined with a youthful appearance.

For relieving muscle fatigue, the Schist Stone and Almond Body Soother treatment involves warmed schist stones being placed on various chakras. Synonymous with port wine production, the dark colour of the schist absorbs the heat of the day and slowly releases it during the night, creating an ideal microclimate for growing grapes. When placed on the body the schist stones have a soothing effect. The treatment continues with a deep tissue massage with sunflower oil blended with almond essence, known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It concludes with a wrap and a cooling face compress.

Nail aficionados can pamper themselves with a manicure or pedicure at the resort’s Nail Bar while enjoying a glass of wine chosen from one of the neighbouring wineries. An extensive menu of non-alcoholic drinks means all tastes are catered for, with options including the exclusive Vinho do Porto Tea, infused with the flavor of local Portuguese wines. Drinks are accompanied by tapas including presunto, a Portuguese dry-cured ham, and a selection of local cheeses.

Guests can experience the incredible beauty of the five hectares of surrounding forest with Forest Bathing. The Japanese term is used to describe a gentle and quiet walk in the woods with all the senses open to every sound, smell, colour and feel of the forest. Forest Bathing is considered to have a therapeutic effect on the body and mind, with studies indicating that it can lower blood pressure and heart rate, alleviate stress and provide a great boost for the immune system.  

Later on this year, the spa will welcome a selection of visiting practitioners and introduce Six Senses popular Yogic Programme series, including Discover Yoga, Yogic Detox and Yogic Sleep. A selection of group wellness activities such as yoga, forest meditation, aerial yoga and hiking will be on offer to guest several times a week on a complimentary basis.

Spa and Wellness Director Javier Suarez brings more than 20 years of dedicated health and wellness experience and will oversee all aspects of the spa. Suarez holds a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, as well as a Masters degree in Geriatric Physiotherapy. He is a certified organic nutritionist with a previous tenure at Six Senses Yao Noi in Thailand, where he was also Spa and Wellness Director.

The resorts 57 guest rooms and suites are created with eco-friendly materials blending nature, Portuguese tradition and the elements of water, nature, space, stone and wood. Located in the heart of the resort, The Wine Library features a menu of tapas, cheese, smoked hams and local sausages paired with a wide selection of wine from the region. Other features include an outdoor swimming pool with panoramic views of the Douro Valley, an activities hut and gym housing the latest exercise equipment as well as on-site personal trainers and aerial yoga. 

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