One of the biggest draws of Portugal’s Douro Valley is, of course, its wine, and you couldn’t be better placed for oenological experiences than the Douro Royal Valley Hotel, especially if you have a particular weakness for port! While away the days on wine tastings, touring the vineyards and soaking up the gorgeous views of rolling vines; all found right on your doorstep. You don’t have to venture out at all to enjoy the scenery though, with the hotel relishing its own views across green forests and glistening river below, perhaps best admired from the outdoor infinity pool, or the glass-encased restaurant where the finest Portuguese fare is whipped up across a range of tasting menus. Try your hand at local cookery for yourself with a class, or just leave it to the experts and spend time relaxing in the spa, where whirlpool tubs, a sauna, Vichy shower and hammam are sure to lure you in to rest awhile.
Services and FacilitiesOutdoor infinity pool, gardens and terraceGym
Signature Royal Spa specialising in top to bottom holistic massage therapies, body scrubs and wraps, beauty treatments, relaxation therapies and moreIndoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna and JacuzziTennis courtKids clubNearby activities including hiking and biking routes, canoeing and fishingWi-FiOnsite parkingLaundry and dry-cleaning servicesChildcare and babysitting serviceAirport transfers
Palato D'Ouro RestaurantLocally inspired, fresh food and organic ingredients fill the menu here at the Palato D'Ouro Restaurant, where much focus is placed on the delectable delights of regional cuisineViews out across the gardens, river and valley from the restaurant are sublime, making for an enchanting dining experience
Light bites, cocktails and a decent selection of wine with an inviting terrace and accompanying river views at the Ruby barAqua has an equally enviable setting to accompany its own menu of refreshments and treats, situated as it is near the Douro’s infinity pool and sun deck
Ruby and Aqua Bars