Alchemy has long conjured up the very essence of skilfully blending ingredients in order to create wonderful potions and cures to enhance life. So it was with this inspiration that Six Senses Spa Douro Valley set out to develop an impressive Alchemy Bar that is featured in a new wellness workshop.
Even before guests become involved with the fascinating process, the atmosphere of the mixing area wows them. The centrepiece is an antique carpenter’s table of monolithic proportions upon which stands an array of labelled glass bottles and jars – some antique and some newer, but all with interesting contents. Shelving behind the table also displays glass containers, mixing bowls and mortars with pestles.
This is the intriguing setting in which guests at Six Senses Douro Valley are invited to join a wellness workshop designed to nourish the body at the highest levels and learn in-depth alchemy. Under expert guidance guests work with a variety of herbs, fruit and spices; feel their textures and smell the uplifting aromas in order to develop personal and very individual blends for body scrubs, face and hair masks and lip balms.
These fascinating workshops are available to all resort guests at Six Senses Douro Valley. In the 60-minute hands-on session, guests learn about the distinct properties of the herbs and how to select the right ingredients for their blends. As would be expected, the emphasis is on local, in season, 100 percent organic ingredients from the garden and surrounds. As a bonus, guests also learn how to make everyday items such as home fragrances, laundry and kitchen pharmacy products at the workshop.
The Alchemy Workshop is offered weekly on a complimentary basis and limited to six guests. Individual workshops where guests make two products last 60 minutes and are priced at EUR 50 per person.
For a totally personalized Six Senses Spa Journey, guests may opt to take the three-hour ultimate treatment, which is tailored during consultation with the spa therapist and based on the Alchemy Bar menu recipes. Guests choose a body scrub, body wrap, face mask and hair mask, and make them together with their therapist and learn how to create the same concoctions at home from locally-sourced aromatherapy herbs and other ingredients. Once prepared, these products are used by the therapist in the couple’s treatment room for a fresh personalized organic journey. This Six Senses Spa Journey is priced at EUR 250 per person.