Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas Celebrates TripAdvisor Traveler Favorites 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards Revealed
Riding a wave of accolades since opening in 2016, Six Senses Douro Valley has been named the No. 1 hotel in Portugal by global reviewers on TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. And to make the award even sweeter, Six Senses Douro Valley was elevated to the position of No. 9 on the Traveler’s Choice Top 25 Hotels for the whole of Europe. Sharing the limelight of phenomenal success is Six Senses Laamu which was awarded the No. 3 position in the highly competitive Maldives and listed in the No. 11 position in the Top 25 Hotels in Asia.
There can be no better endorsement of success than to be voted top by guests and customers, and that is how the TripAdvisor awards are defined. Award winners are selected based on feedback from millions of real travelers who are TripAdvisor members, so that annual Traveler’s Choice awards are not just popular choices, but truly exceptional ones that keep travelers returning.
Endorsement from voting members included comments lauding the glorious ambience, such as “Deliciously decadent resort in beautiful Portuguese wine country,” and complementing the extraordinary attention offered by the resort’s hosts with “the place to go to experience efficiency and kindness.”
These remarkable achievements by Six Senses Douro Valley have been accomplished in just 18 months since opening. The resort is located in a UNESCO World Heritage setting, with the heart of the property being a superbly renovated 19th-century manor house, high on a hill overlooking the vine covered rolling hills of the Douro Valley and the river below. Dining options are a celebration of the region with much of the produce coming from the verdant valley, surrounding countryside and an organic garden of vegetables and herbs located right on the estate.
Six Senses Spa Douro Valley is a union of nature and Portuguese tradition wedded to the elements of water, stone and wood. There are 10 treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor pools and a gym. Guests can enjoy wonderful wine and dine Douro River cruises, with visits to some of the nearby historic wineries where you will meet the winemakers. There’s also the invitation to participate in the age-old tradition of stomping the grapes to commence the vintage.
Six Senses Laamu is the only resort in the Laamu Atoll located deep in the Indian Ocean. In a place where dolphins swim along the seashell-dappled shoreline, the stunningly beautiful resort is a combination of on-land and over-water villas constructed of sustainable materials and set around the palm-fringed paradise. A returning TripAdvisor guest commented for the Traveler’s Choice Awards, “Never fails to excel – great service, stunning island.”
At several lounges and restaurants, chefs from East and West prepare mouthwatering dishes, many created from produce grown in the island’s organic gardens. Sea breezes drift among the rustic woods under high palm-thatched roofs. Edible memories at each venue are enhanced by enchanting tropical vistas, from inspiring equatorial sunrises above the translucent turquoise lagoon waters to romantic rose-colored sunsets that dissolve into the evening sea.
Guests snorkel in Laamu’s coral rich house reef among green turtles, parrotfish, octopuses and the occasional eagle ray. The Yin Yang, one of Maldives’ top ten surfing waves and the most consistent wave in Laamu, is just a short boat ride away.
Set right on the beach, Six Senses Spa Laamu offers four uniquely designed couple’s treatment nests, four secluded couple’s treatment pavilions plus one Ayurvedic treatment pavilion, all within the island’s natural vegetation. Highly skilled therapists use a variety of natural products to provide a comprehensive range of award-winning signature treatments, and rejuvenation and wellness specialties of the region.061