The most current hotel in the north area geared to the premium category, with its unique site on the banks of the River Douro, opened to the public in July 2021. Vinha Boutique Hotel is wonderfully situated to become a close sanctuary for Porto and the Douro area, surrounded by gardens, lakes, and woods, with 3.5 hectares of grounds and 200 meters of riverfront. A destination where tourists and guests may enjoy great cuisine and wine experiences created by Chef Renato Cunha to respect and conserve native Portuguese produce, as well as wellness programs at the hotel’s Sisley Paris Spa and a range of outdoor activities.
Vibrant and welcoming, Vinha Boutique Hotel is the most recent five-star hotel in the Porto and north region, located in Oliveira do Douro, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal and offers a distinct concept of stay based on the different interior styles of its 38 rooms, with hospitality products and amenities by the distinguished British brand, Jo Malone. Ralph Lauren, Hermès, Missoni, Etro and Christian Lacroix are some of the brands or “maisons” that drive the creative concept of 19 of the hotel’s rooms/suites.
The remaining 19 rooms share a common decorative style, designated as Vinha Rooms. The hotel is a converted 16th-century manor house, set in its own extensive natural surroundings on the left bank of the River Douro. Next to it, a new building has been added, designed in pure, simple lines suggestive of the elegant terraces of the slopes of the Douro vineyards.
The hotel’s manor house also includes the Vinha Restaurant, the Reserva Bar and the Spa, the first of the French brand, Sisley Paris, in northern Portugal. There are also two floors with rooms for guests, the remaining rooms and suites being housed in the new building.
The hotel’s gastronomic concept and in particular the Vinha Restaurant, built on the philosophy of authentic flavors that describe a narrative that originates from the river Douro and the terroir along its banks. Its elegant dining room features décor from the Moooi brand. In addition, the restaurant has a private room for fine dining in a more exclusive and intimate setting.
There is also an outside terrace surrounded by lakes and gardens to stimulate the taste buds on days of warm weather, with the same style of service. The gastronomic universe of Vinha Boutique Hotel is vast and extends to the outdoors with experiences in the heart of nature, such as food cooked on a fire pit in traditional cast iron pots, or Vinha picnics to be enjoyed outdoors in the hotel grounds.
The Reserva Bar offers a disruptive, innovative approach, where guests can enjoy an ambiance full of character, modeled on the concept of the classical club, for private moments or for gatherings, but here transposed into a space that everyone can enjoy and with the River Douro as the backdrop. A place where creative freedom leans towards international gastronomy and where guests can enjoy an informal meal, try a classic or signature cocktail, choose from a careful selection of wines by the glass, among other proposals, such as teas, herbal teas, kombuchas, natural fruit juices, or consult a list of exclusive drinks. The Bar also has a terrace with a view of the river and manor house gardens.
The hotel’s Sisley Paris Spa has an area of 500m2 dedicated to wellness, and is the only SPA of the French brand in northern Portugal. The hotel also has a shop in this space, where the products of the distinguished Parisian brand of luxury cosmetics are on sale to the public.
The Spa facilities include an indoor swimming pool, a Vitality pool, 3 treatment rooms, a Vichy shower, sauna, Turkish bath, Hammam, ice fountain, sensation shower, areas for relaxation and also a fitness studio. The new hotel hopes to increase its offer of accommodation in the near future with the construction of ecological bungalows on the edge of the property’s woodlands, with views of the manor house gardens and river Douro. CovetED had an amazing experience at Vinha Boutique Hotel, from an exquisite service to a breathtaking experience, we not only recommend but intend to keep on visiting.
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