The fertile, sloping vineyards of Portugal’s Douro River Valley have been known for centuries as one of the continent’s most alluring wine regions, most famous for its deep and luscious port wines. But the area has not had much in the way of compelling design-driven accommodations. That’s soon to change.
Reopening this summer in lush Castelo de Paiva halfway between Porto and the Douro Wine Region, the dramatically revamped Douro 41 is a contemporary property inspired by its stunning natural surroundings. The hotel’s design, conceived by award-winning Portuguese architect João Pedro Serôdio, recreates the region’s terraced verdant slopes and blends with minimalist efficacy into the surrounding landscape.
In addition to 37 rooms and five suites, all flooded with natural light and featuring terraces and private gardens with magnificent views to the river, Douro 41 will include a panoramic restaurant with regional gastronomy, a spa and fitness complex with hydrotherapy and an outdoor swimming pool, as well as three bars and two meeting and event rooms. With its on-site fluvina with capacity for 26 boats, the hotel promises easy access to the river and to the wine-rich valley that surrounds it, where guests can explore the area’s natural features or indulge their senses at the world-famous Douro wine cellars.