The Luxury Built into a hillside overlooking the Douro River in one of Europes most scenic wine regions, Aquapura Douro Valley clinched a Smart Luxury Award from the magazine in 2008. It has an outstanding 23,600-square-foot holistic spa, but the revamped 18th-century mansions strongest asset may be Almapura, its Mediterranean cuisine restaurant, where diners can choose from more than 200 wines, including some from neighboring vines. Aquapuras River rooms offer a Zen ambience, while private villas come with plunge pools and vineyard views.
The Value From October 6 to December 8, travelers can book three nights in a river-facing room (from $285/night for two) and enjoy buffet breakfasts, a three-course dinner at Almapura, a sampler of Portuguese cheeses and Douro wines, and a 60-minute massage each.
The Catch Three nights may be too many for travelers who want to see Porto and Lisbon.
The Details 011-351-254-66-066 (mention Shermans Travel); aquapurahotels.com
From the Fall 2010 issue of Smart Luxury Travel magazine by ShermansTravel.com.
For general trip-planning information, see our Portugal Travel Guide.