Why I’m skipping Lisbon and Algarve for the Douro Valley this summer

Rexa Vella

Why I’m skipping Lisbon and Algarve for the Douro Valley this summer

Away from the madding crowd, surrounded by fragrant olive trees, pines and gnarled oak trees, with zero noise pollution apart from the faint rush of river water and singing of birds, the Octant is the perfect place for a spa. The three pools, sauna, gym and therapy rooms are a serene extension of the innate calm of the natural world outside. The hotel hosts a health practitioner in-residence every month, offering a variety of specialists from traditional Chinese Medicine to osteopathy and reflexology. Guests can book tailored therapies with each practitioner as well as classes in aerial yoga, pilates, and meditation.

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