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 Catch Three nights may be too many for travelers who want to see Porto and Lisbon.
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From the Fall 2010 issue of Smart Luxury Travel magazine by ShermansTravel.com.
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