Highlights

  • The address of choice for wine lovers in the Douro region
  • Spectacular location on a hillside, with views from almost everywhere
  • Exceptionally well-stocked cellar and chances to taste exquisite wines
  • Two Michelin-starred restaurant and opportunities for romantic private dining
  • Tailored spa treatments and indulgent massages

The luxurious, stylish Yeatman hotel is unashamedly dedicated to wine. Set on a slope south of the Douro River, just across from the old city of Porto, it stands in Vila Nova de Gaia, the traditional home of port. From the 25,000-bottle cellar to the decanter-shaped infinity pool and grape-pip treatments in the spa, life here revolves around wine. There’s a two Michelin-starred restaurant to boot, making a stay here luxurious and indulgent in almost every way. Which is easy to drink to.


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In more detail

Owned by the family behind Taylor’s and other port labels, and a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux collection, the Yeatman has serious credentials. The six-storey hotel spans a hillside among port wine lodges, mirroring the terraced vineyards. A magnificent staircase sweeps upwards to the communal areas, which are tricked out in acres of marble. Corridors display interesting wine-related artwork and historical images.

The Yeatman maximises its location on a slope by cleverly arranging the bedrooms, to all face the front and benefit from the view, which is best enjoyed from the terrace or balcony in each case. Giant windows flood the rooms with light as well, while the décor and paraphernalia in them is wine-themed. Naturally. The Taylor’s Suites have beds carved from enormous port vats but the smartest and most exclusive suite, Bacchus, named after the Roman god of wine, comes with a revolving bed, copper bath and private terrace complete with its own fountain.

Relax in the Caudalie spa, an oasis of serenity with a sauna, indulgent hammam and indoor pool that looks out over a stunning view. Treatments are centred around a unique philosophy of Vinothérapie – the antioxidants you get from drinking red wine work even better when applied straight to your skin – and include merlot scrubs and bathing in grapeseed-infused water inside a giant wine barrel. Signature massages use grape extract to provide a sensation of wellness.

The pool lounge and Dick’s Bar are scattered with inviting sofas – the latter never calls ‘Time’ either which may be just as well when there’s 1,300 bottles on the wine list and more than 80 available by the glass. Tour the hotel’s cellars in the afternoon and take a twirl through Portugal’s 11 wine regions. Then sample the vintages in the bar, narrowing your selection by consulting the custom-published magazine with tasting notes. At weekends sip your carefully chosen red or white while live jazz or fado musicians perform.

During the day dine in the elegant Orangerie, which has a large terrace and magnificent panoramas of Porto and in the evening, grab a table in the Restaurant for an inspired culinary experience and imaginative multi-course tasting menu based around neo-Portuguese cuisine; the kitchen is the only one in Porto to carry two Michelin-stars and specialises in food and wine pairings. Finish the evening with a sublime vintage port. For a romantic table just for two arrange an al fresco meal on your private terrace. Or stage an intimate dinner in a private dining room redolent of a wine cellar.


Suggested itineraries

Rooftop pool, The Yeatman, Porto

Porto & Lisbon

7 days from £1,785 pp incl. flights

From the picturesque villages of Duoro Valley to the fairy-tale charm of Sintra, this Porto to Lisbon trip offers it all – world-class wine, magnificent scenery and beguiling allure.

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