September 2016 · From the remote and less frequented islands of Thailand to the unending expanse of the Caribbean beaches of the Dominican Republic, there is so much in between to see and be humbled by. World Travel Magazine highlights a selection of 50 luxury properties across the world that are currently pushing the trend in opulence and style. The beauty of nature and the temptation of exploring the wilderness has been man’s basic instinct. Capitalising on this potential, governments, hoteliers and naturalists have come together in many of the properties on this list to preserve the environment and at the same time make it accessible. Many of the properties are designated UNESCO protected sites. Beaches, forests, vibrant cities, popular tourist friendly townships and old restored properties are featured here as well. It is a fascinating read for it reveals not just options for the traveller but also the zest, endurance and passion that went in to transform a vision into life." />

Six Senses Douro Valley (Portugal)

Go green not with envy but with environmental consciousness at this Six Senses Douro Valley property that presents a superbly renovated 19th-century manor house set high on a hill overlooking vine covered rolling hills and a river.

The Six Senses property has protected a four-hectare woodland with old growth trees. A farm to table approach is followed with their organic garden feeding most of the dishes that get cooked in their kitchen. Select and exclusive accommodation is in the form of eight generously sized rooms with views of the vineyard. Their cuisine and wines are light and fresh, completely in keeping with their surroundings. For the wine connoisseur, there are plenty of activities that are planned, especially during the grape picking season. Comprehensive wine certificate programmes and visits to nearby historic wineries to meet winemakers and see the production process and sample the wines is a rare experience.

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