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The Yeatman, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Perched high above the River Douro, and looking across to the charming city of Porto proper, The Yeatman occupies an enviable position in what is essentially a separate town. Owned by the Fladgate Partnership, which also own several port labels - including Croft and Taylor's - the hotel is in Vila Nova, where port was once stored in handsome, red-roofed, white-walled warehouses after being produced in the Douro Valley. So the hotel pool is decanter-shaped, the cellar stores around 30,000 bottles and wine is even used in some of the Caudalie spa treatments. Sliced into a hillside, the 70 rooms (and 12 suites) are spread over six levels, all with an incredible view. The main restaurant is Michelin-starred, and each room is named after a different wine label. Gourmets will be happily at home here.
The views across the river are simply stunning; you can while away the hours watching boats drift lazily up and down the Douro.
The hotel is across the bridge in Vila Nova de Gaia, beside the lively waterfront with views back over to Porto.
By plane: flights to Porto take around 2 hours 25 mins from London. The drive to the hotel takes 30 minutes. On-site parking costs €20 per day. skyscanner.com
Style & Character
Seasoned travellers, and anyone who loves food and wine, will be very happy here. The spa is accessed by a barrel-shaped stairway, another nod to the hotel's wine heritage.
Service & Facilities
The staff go out of their way to help and advise on anything from transport to tourist sights.
- 2 Michelin-starred restaurant
- Swimming pools
- Beauty treatments
- Paid parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The Master Suite is painted in a deep, rich red, and the bed is set, quirkily, within a cut-out barrel. You won't be able to tear yourself away from the terrace either.
Superior Room, Superior Deluxe Room, Executive Room, Suite, Suite Deluxe, Master Suite, Artist Suite, Bacchus Suite, Presidential Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, Caudalie toiletries, hairdryer, private terrace or balcony, desk, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The attention to detail at the sublime Gastronomic Restaurant elevates it to a transportive experience; the innovative menu presents traditional Portuguese flavours with contemporary flair. The more laidback Orangerie has a delicious à la carte menu with highlights including grilled octopus with green sauce and paprika.
Gastronomic Restaurant: creative Portuguese cuisine, 2 Michelin stars. Open Tues-Sat for dinner. Tasting menu from €190 per person.
Orangerie: Open daily for dinner, weekends for lunch. Set menu is €58.
Dick's Bar & Bistro: drinks and snacks. Open daily 10am-1am.