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Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site means all of the region’s stakeholders have a strict obligation to its 3,500 botanical species. Six Senses Douro Valley is continuing to protect and regenerate a 10-acre (4-hectare) woodland on the property, highlighting its commitment to sustain the environment and beautiful old growth trees.
Our entire team is committed to reducing any negative impacts, and fostering positive outcomes. With that in mind, we want to spread the word and inspire change in others too. Therefore, we warmly invite you to visit our Earth Lab to see the good things we have been up to and learn more about the projects supported by our Sustainability Fund.
children and their families receive our support from counselors, educators, and psychotherapists
donkeys under the watchful care of our partner NGO
1,640 / 500 feet / meters
stretch of stream crossing our property for which we are joint-custodians for flora and fauna
of electric energy from renewable sources
Together with our hosts, we are firmly committed to improving the ecological and carbon footprint from activities associated with the resort and spa operations.
We sponsor the APEGA, Associação para o Estudo e Proteção do Gado Asinino, an environmental NGO based in Miranda do Douro, where this breed is being protected from extinction. In addition to three centers in Miranda do Douro, APEGA teams travel all over the country to support other donkey projects.
In 2021, 800 donkeys had a health check-up and we were delighted to welcome three newborns: Rosmaninho and the twins Rosinha and Rosita. 11 older donkeys were also rescued and joined the center.
By adopting a 1,640-foot (500-meter) stretch of the river bank we become its guardians with the commitment to monitor and create suitable conditions for the existing fauna and flora.
Many producers are changing the way they farm, converting to organic methods to use less chemicals and grow in harmony with the environment. Several local producers have introduced their organic food and wine to Six Senses and we are delighted to present their fine produce.
The Forest Restoration Project is a true labor of love. We take great pride and pleasure in nursing this parkland back to health and making it a home for soil fertility, fungi, insects and birds, and a place that we can all enjoy. This year, and together with Associação Bioliving, we started an inventory of our fauna and flora, enabling us to make even better decisions to preserve this important ecosystem.
The hotel's Sustainability Fund, which is a percentage of our overall revenue and fifty percent of sales from Six Senses water, goes towards funding underprivileged children, at-risk animals and a beautiful community forest.
Bagos D’Ouro is a charity that helps gifted children from disadvantaged families of Douro Valley to make it through school all the way through university. In cooperation with the village schools, gifted children from underprivileged households are identified and then a process begins whereby the families are interviewed and their needs established. The support goes beyond financial donations as Bagos D’Ouro realizes that more effective results come from helping children to have real educational opportunities through a tailored and hands-on approach. In 2021, Bagos D’ouro helped 103 families, and 197 children and young adults, a total reach of 379 people.
Afonsinhos Association runs a local football team that promotes social inclusion through sports. Who can play? Anyone, so long as they work hard at school. Since 2011, this approach has proven to be very successful. 90 percent of the players are grade “A” students.
GPAR, Grupo de Proteção de Animais da Régua, and ASPA, Associação de Salvamento e Proteção Animal, are local associations aiming to improve the living conditions and protection of mistreated or abandoned cats and dogs. Since the beginning, both have worked closely with local entities and corporations such as Six Senses to raise awareness of the importance of animal welfare. In 2021 they looked after more than 600 animals.
We have two beautiful 18th-century tile panels behind the hearth of Vale de Abraão Restaurant that have inspired us to start a unique project: The Wall of Fame. You can choose the design you like from our life-size catalog of 55 unique tile patterns displayed on the wall of our organic garden. Then Helena, our resident artist, will create a perfect copy of one of these ancient tiles to add to the wall and sign your name in history. Can you help us make it to the end of the wall? The proceeds of each sale contribute to our Sustainability Fund. Minimum contribution EUR 25. For contributions over EUR 100, you can also include your initials (or those of a loved one).