October 7, 2015
The designer creates interiors for both indulgence and restoration at a resort in a beautiful, historic Portuguese river valley.
As we’ve earlier reported, Clodagh’s work for residential environments is aimed at helping stressed urbanites have a smoother “inner journey.” But the Irish-born, New York-based designer is no less adept at creating resort environments that still make a real journey worth the effort.
Case in point: her latest resort, for Six Senses in Portugal. A restoration of a 19th-century hotel, the resort is suffused with the Irish-born designer’s modern sense of calm and balance. In the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley, designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the hotel offers both indulgence and restoration. The handsome wine “library,” one of three dining choices, serves vintages from the surrounding region. The spa comprises 10 treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor pools and a gym, offering specialty and local therapies and multi-day programs.
The resort, open since July, marks the first hotel in Europe for Six Senses, an Asian-based hotel group. It’s about 90 miles from Porto airport, served by many major carriers. Rooms start at €285 this month. If the pictures tempt you, you can make your reservation now.