Located in the historic heart of beautiful Porto, the second-largest city in Portugal, Yeatman is the winner of “Hotel Spa of the Year – Europe” at the World Spa & Wellness Awards 2013, offering a complete luxurious experience for body, mind and soul.
The Yeatman is set on 2.8 hectares above the historic port lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia, and all the 82 rooms overlooks the Douro River and the UNESCO World Heritage city of Oporto (Porto).
Celebrating the country’s wine heritage, the outdoor infinity pool, overlooking the city, is shaped like a decanter, and each of the rooms, including 12 suites, is sponsored by a wine partner who can personalize its decoration.
The concept of Yeatman was inspired by the stately British aesthetic of attention to detail and grandeur, merged with generous Portuguese hospitality, food and drink, and also features a 10-room wine spa – Portugal’s first – based on the original Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa.
No expense was spared in creating this destination hotel, though every care was taken to reflect the sacred home of port and the special wines of Portugal in a perfect atmosphere of authenticity and individuality.
The wine theme continues in the luxurious Yeatman Spa, using the antioxidant ingredients from grapes in a variety of pampering treatments. The indoor pool (best enjoyed at night) provides a mirror effect of ‘that view’ over the beautiful terracotta old city, whilst the Roman bath, trepidarium, hammam, sauna and shower experience are found downstairs – an area reached only by walking through an enormous barrel to get there. Twisted vines wrap around the more modern architecture and the treatments are named “Crushed cabernet scrub”, “Merlot wrap”, or “Pulp friction” firming massages. Wraps are intensive beauty treatments for the body that eliminate toxins and improve skin tone and contouring. They energize and moisturize the skin whilst providing deep relaxation. Manicures and pedicures incorporate the use of fresh grapes, too.
The Barrel Bath Experience takes place in Yeatman’s signature barrel bath treatment room, enjoying spectacular views over the Douro River and the historic center of Oporto, during a pleasant immersion in bubbling water enriched with a unique conditioning grape extract. To enhance the feeling of health and wellbeing, the barrel bath experience includes a relaxing massage extending to pressure points in the neck, shoulders and scalp.
Reservations at The Yeatman and planning of the trip can be made by JC Tours
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