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terraces, decked roof terraces and plunge pools. As an owner of a villa, you have access to all the facilities of the 50-room hotel, including the 2,200m2 Spa, gym, library, outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis court, restaurants and wine tasting room. Aquapura Douro Valley is one of only two hotels in Portugal credited in the Tatler Travel Guide ‘101 Best Hotels in the World for 2009’. The hotel is also a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Connoisseurs have many reasons to explore the surrounding region known for its culture, gastronomy, winery, tradition and breathtakingly beautiful landscape.

Although the resort feels divinely secluded, it is just 70 minutes drive from Oporto International Airport and 15 minutes drive from the Vila Real regional airport. Prices in the Douro Valley are about 25 per cent behind Oporto and increasing at a healthy rate. The region has been named by market analysts as one of the top ten prime areas to watch for price growth. Prices start at €435,000 for full ownership, and €112,500 for fractional ownership (¼ fraction with 13 weeks usage). Available from International Luxury Real Estate, www.ilre.com, tel +44 20 7095 8701.

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